Environmental engineers provide the knowledge, leadership and guidance needed to improve the quality of the natural world and ensure its sustainability.

From the water we drink and the air we breathe, to the soil that produces our life-sustaining vegetation, environmental engineers play a major, and increasingly proactive, role in today's society. As an environmental engineer, you investigate the prevention and control of pollution of all kinds in efforts to deal with global climate change.

As an environmental engineering student at Clarkson, you learn how to develop and implement technologies to solve problems such as meeting clean water supply needs and protecting public health. Other areas of interest and study you will focus on include addressing the air pollution issues of acid rain, global warming, and reducing pollution, all while maintaining or improving the quality of life we enjoy.

Sebastian Marra
When I was considering colleges, it was a choice between two schools — Clarkson and RIT. It seemed like a simple decision, since RIT was so close to home. However, after a strong recommendation from my AP chemistry teacher, I visited Clarkson, and I am so glad I did! I guess what decided it for me was a combination of extremely dedicated professors, a large amount of financial aid and the charm of a small college town in rural New York, where the winters feel like absolute zero.

Sebastian Marra '18, BS Environmental Engineering

Career Opportunities

As an environmental engineering major, you have the opportunity to pursue many careers upon graduation. Some of those careers include

  • environmental engineering consulting
  • environmental process design
  • environmental compliance for private industry
  • environmental science and engineering research within academia, government or private organizations
  • environmental engineering positions at the municipal, county, state or federal level 
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Curriculum

Minors

Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors to complement your environmental engineering degree.

Environmental Engineering

All Clarkson Minors

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

At Clarkson, you will have the opportunity to do hands-on research. Some of the research topics include

  • bridge monitoring and infrastructure health
  • novel concrete for drainage and corrosion resistance
  • strength of materials ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials
  • indoor air quality
  • bioenergy production and the associated life cycle environmental impacts
  • fate of contaminants in air, water and soil systems
  • air quality monitoring and modeling
  • oil spill modeling and environmental impacts
  • river and ocean ice dynamics

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

Internships and co-op opportunities at Clarkson are wide-ranging for environmental engineers. As a student in environmental engineering, you have the ability to pursue an internship or co-op within your field of interest. Below is a list of organizations at which students like you have interned.

  • New York Power Authority
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.
  • Kiewit/Jett Industries
  • Murnane Building Contractors
  • Iberdrola USA/NYSEG
  • Diehl Development, Inc.
  • GE Power & Water
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories
  • Trane
  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
  • Headwaters Hydrology
  • Bernier, Carr & Associates
  • Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge research
  • O'Brien & Gere
  • Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
  • Keystone Consulting Engineers
  • Turner Construction
  • Tetra Tech
  • Dynamic Structures, Inc.
  • Positive Energies LLC
  • Whiting-Turner
  • Amtrak
  • AECOM
  • MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.
  • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • National Grid
  • CHA Consulting, Inc.
  • The Lane Construction Corp.

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