Montana State University

Civil Engineering

Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3900

Tel: (406) 994-2111
Fax: (406) 994-6105
Location: 205 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

Brett Gunnink

Environmental Engineering

College Department


  • Are you fascinated by biology and natural systems?
  • Do you want to help improve the condition of our planet?
  • Is clean water important to you?
  • Would you like to help people find sustainable energy options?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and see yourself as a problem solver, a master's degree in Environmental Engineering will put you on track to finding a satisfying career that suits your interests.

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What environmental engineers do

Problem solving has gone green. As an Environmental Engineering student, you will integrate biotech and engineering fundamentals. Through professional projects and papers, you will develop expertise in the analysis, manipulation, and design of microbiological systems with applications in the following areas:

  • Environmental protection through the use of green and sustainable technologies
  • Modern biological wastewater treatment
  • Drinking water treatment and distribution
  • Bioremediation of toxic contaminants
  • Renewable energy production through biofuels
  • Bioprospecting – finding organisms from unique environments that have unique applications
  • Microbial fuel cells for use in remote aquatic environments
  • Biotechnological innovation, metabolic modeling and process development
  • Sustainable, low-impact technologies for rural applications of water treatment

Shortcuts to details

  • Environmental Engineering at MSU – a collaborative effort

  • Find your current location on a path to an M.S. in Environmental Engineering

    • Path 1: pursue a Seamless Master's in Environmental Engineering

      I haven't started college, and I want to earn a bachelor's AND a master's degree in 5 years

    • Path 2: earn a Master's after attaining a B.S. in Engineering

      I have a bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline
      (Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, or Civil Engineering) and I want to earn a master's degree in Environmental Engineering

    • Path 3: earn a Master's after attaining a bachelor's degree in a non-engineering field

      I have an unrelated, non-engineering bachelor's degree
      , and I want to earn a master's degree in Environmental Engineering

  • Gain an edge in the job market

  • Explore Ph.D. options in Engineering


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