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What is Bioenvironmental Engineering?

Bioenvironmental Engineering (BEE) utilizes engineering principles and the physical, chemical and biological sciences to prevent and solve environmental problems related to human activities. Bioenvironmental engineers may work in a variety of environmental engineering fields including air pollution control, bioremediation, environmental health and safety, hazardous waste management, site remediation, solid waste management, renewable energy generation, stormwater treatment, and water and wastewater treatment.

What Courses Do Bioenvironmental Engineering Students Take?

Students take basic engineering courses and physical, chemical and biological sciences in the freshman and sophomore years. In the junior and senior years the fundamentals are applied for multidisciplinary problem solving in various environmental fields.

What are Professional Opportunities for Bioenvironmental Engineers?

  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Green energy and sustainable development companies
  • Drinking water, wastewater, solid waste and air pollution treatment facilities
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Environmental regulatory and planning agencies
  • Industry and academic research laboratories
  • International development agencies
  • Public-interest groups

Bioenvironmental Engineering is accredited under Environmental Engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), resulting in preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and licensure as a Professional Engineer.