ERE's Top Ten Highlights

Why choose Humboldt State's Environmental Resources Engineering undergrad program? Below are our top ten highlights for the department!

  1. Job Prospects for ERE graduates are excellent. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment for environmental engineers to grow 15% for the projection period 2012-2022. According to the HSU Career Center, ERE graduates are the most easily employed and highest paid of all HSU graduates with starting salaries around $50,000 per year. The largest category of employment is engineering consulting, followed by state regulatory agencies and federal agencies. Many ERE graduates own their own consulting firms or are local, regional and even national managers of firms and agencies.
  2. ERE is one of the oldest and most respected undergraduate Environmental Engineering programs in the United States.
  3. ERE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. It is one of the largest accredited environmental engineering programs, graduating between 5-10% of the nation's graduates each year. Graduates from accredited programs are able to continue their professional development to become licensed professional engineers (PEs).
  4. ERE students are awarded top honors in international competitions in Interdisciplinary Math Modeling and the National Hydrogen Associations' Hydrogen System Design.
  5. ERE has direct faculty and student links to the world-famous Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Schatz Energy Research Center, and the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology.
  6. ERE courses required for the major are taught by ERE faculty members with environmental engineering backgrounds.
  7. ERE has one of the highest proportions of women engineering faculty in the country (currently 3 of 8 tenure-track faculty) and has many women students (approximately 25%).
  8. Nearly a third of ERE graduates go on to complete advanced degrees. Graduates have attended: Stanford University, UC Davis, UCLA, Cornell University, University of Washington, Utah State University, and others. Many ERE graduates have earned Ph.D. degrees and are now university professors.
  9. ERE students are active in many different clubs: Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association (ERESA), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Renewable Energy Student Union (RESU) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  10. HSU and the ERE department are known for a cooperative spirit between faculty and students. ERE students study together, and many courses have team projects.

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