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

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. 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 have also gone on to graduate 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. 

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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

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"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

Research Opportunities

As a Clarkson environmental engineering major, 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



      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
      • 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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