Board of Regents approves Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

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New degree expands opportunities for graduates in emerging environmental fields KENNESAW‚ Ga…

Georgia (Nov 10, 2015)New degree expands opportunities for graduates in emerging environmental fields

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 11, 2015) — Kennesaw State will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering designed to prepare students for the growing environmental and sustainability concerns facing the planet.

The new degree, approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its Nov. 10 meeting‚ will prepare graduates for licensure as professional engineers in all 50 states.

Critical areas such as water and air pollution, solid and hazardous waste management and treatment, and other emerging environmental issues such as sustainable air, water and land resources, human health and environmental restoration are key aspects of the new curriculum. Kennesaw State will offer the program beginning in fall 2016.

“This academic degree is important to educate today’s students to solve some of the world’s greatest and most critical environmental challenges,” said Thomas Currin, dean of Kennesaw State’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “There is a critical need for students with this proficiency, and Kennesaw State will produce engineers who are well-equipped to make a difference in the environmental field.”

Environmental engineers sample, design and analyze various treatment systems for air, water and soil, and as tougher quality standards are enforced by industry and government regulations, environmental engineers must deal with complex societal issues such as climate change or site contamination.

“At Kennesaw State, we hope to encourage more women to enter this growing engineering discipline and bring more female engineers into the industry,” said Sam Beadles, chair of the civil and construction engineering program for the College. “Women populate environmental engineering at nearly two and a half times the national average for all engineering fields. The degree offers a high level of social relevance and is therefore an attractive career path.”

Two other state universities, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia, offer degrees in environmental engineering.  The new degree program replaces the College’s existing degree in environmental engineering technology.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit