Environmental and Ecological Engineering Emphasis
Addressing environmental issues with an ecological or ecosystems approach
You will be prepared to find sustainable solutions for the mutual benefit of both natural systems and systems significantly affected by human activities.
- Explore, develop, and implement effective systems and sound solutions to address human impact on our natural environment
- Focus on applications to land and water resources as well as water, air, and soil quality
- Use and improve methods of land-use management, ecosystem services, ecological restoration, and waste management
You can tailor your education to your personal interests and career objectives.
After graduation, you will be prepared for careers in engineering consulting firms, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations. You will also be prepared for continuing your education at the graduate level in engineering, science, law, and business.
Note: There are different environmental program options at the University of Minnesota. Learn the differences and find the one that's right for you (PDF)
Environmental and ecological engineering integrates engineering principles, science, and design with the principles of biology and ecology.
Our curriculum has a strong foundation in math, science, and engineering fundamentals, including their applications to environmental and ecological systems, natural resources and their conservation, waste management, and environmental sustainability.
- Follow a 4-year plan to ensure you take courses in sequence (PDF)
- Take courses and electives taught by internationlly-recognized faculty
Minors, certificates, licensure
- Minors that complement environmental and ecological engineering include plant biology, soil science, water science, agronomy, geographic information science, environmental sciences, policy and management, and sustainability studies.
- Consider the Technical Communication Certificate
- Become a licensed professional engineer (PE)
Admission and degree
You can apply for admission through either the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering or through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (listed as "Pre-BBE").
You will graduate from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with an emphasis (or major sub-plan) in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, which will appear on your official transcript.
Research opportunities with our faculty
We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.
As a student with an emphasis in environmental and ecological engineering, you may want to consider the following research areas within our department:
Also explore research opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please fill out our contact form or contact:
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