College or University: San Diego State University
Type of degree: B.S.
Brief overview of program: The SDSU programs provide the scientific and technical knowledge to effectively tackle the environmental problems of not only the present but also the future. Environmental Engineers are needed in both private and public sectors. The SDSU programs provide students with an education that will allow them to compete successfully for positions in engineering consulting firms, industries, private and municipal agencies, local, state and federal government, international agencies, research institutions and universities. The Environmental Engineering Programs at SDSU are offered to grant B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.
The environmental engineering field and environmental engineering education are multi-disciplinary. The B.S. degree provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering design that are needed to practice the profession or to pursue a graduate degree. Environmental engineering education also includes a range of other disciplines, such as biology, ecology, geology, public health, economics, computer science, and process engineering principles. To be able to address the spectrum of issues facing the environment, environmental engineers are broadly educated, as well as technically trained.
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Description of Facilities: Laboratories and Facilities: The Environmental Engineering Laboratories consists of eight laboratories: Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Chemical Oxidation, Analytical Instrumentation, Composting , Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport. The laboratories fully equipped with state of the art instruments. The Civil and environmental Engineering Department has its own Computer Laboratory, which was fully updated with the state of the art computers early 2005 using modern civil and environmental engineering software that is incorporated into coursework at all levels of the curriculum.
Program Faculty: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering includes 14 full-time in addition to a number of part-time faculty members. The expertise of four environmental engineering faculty members covers wide range of specialties including water quality engineering, pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, hazardous and solid waste management, water quality modeling, watershed management and air pollution.
Civil and environmental engineering faculty members are known for their dedication to teaching and mentorship. Several faculty members have extensive academic and research accomplishments, and several are registered professional engineers with extensive industrial and consulting experience. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in cutting-edge research activities of faculty during their studies at SDSU.