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Environmental Engineering

Professor Martha Conklin working with students.


Environmental engineers are distinguished from other environmental professionals through their focus on problem solving, design and implementation of technological or management systems.

Environmental engineers search for creative and economical ways to use resources efficiently, limit the release of residuals into the environment, develop sensitive techniques to track pollutants once released and find effective methods to remediate spoiled resources. They serve as the vital link between scientific discovery, technological development and the societal need for protecting human health and ecological integrity.

In the coming decades, environmental engineers will increasingly be called upon to address broader issues of environmental sustainability by minimizing the release of residuals through altered production processes and choice of materials; by capturing the resource value of wastes through recovery, recycling and reuse; and by managing natural resources to meet competing societal objectives.

The Environmental Engineering program at UC Merced is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Visit our School of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty page.

Environmental Engineering Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the program shall possess:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Environmental Engineering program are expected to possess skills in:

  1. Fundamental Knowledge: EnvE graduates will apply a strong foundation in basic mathematics, science, social science, humanities and arts, along with engineering principles, demonstrating active engagement as citizens in their communities.
  2. Critical Thinking: EnvE graduates will be adept at applying critical thinking, problem-solving engineering principles and reasoning, the scientific method and teamwork to solve environmental resource problems and to restore and sustain the global environment. 

  3. Design Skills: EnvE graduates will be knowledgeable and practiced in the engineering design process to the extent appropriate for advanced studies and research and/or employment advancement in a broad spectrum of industries and government agencies.
  4. Professional Skills: EnvE graduates will communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual formats with technical, professional and broader communities.
  5. Ethics: EnvE graduates will practice engineering according to the highest professional standards, demonstrating respect for social, ethical, cultural, environmental, economic and regulatory concerns.
  6. Lifelong Learning: EnvE graduates will be instilled with a desire to pursue life-long learning opportunities including continued education, professional licensure, challenging professional experiences and active participation in professional organizations.

Program enrollment and graduation data are available on the Institutional Planning and Analysis website at the following links: (enrollment table) (graduation table

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

For a listing of the School of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty.