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Environmental Engineering


What is Environmental Engineering?

Using the principles of physics, biology and chemistry, environmental engineers develop methods to meet environmental challenges such as water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, waste recycling, and water resources management. Environmental engineers understand and protect us from environmental hazards, and learn to build solid structures without polluting the environment. OU Students have the opportunity specialize in water and wastewater engineering, solid and hazardous wastes engineering or hydrology/water resources with their environmental engineering degree. 

Do my interests fit?

Environmental engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Natural sciences
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Engineering

High school preparation should include chemistry, physics and calculus.

How can OU Environmental Engineering help me?

OU environmental engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs environmental engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

Environmental engineering specific organizations:

American Society of Civil Engineers (A.S.C.E.)
Architectural Engineering Institute (A.E.I.)
Sooners Without Borders
Environmental Science Student Association (E.S.S.A.)

For more information on student organizations, click here.

What courses will I take?

Environmental engineering courses include:

  • Water Quality Fundamentals
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Transport and Fate Process
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Economics
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Air Quality Management
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
  • Environmental Engineering Capstone


What kind of career could I pursue?

Environmental engineer
Engineering technician
Engineering manager
Environmental sales engineer
Natural sciences manager
Environmental scientists and specialists

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The environmental engineering program is accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology. An environmental engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree. An accelerated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree is also available.


OU School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
Phone: (405) 325-5913