Environmental Engineering

  • GU Possibilities
    • All environmental engineering students complete a design project during their senior year that is tied to a local or international environmental problem or challenge.  Examples of recent senior design projects include:
      • an innovative water filtration system that uses materials locally available in Bangladesh, enabling residents to produce their own water filters to reduce the amount of naturally occurring arsenic in the water.
      • an aquaponics system for a local nonprofit center. The system combines raising 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.
      • renewable energy studies of wind energy and solar panels for the Gannon campus and studies of the hydrology and water quality of local streams. 

    You Will Learn

    Environmental engineers solve environmental quality problems. Students learn how to make water safe to drink and release back into the environment. Students also learn how humans and the environment are adversely affected by human activities and natural processes that generate pollution. Environmental engineering students are also engaged in developing 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 Earth a cleaner, safer, better place.

    You Will Experience

     The environmental engineering major at Gannon University provides students with numerous real world learning opportunities to further their understanding of environmental problems and their solutions.

    • LAKE ERIE: students are provided with unique classroom and field research experiences due to the university's proximity to Lake Erie, access to state-of-the-art field equipment and use of the Environaut - a lake-going vessel used to conduct water quality monitoring.
    • RESEARCH:  Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects within the department.
    • INTERNSHIPS: Many students participate in summer internship opportunities including those at government agencies, local and regional industries, nonprofit organizations and privately consulting firms.
    • TRAVEL: A senior capstone course has been offered on the topic of climate change which includes a culminating spring trip to Iceland.

    You Will Achieve

     Environmental engineers are in high demand. The U.S. government forecasts strong growth in environmental engineering. Such opportunities include the following:

    • Many of our graduates choose to work for a government agency, while others decide to continue their education in Gannon's environmental health and engineering graduate program.
    • Most of our graduates 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. 
    • All graduates are prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam which is the first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer. 

    You will Study

    The environmental engineering curriculum begins with fundamental concepts and builds as students advance through the program. Students’ senior year brings together science and math previously learned and applies it 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 336/337 Water Quality and Lab 

    This course covers the major types of water pollution of concern to the environmental professional. Topics covered include water quality impacted by organic and nutrient pollution in surface and groundwater, as well as the water quality consequences of heavy metal and toxic organic pollution.

    ENV 400/401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab 

    This course focuses on the properties, effects and detection of chemical substances in the environment and how that information is used to protect human health. Topics covered include dose-response relationships, biotransformation, risk assessment and the standard-setting process.

    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.

    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 field vary depending on the location and type of organization. 

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