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Do you want to be on the frontline of developing engineering solutions to problems involving the environment, such as pollution control, waste disposal and recycling?

As a graduate of MSU Denver’s new Environmental Engineering bachelor’s degree program you will be prepared for a career planning and designing sustainable environmental systems that maximize quality of life by minimizing the impact of human activity on the environment.

The Environmental Engineering program is a multidisciplinary, collaborative degree between the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. You can customize your degree to meet your career goals through electives in disciplines such as civil engineering, geospatial sciences, geology, water resources and or sustainable systems. This flexibility will increase your competitiveness in an evolving job market.

As an Environmental Engineering student, you will study theory as well as experience hands-on learning to reinforce theoretical concepts. Through the Engineering core component, you’ll also gain solid training for the Fundamental Engineering (FE) exam.

Learn about scholarships for Environmental Engineering students.

Explore the Environmental Engineering program's curriculum.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Engineering and Engineering Technology Department, which houses the Environmental Engineering program, has many cooperative education partnerships and internships with local engineering firms through the Applied Learning Center, giving you real-world experience for a leg up in your career search after graduation.

You’ll also get to take advantage of the innovative, collaborative learning environment of MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building, where product development is integrated with design and research to give you ample opportunity to work with advanced technology in experiential laboratories.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook lists $84,890 as the median annual salary for environmental engineers, with an expected 12 percent job-growth rate. At just over $97,000, Colorado is among the 13 states with the highest annual mean wage in 2016 for Environmental Engineers.

Among the industries that employ Environmental Engineers are:

  • Architectural, engineering and related services
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Management, scientific and technical consulting services
  • Waste treatment and water disposal
  • Remediation and other waste management services
  • Nonresidential building construction
  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Natural gas distribution
  • Legal services


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Professor of Civil Engineering Technology Jeno Balogh is the coordinator of the Environmental Engineering Program. He holds a Ph.D. from Budapest University of Technology and Economics.




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Professor Zsuzsa Balogh, coordinator of the Civil Engineering Technology program, is a 2017-18 American Council on Education Fellow, one of only 42 selected in the country as an emerging academic leader. She is also a co-principal on Emerging Engineers (E²) Pathways, a $241,170 National Science Foundation grant.



Randi Brazeau

Randi Brazeau is an assistant professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She holds an Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition to teaching at MSU Denver and Virginia Tech, she was an engineering analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates.

Sample Classes

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The 50 credit hours of required core courses include classes such as:

Engineered Water 
Environmental Policy in Engineering 
Wetland Studies 
Soil Resources 
Engineering Graphics: Solid Modeling 
Strength of Materials with Laboratory 
Fundamental Fluid Mechanics 
Geotechnical Engineering 

Among the many courses offered to meet the 15-credit-hour electives requirement are:

Applied Pollution Science 
Environmental Remediation 
Hydrogeology (Groundwater) 
Humanitarian Engineering 
Sustainable Development Strategy 

Facilities and Resources

Part of the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the Environmental Engineering program is housed in MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES).
The AES building provides a space where the study of Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology are integrated through the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences.

Certain students will have the unique opportunity of working with York Space Systems’ production facilities and Mission Operations Center on the AES building’s enterprise floor.

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