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Environmental Engineering

Plan, design and help construct the built environment with a focus on the sustainable use of soil and water resources and protecting the natural environment.

Environmental Engineering – B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Housed within the Civil Engineering department at Montana State, the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering is intended to address the demand for classically trained engineers with focus on environmental, municipal and industrial processes and strengths in water chemistry, fluid mechanics and hydraulics. Students learn to work with the environment, not against it, preserving and protecting resources while providing for the structural needs of society.



Professors Adie Philips, Katey Plymesser, Ellen Lauchnor and Catherine Kirkland are leading a five-year project to transform Montana State’s Environmental Engineering degree to better prepare future graduates to excel in their professional practices, made possible by winning a nearly $1 million grant through the National Science Foundation.




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Transform the Community
Local ski hill Bridger Bowl boasts an artificial wetland system designed by Montana State engineers to treat the resort’s wastewater.

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University of the Yellowstone™
An interdisciplinary team of Montana State engineers and ecologists is working to improve successful fish passage on the Yellowstone River.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Environmental Engineering students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Green Building
  • Environmental Remediation

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.