Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) Program By Oregon State University | Top Universities

Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

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Ecological engineering is the design of sustainable systems consistent with ecological principles that integrate human activities into the natural environment to the benefit of both. This approach emphasizes diversity, resilience, and adaptation to maintain sustainability. Ecological engineering deals with both fundamental processes and engineering applications on scales that range from microscopic to watersheds and beyond. This discipline is rapidly developing as an important new area of engineering based on the science of ecological systems, with a number of dedicated journals, national and international professional societies, and new application areas emerging over the last decade. The Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at OSU has considerable expertise in this area and is among the national leaders in this discipline. The ABET Inc. Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Engineering (EcoE) program is the first of its kind nationally, reflecting Oregon’s leadership in this new and exciting multidisciplinary field. The curriculum is divided into an ecological engineering core and a set of upper-division science and engineering electives. The ecological engineering core contains the introductory and upper-division course work that provides the common engineering and scientific basis for our students. The core consists of pre-professional courses, baccalaureate core requirements, required upper-division engineering courses, and required science courses. The upper-division engineering and science electives are presented in elective clusters. Selections are made to a total of 21 credits of engineering electives and 10 credits of science/public policy electives. This organization provides students with considerable flexibility in selecting their degree path. Graduates with an Ecological Engineering degree will work to optimize the interface between humankind and the environment. Specific activities undertaken might include riparian restoration, optimizing sensor arrays for ecological monitoring, improving agricultural water quality, mitigating toxic materials migration from landfills, developing sustainable industrial systems (agricultural and otherwise), developing closed systems for space travel, or dealing with issues associated with global climate change. Oregon State University has strong programs in many of the basic and engineering sciences that underpin the Ecological Engineering degree program.

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