Environmental Engineering B.S.EV.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

The curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physical, natural and engineering sciences. Instruction in environmental engineering includes air pollution, surface and groundwater hydrology, water and wastewater engineering, and geoenvironmental engineering. The B.S. in Environmental Engineering curriculum is embedded with several courses that meet the University's Sustainability (SU) requirement. The degree as a whole also meets the Sustainability requirement, as approved by the University's Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee.

An Environmental Engineering degree is excellent preparation for immediate employment in consulting firms, government agencies, non-profits, and industry. Additionally, many graduates continue their education at the graduate-level.

A systems approach to engineering problem solving is central to the curriculum and involves integrating the short and long-term social, environmental and economic aspects and impacts into sustainable engineering solutions. Hands-on laboratories and/or project-based learning are incorporated into each year of the Environmental Engineering curriculum. As part of this approach, service-learning projects with local communities and non-profit groups are featured in some courses. Real-world engineering design culminates in a required major design experience in the senior year, which draws upon prior course work and focuses on technical and non-technical issues and expectations of professional practice. Other aspects of the program include opportunities for laboratory and research experience, integrated information technology content, development of communication skills and a sense of community between students and the faculty.

Students are encouraged to pursue minors or focus areas in other disciplines that complement their engineering experience. International education and work experiences are also encouraged. Students should consult their advisors early in their program in order to plan accordingly.

Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the program are expected to:

  1. Practice environmental engineering, use their program knowledge in other avenues, or enter graduate school;
  2. Apply engineering principles and an understanding of environmental engineering issues to analysis, design, construction, management, or preservation of natural and engineered systems;
  3. Actively participate in professional and/or community-based service (local, national, or global) that benefit the profession and the public;
  4. Demonstrate leadership, effective communication, and teamwork;
  5. Demonstrate capacity to obtain professional licensure, and engage in further study and professional development;
  6. Consider sustainability as part of the problem definition and engineering solution.

The Curriculum for the B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Students must meet University requirements. Note that the University's Sustainability (SU) requirement is built into the Environmental Engineering Curriculum. Minimum of 128 credits required.

University/Civil & Environmental Engineering General Education Requirements (18 credits)
Univ FWIL: Foundational Writing & Information Literacy3
Univ D1: Diversity 13
Univ D1/D2: Diversity 1 or Diversity 23
CEE General Education Electives 19
Mathematics & Statistics Requirements (21 credits)
MATH 021Calculus I4
MATH 022Calculus II4
MATH 121Calculus III4
MATH 122Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 271Adv Engineering Mathematics3
STAT 143Statistics for Engineering3
Computing & Science Requirements (23-24 credits)
CS 020Programming for Engineers3
BIOL 001Principles of Biology4
or BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
CHEM 031General Chemistry 14
CHEM 032General Chemistry 24
GEOL 001Earth System Science4
or PSS 161 SU:Fundmntls of Soil Science
PHYS 030Physics Problem Solving I (Optional)0-1
PHYS 031Physics for Engineers I4
Civil & Environmental Engineering Course Requirements (53 credits)
CE 001Statics3
CE 003SU:Intro to Civil & Envir Engr2
CE 010Geomatics4
CE 100Mechanics of Materials3
CE 132SU: Environmental Systems3
CE 133Transportation Systems3
CE 151SU: Water & Wastewater Engr3
CE 160Hydraulics3
CE 162Hydraulics Lab2
CE 180Geotechnical Principles3
CE 182Geotechnical Principles Lab2
CE 185SU: Capstone Design I3
CE 186Capstone Design II3
CE 254Environmental Quantitive Anyl4
HydroGeoPhys Design Elective 23
BioGeoChem Design Elective 33
Environmental Engineering Electives 46
Additional Engineering Course Requirements (13 credits)
EE 075Electrical Circuits & Sensors4
ENGR 002Graphical Communication2
ENGR 050First Year Engineering Seminar1
ME 040Thermodynamics3
Science/Technical Elective 53

CEE General Education Electives: 9 credits of approved general education electives.


HydroGeoPhys Design Electives: CE 261CE 262CE 265CE 284CE 285CE 288 and some CE 295 (Special Topics) courses (consult advisor). 


BioGeoChem Design Electives: CE 247CE 251CE 253CE 255CE 256 and some CE 295 (Special Topics) courses (consult advisor).


Env Engr Electives: CE 218CE 220CE 226CE 250CE 259CE 260, all HydroGeoPhys2 and BioGeoChem3 Design Electives and some CE 295 (Special Topics) courses (consult advisor).


Env Engr Science/Tech Elective: ME 042 or any 100-level or higher course in Engineering (CE, EE, ENGR, ME) or science (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS) or PSS 161PSS 264PSS 266PSS 268 or PSS 269