Program overview
3 years
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Environmental Engineering

The planet's sustainability is increasingly present in the scientific, political, economic, and social agendas, urging the best of innovation and competencies from professionals. Climate change, ecosystems’ fragmentation, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, soil degradation, resource depletion, and water and sanitation services are examples calling for innovative solutions. Companies, organizations, and communities have been recognizing the value of a healthy Planet for their success and for the well-being and quality of life of the population.

The United Nations agenda for 2030 is a primer for all countries and organizations to work and develop policies, products, and services aligned with and targeted to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, international instruments, such as the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal, and national strategies (e.g. the Carbon Neutrality Roadmaps of the Portuguese Economy up to 2050) are pushing innovation and investments toward new products and services, new business models, and new behaviors and values compatible to sustainable development. Environmental Engineering contributes to a healthy balance between society and economy and the sustainability of the Planet.

The 3-year Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering (LEA) provides the necessary skills to start a professional career in the field of Environmental Engineering, as well as the pursuit of master's studies, especially in the Environmental Engineering Master Degree. The Environmental Engineering course by NOVA School of Sciences and Technology has been a pioneer for over 40 years, combining basic engineering skills (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing) with natural sciences and social sciences, integrating technological, ecological, economic, and social issues.

Understand the functioning of natural systems; identify and analyze the pressures on environmental systems and how they can be overcome; evaluate and manage natural resources such as water and energy; understand industrial, urban, and technological processes; and to identify solutions and opportunities for innovation, are competences and capabilities provided by the course LEA. The focus is on holistic training and systemic thinking, analytical skills, innovation, and collaborative models. The ultimate goal of Environmental Engineering is to provide solutions for economic and social activities aligned with sustainable development.

Admission requirements

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Program content

1st Year

1st semester

  • Mathematical Analysis I
  • Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry
  • Chemistry A
  • Physics I A
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

2nd semester

  • Mathematical Analysis II C
  • Environmental Biochemistry A
  • Physics II
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Technical Drawing, Cartography and GIS

2nd Year

3 rd semester

  • Informatics for Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Analysis III C
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • General Ecology
  • Environmental Data Analysis

4th semester

  • Aquatic Monitoring and Basics of Environmental Chemistry
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • General Hydraulics
  • Processes in Industry and Energy
  • Socio-Environmental Analysis and Methods
  • Creative Project I

3rd Year

5th semester

  • Hydrology
  • Water Pollution
  • Modelling Environmental Systems
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Air Quality and Noise Management
  • Sustainable Cities

6th semester

  • Urban Water Supply Systems
  • Urban Wastewater Systems
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Soil Science and Soil Pollution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Creative Project II


Tuition Fees

  • Portuguese students: 697 €/year
  • Foreign students: 7000 €/year

Career paths

Outputs Professionals

The interdisciplinary nature of the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering offers its graduates a unique profile for working on multiple interfaces, particularly useful for dealing with complex systems, and for exploring job opportunities in a wide range of professional contexts. Graduates in Environmental Engineering add value to any organization that has to deal with environmental and sustainability issues.

The current high level and quality of employability of Environmental Engineering professionals, in the national and global market, will expand in view of the ecological transition that economies are starting to adopt. Professional opportunities in many fields include consulting, auditing or service and utility companies, industry, public organizations such as municipalities or regional governments, and international organizations such as the European Commission, European Environment Agency, or other European organizations.

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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme

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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - Foundation Program

Campus de Campolide
1099-085 Lisbon Lisbon

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