Environmental Engineering, B.S.

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UC Merced Environmental Engineering Program

Environmental engineers are distinguished from other environmental professionals through their focus on problem solving, design and implementation of technological or management systems.

Environmental engineers search for creative and economical ways to use resources efficiently, limit the release of residuals into the environment, develop sensitive techniques to track pollutants once released and find effective methods to remediate spoiled resources. They serve as the vital link between scientific discovery, technological development and the societal need for protecting human health and ecological integrity.

In the coming decades, environmental engineers will increasingly be called upon to address broader issues of environmental sustainability by minimizing the release of residuals through altered production processes and choice of materials; by capturing the resource value of wastes through recovery, recycling and reuse; and by managing natural resources to meet competing societal objectives.

The Environmental Engineering program at UC Merced is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What Can You Do With An Environmental Engineering Degree?

  • Annual Job Openings in CA: 1,321
  • 10-year projected job market growth:12.7%
  • Median wage in California: $112,578

Upon graduation, you might become:

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Wind Energy Engineer
  • Solar Energy Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Water Resource Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Sustainability Specialist