Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. The undergraduate curriculum is founded on a sound background in basic sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) and mathematics (calculus, differential equations), and strengthened with engineering science fundamentals (engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer). Upper division coursework in environmental engineering includes analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems, hazardous substance management and regulations, air pollution control technologies, and fate and transport of chemicals in the environment. All students participate in a capstone-design experience meant to foster interaction and communication between different engineering disciplines while applying environmental engineering principles to a real-world problem.

Like all undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, the Environmental Engineering undergraduate program consists of pre-engineering and professional-engineering components. Admission to the pre-engineering program (first and second years) requires no separate application beyond that for admission to OSU. Admission to the professional program (beginning of the third year) is competitive. To be eligible, you must have completed 80 credit hours.  The program is "capacity restricted" and the the minimum required combined GPA for admittance was 2.9 in 2013.  Moreover, all required pre-engineering courses must have been completed with a ā€œCā€ or better. More information about Pro-school can be found here.

Among the many unique opportunities open to OSU environmental engineering students is the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP). The program offers students a high quality, paid industrial experience and related academic activities while pursuing a degree at OSU. We also encourage students to seek registration as a professional engineer. This process begins by successfully passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE exam), which is normally held in April and late October.

More information about the environmental engineering program for undergraduate students can be found on the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Advising Page.

Program Educational Objectives

Alumni of the environmental engineering program will be work-ready engineers prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve contemporary environmental engineering problems.  Within a few years of graduation, environmental engineering alumni will have:

  1. gained employment in the field of environmental engineering or matriculated in an environmental engineering or related graduate or professional program;
  2. created value by analyzing and designing sustainable solutions to problems involving pollution abatement and prevention in water, air and soil;
  3. successfully communicated or defended designs and decisions through reference to fundamental concepts of math, science, and engineering;
  4. facilitated collaboration and built strong professional relationships by working successfully in multi-disciplinary teams and effectively communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  5. actively participated in professional development activities that demonstrate a commitment to sound professional and ethical practices, and the protection of human health and the environment; and
  6. achieved Engineer in Training (EIT) certification by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and gained experience relevant for professional licensure.
Student Outcomes

The graduates of the OSU Environmental Engineering Program must demonstrate that they have:

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

Environmental engineers manage our environment for the benefit of humanity and nature. They provide engineering solutions to problems with our land, air and water resources. In many respects, an environmental engineer is similar to a traditional civil engineer, but with more emphasis on chemistry and environmental processes, and less emphasis in areas such as structures and transportation.

In both public and private practice, environmental engineers work in interdisciplinary teams to manage environmental problems through application of scientific, engineering, and social skills. These include issues of air pollution and control, water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, control of hazardous substances, pollution in surface and ground waters, public health, and the ecological health of our environment.

The environmental engineering degree program at OSU is one of only several in the nation and the only such separate degree program in the Pacific Northwest. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides unique skills for application to environmental problems. Research results developed by our active faculty are fed back directly into the classroom to maintain state-of-the-art training.

The environmental engineering program is an interdisciplinary degree program with a broad basis in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences in addition to course work in environmental, civil, and chemical engineering. Students may also elect an environmental engineering option within the civil engineering, chemical engineering, or environmental science degree programs. A minor in environmental engineering is available to all undergraduate students and includes 29 quarter credits of environmental engineering and related course work.

Civil and environmental engineers are employed by several groups: public agencies (departments of public works, county engineering offices, departments of transportation, federal and state agencies); engineering consulting firms; industries; utilities; construction firms; the military; the Peace Corps, etc. Environmental engineers often work for public agencies charged with environmental protection, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or state departments of environmental protection.

Some BS graduates elect to continue their training in graduate school. About 40% of our graduates attain a master's degree or higher. The department itself offers both the MS and Ph.D. degrees and graduates about 45 MS and Ph.D. students each year.

Our undergraduate curriculum includes coursework in:

  • water and wastewater treatment (ENVE 421, 422),
  • solid and hazardous wastes (ENVE 451), and
  • air pollution (ENVE 321, ENVE 425).

The ABET accredited undergraduate environmental engineering program totals 192 credit hours and fulfills the requirements of the Baccalaureate Core.

Environmental engineers spend a great deal of time in the field and with faculty researchers for realistic training. In addition, the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) were created to provide structured internships. Opportunities exist within MECOP for two six-month internships in environmental engineering, with both private and public employers. This requires an extra two terms in which to graduate.

The advising guide for Environmental Engineering can be found on the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering advising page. The Academic Regulations and Procedures are found in the Schedule of Classes and the Oregon State University Bulletin: General Catalog. It is intended to aid students in planning and completing programs leading to a degree in Environmental Engineering (ENVE). The guide provides information regarding the undergraduate curriculum, professional practice, advising, admissions policies, and other vital information pertaining to the undergraduate program. 

Major Requirements 

A listing of requirements for the Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Major is published in the university's Course Catalog, updated annually. 


The Oregon State University Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Hydrophiles, OSU Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association

OSU Subsurface Biosphere Initiative