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Department Head: Dr. Kumar Ganesan
  (406) 496-4239
  SE 316B
Administrative Associate: Shelley Reed
  (406) 496-4115
  SE 316A
Department FAX: (406) 496-4650

Environmental Engineering Program Mission

The mission of the Environmental Engineering program at Montana Tech is to provide a quality education that blends theory with practice and enables graduates to successfully pursue professional careers in the field of Environmental Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

EnvironProgram Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The PEO's for the Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech is as follows:

  1. Enable graduates to embark upon and successfully pursue professional careers in the field of Environmental Engineering.

Environmental Engineering Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constrains; such as, economic, environmental, social, political, ethnical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of issues facing contemporary society.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. Demonstrate proficiency in the engineering sciences, including statics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.
  13. Demonstrate proficiency in environmental engineering topics that emphasize understanding of environmental principles and processes.
  14. Demonstrate ability to be able to apply mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and probability and statistics through environmental applications.
  15. Demonstrate ability to apply the principles of environmental engineering to design solutions to engineering problems to resolve and prevent environmental problems in air, water, and land.

In order to achieve these program objectives and outcomes, the Environmental Engineering degree is founded upon a strong background in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering fundamentals, as well as economics and the humanities and social sciences - a background that will support changing career requirements, challenges, and the pursuit of life long learning.

Engineering Design is integrated throughout the Environmental Engineering curriculum beginning in the freshman year with EENV 101 . In EENV 101 , students are exposed to an overview of the responsibilities of environmental engineers in solving problems. The engineering design concepts are brought to their attention through EGEN 101  with practical examples. In the sophomore year students are taught problem solving skills through EENV 204 . This course offers the necessary skills to analyze environmental engineering problems applying their mathematical and physical sciences background. During the junior year the students take four environmental engineering courses and a geological engineering course that provides design knowledge. Specifically courses such as EENV 402 - Surface Water Hydrology ; EENV 443 - Air Pollution Control ; and EENV 445 - Hazardous Waste Treatment , provides the students with engineering design experience including economic and safety factors. In the senior year twelve environmental engineering courses provide environmental engineering and design experience including the EENV 489W , a capstone design course that requires a formal design report and oral presentation based on a real world design project. EENV 470W  and EENV 450  are also designated writing courses where students have to write and present project reports. These twelve senior level courses are focused to strengthen the student's ability to expand the engineering design capabilities and integrate the necessary communication skills, computer application skills, economic, safety and community acceptance analysis skills. Overall, the Environmental Engineering curriculum integrates an engineering design component from the freshman year to the senior year.

All courses in the Environmental Engineering curriculum are taught by faculty with strong academic backgrounds and industry or government experience. Department facilities for laboratory studies and computer applications are excellent, with state-of-art computer equipment and software available to all students beginning with their freshman year. Montana Tech campus is situated in the heart of Montana's mining activity and the area's diverse and challenging environmental issues that stimulate field instruction and research.

Past graduates have been highly successful in finding and doing challenging jobs. Opportunities appear excellent for future graduates because of continued national and international emphasis upon air and water, the cleaning up of hazardous wastes, and the prevention of detrimental impact on land use. Co-op Education assignments and scholarships are available to majors on a competitive basis. Internships and summer jobs are excellent mechanisms to receive additional practical experience.

Regular input from students, alumni, faculty, and industry practitioners are used to assess the program objectives and outcomes.


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