Pitt Adds New Major

The environmental engineering major will be available in the 2016-17 academic year and aims to help students prepare for a changing job market.

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The University of Pittsburgh has added a new focus to a long list of engineering majors available to its students. A new environmental engineering major will be offered beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, and enrollment has already begun. The environmental engineering major joins bioengineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and many more at the Swanson School of Engineering.

Seniors who want to switch to this major can adjust their course requirements and should graduate by April 2017. The addition comes as the demand for energy grows and both public and private entities are looking to environmental engineers to address challenges facing our society.

“Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that there’s going to be a great demand for environmental engineers, and many of our alumni and employment partners have indicated this to us as well,” says Leonard Casson, associate professor and academic coordinator of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in a press release.

The department realized they could give their students an advantage with a new major, and it was created to help Pitt students capitalize on the changing job market. The department has around 300 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students.

“Developing this program was possible thanks to the depth and breadth of our faculty, many of whom are nationally and internally recognized for their research in water and wastewater management, sustainability and green design, and unconventional resources such as Marcellus and Utica shale,” Casson says. “Additionally, we have found that women and minorities with a passion for the environment are greatly interested in this program, and so we anticipate it to be an advantage when recruiting future undergraduate students.”


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