BSc + MSc program in Environmental Engineering

The main mission of environmental engineers is to take concrete action for the environment in a wide variety of sectors. At the heart of the challenges of the circular economy, they work on processes to improve the quality of air, water and soil, to better recycle and recover waste and to develop renewable energy.

To better fight against climate change, marine pollution, and the collapse of biodiversity, UniLaSalle's environmental engineers are experts in :

  • the management of the environmental impacts of human activities: prevention, reduction, treatment and compensation ;
  • improving the environmental performance of organizations (companies, local authorities, the State public sector, professional associations, NGOs, etc.)   
  • sustainable development of territories, industrial risks, ecological engineering;   
  • optimization of processes (chemistry, physics, biotechnology, etc.) applied to the environment.



Key information

  • duration of training: 2 years of pre-engineering cycle + 3 years of engineering cycle
  • teaching in French and English
  • applications welcome from high school graduates up to Master's level students
  • place of training: Rennes
  • degree accredited by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur (CTI)
  • tuition fees: consult here
  • Internships and projects from the 1st year
  • The acquisition of multiple skills around environmental issues
  • A customizable training program
  • A strong international dimension (up to 2 semesters abroad)
  • Contacts with professionals: conferences, site visits, projects...
  • Generalist skills for a better integration in all fields of environmental engineering

The program

The first two years of your program consist of a pre-engineering cycle.

The pre-engineering cycle consists of :

  • a core curriculum (50% of the hourly volume)   
  • a course to choose from (40% of the hourly volume):       
    • Geosciences course       
    • Environmental Sciences course       
    • Life Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture - Agronomy / Agri-food and
    • Bioprocesses / Food and Health)
  • Optional courses (10% of the hourly volume)

To find out more about the pre-engineering cycle



  • To consolidate the base of scientific knowledge.   
  • Complement general scientific education with a high level of applied education   
  • To promote the acquisition of adapted skills: innovation approaches, international context, collaborative work, etc.   
  • Emphasize the professional approach: concrete case studies, pedagogical projects, professional interventions, visits, etc.

UE Refresher course

  • introduction to the laboratory   
  • English basics

UE Mathematics and computer science

  • mathematics   
  • computer programming

UE Physics and Chemistry

  • physics for engineers   
  • electrochemistry   
  • thermo equilibrium

UE Life Sciences

  • cell biology   
  • biochemistry

UE Environments

  • general ecology   
  • hydrogeology

UE Industrial environmental engineering

  • water management   
  • TP characterization of water   
  • environmental management   
  • waste treatment and collection   
  • indicators and evaluations   
  • best available techniques   
  • indicators and evaluations

UE Sustainable development

  • energy issues   
  • environmental law   
  • introduction innovation   
  • Green Day

UE Associative activities

UE Languages

  • English   
  • environmental awareness   
  • LV2 German / Spanish / English project

UE Bibliographic study

UE Internship

UE Mathematics and computer science

  • mathematics   
  • computer programming

UE Physics

  • fluid mechanics   
  • physics   
  • thermics

UE Life sciences and environments

  • applied ecology   
  • microbiology   
  • pedology   
  • toxicology

UE Engineering Sciences

  • impacts of manufacturing processes   
  • process engineering

    material transfer

In the first semester, go to one of the 20 partner universities of the Go-LaSalle program!

Discover another context of study within an establishment that shares the same values as UniLaSalle.

The destinations

  • Brazil   
  • Colombia   
  • Costa Rica   
  • United States   
  • Mexico   
  • Philippines

1st semester

Common core

UE Engineering Sciences

  • Urban hydraulics   
  • Thermal Machines

UE Environmental Industrial Engineering

  • Waste   
  • Water treatment pilots   
  • Physico-chemical treatment

UE Computer science and production management

  • Production management   
  • Programming

UE Human and social sciences

  • Management tools   
  • Creation of an innovative company   
  • Professional project

UE Associative activities

UE Business project

UE Languages

  • English   
  • LV2 German / Spanish / English project

UE to be chosen

2 UE at least to be chosen among the 4 following UE:

UE Chemistry

  • Biochemistry   
  • Analytical chemistry   
  • Analytical Chemistry TP

UE Life Sciences (taught in English)

