Today the Environmental Engineer is called on to undertake a leading role in the restoration, protection and management of the environment, aiming at the sustainable development of the country.
The mission of the School of Environmental Engineering is to provide advanced education of a high standard in environmental science and engineering and to prepare qualified engineers to measure, monitor, assess, and treat problems caused by human intervention in the environment.
The provision of programs of studies at undergraduate and graduate level by the Technical University of Crete resulted in the creation of a unique Greek undergraduate and graduate center for environmental engineering, which is in constant communication/co-operation with respective university centers and research institutes world-wide. The programs of study provide scientific expertise in the following areas:
The objective of the Undergraduate Program (UP) of the School of Environmental Engineering is to provide future Professional Environmental Engineers with advanced technical and communication skills, in combination with up-to-date knowledge of global environmental issues, so that they assume leading positions in environmental management.
In particular, the educational objectives are:
The academic year starts on the September 1st of each year and ends on August 31st of the following year. The educational program of studies for each academic year is divided in two semesters. The exact start and end dates of semesters and exam periods are determined by the Senate of the Technical University of Crete. Each semester includes at least thirteen (13) full weeks of classes and two (2) weeks of examinations.
The teaching methods employed by the School of Environmental Engineering follow modern educational standards and, depending on the course, include open lectures to broad audiences, targeted seminars to small groups, tutorials and recitations, laboratory exercises and practical training.
Open lectures are not mandatory, although attendance is strongly recommended.
Additional educational activities take place in small, predefined groups of students, and attendance is mandatory.
Laboratory exercises play an important role in the training of Environmental Engineers. Specialized laboratories provide consolidated knowledge and practice via planned experiments.
The courses are divided into two categories: (a) required and (b) elective.
The first category includes core courses that provide students with fundamental knowledge; students should register for all required courses and successfully complete them. The second category includes a large number of specialized courses; each student should select, register for and successfully complete a predetermined minimum number of elective courses.
The sequential order of courses in semesters is indicative and not compulsory except for the sequence of prerequisite and dependent on prerequisite courses. The Standard Undergraduate Program Guide of the School of Environmental Engineering presents the order of courses.
The total duration of undergraduate studies is ten (10) semesters, including the diploma thesis project.
The requirements for earning the Diploma in Environmental Engineering are as follows: