Environmental Engineering

  • ENGR

    What is Environmental Engineering?

    Environmental engineering is a diverse field of Civil Engineering that covers both traditional water/waste-water treatment and emerging issues of public health. Much of the world still suffers from a lack of sanitation and clean water and environmental engineers are trained to solve these and many other problems. Environment engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to protect public health and minimize human impacts on the environment.

    Challenges in energy, water resources, solid/hazardous waste, air quality, globalization, climate change, and environmental degradation must be addressed in a comprehensive effort to promote a sustainable and resilient society. Graduates of Kennesaw State University (KSU) Environmental Engineering program are prepared for careers devoted to finding solutions to these and other problems. The KSU Environmental Engineering program provides a comprehensive education with special emphasis on the demands of water pollution, air pollution, water and waste-water treatment, solid and hazardous waste management and treatment, and other emerging environmental issues, including sustainable air, water, and land resources, human health, and environmental restoration. The program prepares students for entry-level environmental engineering jobs in these fields, for admission to graduate programs, and for professional licensure anywhere in the USA and around the world.

    Graduates are qualified to work for consultants, federal, state, and local governments. There are professional opportunities as an environmental design engineer, permitting engineer, compliance engineer, environmental specialist, water and waste-water engineer, environmental scientist, and more. 

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements. Only admission to Kennesaw State University is required to declare this major.

    General Education Core IMPACTS Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    M: Students must take MATH 1190 or higher.

    T: Students must take MATH 2202 or higher.

    T:  Students must take PHYS 2211/L and PHYS 2212/L.

     Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Environmental Engineering Minor

    Sample Classes

    • Introduction to fundamental knowledge of soil/foundation engineering for construction projects such as commercial building, highway, bridge, airport, and water/wastewater treatment plant. Course topics will include composition of soils, subsurface investigation, soil classification systems, groundwater flow, permeability, compaction, stress/strain analysis, shear strength, consolidation/settlement, shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, slope stability, and ground modification methods.

    • This course introduces students to environmental engineering design of unit processes and pollution abatement systems such as: water treatment plant design, wastewater treatment plant design, and sludge management system design.

    • Students learn the chemical principles and applications needed to develop advanced problem-solving techniques involved with many water/wastewater treatment processes, air pollution, ionization, and natural systems.

    • This course emphasizes the concept of sustainability as an extension of current practices and standards by addressing new concerns and constraints of engineering projects. It also emphasizes the new holistic approach of sustainability that requires some new ways of thinking and frameworks.