Why should I study Environmental Engineering?

What is Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineers deal with the protection of people from the effects of adverse environmental effects such as pollution. You will also work on improving the quality of the environment, recycling, waste disposal, public health as well as water and air pollution control.

Three reasons to study Environmental Engineering:

  1. Help overcome natural disasters: awareness of the adverse effects of human behaviour on the environment has increased significantly over the last few years. As an environmental engineer, you will help consider the social, economic and environmental impact humanity has on natural systems and how to counter them with technological developments.
  2. Excellent universities: a lot of universities all over the world offer degrees in environmental engineering. This means you will find it easy to choose a programme suited to your interests and participate in a student exchange programme.
  3. It’s a versatile field: environmental engineering is closely related to civil engineering: both fields focus on analysing and monitoring safety regulations of construction projects. You may also combine both subjects and become an environmental civil engineer and ensure that buildings are being built safely and in a way that keeps their impact on the environment at a minimum.

How to study Environmental Engineering?

While studying Environmental Engineering, students learn about basic engineering principles, ecosystem processes, transporting organic contaminants, air quality control technologies and principles of sustainability. Most programmes also include hands-on experience in the form of lab and field work. In addition, programmes also contain modules dedicated to internships or cooperative engineering programs.

Which kind of jobs can I get by studying Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineers assess industrial, commercial and residential sites for their environmental impact, or calibrate equipment used for air water or oil sampling. Graduates of environmental engineering may also design systems for waste management, reclamation, transfer and disposal of land, sea and air.

In a nutshell, environmental engineers combine environmental sciences and engineering principles in order to improve and manage the natural environment. They strive to ensure a growing population has access to clean water, air and land.

How can U-Multirank help me find the best Environmental Engineering study programme for me?

If you’re considering pursuing a degree in environmental engineering, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. U-Multirank’s subject rankings provide the feedback of more than 100,000 current students studying at the respective universities, offering a unique student perspective to the rankings via our Teaching & Learning dimension. Create your own personalised rankings today, and compare universities according to what matters most to you.  To start, make sure to select environmental engineering as your subject of interest and we’ll help guide you through the rest.

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