Welcome to the Undergraduate Environmental and Ecological Engineering Concentration areas of the Biological Engineering Degree Program (BE).
These two concentration areas earn a Bachelor of Science degree from NC State University. The B.S. degree program in Biological Engineering (BE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Details about the BE Program's accreditation can be found on the College of Engineering website. Studies in this concentration are about engineering natural environments using technology and biological systems. Please read the Environmental and Ecological Engineering General Overview.
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What Students Learn...
Students studying in the environmental and the ecological engineering concentration pursue a challenging curriculum that introduces them to issues, principles, and practices related to the use and protection of soil and water resources. and ecological engineering students also study remediation and restoration techniques. Students will obtain a solid foundation in engineering sciences and broad exposure to engineering practice. This concentration is very hands-on and involves outdoor learning environments.
Unique to our programs is the study of rural and agricultural soil-water engineering practices. Many of the principles of water and soil management and air pollution control apply to urban problems also. Many consulting firms and industries with environmental compliance and waste concerns seek our graduates who have a versatile environmental engineering background.
Environmental and Ecological Engineering Curriculum Topics:
- Irrigation and Drainage Practices
- Water Quality and Pollution Control Methods
- Soil and Water Management Strategies
- Stream Restoration Practices
- Urban Stormwater Solutions
- Air Quality issues
- Ecological Remediation and restoration
Concentration electives allow the student to focus on topics of interest to them. Engineering curriculums can be challenging and the department helps each student to succeed. Students can promote their own success by embracing some of these "Tips for Student Success" .
The Capstone Senior Design Course
In the last year of study, students work on a Senior Design team project. Senior Design is the two semester capstone engineering course where students are involved with a real-world design project of their own choosing. Projects are sponsored by faculty members or private industry with engineering problems to solve. Upon completion of the course students are expected to present the outcomes to sponsors.
Examples of Senior Design projects:
Residential Green Design and Development in Cary, NC
Flood Management & Stream Restoration in a Cary NC Subdivision
Kure Beach N. C. Dune Infiltration System
Town of Wrightsville Beach Municipal BMP
Improved PAM Mixing and Application Device for Erosion Control Basins
An Example of an Undergraduate Independent research project presented at the Annual NCSU Undergraduate Symposium
Raising the Roof: An Investigation of Extensive Green Roofs as a Viable Urban Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP)
College organizations provide pre-professional development skills. see BAE Student Clubs. Many professional organizations offer student reduced fee memberships.
Professional organizations environmental engineers belong to:
About becoming a licensed professional engineer
Many environmental and ecological engineers choose to earn a Professional Engineers License. Being licensed assures competencies and expands opportunities for advancement.
When you graduate...
Graduates are often hired as:
- Pollution control specialists
- Consulting engineers
- Land-use specialists
- Wastewater managers
- Erosion control specialists
- Water resource engineers
- Solid waste specialists
- Ecological restoration consultants
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Many students go on to graduate school to prepare for higher-level positions or research careers.
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Were you looking for a non-engineering program? Please see the Bio&Ag program Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Technology AET Program information.