College of Engineering
Environmental and Ecological engineers use the principles of systems engineering, biology, and chemistry to develop strategies to protect human and environmental health and design sustainable systems and technologies. They can address issues at the local or global level, such as unsafe drinking water, air quality, and industrial sustainability. Projects may focus on improvement of materials cycling, resource recovery, public health, and water and air pollution control.
EEE at Purdue is unique and cutting edge in that it educates students in a systems perspective that includes sustainability and industrial ecology. Rather than only considering conventional waste emission treatment, we train our students to approach problems from an integrated perspective that considers both environmental issues and ecological aspects. Our name Environmental and Ecological Engineering highlights this modern approach of EEE relative to similar programs at peer institutions.
We seek a broad systems perspective for addressing environmental issues, with a focus on ecological interactions and resilient designs that take into account complexity and connectivity between systems. In the undergraduate curriculum, this philosophy drives the early focus on systems thinking and systems understanding and leads to the inclusion of significant course requirements in ecology, sustainability and industrial ecology. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Ecological Engineering is the only degree option in this discipline at Purdue, and the degree program is accredited in Environmental Engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
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Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete the First-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.