4 California Colleges for Careers in Environmental Engineering

Consider one of these four schools if you want to make a future in the growing field of environmental engineering.

By Sydney Nikols | February 17, 2017

UC Davis's environmental engineering program offers a variety of hands-on experiment opportunities.

One of the most important steps towards becoming an environmental engineer is enrolling in a good program in your chosen field. If you’d like to jump-start your career in California, consider applying to the following four UC schools, all of which have highly respected programs in environmental engineering.

Now that you know which California colleges to apply to, you can start down the road towards a successful career in environmental engineering and do your part to clean up the planet.

1. University of California, Berkeley

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better environmental engineering program than the one at University of California, Berkeley. The program holds the number one spot on U.S. News and World Report’s lists of America’s best undergraduate programs and best graduate programs in the field, as well as the third spot on the National Research Council’s list of best environmental engineering programs. The curriculum focuses on coursework and research in air quality engineering, water quality engineering and environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology.

2. University of California, Davis

According to the National Research Council, University of California, Davis, has the sixth best environmental engineering program in the nation. U.S. News and World Report has taken a similar stance, ranking it 13th on its list of the best programs in the country. The department is particularly well known for its Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), which is dedicated to saving lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds.

3. University of California, Irvine

U.S. News and World Report ranked the environmental engineering program at University of California, Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering 34th in the country. The National Research Council ranked it 10th in the country with a particularly high score in the research category for its several research centers, institutes and facilities. Particularly noteworthy are the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), which is dedicated to breaking new ground in sustainability, and the Urban Water Research Center, which promotes the efficient use of water resources in order to protect the environment.

UC Irvine is dedicated to student research -- especially in the area of sustainability.
Photo: Uci.edu

4. University of California, Riverside

The University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering earned the 48th spot on U.S. News and World Report’s list of schools with the best environmental engineering programs in the country. According to the department’s self-description, it prides itself on being a leader in the “development of innovative methods to control air pollution and emissions from transportation and industrial resources.”

Now that you know which California colleges to apply to, you can start down the road towards a successful career in environmental engineering and do your part to clean up the planet.

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