Environmental Engineering

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering

This master's degree allows for a Double Degree with the Bachelor's Degree in Mineral Resource Engineering & Mineral Recycling 

With the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering you will be part of a profession with great future and projection, as you will work in the design of new production processes that will ensure the control and mitigation of environmental problems and the conservation of natural resources, through clean energy and technologies.

During the fourth year you will be able to take one of the these two majors:

  • Urban and industrial environment
  • Natural environment and global change

Academic year starts September
Duration 4 years
Study load 240 ECTS (including the bachelor's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language Spanish & Catalan
Places 60
Official degree Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)

We recommend for applicants to have completed high-school courses in science and technology and have the following characteristics:

  • Advanced knowledge of basic physics and mathematics studies.
  • Interest for geology and environment
  • Analytic skills
  • Abstraction and attention to detail skills.
  • Observation skills.

Means of admission

Find all the information on the different means of admission to the bachelor's degree.


To access the degree studies of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering, you must obtain a place through the university pre-enrolment procedure of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

You can check all the information regarding university pre-registration through the University Admission site.

Cut-off mark and grade improvement

The cut-off mark for the 2022-2023 year is 8.356.

Please check the Generalitat de Catalunya's Department of Universities and Research site for more information on the cut-off marks for former years.

You can also check the courses that will improve your admission grades.

Environmental engineers work in the following fields:

  • Quality control of groundwater, as well as water from rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.
  • Water supply to cities.
  • Treatment of waste water.
  • Decontamination of soil and groundwater.
  • Control measures on air and noise pollution.
  • Environmental biotechnology.
  • Management of solid waste.
  • Environmental impact of products and processes.
  • Evaluation of the impact of climate change.
  • Restoration of degraded lands.
  • Introduction of renewable energies.
  • Environmental and natural resources economy.
  • Circular economy.
  • Sustainable transportation and mobility.
  • Smart cities and sustainable construction.
  • Green infrastructures.
  • Environmental digitalization, data analysis and remote sensing.

Environmental engineers incorporate as:

  • Managers and technicians in the industry, engineering, administration and services.
  • University teachers.
  • Free exercise of the profession.
  • Researchers.
  • In companies as head of the Department of Environment and Quality, implanting quality standards (ISO, EMAS) or conducting environmental audits.
  • In engineering offices, developing projects for emission reduction and gas treatment, reclamation of degraded spaces, soil treatment, design and operation of WWTP (industrial and urban) and ETAP, TRS plants (industrial and urban).
  • In environmental consultancies, developing diagnostic studies and environmental management plans for companies, waste minimisation and recycling (IPPC), clean production technology proposals (BAT), environmental impact assessment studies (EIA).
  • In public administrations, offering technical assessment in municipal offices and councils, developing plans for the management of natural spaces, regulations and conducting environmental audits.

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First year
Fall semester
2500200 - Biology & ecology 6
2500201 - Fundamentals of Mathematics 6
2500202 - Mechanics 6
2500203 - Earth system 6
2500204 - Chemistry I 6
Spring semester
2500205 - Environmental economy & sustainability 6
2500206 - Chemistry II 6
2500205 - Environmental Thermodynamics & kinetics 6
2500208 - Mathematics I 6
2500209 - Geology & edaphology 6
Second year
Fall semester
2500210 - Mathematics II 6
2500211 - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology 6
2500213 - Fluid mechanics 6
2500214 - Ecotoxicology principles & environmental analysis 6
2500215 - Statistics 6
Spring semester
2500212 - Geographic informations systems 6
2500216 - Hydraulics 6
2500217 - Atmospheric processes & hydrology 6
2500218 - Environmental hydrogeology & geochemistry 6
2500219 - Geomechanics 6
Third year
Fall semester
2500220 - Instrumentation, remote sensing & Big Data 6
2500221 - Numerical modelling 6
2500222 - Structures 6
2500225 - Water treatment 6
2500226 - Decontamination of soils & aquiphera 6
Spring semester
2500223 - Sustainable transportation 6
2500224 - Evaluation of environmental impact 6
2500227 - Solid waste 6
2500228 - Waste water & reuse 6
2500229 - Construction procedures & materials 6
Fourth year
Fall semester
Major courses 18
Common optional course 6
2500230 - Atmospheric & acoustic pollution 6
Spring semester
Common optional course 6
2500231 - Decision making systems 6
2500232 - Project Management and Environmental Legislation 6
2500243 - Bachelor's thesis 12

Optional courses

Students enrolled at UPC for the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering can access the following information:


The Bachelor's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university panel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific civil engineering synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

Institutional information

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