Undergraduate Program

Environmental Engineering

If you are looking to study water treatment and reuse, air pollution control, and hazardous waste cleanup with some of the most widely recognized experts in their fields, then you’ve come to the right place.

What Do Environmental Engineers Do?

Environmental engineers work in government organizations on environmental and public health policy. They plan, operate and manage publicly owned infrastructure for environmental protection. In private industry, environmental engineers play a lead role in creating technologies for water purification, wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and recovery of resources and energy from waste streams. Environmental engineers are also responsible for remediation of hazardous pollutants in soil and groundwater, restoration of streams and lakes damaged by human activity, and prevention of pollution.

Why Study Environmental Engineering at UA?

Environmental Engineering

UA’s undergraduate environmental engineering program prepares students for promising careers in a growing field. Environmental engineering students study the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to solve environmental problems. 

UA environmental engineering in one of only a handful of environmental engineering undergraduate degree programs nationwide established in a department of chemical and environmental engineering. Research and hands-on experiences are a big part of the program.

Central to the curriculum is process engineering, in which students gain an understanding of the toxicity, transport, fate and biotransformation of pollutants in the environment to predict consequences to the ecosystem and public health.

Students learn about advances in nanotechnology, manufacturing, sensing and imaging, water reuse, energy storage, solar power, microbial detection and bioremediation, biofuels and mining logistics.

Our undergraduate program provides a solid education in science and engineering and the practical training needed to address environmental challenges. Students select electives and minors from a wide range of related fields to match their educational interests. We encourage all undergraduates to participate in research, and the department helps students identify exciting opportunities to study abroad.

Real-World Experience

The University of Arizona is internationally known for its expertise in water sustainability -- treatment, reuse and recycling. Environmental engineering students gain experience in the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants, as well as at the Water Energy Sustainable Technology Center, a new facility for laboratory and pilot-scale evaluations of water treatment technologies and water quality monitoring. The University is also home to the Institute of the Environment and the BIO5 Institute, which facilitates multidisciplinary research across campus.

Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Wik





Contact Us

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 520.621.1897
Fax: 520.621.6048
Email: advisor@chee.arizona.edu
1133 E. James E. Rogers Way
Harshbarger Building, Room 105C 
Tucson, AZ 85721


University of Arizona College of Engineering