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Environmental Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Discover Solutions to Change our World With an Environmental Engineering Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon’s environmental engineering program takes learning outside the classroom. With the university’s proximity to Lake Erie, students gain ample hands-on experience in the field. Pursue a practical and real-world education to become a future environmental leader with a career that gives back to the community and leaves the world a better place.

    This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Programs Program Criteria.

    • Gain practical experience, taking classroom learning outdoors.
    • ABET: Engineering Accreditation CommissionEarn a degree that is nationally accredited.
    • Collaborate with real-world agencies and organizations on research, internships and project opportunities.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Environmental Engineering

    • Learn fundamental science and engineering principles to understand environmental systems and human impact.
    • Apply scientific and engineering theories to real-world problems, such as water quality issues in the Great Lakes region, human health risks from airborne contaminants and more.
    • Experience internships, service-learning projects, field experiences and career exploration.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Take your classroom experience outdoors. Gannon’s proximity to Lake Erie offers unique research and field experiences conducting air, water and soil sampling.
    • Explore the world through travel courses and semester abroad opportunities for course credit.
    • Design solutions to solve real-world environmental problems in the senior design course and present your project at regional professional conferences.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key environmental engineering courses including: 

    Water Quality Lab: Use equipment and techniques to assess quality parameters of surface and ground water. 

    Environmental Toxicology Lab: Gain experience collecting and analyzing air, water and soil samples. Activities have included conducting water quality monitoring onboard the research vessel, RV Environaut.

    Water and Waste Water Treatment Lab: Study an engineering approach to water quality protection and the principles and design of systems for treating municipal drinking and waste water.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for environmental engineers is $92,120.
    • Complete internships in various industries prior to graduation, including opportunities at engineering consulting firms and Wabtec Corp.
    • Participate in field trips, internships and senior design projects through the program’s strong ties with local industry and governmental agencies.
    • Approximately 90% of environmental engineering graduates are employed in the field one year after graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  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
Joseph Westrick

Joseph Westrick Environmental Engineering

“Gannon’s Environmental Science and Engineering Department places an emphasis on success. The best aspect is its professors and their willingness to help students. They care and want you to do well post-graduation, which is very reassuring.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.