Hello, prospective students! Welcome to our brief overview of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC Gillings.
Our department focuses on the interface between people and the environment. Uniquely situated in one of the most highly ranked schools of public health in the nation, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy. Whatever your career goals — from advanced professional practice to continuing scholarly inquiry — we will help prepare you to achieve them.
Interested in finding out more? visit our full department website.
Our faculty conduct research and train students in:
Discover more on ReachNC, a web portal with to-the-minute information about our faculty members’ grants, publications, research interests and networks.
For general questions regarding the department, degrees or admissions, contact:
Wake Harper, Student Services Manager
ESE at Gillings: We combine the science, health, engineering and policy aspects of the environment in a single department within a school of public health, and all within a university seen as one of the nation’s “public ivies.”
Faculty members in ESE oversee more than 75 funded research projects in North Carolina, the U.S. and around the world. Our research encompasses:
Join us if you want to contribute to cross-cutting, high impact research that helps us:
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH): A first degree that offers students a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences to prepare them for advanced scientific education, professional schools, or careers in public health practice with an emphasis in environmental sciences or engineering.
Master of Public Health (MPH): A research-based degree program intended for students with a background in health-related areas. Prepares them for public health careers in practice or management with emphasis in environmental sciences and engineering.
Master of Science (MS): A terminal degree program intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering. Prepares students for advanced education or careers in research, practice or management in environmental sciences and engineering.
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE): A non-research, public health-focused terminal degree intended for students with an accredited undergraduate engineering degree or equivalent degree from a foreign institution. Focuses primarily on preparation of students for careers in practice or management in environmental engineering.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH): A terminal degree program intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering. Prepares students for careers in practice as well as for further studies and careers in advanced education, research or management in public health with emphasis in environmental sciences and engineering.
Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program. Allows students earning a bachelor’s degree in science, math or public health at UNC-Chapel Hill the opportunity to complete the master’s degree in one year beyond the completion of the bachelor’s degree
Dual Master’s Degree, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Department of City and Regional Planning. Offers students the opportunity to earn both the MCRP and one of the four master’s degrees offered in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (MS, MSEE, MSPH, or MPH). It is possible to obtain both degrees in three years.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): A terminal degree program intended for students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering. Prepares them for careers in basic and applied research, education, practice or management in environmental sciences and engineering.
Where will a degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering take you? Our alumni hold senior leadership positions in the U.S. and around the world in:
Recent alumni positions include:
Interested in finding out about our course offerings?
Faculty in environmental sciences and engineering create a welcoming, interactive learning environment in twenty-first century teaching and research facilities. What’s more, we have plenty of wired spaces for students to meet, collaborate, and take problem solving to the next level.
Take a look at our complete course catalog, plus syllabi, to find out more.