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Environmental Engineering (BS)
Environmental Engineering
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Engineer solutions that make a lasting difference

By earning your environmental engineering degree*, you'll be prepared to enter a profession that requires a meshing of technical, entrepreneurial and communication skills that help you create solutions to important worldwide societal and environmental problems.

Your project-based courses and lab work will be taught by passionate thought leaders in an undergraduate-only engineering program. Hands-on experiences will be structured throughout all four years of the curriculum as you learn to increase the resilience of communities to natural and man-made disasters; design transportation and water systems; and develop sustainable processes, communities and cities.

Here, your teachers and mentors are vested in your success. You'll develop leadership and professional skills that will prepare you for internships, jobs and graduate school. You'll learn in a welcoming and inclusive environment that integrates engineering with the liberal arts. And as you develop your problem solving, analysis and design skills through technical courses, labs, and experiential learning, you'll also gain broad perspectives, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

DePaul’s Environmental Engineering degree program focuses on technical skill development in these areas:

  • biological sciences
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • soil mechanics
  • solid mechanics
  • water resources

During course labs, you’ll get in-depth experiences in:

  • surveying
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental soils
  • fluid mechanics
  • water chemistry
  • sensors and electrical systems
  • materials engineering
  • materials engineering
  • water and wastewater systems

Our Environmental Engineering degree program provides you with unmatched project-based design experiences and collaborative learning opportunities – all within the backdrop of Chicago’s urban setting. You'll be immersed in the study of infrastructure systems in one of the world’s largest cities, including water quality, foundations, transit, roads, structures, construction management and disaster preparedness.

*This new program starts fall 2023.



  • Air Quality
  • Applied Ecology
  • Digital Mapping
  • Environmental Systems Design
  • Foundations of Engineering Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Technical Electronics

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Civil engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental health and safety specialist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Land surveyor
  • Natural resources specialist
  • Urban planner

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