Overview

The Faculty consists of five academic departments, i.e. Dept of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dept of Fire Protection Engineering, Dept of Geological Engineering, Dept of Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Engineering, and Dept of Surveying Engineering, and offers a comprehensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the disciplines of environmental engineering, fire protection engineering, geological engineering and geomatic engineering (surveying, remote sensing and geographical information science). Apart from the full-time BEng, BSc, MEng, MSc and PhD programmes, the Faculty also offers part-time postgraduate programmes leading to engineering Masters and PhD awards.

Although the Faculty was newly established in 2010, by integrating the geological and geomatic engineering departments from the School of Civil Engineering into the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, some of the disciplines have histories as long as the university, which was established in 1896 as the Imperial Chinese Railway College (at Shanhaiguan near Beijing).

In fact, in 1896, as many as three courses in surveying engineering were offered in the railway engineering degree programme. In 1906, the University (then located in Tangshan, named as Tangshan College of Railway and Mining) launched a degree programme in mining and began offering courses in geology. By 1939, the number of courses in surveying had been increased to a level of five, which formed a standalone system in railway construction engineering. In 1952, the University established a Geological Engineering Section in the Department of Railway Construction. In 1958, the University launched a degree programme in hydrogeology and engineering geology. In 1959, the University launched an aerial surveying specialization in the Department of Railway Construction. In 1974, the University launched a degree programme in Aerial Surveying and Railway Line Setting, which was transformed as Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 1978. In 1980, the University launched a geophysical survey specialization. Courses in environmental science have been offered since the early 1980s.

During the 118-year development of the university, there have been split-merge processes among the disciplines of environment, geology and geomatics. In 1983, geomatic and geologic engineering were combined together to form the Department of Aerial Surveying and Engineering Geology. However, they were separated into two independent departments in 1991 and later joined the School of Civil Engineering together. Environmental engineering was separated from hydrogeology. In 1984, the Institute of Environmental Protection was established. This institute became a department in 1998, and became an independent school in 2001. This school was then integrated with two other departments in 2010 to form this Faculty.

A number of famous expert has graduated or worked at this faculty, such as ZHU Kezhen , SHAO Fuwu , LUO He, WANG Hongzhen, YUAN Jianqi, XUE Yuqun.

Professor ZHU Kezhen, a distinguished geographer, meteorologist and educator, one of the founders of Modern China Geographics, admitted by the University (Tangshan College of Railway and Mining) in 1909.

Professor SHAO Fuwu, a reputable expert in harbor engineering, one of the founders of China modern harbor technology, graduated from the University in 1915, served as a professor in the University from 1949 to 1981.

Professor LUO He, a reputable expert in the field of graphic calculation and photogrammetry, who was one of the founders of surveying discipline in the University, served at the University from 1934 to 1988.

Professor WANG Hongzhen, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science, a reputable expert in the field of Geology and Palaeontology, served as a Professor of the Department of Mining of the University from 1949 to1952.

Professor YUAN Jianqi, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science, a reputable expert in the field of geology of ore deposits, served as a Professor of the Department of Mining of the University from 1949-1952.

Professor XUE Yuqun, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science, a reputable expert in the field of hydrogeology, graduated from the University in 1952.