Environmental Engineering

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    • All environmental engineering students complete a design project during their senior year. This project is usually tied to an actual environmental problem or challenge in the local area or around the world.
    • Senior environmental engineering students are designing an innovative water filtration system that uses materials locally available in Bangladesh so that residents there can produce their own water filters to reduce the naturally occurring arsenic concentration in the water.
    • Other environmental engineering students are designing an aquaponics system for a local non-profit center. The system combines growing fish for human consumption with producing fruits and vegetables. The waste products from the fish become fertilizer for the plants, resulting in a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to grow food and protect water quality at the same time.
    • Previous senior projects have included renewable energy studies of wind energy and solar panels for the Gannon campus, studies of the hydrology and water quality of local streams.

    You Will Learn

    Environmental engineering implements the tools and skills that science and math provide to solve environmental quality problems. Our students learn how to make water safe to drink and safe to release back into the environment. Students also learn about how humans and the environment are adversely affected by human activities and natural processes that generate pollution or have some other detrimental effect. Our environmental engineering students are actively engaged in looking for ways to convert waste materials into useful products, especially renewable energy. The environmental engineering program is for students who enjoy science, are mathematically inclined and have a passion to make the Earth a cleaner, safer, better place.

    You Will Experience

    Environmental students are encouraged to find a summer internship after their sophomore and junior years. Opportunities for internships are available at sites including:

    • government agencies
    • local and regional industries
    • non-profits
    • privately-owned environmental companies
    • research institutions

    You Will Achieve

    Environmental engineers are in high demand. The U.S. government has forecast strong growth in environmental engineering, more so than in most other engineering fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Many of our graduates choose to work for a government agency, while others decide to continue their education in a graduate program.
    • Most of our graduates go to work for private companies. Many of these companies are consulting firms specializing in environmental areas; but some of our graduates work in-house for larger companies that need their own staff of environmental specialists.

    You will Study

    The environmental engineering curriculum varies in difficulty as students advance through the program. Students' senior year brings together science and math previously learned, and applies it to various topics as students work in teams to complete their senior design project, solving real environmental quality problems or addressing an engineering opportunity. Environmental engineering majors take various core and elective courses including:

    ENV 306: Oceanography

    This course is designed to acquaint students with the marine environment and its associated structure. The course takes an environmental approach, focusing on the physical, chemical and biological properties emphasized throughout.

    ENV 403: Environmental Engineering

    This upper-level course applies the principles of science and engineering to pollution management. Specifically covered in the course are chemical kinetics, mass balance, mass transfer, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control and solid and hazardous waste management.

    ENV 455: Air Pollution Control Engineering

    This course focuses on the technology and methodologies used to reduce concentration levels of pollutants being released to the atmosphere. The statutes, regulations and permitting protocol are introduced. Integrated knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, chemistry and mathematics are applied. Topics covered include the nature and dynamic behavior of particulate matters, collection methods and analytical techniques, air pollution control and reduction methods, and treatment technologies and air pollution control devices.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $49,400
    • Mid-career salary: $89,800