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Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Environmental Engineering, BS

Environmental Engineering is a fast-growing discipline covering all major spheres of the natural environment and human society.

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

This four-year degree program prepares you for careers in engineering firms, government (local, state and federal), academia, research and development and nonprofit organizations.

Your Degree Plan


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Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:

  • Environmental Health, Risks and Public Health

    Understand how human activities affect the health of natural and engineering systems and to design and implement approaches for protecting the health of human populations relying on these environmental systems for air, water and energy and food production.

  • Air Pollution, Control and Climate Change

    Learn about the various air pollution issues as well as principles of physics, chemistry and math to characterize, define and solve the air pollution problems. This focus also covers climate change science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and carbon capture and storage technologies.

  • Water Quality Engineering for Human Society

    Learn current and emerging issues related to drinking water, wastewater, hazardous wastes, treatment methods and regulations that drive the treatment design and practices.

  • Water Supply and Resources

    Learn how to protect water supply, manage flooding, apply natural and ecological principles to design and address needs of water resources infrastructure.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

  • Our partnership with WVU Health Sciences allows us to consider environmental health risks and public health within the context of designing engineering solutions.
  • Our program has a strong emphasis on sustainable development and the application of engineering solutions within the context of relevant social, environmental and economic conditions.
  • Your coursework will include active learning opportunities in a region with environmental challenges that can be addressed by environmental engineers.

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Environmental Engineers

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Median Salary: $96,530

Possible job titles include: Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch, Environmental Engineer, Global Director Air and Climate Change, Sanitary Engineer.

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Career Options

A degree in environmental engineering prepares you for careers in:

  • federal and state agencies
  • consulting and engineering firms
  • non-profit organizations
  • municipalities
  • research
  • treatment facilities

Where Our Graduates Work

Companies and agencies who have hired our graduates include:

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Bechtel
  • Jacobs
  • HDR, Inc.
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Geosyntec Consultants
  • GSI Environmental, Inc.
  • CDM Smith
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Thrasher Group Inc.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Environmental Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

  • Engineering Requirements:

    You must meet the following qualifications:

        ACT Math: 19
        SAT Math: 510

  • Engineering Requirements for Test Optional Students:

    You must meet the following qualifications:

        High School GPA: 3

  • Requirements for Engineering Technology:

    You must meet the following qualifications:

    To be admitted to WVU's Engineering Technology major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Environmental Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Environmental Engineering major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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