Drexel’s Environmental Engineering undergraduate program builds on information from many of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, hydrology, geology, atmospheric science and several specializations of biology (ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry). This field is closely associated with other branches of engineering, especially civil and chemical engineering. The program emphasizes the skills necessary to solve problems of the urban environment. Students learn to evaluate problems and develop solutions using a multidisciplinary approach. The breadth of the environmental engineering program prepares students to follow many career paths.
The Environmental Engineering minor focuses on pollution control and is primarily designed to broaden the professional capabilities of engineering students. For example, chemical and mechanical engineers working in process and manufacturing plants will be provided with a better understanding of the natural context of their facilities, better equipped to perform fate and risk analyses, and better able to apply the appropriate technology to control air and water discharges.
While this minor is designed to provide technical knowledge and skills to other engineers, with the appropriate prerequisites students from disciplines other than engineering can also complete this minor.