Environmental engineering is a highly interdisciplinary, diverse, and growing field. Its aim is to identify, understand, describe, and solve environmental problems in order to improve the human condition—while protecting fragile ecosystems—through the development and promotion of sound, sustainable environmental practices. Understanding physical and political geography is crucial to understand and solving complex challenges facing our planet such as climate change, desertification, and resource distribution, among others.
Our environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the top ten at U.S. universities. Our students work closely with faculty members who are world-renowned physical and social scientists with expertise in diverse areas, including hydrology, waste management, land use management, public health, economics, political science, and law. Johns Hopkins University has a long history of leadership in environmental engineering, particularly in the science of clean, safe and accessible water.
Employment for environmental engineers is projected to grow by more than 22 percent over the next decade, as state and local governments grapple with increasingly water, land and resource issues. Propelled by our rigorous academic curriculum, stellar advisors and well-rounded program, Johns Hopkins graduates in environmental health and engineering are in demand in academia, government, and industry, landing careers in areas such as water supply and sanitation, waste management, land use management, energy regulation, environmental protection, public health and more.
Working professionals may choose to pursue a non-thesis advanced degree or certificate in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Engineering and Science through our Engineering for Professionals part-time and online programs.