Environmental Engineering Program Overview
Our graduates are prepared to be successful engineering professionals in private and governmental organizations, and/or students in the best graduate programs. We educate students to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively as they apply the fundamental scientific principles of engineering to environmental problems. We emphasize the importance of intellectual growth, professional ethics and service to society.
Alternative energy sources, population growth, air pollution, urban sprawl, and the depletion of natural resources are among the challenges being addressed by undergraduates in EHE’s Environmental Engineering (BSE) program. Our quantitative, data-driven approaches to research, cross-disciplinary problem solving and service to society, and our students’ ability to leverage the resources and expertise of multiple university divisions prepare our students for careers in industry and government, as well as for top graduate programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSE) in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See our Program Objectives and Outcomes page for more information.
Applicants must be Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students. Undergraduate students should formally apply to the BS/MSE program during their 7th semester and no later than December 1. Admitted students must complete their bachelor's degree before being enrolled in the graduate program.
The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering offers three minors at the Whiting School of Engineering on the Homewood campus.
Environmental engineers play particularly pivotal roles as professionals who bridge the gap between understanding complex scientific concepts and helping to formulate public policies that affect the environment. Environmental engineering has become an important part of engineering practice in most engineering fields and across a professional spectrum from the private sector through governmental agencies to academia. An undergraduate minor in environmental engineering has been established to enable engineering students to pursue an interest in this field and to incorporate aspects of environmental engineering into their own careers in other engineering disciplines.
Engineering for Sustainable Development
Engineers will be increasingly called upon to help devise solutions to the tremendous problems of poverty, inequality, and social and environmental dislocation that afflict major parts of the globe in the 21st century. Working as an engineer in this context involves negotiating highly complex social, economic and political realities and dealing with a wide range of institutions and actors, including national and local governments, multilateral lenders such as the World Bank, diverse non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities. It also increasingly involves working in interdisciplinary teams with social scientists, public health and medical workers, humanitarian aid workers, bankers, politicians and the like. “Sustainable” development implies a development path that is socially equitable, culturally sensitive and environmentally appropriate over a multi-generational time frame.
The Minor in Engineering for Sustainable Development exposes engineering students to some of the key issues related to development, methods of information-gathering in diverse and difficult settings, and working effectively with non-engineers on complex problems. We begin with a one-semester core course that surveys the various issues involved, followed by an individually-designed but coherent program organized around a particular theme, disciplinary approach or region of the world. We conclude with a one-semester seminar in which students come together and share their experiences and insights from their various program trajectories.
The Environmental Sciences minor has been developed to encourage and facilitate studies in environmental sciences by students completing degrees in the other science and engineering disciplines. For more information about this minor, please visit our advising page.
As part of these minor programs, or as part of other programs of the student’s own design, the department offers electives in such areas as:
- water and wastewater pollution treatment processes
- environmental systems analysis
- environmental policy studies
Meet an EHE Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Paul Ferraro centers his research in the Whiting School of Engineering and Carey Business School.