BSc + MSc program in Environmental Engineering

At the heart of sustainable development and the circular economy, environmental engineers work on processes to improve the quality of air, water and soil, to better recycle and recover waste, to develop renewable energy and its use.

Why become an environmental engineer?

Choosing UniLaSalle's Environmental Engineering program means opting for a curriculum that will give you the keys to :

  • Prevent, reduce, treat and compensate for the environmental impacts of human activities   
  • Develop a strategy and improve the environmental, CSR and social performance of organizations   
  • Optimize processes (chemical, physical and biotechnological...) applied to the environment   
  • Manage the energy transition in the building industry and develop renewable energies   
  • Develop territories in a sustainable manner   
  • Deploying a circular economy approach

Key information

4

months minimum abroad

10

months of internship

3

career paths

The training program

The Environmental Engineering program is accessible after two years of pre-engineering studies.

It is structured around 4 main stages:

  • Go-LaSalle, a first international experience from the 1st semester   
  • 1 semester of common core specialization   
  • 3 semesters in the career path of your choice, including a 4-month "assistant engineer" internship
    The last semester of the career path can be spent in a partner university, in France or abroad, as part of an exchange semester, a double-diploma, or a stay for a degree.   
  • The end-of-studies project, which is based on an internship in a company or a research internship for students, or on the long period in a company for students following an apprenticeship program.
    It leads to the writing of a thesis and an oral defense.

     

     

The Environmental Engineering curriculum includes two internship periods, allowing students to benefit from a 10-month experience in a company, in addition to the 4 weeks of internship in the pre-engineering cycle.

The assistant engineer internship (4 months)

Carried out at the end of the 2nd year of the engineering cycle, the assistant engineer internship consists of carrying out technical and operational missions within a company or an institutional organization.

The student is placed in a situation of autonomy: he/she becomes familiar with the problematic of the internship, is confronted with professional practice (ability to adapt, sense of analysis, rigor in the execution of tasks, interpersonal skills), with a view to developing his/her personal and professional skills.

The following will be taken into account in the evaluation of this internship

  • the approach taken in the search for the internship,   
  • the ability to adapt (methods, tools, internal processes)   
  • the ability to step back from the work that was done during the internship.

The end-of-studies internship (6 months)

The final point and determining period of the engineering training at UniLaSalle, the end-of-studies internship enables the student to experience a pre-professional situation in which he or she will have to respond to a problem posed by an organization. It is an essential piece of work which closes the curriculum and allows the jury to decide on the awarding of the engineering diploma.

It allows the student to :

  • become familiar with professional practice,   
  • develop personally and professionally,   
  • showcase their skills,   
  • facilitate their integration into the profession.

The student/apprentice validates certain notions acquired in the academic context; he/she understands their meaning, scope and limits. The student/apprentice also has the opportunity to develop management skills, listening, communication and teamwork skills. They carry out concrete projects. The professional practice provides valuable expertise to the student/apprentice at the beginning of his or her career.

This internship leads to the writing and oral defense of the final thesis.

The environmental engineering training is enriched by at least one compulsory 4-month stay abroad via the Go-LaSalle program. This stay in a Lasallian university is replaced by courses and an 8-week internship abroad for students entering the 1st year of the engineering cycle via parallel admission.

The student can add a second international experience in the last year of the engineering cycle, in the form of a semester, a double-diploma or a stay leading to a diploma at a partner university.

Go-LaSalle
International experience

Take advantage of your first international experience through the Go-LaSalle program!

20 partner universities of the Lasallian network located in the four corners of the world welcome you during the 1st semester of the engineering cycle to enable you to discover another study context.

3 career paths

Semester 1 - Environmental Engineering Tools and Methods

Semester 2 - Environmental Engineering Technology and Engineering

Semester 3 - Ecological Engineering

Semester 1 - Environmental Assessment

Semester 2 - Ecodesign and Circular Economy

(Taught in English)

Semester 3 - your choice :

  • CSR/RSO - Change of behaviors   
  • Territories in transformation

Semester 1 - Environmental Assessment

Semester 2 - Energy transition and renewable energy

Semester 3 - your choice :

  • Territories in transformation   
  • Sustainable Buildings, Energy, Transitions

Admissions

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Jobs and opportunities

They may be large companies, national or international in scope, particularly in the fields of water treatment or waste management. This sector also includes a large number of smaller companies, more specialized in the fields of water and waste management or in the fields of soil decontamination, air treatment, etc.

The environmental engineer has different types of responsibilities:

  • Site manager: a sorting center...   
  • Process engineer to optimize treatment processes   
  • Design engineer to design equipment,   
  • Business 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 design 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 governmental administrations and 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.

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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

Contact

Adélaïde DOLBEAU
Communication and recruitment officer (Rennes campus)
+33 (0)7 72 34 47 92