Environmental Engineering

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Maximize knowledge, minimize impact to our planet with an environmental engineering degree

Become well-versed in complex physical, chemical, and biological cycles and processes and learn to design systems that mitigate society’s carbon footprint through an undergraduate environmental engineering degree from Mercer University.

If you are interested in making a career out of environmental stewardship and you have been considering various types of engineering degrees, take the next step at Mercer.

When you pursue your environmental engineering education, you will learn how to minimize environmental impacts by studying water and waste treatment, air pollution control, solid waste systems, public health, atmospheric chemistry, and bioremediation.

Your courses will provide you with hands-on experiences to grow a meaningful career in environmental engineering or continue your environmental engineering education in graduate school.

Enhance your environmental engineering degree with a related minor 

As you complete environmental engineering degree requirements, broaden your industry knowledge and increase your value with a minor.

Two options to expand your environmental engineering education include:

  • The Engineering for Development minor, or E4D, will prepare you to design and implement sustainable solutions to help people and the environment.
  • The Technical Communication minor will help you determine how to evaluate your audience and tailor your messaging accordingly—no matter how technical or complex the information may be.

Your Mercer environmental engineering degree experience

From the lab to the field, you will experience hands-on learning opportunities while pursuing your environmental engineering education.

Through your environmental engineering courses you will experiment and design projects to identify, analyze, and test an environmental process or prototype.

You can also explore other avenues to further your environmental engineering education such as conducting undergraduate research, running literature searches, joining faculty-led research projects, and pursuing summer internships.

Explore environmental engineering courses

You will study sciences, math, and engineering fundamentals and build on this foundation so you can learn to apply engineering analysis and design to environmental systems.

In addition to the foundational courses you will take for your environmental engineering degree, you will also study engineering hydraulics, groundwater hydrology, surface hydrology, and more.

Some of the environmental engineering courses you may take include:

  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Green Engineering

Explore course descriptions and program requirements for environmental engineering.

Learn from experienced faculty

At Mercer, you will benefit from guidance and personalized support from our expert faculty and mentors.

As you complete your environmental engineering degree requirements, you will learn from environmental and civil engineers with various engineering degrees.

Your professors are also active researchers who specialize in a variety of areas, including biofiltration, global water, sanitation and hygiene, oxidation of organics, particulate air quality monitoring, and many others.

Not only can your professors help you explore these areas, but they will also show you how to apply what you learn.

Meet our environmental engineering degree program professors.

Careers and graduate study options for environmental engineering majors

Mercer’s environmental engineering degree program will help you develop the necessary skills and credentials to pursue industry roles or graduate school education.

Many types of engineering degrees—including environmental engineering—can position you to pursue a career in various settings, including federal, state, and local government, or architectural or construction firms.

An environmental engineering degree can show you how to apply fundamental engineering expertise to environmental systems to solve real-world problems.

Mercer graduates who completed this program work for environmental consulting firms, large industries, and governmental agencies and authorities, including:

  • Black & Veatch
  • Earth Tech
  • Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble, Inc. (HHNT)
  • Mercer Engineering Research Center
  • Stantec
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Other alumni have continued their education through graduate engineering programs and law school.

Mercer undergraduate environmental engineering degree students may be eligible for the 4+1 Integrated Degree Program. Eligible students can choose their master’s specialization in their junior year and receive a 50 percent graduate tuition benefit during their fifth year of study to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees more quickly and affordably.

Mercer offers several graduate engineering degrees, including:

Mercer’s environmental engineering professors are engaging and knowledgeable, and their wide range of expertise has allowed me to fully experience the broad field of environmental engineering. Their investment in me as a student and researcher has given me endless opportunities, like participating in a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates, and being named a Hollings Scholar, Goldwater Scholar, Stamps Scholar, and Udall Honorable Mention.

Michelle Graham, Environmental Engineering, '21

Engineering for Development Michelle Graham
Mercer University student in engineering lab looking closely at a row of beakers

Find your purpose with Mercer 

Take the next step toward becoming an environmental engineering major and apply today.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.