Environmental and Energy Engineering

Embark on a transformative educational journey that equips you with the knowledge and skills to address pressing environmental and energy challenges. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation, you'll have the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences, collaborative research and real-world projects, empowering you to make a meaningful impact on the world's environmental issues.

As a nationally ranked research institution, Duquesne offers a wide range of opportunities in the sciences and engineering. The focused class sizes ensure that you have easier access to faculty and resources, making it easier for you to pursue challenging opportunities that may be harder to find in larger programs.

Early on, you'll have access to project design spaces and labs, allowing you to develop practical skills and produce high-quality work. The dedicated faculty, with decades of experience, are here to offer you support and accessibility to help you make meaningful progress in your academic journey.

At Duquesne, you'll find a perfect balance between diverse opportunities and maintaining a close-knit community. You will join a supportive and passionate community of faculty and students who share your dedication to creating a more sustainable and resilient future. Take your next step toward a greener, cleaner and more promising world.

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Program Information

Duquesne University's Environmental and Energy Engineering program equips you with the essential expertise and skills required to tackle modern-day environmental and energy challenges. Immerse yourself in hands-on experiences, collaborative research, and real-world projects tailored to empower you to make a significant impact on global environmental issues.

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Required Credit Hours

131 credits

I Can Help You Reach Your Bigger Goals!

As your Enrollment Coordinator, I can help you get started on your environmental engineering path. Please contact me if you have questions.

Maddy Gormley

Enrollment Coordinator

Science and Engineering

Maddy Gormley

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Tori Kocsis

"The school provided many opportunities to conduct research my freshman year. Working with my professors and fellow students in our labs not only better prepared me for my academic career, but for my long-term future as well."

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Research Opportunities

As an Environmental and Energy Engineering student, you'll actively engage in researching pressing environmental concerns of our time. Explore topics such as greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability, hydrogeology and water management, air and water pollution control, waste management, conservation biology, environmental policy and more.

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Student Organizations

You can explore your interests through approximately 14 student organizations, which are open to science and engineering majors. These options include joining the American Chemical Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Multicultural STEM Group, among others, to connect with like-minded peers and pursue your passions.


This is the curriculum for the Environmental and Energy Engineering program, encompassing 131 credits.

Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • Intro to Engineering (3 credits)
  • Gen Chem 1 (5 credits)
  • Calculus 1 (4 credits)
  • Gen. Anal. Phys. 1 (4 credits)

Spring Semester
(17 credits)
  • Programming for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Gen Chem 2 (5 credits)
  • Calculus 2 (4 credits)
  • Gen. Anal. Phys. 2 (4 credits)
  • Research & Info Skills (1 credit)
Fall Semester (18 credits) 
  • Intro to Earth Systems Science (3 credits)
  • Electronics (3 credits)
  • Statics (3 credits)
  • Environmental Biology (3 credits)
  • Writing & Analysis (3 credits)
  • Engineering Design (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)
  • Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)
  • Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Intro to Environmental Engineering (4 credits)
  • Writing & Literature (3 credits)
Fall Semester (18 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning & Moral Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • Data Analysis for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • Air Resources Engineering (3 credits)
  • Essential Questions (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits) 
  • Water Resources Engineering (4 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Solid Hazardous Materials Management (3 credits)
  • Renewable Energy (3 credits)
  • Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Fall Semester (15 credits)
  • Capstone Design 1 (3 credits)
  • Environmental Elective (3 credits)
  • Environmental Health & Permitting (3 credits)
  • Social & Historical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Nuclear Engineering (3 credits)
  • Theology/Philosophy as needed

Spring Semester (15 credits)
  • Capstone Design 2 (3 credits)
  • Energy Elective (3 credits)
  • Cultural Fluency & Responsivity (3 credits)
  • Communication & Creative Expression (3 credits)
  • Remote Sensing (3 credit)
Environmental Engineering Electives (choose two)
  • Groundwater Hydrology (3 credits)
  • Wetland Restoration (3 credits)
  • Sustainable Design (3 credits)

Energy Engineering Electives (choose one)
  • Sustainable Design (3 credits)
  • Heat Transfer (3 credits)
  • Thermal System Design (3 credits)