Environmental Engineering degree at Montana Tech

Environmental Engineering

Acquire a comprehensive skillset and a readiness to work through the ABET-accredited environmental engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech. The environmental engineering degree features a broad, student-focused curriculum that includes pollution prevention, sustainability, water and air quality, waste water treatment, and land and soil restoration. Montana Tech is one of the only environmental engineering degree programs to offer air quality engineering courses at the undergraduate level.

You’ll learn from environmental engineering faculty who are dedicated to student learning. They have multiple years of field, research, and teaching experience. These expert scholars make sure you receive a relevant education in environmental engineering by combining challenging research topics with course materials.

State-of-the-Art Labs & Equipment

Obtain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to operate sophisticated instruments through an environmental engineering degree program that uses state-of-the-art analytical, laboratory, and field equipment. You’ll have access to instruments in your environmental lab courses and opportunities to assist faculty on innovative research projects, such as developing living membranes for water quality improvement.

Environmental Engineering Internships

Receive even more hands-on experience through a variety of environmental engineering internships in multiple employment arenas, such as engineering consulting, natural resources, and energy industries. As an in-demand environmental engineering student, you’ll have your pick of top internships in your area of interest. You can earn up to $35,000 for the summer depending upon the opportunity.

Outstanding Location

Experience and perform environmental engineering tasks, such as water quality measurements and treatments, soil erosion studies, reclamation and restoration project implementation, sediment transport modeling, toxic metal migration prediction and its impact, and air quality monitoring and impact studies. You’ll also have countless opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors both in and around Butte as well as across the state.

What is Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineering encompasses engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology. Environmental engineers understand, address, and develop solutions to complex environmental problems, such as climate change, global warming, disaster preparation and remediation, air and water pollution, source water protection, hazardous waste, and environmental legislation, regulation, and policy development.

Ability to Work Anywhere in the World
Ability to Work Anywhere in the World
National Competitions with Professional Networking
National Competitions with Professional Networking

Why Study Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech boasts a 100% career outcome rate. You’ll benefit from an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an extraordinary hands-on learning environment. You’ll actively participate in field trips to see a multitude of environmental engineering scenarios, such as the ceramic membrane water treatment plant in Butte, one of only two in the country. These experiences have helped Montana Tech environmental engineering students go on to win multiple local and national awards for their research and innovative solutions.

hands-on learning in environmental engineering

Study environmental engineering and have fun too

Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Environmental Engineers of Montana Tech or Engineers Without Borders. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams.

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Be career ready

Through this rigorous environmental engineering degree you’ll not only gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. You’ll also develop communication, interpersonal, and project management skills and the environmental legislative and regulatory awareness employers seek. From Montana Tech’s engaged environmental engineering faculty to Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections you need to land coveted internships and jobs and receive a top environmental engineering salary.

"The Montana Tech Environmental Engineering Program was a great fit for me. It provided a broad look into all facets of the environmental industry and provided me with the tools to succeed on any path I chose. As a business owner, I hire as many Montana Tech graduates as I can because they are ready to hit the ground running. Their work ethic, problem-solving ability, and willingness to learn make them a great investment in our company’s future."

Josh Vincent, BS Environmental Engineering, 1997
Founding Partner & Principal Engineer, Water & Environmental Technologies, Inc.

What Kinds of Jobs Do Environmental Engineers Do?

Montana Tech environmental engineering graduates follow a variety of career paths, from working for major oil and gas companies, mining industries, and natural resource consulting companies. They also work for government agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Interior, and state and local environmental agencies. Montana Tech alumni become environmental engineering leaders and managers. Many go on to pursue graduate degrees at Montana Tech and other prestigious institutions.

Career outlook for the environmental engineering degree

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Environmental engineering salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 5% through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As an example, state and local governments’ concerns regarding source water protection, availability, and quality should lead to efforts to increase the efficiency of water use. The median annual wage for environmental engineers was $87,620 in May 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

92% of Students Employed or Continuing Education Upon Graduation
92% of Students Employed or Continuing Education Upon Graduation
86% Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Pass Rate
86% Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Pass Rate

Explore Classes for the Environmental Engineering Degree

Your Montana Tech courses will give you a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering fundamentals, as well as economics and the humanities and social sciences. Environmental policy, legislation, and regulatory aspects are emphasized. Engineering design is integrated throughout the environmental engineering degree.

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Get Started on Your Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Take the next step toward earning your environmental engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech.

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Talk to an Advisor

Contact environmental engineering department head Dr. Kumar Ganesan 406-496-4239 or kganesan@mtech.edu.

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To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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