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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Ecological Engineering

An ecological engineering student checking on their water quality research projectEcological engineering focuses on the design and restoration of natural ecosystems for societal and environmental benefits. Students who study ecological engineering may choose to focus on the design and restoration of natural ecosystems including streams, wetlands, and coastal systems. Others will focus their studies on water quality and environmental contamination issues through the design, development, and management of ecosystems.

Students who specialize in ecological engineering combine basics of math and science -- calculus, biology, physics, chemistry, and ecology; fundamental engineering principles -- fluid mechanics, heat transfer system, dynamics, instrumentation, and engineering economics; with advanced courses in soil and water engineering, stream geomorphology and watershed hydrology, and sustainable waste management.

Graduates from this program work for environmental consulting firms, the Army Corps of Engineers, and government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture.


Career Tools For Ecological Engineering

Discover resources that will lead you towards an internship/co-op or full time career employment.  Engineering Career Services can help you!  Registering with ECS in 2 easy steps will give you complete access to all of our services, including:

  • Engineering-specific job postings and on-campus interview opportunities through Ohio State’s online career network and database, Handshake
  • Resume referrals
  • Professional consultations 
  • Employer networking opportunities 
  • Special events/programming
  • Helpful resources

The internship/co-op/full time career employment positions below are from employers who list “Ecological Engineering” as a major they would be interested in hiring. These employers have selected Ohio State as a key partner.  Please keep in mind this is just a sampling. We invite you to explore your Handshake account as varying search criteria could yield different results.