Environmental Systems Engineering

Degree Requirements

Environmental Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary program with two options. One option is Environmental Systems Engineering (ENVSE) and it is concerned with the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies. The other option is Environmental Health and Safety Engineering (ENVHS) and it is concerned with safe and healthful design of industrial systems such that workers are protected from potentially high risk exposures associated with today's industries. The program is unique as it is designed to address critical environmental, safety and health problems of the basic industries such as those involved in the extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources. The courses are sequenced so that students acquire an appropriate blend of theory, applications, and design and are equipped with the fundamentals necessary to maintain lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as environmental systems engineers or health and safety engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level.

Students enrolled in engineering or science programs at Penn State follow a very similar course of study within their first two years. The basic requirements in mathematics, in the physical and engineering sciences, and in the social sciences and humanities are essentially identical.

A complete breakdown of the degree requirements for this program is available on the University Bulletin Website.

A list of all the required courses for the program are available on the Recommended Academic Plan/Scheduling Guide for Environmental Systems Engineering.

Supporting technical electives are listed are below.