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The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the College of Engineering (CoE) jointly offer a B.S. degree program in Environmental Engineering. The Cornell B.S. in Environmental Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  The program is administered by the EnvE Program Committee made up of faculty from the two departments, in cooperation with the offices of the BEE Director of Undergraduate Programs and the CEE Associate Director.  

Our program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are to:

  • Produce graduates who demonstrate in their professional practice strong technical abilities and advance in careers in Environmental Engineering and related disciplines;
  • Produce graduates who will complete advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields;
  • Produce graduates who assume leadership positions, and contribute to understanding environmental problems and the design, construction, and operation of solutions of societal problems involving environmental systems.
Professor Beth Ahner with an undergaduate researcher in her lab.

At Cornell University, research and teaching activities related to environmental engineering are found in many of the traditional engineering fields. For example, undergraduate majors in Biological Engineering and in Civil Engineering are offered by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) and by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), respectively. Both of these majors include concentrations related to environmental engineering. BEE and CEE also jointly offer a major leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. The Environmental Engineering major is structured to provide students with appropriate background in the physical, chemical and biological sciences together with the mathematical, planning, analysis and design tools necessary to address complex environmental engineering concerns. The graduate and research programs in BEE and CEE focus on fate and transport of contaminants in natural aquatic systems, water and wastewater treatment processes, design and management of environmental and water resource systems, environmental fluid mechanics, and hydraulics and hydrology, and the recycling of energy and materials. Others pursue sustainable energy generation either by solar, wind, hydropower or geothermal resources so as to provide energy to support our standard of living while diminishing emissions of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants.

The collaborative BEE/CEE major in Environmental Engineering is supported by excellent teaching and research facilities including: laboratories for the analysis of water chemistry, physical/chemical/biological processes, biochemistry and microbiology.

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The wide variety of teaching and research activities, the world-class research facilities, and the interdisciplinary centers at Cornell University provide students with excellent opportunities for study and research in Environmental Engineering.

The EnvE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Students may seek engineering professional licensing after graduation.