Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineers Solve Complex Problems. How can we address the threat of global warming while promoting economic growth and social justice? How do we design a future without waste, where all outputs from industrial operations are used beneficially elsewhere? How do we meet growing demands for food, high-quality water, and sustainable energy? These are some of the questions environmental engineers work to answer.

Environmental Engineers Work Well with Others. Fundamentally an interdisciplinary field, environmental engineering encompasses engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology. Environmental engineers work in industry designing processes that prevent air and water pollution and hazardous waste generation; they work for consulting firms that assist municipalities and companies in a variety of complex problems; they work for government to help develop policies and regulations that protect the environment. Some environmental engineers pursue advanced degrees and become researchers in industry, work in national labs, or teach in universities.

Environmental Engineers Help Industries Protect the Environment. Most industries hire environmental engineers to help them meet air, water, and hazardous waste regulations. Thus, environmental engineers may work for mining, power, petroleum, or chemical companies to help them reduce their impact on the environment. The employment opportunities are broad—a few of our graduates have started their own consulting companies.

At Montana Tech, Environmental Engineers are immersed in a hands-on learning environment. Montana Tech is located in Butte, a historic mining town located in one of the largest Superfund complexes in the United States. Our students go on field trips to see mining operations, remediation and restoration projects. The town also houses some state-of-the-art facilities, including one of two ceramic membrane water treatment plants in the country. In the summer, our students participate in a variety of internship opportunities, and they experience excellent career outcomes.

Our students also have fun! They are active in the Environmental Engineers at Montana Tech Club, Engineers Without Boarders, and many other clubs on campus. They also enjoy the great Montana Outdoors—skiing at nearby ski hills or in the backcountry, enjoying one of Southwest Montana’s hot springs, hiking the Great Divide and other trails, or fishing in pristine mountain streams.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constrains; such as, economic, environmental, social, political, ethnical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of issues facing contemporary society.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The program educational objectives of the Environmental Engineering program are to:

  1. Have graduates embark upon and successfully pursue professional careers in the field of Environmental Engineering.
  2. Have graduates participate in professional activities, obtain professional licensing, continue their education, and participate in public service.
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science

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The mission of the Environmental Engineering program at Montana Tech is to provide a quality education that blends theory with practice and enables graduates to successfully pursue professional careers in the field of environment engineering.