Program Description:

Where does your drinking water come from?  Where does it go when you flush it away?  How does it end up clean enough to drink and/or dump into our  receiving water bodies?  How do we reduce the impact of smokestack and vehicle emissions on air quality? How do we make the oceans clean and safe after an oil spill? How do we deal with ever increasing amounts of solid and hazardous waste?

These are the kinds of things you will learn about as an Environmental Engineering student, and the kinds of problems you will be able to solve for your community when you graduate.

Benedict College is one of only two undergraduate Environmental Engineering programs in South Carolina. Our objectives:

  1. Train and empower engineers who will become effective stewards and champions of environmental justice and sustainability.
  2. Provide a workforce pipeline increasing the number of minorities in the environmental engineering field.

Environmental engineering is an exciting field that addresses how to keep our water, air, and land clean enough to sustain human development and healthy ecosystems.   In the future, environmental engineers will  tackle the next wave of technological challenges such as building and operating sustainably, designing more energetically efficient processes and structures, and generating renewable energy sources such as methane, hydrogen, and biodiesel.

Successful completion of an environmental engineering degree will  qualify you to work as:

  • A drinking water or wastewater treatment supervisor
  • A remediation engineer or consultant
  • A design team member in industries such as biofuel plants
  • A city planning and development engineer
  • A facility engineer
  • Or continue to graduate school

See College Catalogue for Courses and Programs of Study plus more information.


Dr. Jessica Furrer Chau
Dr. Samuel Darko
Dr. Andrew Sabalowsky

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