  • Microbiology   
  • Ecotoxicology   
  • Composting

UE Environmental Industrial Engineering (taught in English)

  • Networks   
  • Environmental management   
  • Classified Installations for the Protection of the Environment - ICPE (taught in French)   
  • Waste - treatment methods

UE Industrial Environmental Engineering

  • Water treatment pilots   
  • Physico-chemical treatment   
  • Waste

UE Engineering Sciences

  • Waste - transport   
  • Waste - EPR   
  • Soil   
  • Soil treatment   
  • Transfer processes

2nd semester

Common core

UE Mathematics and computer science

  • Data base   
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)   
  • Applied statistics

UE Internship and exploitation project

  • Internship and exploitation project   
  • GreenDay project

UE English

UE Internship (can take place abroad)

"Observation of the industrial world and the environment

Period in a company to confront students with the most operational aspects of the industrial world, with a transversal view of environmental management and innovation.

  • Long internship as an assistant engineer: minimum 12 weeks   
  • or short internship as an assistant engineer: minimum 6 weeks (for students who cannot complete the long internship)

UE to be chosen

At least 2 UE to be chosen among the 3 following UE (contents identical to those of the 1st semester, except for the UE Engineering Sciences):

UE Life Sciences (taught in English)

  • Microbiology   
  • Ecotoxicology   
  • Composting

EU Industrial Environmental Engineering (taught in English)

  • Networks   
  • Environmental management   
  • Classified Installations for the Environment (ICPE)   
  • Waste - treatment methods

UE Engineering Sciences

  • Waste water   
  • Treatment and valorization of waste   
  • Treatment and valorization of agricultural waste   
  • Membrane processes

2nd semester: end-of-studies internship

"Environmental mission in the service of a company".

During the end-of-studies internship, the student engineer must prove his or her ability to exercise an engineering profession by being able to carry out a substantial project over a maximum period of 20 to 26 weeks. They must show autonomy and initiative and apply the scientific, technical and interpersonal skills acquired during their studies.

The project meets a real need of the company. The objectives are identified and explained. The internship can take place in France or abroad. It constitutes a real transition between studies and the first job.

1st semester

Common core

UE Project

  • Project management   
  • Engineering project   
  • Communication   
  • Professions and professional project

UE Human and Social Sciences

  • English   
  • Labour law   
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)   
  • Economic intelligence

EU Environmental assessment

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)   
  • Introduction to eco-design   
  • indicators and evaluations   
  • Environmental management   
  • Atmospheric dispersion

EU Energy efficiency

  • Exchangers   
  • Energy transition   
  • Renewable energies   
  • Energy efficiency standardization


One option to be chosen among 2 :

Eco-management option

Be able to design, implement and evaluate environmental management approaches for companies and communities, aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of activities and products. Know how to conduct a life cycle analysis study on a product or a service.

UE Eco-design and industrial ecology

  • Value analysis   
  • Eco-design approach   
  • Industrial ecology   
  • Practical LCA

UE Management and sustainable development

  • Decision support and Best Available Technique (BAT)   
  • Management of sustainable development   
  • Integrated management

Analysis and process option

To be able to optimize processes for measuring, evaluating and treating pollution.

UE Engineering Sciences

  • Design of experiments   
  • Automatism   
  • Regulation

UE Process analysis and treatment

  • Process intensification   
  • Air and exchanger drivers   
  • Liquid gas contactors   
  • Water quality and analysis

Opening UE

1 to 4 courses to be chosen from the following 5 courses:

UE Energy performance and building

  • Energy and building   
  • Construction principles   
  • Energy audit and thermician's tools   
  • Bioclimatism   
  • Introduction to thermal software   
  • Introduction to HQE software

UE Biomass energy and methanization

  • Methanization   
  • Fermentation engineering   
  • Biosourced materials   
  • Conference Odors in methanization and composting

UE Air pollution

  • Modeling atmospheric dispersion   
  • TP air

EU Water treatment

  •  Water treatment pilots


  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

Supervised studies and engineering work for companies are usually carried out at the school, in groups of 3 to 6 students, supervised by a teacher.

