Environmental engineers apply engineering principles to design systems that control pollution and protect public health. They restore air, soil, and water quality at previously contaminated sites and develop systems that convert waste into clean energy. Environmental engineering addresses the complex food, energy, and water issues of the 21st century.
A degree in environmental engineering allows you to work in any aspect of environmental protection, including air pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, toxic materials control, water supply, wastewater management, stormwater management, solid waste disposal, public health, and land management.
Engineering fraternities and sororities, student organizations, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to network and develop your leadership skills and abilities.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Apply early for scholarships. The College of Engineering offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarships opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. To learn more, visit College of Engineering Scholarships.
Iowa's environmental engineering program provides graduates with scientific and technical knowledge and equips them with problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers. The program emphasizes both a broad education in environmental engineering fundamentals and the opportunity for in-depth learning.
Students are exposed to current environmental issues in the First-Year Seminar. Many courses feature active and hands-on learning opportunities, including laboratory exercises that involve data collection on smartphones.
In addition to the BSE core requirements and the curriculum designed for the environmental engineering major, students must complete general education courses and an elective focus area.
The elective focus area enables students to gain depth of knowledge in a specific career path. Students may choose a suggested environmental focus area or work with their adviser to develop an individualized focus area based on their interests and career goals.
See Environmental Engineering in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work and graduating with honors in this major.