Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 125 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in an environmental engineering degree program?

Our program emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of engineering and science principles that are used to address emerging environmental issues such as sustainable air, water, and land resources; human health; and environmental restoration.

Graduates are trained to be problem solvers who will develop novel solutions to meet the complex challenges of urban development, pollution minimization, and improving an aging water treatment and supply network.

Our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This provides assurance that your degree meets the high quality standards required to seek registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Undergraduate research

Undergraduate environmental engineering students perform research that will help communities have access to safe and reliable sources of drinking water by removing pollutants and developing more efficient and sustainable methods for its distribution. 

What do environmental engineers earn?

The median starting salary for environmental engineers is $65,500.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in environmental engineering are trained to:

  • Design engineering solutions to real-world problems
  • Identify ways to make engineered and natural environments safer, greener, and more sustainable
  • Develop computer simulations and laboratory-based models to optimize treatment processes
  • Engage in life-long learning through professional development
  • Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities and national laboratories

Senior capstone project

In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day. In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.

Learn more about the civil and environmental engineering department

For over 120 years, our research programs and institutes have helped Nevada design safe and sustainable communities. 

Specializations in the environmental engineering program

  • Minor in construction management

    Developed in conjunction with industry leaders, the construction management minor is designed to equip students with the skills needed to plan, direct, and coordinate construction activities. Because we work closely with construction companies, our curriculum remains aligned with the industry and students can obtain internships with local companies.

  • Minor in civil engineering

    The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a civil engineering minor.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S.

    The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.

  • Accelerated B.S./MBA

    The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

  • Graduate degrees in civil and environmental engineering: M.S. & Ph.D.

    Environmental engineering students can continue their studies by pursuing an M.S. or a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.

Careers with a degree in environmental engineering

Median starting salaries of $65,500

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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