"State of the art" project

When ? 1st year of the engineering cycle
Period of completion: from December to June

Research work and bibliographic synthesis, to take stock of existing knowledge or techniques in a targeted field.

Examples :

  • The constraints of road development in adequacy with the current environmental legislation and the maintenance of biodiversity on the site and surroundings.   
  • Osmotic energy and comparison with renewable energies, development of bacteria in the biofilms of drinking water pipes.   
  • State of the art of drinking water saving in buildings.
  • Indoor air quality in schools and nurseries: Health issues and regulatory context.
  • Valorization of bio-waste by microbial electrosynthesis into volatile fatty acids
  • State of the art on bio-based paints: Challenges and opportunities for sustainable buildings and cities, indoor air quality issues, current market positioning
  • Plants of the future: a solution to bypass pollution and its consequences on pollination?
  • Biomimicry for the circular economy: principles, implementation tools, analysis of feedback (companies and territories).

"Operation" project

When ? 2nd year of the engineering cycle
Period of realization : from September to April

Realization of a technical-economic study in the field of water or waste: analysis of the needs, drafting of the specifications, response and elaboration of a technical solution, economic analysis.

Example : Presentation of a global waste management offer in the framework of a collaboration with the company SUEZ

Engineering project

Project in collaboration with 3rd year Bachelor students
When ? 3rd year of the engineering cycle
Duration: 700 hours from September to February.

Research and development work in partnership with companies and institutions, by students in the last year of the engineering cycle supervised by teacher-researchers. When sufficiently innovative, this work can be the subject of patent applications.

Examples: depollution processes, energy efficiency, clean technologies and eco-design.

The work necessary to the realization of the engineering project corresponds to the axes of research and the specific needs of the companies in the field of the environment. The results of the study remain the property of the partner company of the project. The methodology put in place to carry out this project may lead to publications or be used in the framework of the teaching provided at UniLaSalle.

The main objectives of these projects are to carry out scientific experiments, to deepen certain processes and techniques, to manage a project as a team, to analyze results, etc. They also allow students to put into practice the lessons related to the fields of deepening applied to the environment, such as process control, eco-design, the evolution of environmental impacts, pollution prevention or the energy performance of buildings.

The oral and public presentation of the work is also an opportunity for students to make themselves known to companies in the environmental sector, to the school's partners, and to former students of the school, and thus to participate in their professional integration project.

Examples :

  • Identification of treatment processes for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - feasibility study   
  • Treatment of livestock effluents by composting   
  • Treatment of nanoparticles in effluents by electrocoagulation   
  • Bench for measuring the fermentability of an organic waste by using an oxygen sensor   
  • Feasibility study for the creation of a methanization unit   
  • Diagnosis of energy performance of EHPAD   
  • Life cycle analysis of a heat pump   
  • Ten-year operating report for the Seveso site   
  • Life cycle analysis and optimization of metal separation on WEEE by eco-design   
  • How to economically and technically design an ad hoc material library for the exchange of flows between a collector and a furniture manufacturer?

Doing part of your studies abroad

Students in the engineering program have the possibility of spending up to two semesters abroad in a partner institution. Each semester is validated by 30 ECTS and replaces the same semester of the engineering cycle. The School offers courses in more than 50 partner universities.

This possibility is offered from the 1st year of the engineering cycle.

Do an internship abroad

Engineering internships abroad are mainly for students in their 4th or 5th year.

For students at the end of the cycle, this internship can be integrated with a period of "Volontariat International en Entreprise" (VIE). For one year, the student works for a French company abroad. Most often, this first collaboration leads to a job.

For more information:
Please contact Thomas Hull,
International Relations Coordinator
+33 (0)2 99 05 88 08


Admission requirements

Training accessible after :

    General French baccalaureate (compulsory math option )
    Bac STAV,
    Bac STI2D,
    Bac STL

Admission procedures

Admission by application and interview.

Parcoursup procedure required (registration between January 20 and March 11, 2021).

Find the Environmental Engineering program on Parcoursup:

In "type of training", select "engineering training".
Then, in the item "region", select "Bretagne".

