Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Program Highlights

You will develop skills that can be applied at a local or global level to promote sustainability in all areas related to the environment and public health.

UAlbany provides you with a rigorous curriculum, a team of dedicated and renowned environmental engineering leaders who have long-term vision, and deep commitment to sustainable engineering.


Visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for more course information.
For more information contact Yanna Liang at yliang3@albany.edu.

As an ESE student, you’ll:

  • Use different tools to analyze data, generate models and design processes for pollution control, remediation or sustainable resource utilization
  • Learn to work effectively and collaboratively with people from different backgrounds
  • Interact with world-class faculty, complete internships, and lead senior design projects aimed at finding solutions to real-world problems
  • Engage in a wide range of clubs, professional organizations and activities where you network with your peers and engineering practitioners around the globe
  • Conduct hands-on research on all environmental problems related to water, air, solid waste, water resources management, and energy sustainability
  • Be fully prepared to enter industry, government or pursue advanced degrees.

"The new ESE department offers an excellent opportunity for students and faculty members having an interdisciplinary platform for their learning, teaching and research. Having expertise in urban and rural air quality issues, I feel great joy sharing my knowledge and experience to my students and seeing them working on air quality problems is truly rewarding."

Md. Aynul Bari (ESE faculty)

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Career Outlook

UAlbany’s ESE program is highly unique because – in addition to providing a conventional environmental engineering education – sustainable engineering opens even more career paths at the intersections of different disciplines. It also provides a unique opportunity for students due to the University’s well-connected Capital Region location, as the immediate area is well represented by engineering firms and government organizations eager to prepare our students through exciting internship opportunities – which often leads to a significant number of job offers.

Environmental engineers enjoy among the highest starting salaries and are in great demand for careers in industry, government and academia, as well as with consulting firms to help clients manage their environment issues. Possible job titles include Air Quality Analyst, Energy Engineer, Water Quality Specialist, Remediation Manager, Sustainable Designer, and Process Engineer.

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"The world class faculty and excellent research facility of the newly opened ESE department invariably foster my intellectual development. I am really grateful to be a part of it."

Sanchita Paul (ESE PhD student)

Programmatic Educational Objectives

The Programmatic Educational Objectives for the Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program are:

a) Graduates will be able to work collaboratively with people from other background to solve critical environmental problems through sustainable approaches.

b) Graduates will excel in their chosen profession through lifelong learning and become leaders in their professional service.

c) Graduates will maintain high professional and ethical standards and stand out as examples for their peers.

d) Graduates will become exemplary citizens by serving their local community and the broad society.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes of the Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The ESE BS program will seek ABET accreditation once it is ready. More information is available at www.abet.org.

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