B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Program Overview

Environmental engineering integrates engineering fundamentals, mechanics and design principles with biology and chemistry to develop sustainable solutions for biological, agricultural, food and natural resource systems.

Areas of emphasis

Water/wastewater treatment
The water/wastewater treatment track prepares graduates to protect public health and the environment through sustainable design of water treatment facilities and distribution systems as well as wastewater collection and treatment systems.

Water resources
The water resources track equips students with skills to understand complex ways water interacts with the environment and society. Graduates will be prepared to design infrastructure and sustainable solutions to manage groundwater and surface water systems that meet the needs of people and protect nature.

Sustainable ecosystems
The sustainable ecosystems track focuses on the design and management of ecosystems that interface with society. Graduates will be prepared to integrate engineering design with ecological perspectives to create systems that enhance the quality of soil, air and aquatic systems.

Environmental engineering academic areas

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Make an Impact

Environmental engineers design systems and solutions to sustain the quality of people’s lives and the planet. As environmental challenges continue to develop, these professionals will increasingly be called upon to —

  • sustain food, water and energy supplies.
  • curb climate change and adapt to its impact.
  • reduce pollution and waste of natural resources.
  • advance green manufacturing.
  • develop resilient urban infrastructure systems.
  • improve waste management practices.
95% career placement
$56,486 average starting salary

Career opportunities

Environmental engineering graduates pursue careers as —

  • environmental health and safety directors
  • consulting engineers
  • project engineers/managers
  • research and development engineers
  • energy engineers
  • environmental analysts
  • water resource engineers
  • environmental law specialists


Many internship opportunities are available for students to gain industry experience and develop professional relationships. The K-State Career Center, your adviser and faculty in the department will help you connect with employers and find out what’s available.

K-State engineering graduates live in all 50 states and 87 countries.

Map of K-State engineering alumni

Career placement provided by the K-State Career Center. Career placement includes K-State Carl R. Ice College of Engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation. Average starting salary provided by https://www.payscale.com.

The new Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental engineering is not currently accredited but will seek ABET accreditation according to its process and guidelines for new engineering programs.