Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering Program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. The program offers knowledge in environmental engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and subsequently acquire additional knowledge in their specialized areas of interest, according to personal inclination and available opportunities. Throughout the curriculum the student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of environmental engineering.

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Description

The Environmental Engineering Program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. The program offers knowledge in environmental engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and subsequently acquire additional knowledge in their specialized areas of interest, according to personal inclination and available opportunities. Throughout the curriculum the student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of environmental engineering.

The program includes courses in the fields of water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, groundwater pollution control, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational safety and health, environmental impact assessment, environmental toxicology, and pollution prevention engineering. Elective courses in the specialization component are also offered.

The engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. This will provide environmental engineers a healthy self-image, a well-rounded knowledge of their role in society, the ability to communicate, and to develop their creativity to apply engineering design with originality.

The graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Program will have the theoretical and conceptual knowledge, the capability to use modern technologies effectively, and the basic technical skills to successfully work as engineers, to pursue graduate studies, to become engineers in training, and to continue their professional development and education on their way to become practicing professional civil engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Degree Offered

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers undergraduate instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E).

 

Mission

The mission of the Environmental Engineering Program is to prepare and motivate students from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence through intellectual, humanistic, scientific, and technological advancements on their way to becoming practicing professional environmental engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, the PUPR Environmental Engineering Program graduates are expected to attain the following:

  • Establish themselves as practicing professionals in the industry and government of their communities in accordance with the standards and ethics of the profession.
  • Demonstrate professional competence by holding positions of increasing responsibility in an environmental engineering field.
  • Contribute to their organizations by serving as liaisons in a bilingual (Spanish-English) environment, performing as effective leaders and as active members of a professional team.
  • Enhance their professional knowledge through a lifetime of continuing education and through the active participation in professional societies.

Outcomes

The graduates of the Environmental Engineering Program will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, probability and statistics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to conduct laboratory experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data in a minimum of two of the following areas: water supply, wastewater management, air pollution control, and solid waste management.
  • Proficiency to analyze and design systems, components, or processes in a minimum of three of the following areas: water resources engineering, water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, air pollution and control, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, occupational safety and health, environmental toxicology, and environmental impact assessment.
  • An ability to work in teams and to interact with professionals of other disciplines.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve environmental engineering problems.
  • A comprehension of ethical principles, professional practice issues, and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations in environmental management.
  • An ability to communicate orally, in writing, and graphically in an effective way.
  • An ability to evaluate the impact that design alternatives will have on society.
  • An ability to learn independently and an awareness of the need to be engaged in continuing education.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues related to the environmental engineering practice.
  • An ability to model environmental engineering problems and to interpret results through the use of modern technologies.