Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers develop solutions to today’s most pressing environmental issues by applying the principles of engineering and science. The ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering Program at Montana Tech is one of the most established independent programs in the nation. Our students work in a collaborative setting that champions and fosters innovation. Students gain a broad-based science and engineering education integrated with advanced courses, including air and water pollution control, hazardous waste management, stream restoration, pollution prevention, environmental risk issues, and land and stream remediation and reclamation. Students also pursue the five-year Master’s degree program in the department or seek admission into Master’s and Doctoral programs at other universities.

Engaged Vaculty with Experience & Expertise
Engaged Faculty with Experience & Expertise
A Multitude of Summer Internships Available
A Multitude of Summer Internships Available
Ability to Work Anywhere in the World
Ability to Work Anywhere in the World
National Competitions with Professional Networking
National Competitions with Professional Networking

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Strength in problem solving
  • Motivation to achieve academically
  • Aptitude for math and science
  • Willingness to engage in hands-on study
  • Insatiable curiosity!

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

Graduates of the program have unlimited opportunities for employment, including natural resource industries, manufacturing, construction, consulting, government, and military. Our Environmental Engineering graduates can also pursue graduate studies in our department, earning both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.
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
11:1 Faculty to Student Ration
11:1 Faculty to Student Ratio
$82K Top Starting Salary
$82K Top Starting Salary

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.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program and Educational Objectives

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.

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Mission Statement

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.

Career Outcomes

Bachelor of Science
Master of Science

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