Register on Parcoursup

Admission requirements

The Environmental Engineering program is intended for students who have completed :

  • a scientific university degree (DUT, L2 or L3)   
  • a preparatory class for the Grandes Ecoles BCPST   
  • a CPGE MP, PC or PSI through the E3A competitive examination. For eligible candidates, a motivation interview is scheduled within the establishment.   
  • reorientation: preparatory class from another school, another scientific baccalaureate, foreign course, during the PACES (admission possible from October or during the 2nd semester)

Admission procedures

MP, PC, PSI preparatory classes

E3A competitive examination + motivation interview

Other streams

Admission on file + motivation interview.

Procedure via an online application on our website.

Open an online application file

Admission sessions (admissions based on applications only)

1st session

Application deadline: February 15, 2021
Interview sessions: March 6, 2021 for the Beauvais and Rouen campuses / March 8, 2021 for the Rennes campus
Admission answer: March 22, 2021
Registration deadline: March 31, 2021

2nd session

Application deadline: March 31, 2021
Interview sessions: April 29, 30 and May 3, 2021
Admission answer: May 18, 2021
Application deadline: May 31, 2021

3rd session (subject to availability of places)

Application deadline: May 25, 2021
Interview sessions: June 10, 14 and 15, 2021
Admission results: from June 29, 2021
Registration deadline: July 12, 2021

Jobs and opportunities

These include large national or international companies, particularly in the fields of water treatment or waste management. This sector also features a large number of smaller companies, which are more specialized in the water and waste fields, or in areas such as soil decontamination, air treatment, etc.

Environmental engineers can hold different types of positions:

  • Site Manager: sorting center, etc.
  • Process Engineer to optimize treatment processes
  • Research Engineer to design equipment
  • Contract Manager

All sectors of activity today must be concerned about environmental issues: the automotive, transport, construction, public works, chemical, food-processing industries, etc.
They all need to comply with the obligations of increasingly stringent environmental regulations. All of them must also meet the expectations of their customers and commit to more or less voluntary approaches in favor of the environment.

The environmental engineer is in charge of the company's environmental policy, integrating associated approaches: QSE policy (quality, safety, environment), CSR (social and environmental responsibility), etc.

They act upstream and downstream of environmental impacts to reduce them: at the level of a territory, a production site, or even products and services.

As a consulting engineer or environmental consultant, the graduate student carries out and/or supervises work. He or she participates in environmental impact studies, regulatory studies, is an advisor in eco-design, or brings the company up to environmental standards.

The environmental engineer finds his or her place as a study manager or project manager:

In administrations and government agencies, he/she is in charge of studies or projects resulting from national environmental policies.
In local authorities, they are responsible for the quality of life of the inhabitants, ensuring the quality of water, waste management, etc., but also the management of green spaces, air quality, the energy policy of the community, etc.
Within consular chambers or professional federations, he supports companies in their environmental initiatives.


Graduates can continue their studies in a Specialized Master's degree in "Circular Economy: the tools of industrial ecology and eco-design" at UniLaSalle. This 12 to 18 month professionally oriented training program aims to train experts capable of meeting the environmental challenges of companies and industries thanks to their expertise in the field of eco-innovation.

More information on this page.

Main areas of activity

  • environmental impact assessment   
  • management and environment, HQE, HSE   
  • water management and treatment   
  • waste management and treatment   
  • energy production and distribution, renewable energies, energy savings   
  • management and treatment of atmospheric effluents   
  • eco-design of products, life cycle analysis   
  • clean technologies or eco-processes   
  • ecosystems and environments   
  • building   
  • sustainable development

Main functions

  • manager, head of department, senior executive   
  • environmental engineer   
  • environmental studies manager   
  • in charge of the development of eco-processes   
  • environmental consultant   
  • in charge of steering and implementing environmental policies   
  • QSE manager   
  • environmental project manager   
  • environmental manager   
  • in charge of steering and implementing pollution prevention or treatment solutions


Adélaïde DOLBEAU
Communications and recruitment manager (Rennes campus)
+33 2 90 02 85 22