Environmental and Water Resources Engineering:


The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering emphasis in biological systems engineering major is a  program of study that offers a variety of opportunities. Learn about nonpoint source pollution, restoring streams, lakes, and wetlands, and how water resources engineering plays a role in sustaining our valuable natural heritage. This is a fantastic career choice for people who like to work outside and experience the hands-on results of their ideas and concepts. Study and participate in research on subject matter that makes a difference for the planet and the quality of life we have come to value.

Recommended Classes:



Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.

Water Drop


Soil and Water Resources Engineering

Introduction to soil and water resources and the engineering processes used to analyze watersheds. Soil water relations, precipitation, runoff, erosion, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality. Geographic information system utilized to develop maps and analyze watershed characteristics.

Animal Waste


Animal Waste Management

Characterization of wastes from animal production. Specification and design of collection, transport, storage, treatment, and land application systems. Air and water pollution, regulatory and management aspects.



Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering

Analytical and design consideration of evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water movement as related to irrigation and drainage systems; analysis and design of components of irrigation and drainage systems including water supplies, pumping plants, sprinkler systems, and center pivots.

Rain Cloud


Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering

Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.

Drinking Water


Process Design in Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment

Design of unit operations and processes associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.



Groundwater Engineering

Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement.

After Graduation:

After completing a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, students go on to have fulfilling careers in a variety of directions. Many graduates find work with companies and organizations that provide consulting services for cities and the government. Other students will be hired by industrial companies to help design solutions for limiting pollution production and optimizing water use. There are also students who choose to continue with their education and pursue advanced degrees.