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Environmental engineering major

The environmental engineering major is concerned with sustainable management of our surroundings and protection of human health using scientific and engineering principles. A student may elect to major in environmental engineering or choose to emphasize environmental engineering within the civil engineering major.

Environmental experts.

As an environmental engineering major, you'll have the knowledge and hands-on experience to clean up contaminated wastewater, industrial wastes, sediments and air pollutants. You’ll understand the principles of water resources engineering for the modeling, management and protection of lakes, rivers and streams. You’ll practice the concepts of sustainability and urban management to sustain our planet.

Love multiple sciences?

Environmental engineers work at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology — for example, studying the physics of oxygen transferred from air to a river, the chemistry of dissolved gasses in the river and the uptake of dissolved oxygen by healthy fish. As an environmental engineering major at Marquette, you'll develop a strong foundation in multiple sciences.

Clean up the planet.

As an environmental engineering major, you'll learn the fundamentals of designing systems for water resources and supply, wastewater treatment and disposal, air pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management. You'll be well-prepared for a hot job market.

Be an engineer before you graduate.

Through our co-op program, you'll incorporate 12 to 16 months of real engineering experience into your curriculum by working at one of many participating companies around the country.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Computing, Analysis, Design, and Communication
  • Calculus I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Introduction to Theology


  • Professional Development for Engineers
  • Introduction to Civil Infrastructure, Geo-Spatial, and Environmental Modeling
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Differential Equations
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II
  • Philosophy of Human Nature


  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Biological Science Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature


  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Seminar
  • Civil Engineering Capstone Design
  • Four Environmental Technical Electives
  • Structural Design Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theology Elective


You might like the Environmental engineering major if you

✓ Are strong in math and science

✓ Enjoy the interplay of biology, chemistry and physics

✓ Are interested in problem-solving

✓ Have a creative, imaginative mind

✓ Appreciate the environment

What can you do with a major in Environmental engineering ?

Environmental engineering Most of our graduates go directly to graduate school or work as environmental engineers with industries, municipalities and consulting firms. Others go to law or medical school.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in environmental engineering.

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