Environmental Engineering B.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

  • Pre-Program Internship --- Mehr Informationen ---

    Pre-Program Internship

    A four week pre-internship before the start of studies, in accordance with the guidelines found in the appendix of the exam regulations

Dates and Deadlines


The protection of resources, reduction of emissions, and dealing with the effects of climate change are global challenges, for which technical solutions must be quickly found, that are environmentally compatible and economically viable. These solutions can take the form of either an adaption, that is adaption to unavoidable changes, or mitigation, that is a reduction, for example to greenhouse gas emissions. For example, due to climate change flood levels will increase and corresponding protective measures must be developed.

Engineering expertise and efficient planning strategies are needed for the reduction of greenhouse gases, the protection of raw material supplies, the processing of waste full of valuable substances.

The worldwide tendency towards urbanization poses a further challenge, particularly for sanitation and transport planning. Additionally, every technical development must be made with consideration for sustainability and investigated for its ecological effects. Furthermore, skilled communication with decision-makers, for example in politics, will become even more relevant.

Environmental engineering is unique because it does not just take an engineering perspective into consideration, unlike the other technical disciplines. Technical expertise and ecological judgement don't work against each other but rather deliver homogenous concepts. Through the interaction of various disciplines approaches for solutions are developed for problems which are among are current and future global challenges.

The course of study at RWTH combines technical skills from civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and mineral resources and raw materials engineering with those from various natural sciences.

Due to RWTH's technical profile and the expertise of the Faculties offering this course of study, the interdisciplinary selection of subjects is taught at high scientific niveau. Graduates acquire a unique skill that has an engineering focus but also integrates the solution oriented methodology of other environmentally relevant subject perspectives and investigative methods.

The course of study teaches the fundamentals of all the subjects involved and does not offer students the possibility to specialize during their Bachelor's studies. In the Master's program students can select a specialization from among five focuses in environmental engineering and develop their own skills profile.


Degree Content


Semesters 1-6
Mathematics, Natural Sciences Mathematics I & II, Statistics and Environmental Informatics, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Biology
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Machine Components I & II, Hydromechanics I & II, Heat Engineering, Building Physics, Geotechnics
Subject-Specific Fundamentals Building Materials, Climatology and Hydrology, Ecological Balance, Energy Resources and Technology, Hydraulic Engineering, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Mineral Resources and Recycling, Process Engineering, Recycling Technology, Sustainability Assessment,Thermal Waste Treatment, Waste Management, Waste Water Disposal, Water Quality and Residential Water Management, Research-Oriented Teaching; Practical/Lab.
Academic Papers and Foreign Language Proficiency Project thesis (3 months), Bachelor's thesis (9 weeks), Foreign language skills

The detailed course of study layout is regularly published as addendum of the respective current exam regulations. You can find the link to the exam regulations at the bottom of this website.


There are no mandatory internships during Bachelor studies aside from the pre-internship. We highly recommend completing the pre-internship before beginning studies, since it is difficult to integrate into the schedule.

Programs Abroad

Environmental protection is a global responsibility. Thus, international experience is an important aspect of budding environmental engineers' training. Studies or internships abroad offer not only advanced technical knowledge but alo cultural and social skills.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering offers partnership programs with outstanding European and non-European universities to students even in their Bachelor's studies. Study opportunities are offered worldwide in addition to the EU mobility program ERASMUS+. The Faculty's membership in various research associations makes it possible to complete course components, final projects, and parts of the industry institute in one of many international programs.

RWTH students profit not only from the Faculty's exchange programs but also from the University's strategic partnerships with international universities. They can, for example, complete short stays at one of the IDEA League universities while completing a term paper. The UROP Abroad program, the only one of its kind in Germay, offers the possibility to participate in research projects at international universities during Bachelor studies. These stays abroad are partially funded by RWTH-specific funding.

All of RWTH's partnerships programs are listed on the study abroad pages. Subject-specific details are available from the Faculty of Civil Engineering International Office.



Personal Prerequisites

Environmental engineers develop solutions for engineering problems while taking biology, applied physics – mechanics, thermodynamics –, chemistry, and geosciences into consideration. In addition to a strong interest in technology, aptitude for natural science thinking and formal analysis are indispensable. Strong interest in sustainable development in infrastructure, disposal, and building technology is a further prerequisite. Engineering studies require good math skills. RWTH Aachen offers a bridge program to freshen up your knowledge before studies begin.

Enrollment Prerequisite

1. Pre-Internship

The pre-internship lasts four weeks. You can find the legal guidelines for the pre-internship in the attachment of the current exam regulations. The Faculty's Internship Office is available if you have questions.

Pre-study internship 2021/22
Due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it is not necessary to submit a pre-internship certification as a precondition for enrollment for the winter semester 2021/2022.

2. Selfassessment

Proof of participation in a RWTH "Civil Engineering" Self Assessment must be submitted at the time of enrollment, but not at the time of application.


Smart Study Start

Created as a two-semester-long orientation study program, Smart Study Start offers new students of natural sciences, engineering, and business and economics the option of finding out which subject best suits them before deciding on a course of study.


Decision Aids

"Doing something for the environment" – this intention paves the way for many different disciplines: technology, natural sciences, geosciences, social sciences, law, and much more. Whoever chooses environmental engineering, should be aware that this engineering course of study combines many different ways of thinking. Biology, chemistry, business administration, and law are studied in addition to the technical sciences. In contrast to the natural and geosciences, the course of study does not offers experimental research in a lab or at a site. Fundamentals in natural science are theoretically taught and linked to engineering fundamentals in specific subjects, in order to develop technical approaches to solutions. Interested individuals should be aware that this spectrum of topics demands great expertise and interdisciplinary breadth. It is helpful to attend lectures before studies begin. You can gather your first impressions at the Schüleruni, during the Dual Orientation Week, or in the Sample Studies for Girls.


Career Prospects

Environmental engineers develop technical solutions for efficient and sustainable resources management and for the sustainable design of living spaces for humans. The planning, implementation, and operation of the necessary facilities, particularly in the area of drinking water supply and the management of waste water and waste, are are all classic tasks. Due to their interdisciplinary education the sustainable protection of bodies of water, the ground, and the air are becoming increasingly important. Their responsibilities also include estimating the effects of technical developments and plans as well as the sanitation of polluted environmental compartments and planning infrastructure systems. Further fields of work in the growing job market include the analysis, evalution, and reduction of risks of technical interventions.


Master's Degree Prospects

Building on the Bachelor's course of study, RWTH offers a Master's in Environmental Engineering. Here students can choose from among five research focuses: water management, urban water management, energy and environment in civil engineering, recycling, and environmental process enginereing. Every concentration offers diverse possibilities to create one's own profile. A comprehensive offering of electives allows students to combine subjects that reflect their personal interests and professional plans.

Furthermore, graduates can also be admitted to other Master's programs at RWTH, for example Civil Engineering, Georesources Management, or Sustainable mineral ressources and Energy Supply, as long as they make the necessary adjustments to the Bachelor's studies and possibly Master's studies.


Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject-Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations



The Bachelor course of study in Environmental Engineering is offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing, and Recycling in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.