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Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Make a difference to the environment as an environmental engineer!

The Environmental Engineering program incorporates biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems using different engineering contraptions.

In order to protect public health, an environmental engineer is responsible to preserve and improve the current environment through environmentally-related researches and equipment construction, installation, and implementation. The application of Biology and Chemistry is common in this area, especially when dealing with water treatments and industrial waste management.

There are plenty of areas to be explored in Environmental Engineering. These include pollution, global warming, wildlife protection, data analyzing, quality control, water supply, treatment systems, and many more. Depending on your career choice, you will be able to work close to nature or in laboratories.

If you like to understand how things work, enjoy solving complex puzzles, and scored well in maths and science, pursuing an Engineering degree might be right for you!

With a degree in Engineering, you’ll learn to apply maths and scientific principles to solve various engineering problems and design solutions to health, safety, societal, and environmental concerns.

Fields of Engineering

There are seven fields of Environmental Engineering that you can choose from as your major. You can pick from these specializations:

Air Pollution Control

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80 percent of the world’s urban population lives in places with poor air quality. Engineers in air pollution control focus on controlling and reducing pollution. They work against time to efficiently monitor and locate the pollution source and designing implementations to solve the issue.

Wastewater Management

Water is essential for survival. We get our water source from natural water bodies like lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Therefore, wastewater must always be treated to remove impurities and minimize ecological effects before it is released into the water bodies. Filtration, sedimentation, biological treatment, and disinfection are common terms in this field.

Storm Water Management

Developed areas have less soil to naturally soak water into the ground. When storm drains and sewer systems overflow with excessive water, flood and erosion can occur especially in urban areas. Environmental engineers have a huge role in treating storm water to release them into natural water bodies before they overflow.


Going eco-friendly is now a trend. Businesses and households aim to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste to minimize negative environmental impact. Environmental engineers are needed in various areas of recycling, such as designing recycling equipment, advising in regulations and management, and creating new ways to repair and reuse items.

Land Planning and Management

In urban areas, there is a never-ending development of infrastructures. Engineers in the Land Planning and Management area must carefully balance environmental health and the betterment of society’s living conditions. This means planning strategies and infrastructures without harming the ground to prevent land-related disasters in the future.

Hazardous Waste Management

Toxic waste is harmful to people, animals, and plants. In severe cases, it can cause serious illnesses to humans, such as genetic mutation, cancer, birth defect, and organ malfunction. To manage hazardous waste, environmental engineers focus on treating these substances to reduce exposure to the environment.

Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene focuses on the health and safety of people and work, as well as the community around the workplace. As health and safety hazards are present in industrial workplaces like factories, research centres, and power plants, environmental engineers are needed to identify and control these hazards to protect the safety of the people.

What are the skills needed?

  • Commitment – You have a very clear plan and would observe it from start to finish. You are determined to make a difference to the environment because doing so would also mean the betterment of people’s well-being.
  • Inquisitive – As a problem-solver, you are quick to come up with solutions. You are also a curious student who loves seeking answers to your endless questions. This skill is important to help you solve environmental issues.
  • Outdoor Lover – The nature intrigues you and you are always curious about the outdoor environment. In some areas of Environmental Engineering, you will be working outdoors for most of your career.

How long will I study this Program?

The study duration could vary from one institute to another. However, as a general estimate, we have compiled a general estimate of the duration according to the study levels and qualifications.

  • Foundation/Diploma: 1 – 3 Years
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 4 Years
  • Master’s: 2 – Years
  • PhD: 1 Year

What are the entry requirements for this qualification?

  • Degree:
    • STPM: Minimum 2 passes in relevant subjects
    • A-Levels: Minimum 2 principal passes or equivalent
    • SAM: Tertiary Entrance Rank of 70, Grade B in 2 of the relevant subjects
    • CPU: Average of 70% in 6 of the relevant subjects
    • UEC: Grade B in at least 6 subjects
  • Master’s:
    • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree with honours or equivalent
  • PhD:
    • A Master’s Degree in relevant field with evidence of adequate research or work experiences to satisfaction of Senate

What are the job opportunities?

  • Water Project Manager
  • Senior Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Engineering Manager
  • Environmental Health and Safety Director
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant
  • Green Building Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist

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