How do I Choose the Best Environmental Engineering Program?

Carol Francois
Carol Francois
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There are four items to consider when choosing the best environmental engineering program: internships, admissions requirements, accreditation, and faculty. These programs can be organized within a larger community college, university, or as part of an online school. Environmental engineering programs are focused on the application of engineering concepts to address issues with the environment. This includes the quality and availability of clean water, air and land.

The best environmental engineering program should have a wide range of internship and cooperative job placement opportunities. Gaining work experience in this field is the most important part of this program. The types of work experiences that you have and how you apply your knowledge in the field is critical. Look for programs that allow you to work outside, traveling to other places and environments.

In order to qualify for admission to environmental engineering program, you must have high school courses in biology, environmental studies, physics, calculus, and English. A environmental engineering program is typically four to five years in length and is available from a wide range of schools. Look for programs that are well known in environmental circles. This is a relatively new field of study, so take the time to learn about the history of the program at different schools.

If you are looking at the best environmental engineering program in the country or state, think about what is best for you. For example, a student with family responsibilities may find that a program with online course options is the best program. Another student may decide that a part-time program with courses in the evenings and weekends works best. Think about your daily life, what will fit, and find the program that works for you.

When looking for an environmental engineering program, always check the accreditation status of the school. An accredited school has been reviewed by an independent third party. Courses from an accredited school can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. This is very important, as many people change careers and the ability to use credits earned in the environmental engineering program toward other certificates reduces the time and cost of career changes. In addition, university graduates who want to become professional engineers (P.Eng) must meet the academic requirements of the National Society of Professional Engineers ® (NSPE®).

Most engineering programs provide the biographies of their faculty or instructors on their website. The information listed typically includes academic credentials, work experience, special training, and any awards they have received. Talk with your admissions counselor about these instructors and think about the different experiences they have had, and how they can help you.

People who report the greatest satisfaction from a environmental engineering program have a clear career plan in mind. Students who are motivated, focused, and disciplined have the greatest chance of success. Candidate who are passionate about the environment and dedicated to improving the planet are in high demand as this issue gains a higher profile.

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