Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering

Make a Positive Impact

Mercer’s environmental engineering students learn how to minimize environmental impact through the study water and waste treatment, air pollution control, solid waste systems, public health, atmospheric chemistry, and bioremediation.

Our civil engineering students learn how civil engineers have worked for centuries to design modern infrastructure such as roads, dams, airports, and more for a cleaner environment. Discover how civil engineers design, build, and maintain today’s infrastructure.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering — Gain knowledge of complex and interactive cycles and receive hands-on experience in the lab. In your junior and senior years, engage in design projects and complete your degree with a 2-semester senior design project that involves identification, design, analysis, and testing of an environmental process or prototype.
  • B.S.E. in Civil Engineering — Learn one of the oldest engineering disciplines and receive instruction from a well-rounded curriculum that covers engineering fundamentals and principles in order to educate you on how to reach strategic design solutions.
  • M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering — Focus on biotechnology and remediation, water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, and air quality as you expand your knowledge of the field while advancing your career. The program consists of 30 credit hours.
  • M.S. in Environmental Systems — Study epidemiology and toxicology, water quality issues, solid and hazardous wastes, and air quality as you expand your knowledge of environmental systems and advance your career.
  • M.S.E. in Civil Engineering — Join one of our newest graduate programs and focus on environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resource engineering along with sustainability, green engineering, and relevant global civil engineering topics.

Departmental Honors

Outstanding Graduate 2020


Outstanding Graduate Charlotte Dungan

Charlotte Dungan

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major: Environmental Engineering
Minor: Technical Communication
Research Experience: As a first-year student, Charlotte conducted research under Dr. Philip McCreanor on repurposing gray water with various filtration systems to determine which lower the microbial concentration. After her sophomore year, she completed an REU at Stanford University where she treated Reverse Osmosis brine (backwash) from the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center. She also worked with Dr. Michael MacCarthy to study how groundwater flows through mountains from precipitation to spring in El Cercado, Dominican Republic. The summer after her junior year, Charlotte interned at the National Weather Service in Anchorage, AK, where she studied historical hydrological parameters (precipitation, river flow rate, and gauge height) to determine the best measurement for prediction of flood frequency and severity in Seward, AK. Finally, she worked with Dr. Andre Butler to design an indoor air quality sensor that measures PM2.5 and PM10 particulate concentration. They placed the devices in kitchens in El Cercado, Dominican Republic, to study poor air quality’s relationships with respiratory health, ventilation, and the biomass used.
Noteworthy Honors: Stamps Scholar, 2018 Hollings Scholarship recipient, 2019 Goldwater Scholar
Plans after Graduation: Charlotte plans to continue her education at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where she also plans to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“My education at Mercer makes me confident that I can achieve my dreams in the next chapter of my life.”