BSc Environmental Engineering

“The ultimate goal of Environmental Engineering is to provide solutions for economic and social activities aligned with the sustainable development”

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The Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Programme by NOVA School of Science and Technology has been a pioneer for over 40 years, combining basic engineering skills (mathematics and computing) with natural sciences (such as physics, chemistry, biology and ecology) and social sciences, integrating technological, ecological, economic, and social issues.

This Undergraduate Programme will help identify, implement, and manage innovative solutions for environmental sustainability. The focus is on holistic training and systemic thinking, analytical skills, innovation, and collaborative models. The goal of Environmental Engineering is to provide solutions for economic and social activities aligned with the sustainable development.

Main Study Themes

Identify and analyze the pressures on environmental systems and how they can be overcome
Evaluate and manage natural resources such as water and energy; understand industrial, urban and technological processes
Adapt economic activities and companies to the extraordinary evolution in the scope and expertise to tackle the sustainability challenges of the 21st century
Understand the functioning of natural systems, to cope with its value intertwined with economic and social activities
Identify solutions and opportunities for innovation, towards the energy and climate transition
Graduates in Environmental Engineering add value to any organization that has to deal with environmental and sustainability challenges

Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary nature of the Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering offers its graduates a unique profile for working on multiple interfaces, particularly useful for dealing with complex systems, and for exploring job opportunities in a wide range of professional contexts. 

The current high level and quality of employability of Environmental Engineering professionals, in the global market, will expand in view of the ecological transition that economies are starting to adopt. Professional opportunities in many fields include consulting, auditing or service and utilities companies, industry, public organizations such as municipalities or regional government, international organizations.

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BSc in Environmental Engineering Structure

  • Advanced Topics in Mathematics
  • Technical English
  • The Portuguese Experience (two modules)
    • Portuguese Language
    • Portuguese Life Style
  • Introduction to Project Development
  • Mathematical Analysis I
  • Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry
  • Chemistry A Q Semester 1
  • Physics I A F Semester 1
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Sustainability
  • Soft Skills of Science and Technology
  • Mathematical Analysis II
  • Environmental Biochemistry A
  • Physics II
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Technical Drawing, Cartography and Geographic Information System
  • Informatics for Science and Engineering I
  • Mathematical Analysis III
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • General Ecology
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Society, Sustainability and Digital Transformation
  • Aquatic Monitoring and Basics of Environmental Chemistry
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • General Hydraulics
  • Processes in Industry and Energy
  • Socio-Environmental Analysis and Methods
  • Creative Project I
  • Unrestricted Elective A
  • Hydrology
  • Water Pollution
  • Modelling Environmental Systems
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Air Quality and Noise Management
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Water Supply Systems
  • Urban Wastewater Systems
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Soil Science and Soil Pollution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Creative Project II
  • Opportunities Program Optional
    •  Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme
    • Optional Undergraduate Professional Opportunity Programme

We regularly review our course content to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.