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Environmental Engineering

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science

Environmental engineers are responsible for ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

There are few global challenges that environmental engineering doesn’t impact. Through this diverse and practical branch of engineering you’ll be able to drive real progress on the issues that matter and the ways we live.

The environmental engineering major equips future engineers with the ability to address the challenges of today and those that will emerge in the future.


To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The environmental engineering major is available in the following specialisations:


1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

47 in the world for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

Watch What's it really like to study Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UQ? on YouTube.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Process improvement engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Wastewater treatment engineer
  • Principal environmental officer

Average annual salary range

Environmental Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Environmental Systems
  • Environmental System Dynamics and Modelling
  • Environmental Phenomena
  • Engineering the Circular Economy

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