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Major

Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Environmental engineers are responsible for ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

There are few global challenges that environmental engineering doesn’t impact. Through this diverse and practical branch of engineering you’ll be able to drive real progress on the issues that matter and the ways we live.

The environmental engineering major equips future engineers with the ability to address the challenges of today and those that will emerge in the future.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The environmental engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in environmental engineering design sustainable technologies and processes.

They apply engineering knowledge to environmental systems. Your studies will explore the challenges and opportunities of designing more sustainable products and processes, and how to evaluate and address trade-offs between environmental, social and economic indicators.

See the chemical engineering specialisation

Civil engineering

Civil engineers with a major in environmental engineering enhance the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

This requires integration of technical innovations, design and development with an understanding of natural systems.

You will explore how to assess, measure and develop solutions for managing resources such as energy, water, building materials, food and waste in an efficient and cost effect way without harming the environment.

See the civil engineering specialisation

Highlights

1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

26 in the world for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Process improvement engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Wastewater treatment engineer
  • Principal environmental officer

Early-career salary

Environmental Engineer

$49K–$70K

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Late-career salary

Environmental Engineer

$72K–$130K

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Environmental Systems
  • Environmental System Dynamics and Modelling
  • Environmental Phenomena
  • Engineering the Circular Economy

See all courses

Read program rules (PDF)

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

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