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Environmental Engineering Undergraduate


Environmental Engineer

Program Length:

Eight (8) semesters

Daytime track:

Day track

SNIES Register:



Renewed by resolution 14660 of July 18th, 2016, seven (7) years term.


CNE: Resolution 3978 of March 1st, 2016, issued by the Ministry of National Education, for a term of 6 years.

ABET: Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://abet.org

Total number of credits:

134 credits

Number of credits per area and training components (undergraduate programs):

Science and mathematics: 29 credits

General fundamentals of engineering: 18 credits

Specific fundamentals of engineering: 45 credits

Engineer Training projects: 6 credits

Final cycle: 9 credits

Complementary studies: 27 credits

Economic development generates environmental challenges related to the resources exploitation and to the effect of industrial, agricultural and domestic waste. The purpose of Environmental Engineering is the prevention, mitigation and resolution of those impacts generated by human development and activities, including settlements. In other words, Environmental Engineering arises from the need to reconcile human activities with the environment.

This discipline is not only oriented to the protection of resources and ecosystems, but also seeks technical solutions appropriate to real problems that human activity generates in the environment. Environmental Engineer activities include design of treatment systems, modeling and prevention of environmental impacts and natural resources management, as well as the infrastructure planning, design, construction and operation.

  Program's Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of graduation, alumni of the program are expected to:

  • Apply their environmental engineering education, for analyzing complex problems as well as designing and implementing sustainable solutions.
  • Succeed in their profession in alignment with a personal development plan.
  • Practice their profession with autonomy, leadership, work ethics, and social responsibility.
  • Continue their education becoming expert practitioners, academics, or scientists able to adapt to changing roles and environments.

  Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 


 Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

  Number of students
Term (semester) Incoming Enrolled Graduates
2019-1* 29 373 42
2018-2 20 357 39
2018-1 25 376 32
2017-2 28 380 40
2017-1 55 416 51
2016-2 33 425 37
2016-1 65 428 46
2015-2 35 406 52
2015-1 61 437 43
2014-2 48 426 54
2014-1 57 460 34
2013-2 47 452 36
2013-1 42 436 24
2012-2 57 439 40
2012-1 65 413 43

*The 2019-1 data are not yet available in the official information of the University´s statistical bulletin. The information provided corresponds to internal data from the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering Captura de pantalla 2019 06 21 a las 3.53.47 p