Environmental Engineering Major

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a bachelor degree program in Environmental Engineering (EnvE), which is jointly offered by the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  at Cornell University.


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Associate Professor Ruth Richardson
As part of a world-class university, Cornell’s Environmental Engineering Major inspires students and provides opportunities to engage with the local community, the nation and global society. The focus of the undergraduate program is to educate the leaders of the next generation’s environmental engineering professionals working in industry and in government. However, we recognize the need for direct engagement in research and outreach to inform the undergraduate program, to help it to remain cutting edge and to provide those leaders with an appreciation of scientific and public issues.

Educational Objectives

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

Matt Reid with students in lab.

Careers Paths
Environmental Engineers may work as researchers, designers, planners, operators of pollution control plants and water supply systems, educators, consultants to private and public businesses, government regulatory agency officials, or program managers in profession and technical engineering societies.

Environmental Engineers design systems to provide energy from renewable and sustainable energy sources, and prevent, reduce, or repair environmental damage caused by human activities. They work to contain, reduce, or prevent hazardous waste, air pollution, or contaminated streams and groundwater. They may also design water treatment plants to deliver safe drinking water to municipal residents or design pollution control systems for industries and cities. They help in the reconstruction of stream channels, and wetlands and estuaries to preserve the environment and to maintain habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Many of our students are involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World, Engineers without Borders, and AguaClara.

Students in the AguaClara Cornell program collaborate in small teams in an open-source maker-space to invent the next generation of community and climate-friendly water technologies. Student teams conduct research, build computer-controlled experimental systems, analyze results using python, invent new technologies, design full-scale prototypes, create design algorithms, and create documentation and educational materials for technology transfer to global partners.

 To learn more about student project teams, please visit our page on Student Organizations.

The Cornell B.S. in Environmental Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET


Nadine Porter
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
College of Engineering
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Email: ndp5@cornell.edu

Brenda Marchewka
Student Services Coordinator
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering

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