Environmental engineering involves the planning, design and management of the natural environment.

Environmental engineers require an understanding of the complexity and variability of natural systems, and the way these interact with the built environment. They focus on land and water engineering, examining issues such as land use and management, salinity, water resources management, water quality and soil rehabilitation and create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Environmental engineers regularly work with biologists, ecologists and resource managers in order to solve problems related to ecologically sustainable development.

Environmental engineering students learn from staff active in research areas such as hydrology, irrigation and water management. The course has a strong focus on sustainability and project management. Guest lectures and seminars by industry professionals are available to students, along with community project work and site visits that combine theory with practice. Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field and qualified environmental engineers are in demand.

Mika Zöllner

"Leaving high school I knew I wanted to be able to build my technical skills and scientific understanding, to allow me to later contribute to initiatives and projects tackling global environmental problems; particularly in the water management field."

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    The need for qualified environmental engineers has never been greater. New kinds of jobs are being developed in environmental areas such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change and sustainable systems. Career opportunities exist in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, local, state and federal government and mining companies. Environmental engineering graduates may find work with companies such as GHD, Golder Associates or Alluvium.

  • Graduate Pathways

    To graduate as an Environmental Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Environmental Engineering major within the Bachelor of Science of the Bachelor of Design, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Environmental).