Environmental Science and Engineering

Students performing field research

The Environmental Science & Engineering concentration is for students who wish to focus their graduate study on the fate and transport of substances in the environment. Applications include:

  • Remediation of contaminated soils, sediments, and groundwater
  • Treatment of water and wastewater
  • Disinfection of drinking water
  • Nutrients in surface waters

This concentration builds on our long history of high-impact research in environmental chemistry, microbiology, and modeling. Most students become highly engaged in this research very soon after matriculation.

Faculty and students working in the field Sampling soil

Many of our graduates continue in careers that involve environmental research by government agencies (e.g., the U.S. Geological Survey) or research centers (e.g., Oak Ridge National Laboratory), non-profits (e.g., the World Health Organization), or colleges and universities. Other graduates are very successful in the environmental services sector, with notable impacts nationwide. There is a strong alumni network around the Pacific Northwest.