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 will investigate the prevention and control of pollution of all kinds in efforts to deal with global climate change.

In the environmental engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program at Clarkson, you will 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 issues of acid rain, global warming, and reducing pollution, all while maintaining or improving the quality of life we enjoy.

The environmental engineering major is offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

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Environmental Engineering Careers

Clarkson Class of 2020 97 percent employment

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
  • research within academia, government or private organizations
  • jobs at the municipal, county, state or federal level 

The average environmental engineer salary according to PayScale is over $64,000 per year. Environmental engineering graduates from Clarkson's Class of 2019 had an average starting salary of over $55,600, with the highest coming in just under $64,000. Clarkson environmental engineering majors have been recruited by companies such as: AECOM, Arcadis, Barton & Loguidice, Brown and Caldwell, CHA Consulting, Flatiron, General Electric, KC Engineering, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Parsons Corporation.

Many graduates have also gone on to Master's and Ph.D. studies in Clarkson's own Environmental Science and Engineering M.S. and/or Ph.D. programs, or other institutions like DTU Technical University of Denmark, Duke University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan and University of Washington - Seattle. 

Environmental engineering undergraduate student Benjamin Girard combined his two favorite hobbies — tinkering and working outdoors — into a career path. In this video, he shares his plans to work in wastewater treatment and how Clarkson's strong connections with employers gave him a competitive edge as an underclassman seeking an internship.  

Environmental Engineering Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Environmental Engineering

The environmental engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of courses in environmental engineering, earth science, chemistry, ecology, wasterwater treatment design, mathematics and more. Our environmental engineering majors take courses such as:

  • Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Intro to Environmental Engineering
  • Human Exposure Analysis
  • Sustainable Development Engineering
  • Solid Waste Management and Landfill Design
  • Economic Principles & Engineering Economics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering and Policy
  • Atmospheric Chemistry

Environmental Engineering Major Curriculum


Relevant Minors

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a minor in Environmental Engineering as well that is open to all Clarkson students. Environmental engineering majors have the opportunity to explore minors that complement the environmental engineering bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks.

Environmental Engineering Minor

Environmental Health Science Minor

Environmental Policy Minor

Environmental Science Minor

Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Minor

Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

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, financial aid and the charm of a small college town in rural New York, where the winters feel like absolute zero."

Sebastian Marra, BS Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Research

As a Clarkson environmental engineering major, you will have the opportunity to do hands-on research, whether with a faculty member in our department or across the University. Many Clarkson faculty from disciplines such as biology, business, anthropology, political science, mathematics and chemistry conduct research related to sustainability and the environment in partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Some 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

Learn more about our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty and their research expertise.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Shane Rogers hosts an undergraduate class which involves students getting water chestnut samples in kayaks in Beacon, NY

    Environmental Engineering Internships & Co-ops

    Internships and co-op opportunities at Clarkson are wide-ranging for environmental engineers. You can pursue an internship or co-op within your field of interest. Below is a list of organizations at which our environmental engineering majors 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
    A Clarkson undergraduate environmental engineering student talks to a representative of potential employer Baker Hughes
    • 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.

    Competitive Engineering Project Teams

    Clarkson's Clean Snowmobile Diesel Sled SPEED team competes in an annual competition

    Undergraduate environmental engineering students get hands-on experience through our SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) teams, especially representing the department on several teams, including Concrete Canoe, , Formula SAE Electric, Human-Powered Vehicle and SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Any major can join any of our 12 SPEED teams

    In 2020, the SAE Clean Snowmobile brought home a 1st place finish in the Diesel Utility Class at the 2020 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

    The Student Prototyping Machine Shop is a fully equipped engineering machine shop for student use. Manual lathes and mills, an extensive welding lab, water jet cutting, as well as computer driven machining centers are provided for students to use for research and engineering competitions. Multidisciplinary Project Team Undergraduate Courses (MT Courses) are offered to all students who are interested in learning everything from basic shop skills, lathes, milling, welding, MasterCam and CNC Machining. Students also use the Innovation Hub, a University-wide resource hosted by Clarkson Ignite, to hone their skills and ideas using state-of-the-art technology.

    Environmental, Engineering & Sustainability Student Clubs

    Clarkson environmental engineering students can get involved outside the classroom through over 200 clubs and organizations on campus, including several related to engineering, the environment and sustainability. These include:

    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
    • Clarkson Environmental Club
    • Clarkson Garden Club
    • Clarkson Keepers (beekeeping) 
    • Clarkson Sustainability Club
    • Engineers for International Sustainability (EIS)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA)
    • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • Sustainable Synergy
    • Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
    Undergraduate students Engineers for International Sustainability (EIS) present during Clarkson's Tony Tuesday
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