Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

04/05/2016 12:29

UFSC Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Program is considered the best of the type in Latin America. In the program, students learn how to conserve the quality of water and soil, how to deal with problems related to domestic and industrial sewage, domestic, industrial and hospital solid waste and air pollution, and how to plan water resources.

The sanitary and environmental engineer can also work in the assessment of environmental impacts, in urban and rural drainage, in environmental management and quality control, in the collection and treatment of effluents and air pollutants, among other fields.

In the first two years, the student takes basic engineering courses, such as Physics, Calculus, Descriptive Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Linear Algebra, Basic Chemistry and Mathematics. Then, from the third year on, specific course are offered. These include: Construction Works and Sanitation, Water Quality, Water Treatment and Distribution, Domestic and Industrial Sewage Collection and Treatment, Solid Waste Treatment and Management, Control of Air Pollutants, and Urban Drainage.

Practical classes are held in laboratories, where students can learn about the different sub-areas of the field. In the last semester, they are expected to do an internship outside the university.

The job market for sanitary and environmental engineers is in growing expansion, as a result of the public awareness of the importance of environmental quality and due to the international rules that require exporting companies to preserve nature. About 70% of our graduates are employed soon after completion of the program.


Program Length:
10 semesters
Faculty members:
17 Doctors
1 Master
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