Majors and Minors-Environmental Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Majors and Minors

Our students address emerging global issues in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

While the major in Civil and Environmental Engineering is open only to Carnegie Institute of Technology students, any student may declare a second major in Environmental Policy. The second major in Environmental Policy and minor in Environmental Studies both are offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Mellon College and Department of Chemical Engineering students may minor in Environmental Science.

Besides giving a deeper working knowledge of environmental issues, these minors can also help a student recognize and assess options about the ways they would like to be engaged in environmental issues in their future. These options also give them a background to keep learning about emerging environmental issues throughout their lives and make sound environmentally sustainable decisions as citizens, consumers, professionals and inhabitants of our planet.

CARNEGIE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CIT)

Major in Civil and Environmental Engineering

This major is offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is advised by all faculty in the department. For more information about Undergraduate Education, please visit the Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

Contact: Patricia Langer, Undergraduate Program and Alumni Relations Coordinator, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Porter Hall 118K / (412) 268-1070 / patty@andrew.cmu.edu

Minor in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Director: Jeanne VanBriesen, Professor; Director, Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering
Porter Hall 123G / (412) 268-4603 / jeanne@cmu.edu

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability is an undergraduate CIT minor that allows students to complete a program of study with this focus. Once students declare the minor, they meet with an advisor within their home department.

Faculty advisors for this minor are:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Robert Tilton, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
    Doherty Hall 3111/ (412) 268-1159 / tilton@andrew.cmu.edu

  • Chemical Engineering: Neil Donahue, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Department of Engineering and Public Policy
    Doherty Hall B204 / (412) 268-4415 / nmd@cmu.edu

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Jeanne VanBriesen, Professor; Director, Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Porter Hall 123G / (412) 268-4603 / jeanne@cmu.edu

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Marija Ilić, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
    Baker-Porter Hall B25 / (412) 268-9520 / milic@andrew.cmu.edu

  • Engineering and Public Policy: Deanna Matthews, Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Department of Engineering and Public Policy
    Baker Hall 126C / (412) 268-7889 / dhm@cmu.edu

  • Materials Science and Engineering: Paul Salvador and Robert Heard
    Paul Salvador, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
    Roberts Engineering Hall 149 / (412) 268-2702 / paulsalvador@cmu.edu; and

    Robert Heard, Associate Teaching Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
    Wean Hall 3301 / (412) 268-2705 / rheard@andrew.cmu.edu

  • Mechanical Engineering: Allen Robinson, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Engineering and Public Policy
    Scaife Hall 414 / (412) 268-3657 / alr@andrew.cmu.edu


MELLON COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (MCS)

Minor in Environmental Science

Faculty Advisor: Neil Donahue, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Doherty Hall B204 / (412) 268-4415 / nmd@cmu.edu


HUMANITIES &SOCIAL SCIENCES (H&SS) INTERDEPARTMENTAL

Additional Major in Environmental Policy

Faculty Advisor: Peter Madsen, Distinguished Service Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility with appointments in the Provost’s Office and the H. John Heinz III College
Hamburg Hall 2108A / (412) 268-25703 / pm2n@andrew.cmu.edu

Minor in Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor: Peter Madsen, Distinguished Service Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility with appointments in the Provost’s Office and the H. John Heinz III College
Hamburg Hall 2108A / (412) 268-25703 / pm2n@andrew.cmu.edu

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