Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Solving Critical Environmental Problems

The world needs trained engineers and scientists to help protect the planet and address today's critical environmental issues. In the the Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department, our hands-on approach to learning gives you a strong grounding in the sciences along with extensive laboratory and fieldwork.

Interconnected Spheres

In the Earth and environmental disciplines, scientists observe and investigate Earth system processes, using the scientific method. Engineers design solutions to problems identified after scientific observation and analysis. More often than not, scientists and engineers collaborate closely. The Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department at Wilkes University offers several programs that investigate and design solutions to Earth and environmental issues.

Our programs focus on the study of the Earth and its environments, from the core to its upper atmosphere - including all its oceans and land. These studies often include many aspects of how living things (i.e., humans) interact with the Earth. There are many tools and practices used by civil engineers, environmental engineers, environmental scientists, and geologists that are intimately linked with biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as they build and maintain our infrastructures, investigate the past, measure the present, and model the future behavior of our planet.

Working in Collaboration

Our department is one of only a few in the country that houses both environmental engineers and scientists. This unique educational atmosphere produces high-quality engineers and scientists with a heightened ability to work collaboratively.

A Message from the Chair


As an EEES student at Wilkes University you are exposed to so many different fields of science that you may not even know exist, which broadens your horizons and helps you to find your passion.

Hannah Thornton '20 | Geology

The EEES program gives every student exposure to lab, field, and design work, which are all necessary skills for the professional world.

Brian Palmiter Jr. '13 | Environmental Engineering

Wilkes University is unique because it's a small campus but you get a lot of opportunities to do research as an undergrad, which is rare compared to other universities.

Scott Heffelfinger '20 | Environmental Engineering


EEES By the Numbers


faculty with expertise in a wide-array of Earth and environmental disciplines


student clubs centered on a variety of Earth and environmental areas


students is the average class size

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department to provide the knowledge and skills for environmental engineering graduates that gives them a sound basis for professional practice and for life-long learning. This emphasizes the student’s learning of fundamental principles of environmental engineering, understanding environmental resource problems in their technical, ecological, socio-political, economic and ethical context, and proficiency in the use of engineering methods to analyze and solve challenging engineering problems.

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