The expectations of society and direct pressure from industry have generated a demand for the technical ability to solve a wide range of environmental problems. It is difficult to provide a concise definition of environmental engineering because it covers such a wide spectrum of problems. For example, the following are some areas of study in environmental engineering that could be pursued by students in the Division of Environmental Engineering:

  • Waste water treatment and disposal for municipal systems
  • Water supply for human and industrial consumption
  • Wind engineering and atmospheric dispersion of pollutants
  • Industrial waste from manufacturing and processing
  • Waste management from mining and the petroleum recovery
  • Groundwater contamination, remediation and containment
  • Surface water management and pollution control
  • Reduction in toxic emissions from forest products and pesticide plants
  • Automobile emissions and alternative fuels
  • Building energy conservation
  • Agricultural practices, fertilizers, feedlots, etc.
  • Development of energy alternatives and energy conservation
  • Improving efficiency of manufacturing processes
  • Urban land use