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
- engineering professionals in private and governmental organizations, and
- 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:
- (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- (c) 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
- (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- (e) an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
- (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- (g) an ability to communicate effectively
- (h) 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
- (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
- (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
and, the following specific Environmental Engineering outcomes:
- EE(1a) Understand and apply the principles upon which engineering practice is based: physical, chemical and biological science
- EE(1b) Understand and apply the principles upon which engineering practice is based: mathematics and scientific computation
- EE(1c) Understand and apply the principles upon which engineering practice is based: economics
- EE(1d) Understand and apply the principles upon which engineering practice is based: engineering science
- EE(2) - Have the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, and evaluate experiments
- EE(3) - Understand the cross-media (air, water, earth) nature of environmental problems and the need for multidisciplinary approaches to their solution.
- EE(4) - Be able to design systems, components, or processes that provide engineering solutions to environmental problems given realistic economic, social, political, ethical, health, safety and sustainability constraints
- EE(5)- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ability for independent study needed to engage in life-long learning
- EE(6) - Possess the knowledge and skills to identify, formulate, and implement solutions to engineering problems using modern engineering tools and synthesizing different fields of knowledge
- EE(7) - Can communicate both orally and in writing and effectively function in multidisciplinary teams
- EE(8) - Understand contemporary issues, the social nature of environmental problems and the context in which environmental engineering is practiced in modern society
- EE(9) - Have access to specialized training through coursework and research
- EE(10) - Understand professional ethics and the value of service through participation in technical activities and in professional organizations
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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:
- Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations
- State and local government concerns regarding water availability and quality, should lead to efforts to increase the efficiency of water use.
- The requirement by the federal government to clean up contaminated sites is expected to help sustain demand for these engineers’ services. In addition, wastewater treatment is becoming a larger concern in areas of the country where new methods of drilling for shale gas require the use and disposal of massive volumes of water.
- Job prospects should be favorable because this occupation may experience a wave of retirements. A person can also improve his or her job prospects by obtaining a master’s degree in environmental engineering, an advanced degree that many employers prefer.
- The median annual wage for environmental engineers was $84,560 in May 2015.
SOURCE: Bureau 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).
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).