Environmental engineers are responsible for designing processes and infrastructure to ensure society has access to safe water, clean air and healthy ecosystems. They apply knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology and the social sciences to problems in a variety of areas including water and wastewater treatment and ecosystem remediation, analysis of chemical fate and transport in the natural environment, and modeling of hydrologic and atmospheric flows. As climate change creates new challenges, such as in the form of droughts and intense weather events, the field of environmental engineering evolves to meet society’s needs. As an environmental engineering student at UC Davis, you will gain skills that enable you to design sustainable solutions for society.
UC Davis environmental engineering majors are well-prepared to put their skills to work for a variety of public and private agencies, including the California Department of Water Resources, the California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and large environmental engineering and public works companies throughout California, the nation and the world.
As an environmental engineering major, you will begin your study with an extensive series of foundation courses in science and mathematics, and two introductory courses specific to civil and environmental engineering. At the upper division level, you will take advanced courses in specific topics in environmental and water resources engineering. These courses will include subjects such as water and wastewater treatment, analysis of chemical fate and transport in natural environments, modeling of hydrologic and atmospheric flows, and water resources management.