Environmental Engineering, B.S.
Broad, student-focused curriculum includes pollution prevention, sustainability, water and air quality, waste water treatment, and land and soil restoration.
Why Study Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech?
Acquire a comprehensive skillset and a readiness to work through the ABET-accredited environmental engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech. Montana Tech is one of the only environmental engineering degree programs to offer air quality engineering courses at the undergraduate level. You’ll learn from environmental engineering faculty who are dedicated to student learning. They have multiple years of field, research, and teaching experience. These expert scholars make sure you receive a relevant education in environmental engineering by combining challenging research topics with course materials.
Montana Tech boasts a 100% career outcome rate. You’ll benefit from an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an extraordinary hands-on learning environment. You’ll actively participate in field trips to see a multitude of environmental engineering scenarios, such as the ceramic membrane water treatment plant in Butte, one of only two in the country. These experiences have helped Montana Tech environmental engineering students go on to win multiple local and national awards for their research and innovative solutions.
State-of-the-Art Labs & Equipment
Obtain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to operate sophisticated instruments through an environmental engineering degree program that uses state-of-the-art analytical, laboratory, and field equipment. You’ll have access to instruments in your environmental lab courses and opportunities to assist faculty on innovative research projects, such as developing living membranes for water quality improvement.
Environmental Engineering Internships
Receive even more hands-on experience through a variety of environmental engineering internships in multiple employment arenas, such as engineering consulting, natural resources, and energy industries. As an in-demand environmental engineering student, you’ll have your pick of top internships in your area of interest. You can earn up to $35,000 for the summer depending upon the opportunity.
Experience and perform environmental engineering tasks, such as water quality measurements and treatments, soil erosion studies, reclamation and restoration project implementation, sediment transport modeling, toxic metal migration prediction and its impact, and air quality monitoring and impact studies. You’ll also have countless opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors both in and around Butte as well as across the state.
Study Environmental Engineering and Have Fun Too
Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Environmental Engineers of Montana Tech or Engineers Without Borders. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams.
Be Career Ready
Through this rigorous environmental engineering degree you’ll not only gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. You’ll also develop communication, interpersonal, and project management skills and the environmental legislative and regulatory awareness employers seek. From Montana Tech’s engaged environmental engineering faculty to Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections you need to land coveted internships and jobs and receive a top environmental engineering salary.
What is Environmental Engineering?
Environmental engineering encompasses engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology. Environmental engineers understand, address, and develop solutions to complex environmental problems, such as climate change, global warming, disaster preparation and remediation, air and water pollution, source water protection, hazardous waste, and environmental legislation, regulation, and policy development.
What Kinds of Jobs Do Environmental Engineers Do?
Montana Tech environmental engineering graduates follow a variety of career paths, from working for major oil and gas companies, mining industries, and natural resource consulting companies. They also work for government agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Interior, and state and local environmental agencies. Montana Tech alumni become environmental engineering leaders and managers. Many go on to pursue graduate degrees at Montana Tech and other prestigious institutions.
The Montana Tech Environmental Engineering Program was a great fit for me. It provided a broad look into all facets of the environmental industry and provided me with the tools to succeed on any path I chose. As a business owner, I hire as many Montana Tech graduates as I can because they are ready to hit the ground running. Their work ethic, problem-solving ability, and willingness to learn make them a great investment in our company's future.
Josh Vincent B.S. Environmental Engineering, 1997 Founding Partner & Principal Engineer, Water & Environmental Technologies, Inc.
Explore Classes in Environmental Engineering
Your Montana Tech courses will give you a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering fundamentals, as well as economics and the humanities and social sciences. Environmental policy, legislation, and regulatory aspects are emphasized. Engineering design is integrated throughout the environmental engineering degree.
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