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Environmental Engineering Program

Environmental Engineering

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2014-2015 University Catalog- Environmental Engineering


  • Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Consulting
  • Agricultural
  • Petrochemical


Environmental Engineering (B.S.)


The West Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Program has the following objectives. During the first few years after graduation, engineers from the program will:

  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological needs of industry, governmental organizations, or other entities regionally or throughout the state and nation, and continue to grow professionally through activities such as pursuing formal graduate study, research or continuing education, achieving professional licensure, and participating in technical societies.
  • Develop an understanding of the business mission, vision, and objectives and be able to provide practical solutions that further those.'
  • Understand and appreciate the social, economic, and environmental issues that relate to ethical practice in a modern global society.
  • Demonstrate continually advancing critical thinking in professional practice and personal lives, begin to take increasingly responsible leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums.


Faculty members use the program educational outcomes to develop the topics covered and assignments in each course. By the time of graduation, mechanical engineering students will demonstrate competence in:

a. ability to apply knowledge of matematics, science and engineering;
b. ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c. 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;
d. ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
f. ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility;
g. ability to communicate effectively;
h. ability to attain broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
i. ability to recognize the need for and engagement in life-long learning;
j. ability to gain knowledge of contemporary issues;
k. ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Information ABOUT Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers will be needed to help companies comply with environmental regulations and to develop methods of cleaning up environmental hazards. There has been a shift in emphasis toward preventing problems rather than controlling those which already exist, as well as increasing public health concerns resulting from population growth, also are expected to spur demand for environmental engineers. Because of this employment growth, job opportunities in Environmental Engineering should be favorable.

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution


Graduates are awarded a B.S. in Environmental Engineering.

After graduation students may also find similar academic interests in other professional pursuis such as:

  • Environmental Law
  • Engineering (Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering)


Environmental Engineers

Median wage (TX) - $102,630
Median wage (US) - $83,340

Agrictultural Engineers

Median wage (TX) - $85,560
Median wage (US) - $78,400

Wage information taken from http://wtamu.myplan.com

Developmental Expectations

Be able

  • To use upper level mathematics to solve problems.
  • To understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • To communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • To communicate effectively by presentations speaking in open forums.
  • To use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • To understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

You should know

  • WT is one of only four authorized undergraduate Environmental Engineering programs in the state of Texas.
  • Employment of environmental engineers is projected grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Professional, scientific and technical services is projected to grow by 44% in the field of Environmental Engineering from 201 to 2020.


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