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West Point Environmental Program

Cadet Andrew Zapcic measure needle length of white pine CDT Dan Thueneman measuring chlorine concentrations
Cadet Andrew Zapcic measure needle length of white pine
CDT Dan Thueneman measuring chlorine concentrations

... Welcome Class of 2017 and returning Environmental Engineers and Environmental Scientists to the environmental world! We offer majors in both Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering. These two programs cover a full range of significant and current environmental issues. If you are concerned about the future of our planet and want to be part of the solution, we’re sure we have something for you.
Our Mission:
To provide cadets an active learning experience focused on: current environmental issues, the science behind these issues, and practical control strategies all integrated in the context of the real world.
Environmental Engineering
The environmental engineering program is designed for those cadets who are interested in not only what environmental issues we face today, but how we clean-up our past environmental problems and prevent future ones. This ABET program is an excellent preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FEE), which most USMA engineering majors take during their 1st Class year. If you want to to find out more about on on our environmental engineering program, contact Dr. Michael Butkus at 845-938-2820.
Environmental Engineers study how this industry prevents and controls any water, air, or hazardous pollutants it may produce. They are environmental problem solvers.
The USMA Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
Environmental Science
The environmental science program has wide appeal for cadets wanting to focus on current and emergent environmental challenges. Environmental science is a broad, integrative science-based study of how humans affect the planet with the goal of creating a sustainable future for all. For information about the environmental science program, contact Dr. Marie Johnson at (845) 938-4855.
Environmental Scientists study the structure and function of natural systems such as this wetland, and the human impacts on these systems. They explore, discover, describe and investigate the Earth (our home planet).
Relevance of USMA Environmental Programs
  • Relevance as a new 2LT. The health of your soldiers is a leadership responsibility. Our programs help you see the relationship between the environment you operate in and the health of your soldiers. No matter the unit, as a new 2LT you will be responsible for proper field sanitation and the proper use, storage, and disposal of POL products. As the food officer, you are required to ensure that sanitary conditions are met during food preparation in order to protect the health of your soldiers. Additionally, concerns for the environment may impact on your training resources.
  • Relevance to the Army. We need leaders of character to ensure compliance with current environmental regulations and to help to develop solutions to new and existing problems. Our recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan brings to light a new set of environmental challenges, which includes the clean-up of a "dirty" battlefield littered with depleted uranium rounds and the resultant fallout of environmental warfare. Frequent deployments to under-developed nations have heightened the awareness for clean water and proper sanitation as a force protection measure. As an advocate of the environment, the Army is responsible for clean-up of Formerly Used Defense Sites.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer. In the Army and our society at large there is a need for competent, licensed engineers. Our ABET approved program of study is your first step in getting licensed as a professional engineer. Completion of our ABET accredited program permits you to take the Fundamentals in Engineering Exam (FEE). Following successful completion of the FEE and a period of field experience, you are eligible to take the Professional Engineers Exam (PE). Our success rate in passing these exams is exemplary.

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