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Environmental Engineering Program

Lindsay Anderson
Associate Professor Lindsay Anderson

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering offers a bachelor degree program in Environmental Engineering (EnvE). It is a joint program between the the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering at Cornell. The Environmental Engineering major is structured to provide students with appropriate background in the physical, chemical and biological sciences together with the mathematical, planning, analysis and design tools necessary to address complex environmental engineering problems. The graduate and research programs in BEE and CEE focus on water and wastewater treatment processes, fate and transport of contaminants in natural aquatic systems, design and management of environmental and water resource systems, environmental fluid mechanics, and hydraulics and hydrology.

The EnvE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Students may seek engineering professional licensing after graduation.

Program Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the Environmental Engineering Major are to:

  • Produce graduates who demonstrate in their professional practice strong technical abilities and advance in careers in Environmental Engineering and related disciplines;
  • Produce graduates who will complete advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields;
  • Produce graduates who assume leadership positions, and contribute to understanding environmental problems and the design, construction, and operation of solutions of societal problems involving environmental systems.

World-Class Research

The collaborative undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering is supported by excellent teaching and research facilities including: laboratories for the analysis of water chemistry, physical/chemical/biological processes, biochemistry and microbiology.

Cornell University is also the home of Cornell’s Super Computer Technology Center for Advanced Computing, the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Biotechnology Institute for Biotechnology and Life Science Technologies, and the Center for a Sustainable Future which oversees and supports many interdisciplinary environmental research programs. The wide variety of teaching and research activities, the world-class research facilities and the interdisciplinary centers at Cornell University provide students with excellent opportunities for study and research in Environmental Engineering.

What our Graduates do

Many graduates from the Environmental Engineering Program continue their education at the finest graduate schools around the world. They pursue Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Master of Science (M.S.), or Doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in various related engineering disciplines, or they sometimes complement their engineering degrees with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Doctor of Law (LLD) degree. Because of the requirements for coursework in biology and chemistry, the undergraduate major in Environmental Engineering is also an excellent choice for students interested in medical school.

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