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Program Objectives and Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Additional information from the Whiting School of Engineering regarding our ABET Accreditation can be found here.

ABET Program Educational Objectives

The BSEE Program Educational Objectives focus on objectives that our graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The objectives were reviewed and approved by our external advisory committee in May 2015. The objectives are stated as follows:

The Program in Environment Engineering educates students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate effectively as they apply the fundamental scientific principles of engineering to environmental problems. We emphasize the importance of intellectual growth, professional ethics and service to society. Our graduates are prepared to be successful

  1. engineering professionals in private and governmental organizations, and
  2. students in the best graduate programs.

The objectives may be found on the Departmental web page, the WSE ABET web page and the Undergraduate Advising Manual.

ABET Student Outcomes

Students graduating with a BS in Environmental Engineering will have demonstrated:

and, the following specific Environmental Engineering outcomes:

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic YearTotal EnrolledTotal Graduated
2012-138123
2013-146614
2014-156813
2015-166118
2016-175612

Continuous Improvement

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering strives to continuously improve its curriculum by using performance criteria to regularly assess its program educational objectives (what skills it expects its students to demonstrate). The environmental engineering program uses the results of each assessment to continuously improve upon its curriculum and thus ensure that it is meeting the needs of its students.

Job Opportunities and Outlook

Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

State and local governments’ concerns about water are leading to efforts to increase the efficiency of water use. Such a focus differs from that of wastewater treatment, for which this occupation is traditionally known. Most employment growth is projected to be in professional, scientific, and technical services, as governments at the state, county, and local levels draw on this industry to help address these water concerns.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook states the following about the employment outlook for Environmental Engineers:

SOURCEBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Environmental Engineers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm (visited March 31, 2017).

FE Exams

Our department is noted for our students’ exceptionally high pass rate of the “Fundamentals of Engineering” (FE) exam offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).