Environmental Engineering


Why study Environmental Engineering?

As a student in the Environmental Engineering B.S. program at the University of Cincinnati, you will develop both the technical and non-technical skills to explore sustainable solutions for controlling pollution and sustaining resources to improve today’s society. Students are introduced to cutting edge sustainability research and the tools of green engineering design. 

At UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), it’s all about you – we strive to help develop you into the person employers want to hire. Throughout your time with us, you will:

  • Take courses that cover analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems, water resources, air pollution-control technologies, solid waste and hazardous substance management and regulations, and sustainability
  • Customize your experience with more than 600 organizations, including Society of Environmental Engineers, UC for Water, Fossil Free UC, Engineers Without Borders, and more
  • Build an impressive resume and professional network through our nationally-recognized co-op program at companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Duke Energy, Kroger, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of courses, academic performance, co-curricular activities, and supplemental information provided through the application.
First-year students applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units)

Careers in Environmental Engineering are challenging and push the needle forward. Possible career paths include:

  • Operator of pollution control facilities
  • Government regulatory agency official
  • Manager of programs
  • Involved in professional society work
  • Researcher
  • Designer
  • Planner
  • Professor 

Employers can be private consulting engineering firms, universities, private research firms, testing laboratories, government agencies, or all types of major corporations and private businesses.

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing and doing is learning. That’s why we invented the first ever Cooperative Education (Co-op) program in 1906. Today, it’s the largest of its kind in the United States. The Co-op model—which places students in full-time employment in their field—supplements the classroom curriculum to make for an educational experience like no other.

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC, please visit the Transition Students page.

For additional information on international requirements, visit UC’s International Admissions page.

Application Deadlines

First-year students must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year in high school.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria. 

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment
College of Engineering and Applied Science
653 Baldwin Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5417

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Program Code: 20BC-ENVE-BSEVE