While many schools across the country offer quality environmental engineering programs, a few stand out for their high-quality research facilities, top-notch faculty, high levels of job placement and well-rounded education. Students learn problem-solving and research skills to manage environmental challenges such as improving air quality, developing “green” energy solutions and controlling pollution. The programs prepare students to succeed in a fast-growing and high-paying career, according to CNN Money's 2011 list of the best jobs for fast growth.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University has long been associated with engineering, and its environmental engineering program is one of the best in the nation. The school's goal is to develop and promote practices that sustain a healthy environment as it educates future environmental leaders. Its environmental engineering program has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation several times, according to the Johns Hopkins University's website. The program is accredited by ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits university engineering programs based on their adherence to rigorous standards, their high-quality staff and their production of highly trained graduates.
Ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2012, Stanford’s environmental engineering program prepares students to manage and solve problems related to urbanization, overpopulation and environmental issues not yet discovered. The program is accredited by ABET and is highly regarded within the industry. Stanford’s multidisciplinary program encourages relationships with other researchers and groups within the university and the engineering field to give students a well-rounded and comprehensive education.
University of California, Berkeley
The environmental engineering program at University of California, Berkeley, is consistently ranked as one of best in the nation. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranked the program first in its 2013 rankings. Classes include those on plant biology, earth and planetary sciences, integrative biology and environmental policy management, according to the program's website. While Berkeley's undergraduate and graduate programs are both strong, the graduate program is especially prestigious, rich in research and problem-solving activities in air and water quality and environmental hydrology.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. It has a rich tradition of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs for environmental engineers. The school’s website boasts a high level of commitment to students and a highly qualified, prestigious faculty. Faculty and students collaborate with other groups on campus for research or design projects. The multidisciplinary, ABET-accredited program teaches future engineers to address complex environmental problems related to air quality, sustainable resources, energy production and other issues. Environmental engineering graduates have the highest job placement of all graduates from the university.
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