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PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

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

  • Use engineering theory and experience to develop practical solutions for engineering applications that further the business objectives of the company while at the same time understand business objectives and appreciate the social, economic and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society;
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and creativity on engineering projects, begin to take leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums;
  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological needs of industry or governmental organizations 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.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

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

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 

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.

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 to grow 22% 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 2010 to 2020.

    Annual Enrollment

    Academic Year

    Annual Enrollment*

    2014-2015

    2

    2015-2016

    1

    2016-2017

    1

    2017-2018

    9

    2018-2019

    6

    *Enrollment numbers do not include pre-engineering.

    Graduation Data

    2017-2018

    1

    2018-2019

    1