Environmental Engineering Study in China - Undergraduate - List of Undergraduate Courses

English Medium Environmental Engineering Program in China Universities

Environmental Engineering is the integration of sciences and engineering principles to improve the natural environment, to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to clean up pollution sites.[citation needed] Environmental engineering can also be described as a branch of applied science and technology that addresses the issue of energy preservation, production asset and control of waste from human and animal activities. Furthermore, it is concerned with finding plausible solutions in the field of public health, such as waterborne diseases, implementing laws which promote adequate sanitation in urban, rural and recreational areas. It involves waste water management and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, radiation protection, industrial hygiene, environmental sustainability, and public health issues as well as a knowledge of environmental engineering law. It also includes studies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects.

Environmental engineers study the effect of technological advances on the environment. To do so, they conduct studies on hazardous-waste management to evaluate the significance of such hazards, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. Environmental engineers also design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems as well as address local and worldwide environmental issues such as the effects of acid rain, global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution and air pollution from automobile exhausts and industrial sources. (Source - Wikipedia)

1. South China University of Technology, Guangzhou



School of Environment and Energy (SEE) was officially established in 2004 in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, orginally named as School of Environmental Science and Engineering. However, the history of SEE can be dated back to early 1980's. It started to enroll master students in 1984 and doctoral students in 1984. In 2007, the Environmental Engineering discipline was listed as the Key Disciplinary Fields in Guangdong Province.

SEE includes 3 departments and 2 research institute/center, namely Environmental Science Department, Environmental Engineering Department, Municipal Engineering Department, Environmental Science Research Institute, and New Energy Research Center. The school also possesses 2 key laboratories: Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Ecosystem Restoration in Industry Clusters of the Ministry of Education and Key Laboratory of Environmental Protection and Eco-remediation of the Guangdong Regular Higher Education Institutions, with well-equipped facilities valuing 10 million yuan (RMB).

SEE consists of 75 full-duty faculties and staffs: 59 full-duty faculties, 6 experimental technologists, and 10 administrative staffs. Two professors are selected to the China Global Expert Recruitment program. Among the 59 teachers, there are also 22 full professors (18 are doctoral advisors), 28 associate professors. Of all the faculty members, over 85% have doctoral degree and more than 60% have abroad study and working experience. In addition, 15 adjunct professors from world famous universities and research institutes.

In the past few years, ESS has developed a highly professional reseach team with solid disciplinary foundation and strengthened research capability. Currently, ESE has taken up a number of projects, including many national “863” Program, National Natural Science Foundation, Guangdong Province Natural Science Foundation, etc. We have made breakthroughs in research and techniques involving industrial wastewater pollution control, ecosystem restoration, air pollution control, solid waste control and reclamation, and water decontamination. ESE offers strong programs of both undergraduate and graduate study. One of our missions is to prepare students with the knowledge and analytical problem-solving capabilities that will enable them to address technological and societal challenges. Currently, we have approximately 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students including 80 Ph.D candidates.


Program Overview: 

The undergraduate major in Environmental Engineering aims to prepare students capability of engineered application based on solid theoretical knowledge, to improve students professional capability during research-based projects and/or industry-based projects. This major has specialties on engineering of water treatment, engineering of air pollution control, solid waste disposal and recycling, and biological technology.

Main Courses:

Bilingual Courses: Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Ⅱ, Environmental Toxicology, Air Pollution Control Engineering, Environmental Monitoring, Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal, Environmental Engineering Microbiology, Water Pollution Control Engineering. Entrepreneurship Education Courses: Environmental Entrepreneurship Education

Degree Awarded: Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering.

Tuition Fee / Study Duration: RMB 26,000 per year / 4 years 

Information for Admission:

General Entry Requirement: Over 18 years old, high school graduate or above. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a TOEFL score of 68 or IELTS 5.5, or take SCUT’s placement test.

Application Documents:

a. Completed Application Form 

b. High School Diploma and Transcripts. All documents should be translated into English. 

c. English test results, if available.

Application Deadline: before June 30th each year.


2. Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou



College of Biological & Environmental Engineering covers four disciplines, i.e., Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Food Science & Technology and Microbiology, among which the first two are provincial top disciplines and the third one is a university key discipline.

The college offers 2 doctoral programs, i.e., Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Chemical Engineering; 7 master's programs, i.e., Biochemical Engineering, Fermentation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Food Science, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology; 3 Engineering master's programs, i.e., Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Light Industrial Technology & Engineering; and 5 undergraduate programs, i.e., Biological Engineering, Biological Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Food Science & Engineering.

The college advocates down-to-earth and innovative approaches by stressing on the enhancement of students' practical abilities. The Multi-level training programs of undergraduates, masters and doctors help cultivate senior technical talents good at both theory and practice.

Cooperation has been carried out between the college and counterpart departments or schools in universities in America , Japan , German, France , Singapore , South Korea and Holland , etc. In recent years, over 40 teachers have visited the above countries for research, visiting or further study. Over 100 scholars and experts at home or abroad have been invited to the college to give lectures.

Brief Introduction of Environmental Engineering Program

Environmental Engineering Program is set up in College of Biological and Environmental Engineering, ZJUT, Following are the brief introduction of this program:

1. Program Characteristics & Advantages: The major offers training leading to the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Taking advantages of the complementary skills and expertise of the faculty, our students pursue interdisciplinary knowledge on pollution control technologies, environmental monitoring, environmental impact assessment and environmental management.

2. Main Subjects:Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Principles of Chemical Engineering, Environmental microbiology, Environmental Chemistry, Water Pollution Control Engineering, Air Pollution Control Engineering, Noise Pollution Control Engineering, Disposal and Resource Recovery of Solid Wastes, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management, Ecology, Environmental Planning.

3. Industrial Practical Base:

  • Hangzhou iron & steel group company
  • Hangzhou qige wastewater treatment plant
  • Hangzhou tianziling landfill
  • The jiuxi waterworks in Hangzhou.

Employment Information: Graduates are employed in a variety of sectors, including government agencies, industrial firms/companies, institutes and universities that teach and conduct research on environmental control, environmental monitoring, environmental impact assessment and management .

Degree Awarded: Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering

Tuition Fee / Study Duration: RMB 16,200 per year / 4 years 

Entry Requirements:

General Entry Requirement: Over 18 years old, high school graduate or above. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a TOEFL score of 68 or IELTS 5.5.


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