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Program Goals and Objectives

The educational goals for the Environmental Engineering major are consistent with those of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering and Cornell University. We are committed to providing an excellent undergraduate engineering program in a nurturing learning environment so that our graduates acquire knowledge and develop the needed skills for successful professional careers. The EnvE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Students may seek engineering professional licensing after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the Environmental Engineering major 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.

In the assessment of the program, the three learning objectives are supplemented by 12 desirable student outcomes.

Student Outcomes

The following Student Outcomes (SOs) are assessed in the evaluation of our Environmental Engineering BS degree program. Our success in achieving these outcomes is periodically reviewed by our faculty, and by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET  ( as part of its accreditation process.

We advise EnvE students to think about these desirable outcomes and consider how through their choice of electives and co-curricular activities they can develop these abilities, and desired knowledge and understanding. Some students may want to emphasize particular issues or skills. But, none should be neglected – the successful environmental engineer needs to have a broad understanding of social and technical issues and the ability to communicate, as well as being outstanding technically.

As a result of their completion of the BS EnvE program, students should acquire:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(ℓ) an ability to create sustainable solutions in the context of a complex natural environment

The first eleven are general ABET Student Outcomes. Outcome (ℓ) is specific to our program.

Program Numbers (Graduating Seniors)

Year EnvE Program Graduates
2010 15
2011 19
2012 21
2013 24
2014 26
2015 39
2016 30
2017 30
2018 25