Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Why? Because we help people and the environment stay healthy. Environmental engineers use the principles of science and math to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect our soil, air, and
water resources. These natural resources are just what people need to lead healthy and productive lives and, so, environmental engineers are in high demand.
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Our students prepare to be leaders in the environmental engineering profession by focusing on five transferable skill sets:
We seek to develop these skills through extra-curricular activities, summer research/internships, service-learning, and, of course, classes.
The Environmental Engineering program is
accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
More Information about why accreditation is
important to students and their families can be found here. Briefly, ABET accreditation enhances our graduates'
opportunities for employment by placing them on the path to becoming
ABET accreditation is proof that our environmental
engineering program has met certain
standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter the
environmental engineering profession. In order to maintain our status as
an accredited program, we are focused on helping our students attain the Program Educational Objectives and Student
Outcomes that are published below.
Graduates of the Saint Francis University
Environmental Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation
the certifications, registrations, and/or licenses needed to work effectively
as environmental engineers.
themselves as practicing professionals whether in the field of environmental
engineering directly, or in related fields that draw on the knowledge, skills,
and values of the environmental engineering profession.
to positions of greater responsibility in their workplace, their profession,
and their community.
Franciscan perspective as they shape culture in their workplace, their
community, and civil society writ large.
objectives 1-4 with a commitment to life-long learning and continuous
Each student will have demonstrated the proficiency
in the following outcomes upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in
a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics,
science, and engineering.
b) An ability to design and conduct experiments
in the Lab, as well as to analyze and interpret data (in more than one major
environmental engineering focus areas, e.g., air, water, land, environmental
b') An ability to design and conduct
experiments in the Field, as well as to analyze and interpret data (in more
than one major environmental engineering focus areas, e.g., air, water, land,
c) An ability to design a system, component, or
process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic,
environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,
manufacturability, and sustainability (by means of design experiences
integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum).
d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary
e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve
f) An understanding of professional and ethical
g) An ability to communicate effectively.
h) The broad education necessary to understand
the impact of engineering solutions in a global,economic, environmental, and
i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability
to engage in life-long learning.
j) A knowledge of contemporary environmental
issues (especially those associated with air, land, and water systems and
associated environmental health impacts).
k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and
modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
l) Understand concepts of professional practice
and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private
organizations pertaining to environmental engineering professional development.
Ecological Engineering Concentration (B.S. in Environmental Engineering)
Students in the Ecological
Engineering concentration prepare to be leaders in this fast-growing field via:
Aside from the required coursework, students in the
concentration are presented with the opportunity for internships or research
positions related to Ecological Engineering as well as the option to focus
their senior capstone sequence on an Ecological Engineering problem. Students
who complete these requirements, and the requirements of the Environmental
Engineering program, graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering with a
Concentration in Ecological Engineering.
for Watershed Research and Service provides a unique
opportunity for students to put their ecological engineering skills into
practice working on internship, research, and class projects for our nonprofit
partners at home and abroad.
Renewable Energy Concentration (B.S. in Environmental Engineering)
Energy needs continue to increase both nationally and globally. The predominant use of nonrenewable energy resources have generated significant environmental problems which have negatively impacted our planet. Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hybrid technologies have the promise of
making sustainable advances in meeting our future energy needs.
Renewable Energy concentration students take six credits of specialized course work in energy conversion, storage, and distribution. You will explore the details of energy conversion from traditional sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear energy, to sustainable sources such as solar, wind,
fuel cells, and other developing innovative energy technologies.
There are also opportunities for internships and other interactions with SFU’s Institute for Energy.
Student-design projects within the specialized course work provide hands-on learning in designing renewable energy systems. Students in the renewable energy concentration may also pursue renewable energy design projects in both the Senior Lab and courses within the major.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, we can expect the
number of new job openings to increase faster for environmental engineers than
for any other occupation. SFU engineering graduates have had excellent success
in finding employment; nearly all find positions in their field within 12
months of graduation. Our society has a long-term need for environmental
engineers as we face challenges in energy generation, drinking water supply and
stewardship over natural resources. SFU environmental engineers will be well
equipped not only to address the technical aspects of these challenges but also
to assist others in understanding the complex ethical and societal context of
each technical problem. As of the Spring of 2017, 97% of our 37 graduates are employed.
world experience is the hallmark of environmental engineering at SFU. In our
program you will learn to use math and science to solve some of the most
important problems facing society today and we believe that you should start
putting your skills to good use even before you graduate. Our students design
projects for class, work through paid internships and summer research, and
conduct engineering service both here in Pennsylvania and abroad. By combining
classroom learning with authentic projects, our students develop the wide
variety of skills needed to be successful in the rapidly growing field of
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