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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.

The B.S. in Environmental Engineering requires a minimum of 128 credits. 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

First YearCredits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 114  
ENGR 002 Graphical Communication2  
ENGR 050 First Year Engineering Seminar1  
MATH 021 Calculus I14  
Foundational Writing & Information Literacy3  
Gen Ed Elective23  
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2  4
CE 003 SU:Intro to Civil & Envir Engr  2
CS 020 Programming for Engineers1  3
MATH 022 Calculus II1  4
PHYS 030 Physics Problem Solving I (Optional)  0-1
PHYS 031 Physics for Engineers I1  4
Year Total: 17 17-18
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
CE 010 Geomatics4  
MATH 121 Calculus III4  
STAT 143 Statistics for Engineering3  
CE 001 Statics  3
CE 132 SU: Environmental Systems  3
ME 040 Thermodynamics  3
MATH 122 Applied Linear Algebra  3
MATH 271 Adv Engineering Mathematics  3
Year Total: 15 15
CE 100 Mechanics of Materials3  
CE 133 Transportation Systems3  
CE 151 SU: Water & Wastewater Engr3  
CE 160 Hydraulics3  
CE 162 Hydraulics Lab2  
Gen Ed Elective23  
CE 180 Geotechnical Principles  3
CE 182 Geotechnical Principles Lab  2
CE 254 Environmental Quantitive Anyl  4
EE 075 Electrical Circuits & Sensors  4
GEOL 001 Earth System Science
or PSS 161 SU:Fundmntls of Soil Science
Year Total: 17 17
CE 185 SU: Capstone Design I3  
Env Engr HydroGeoPhys Design Elective33  
Env Engr Science/Tech Elective43  
Env Engr Elective53 3
Gen Ed Elective23 6
Env Engr BioGeoChem Design Elective6  3
CE 186 Capstone Design II  3
Year Total: 15 15
Total Credits in Sequence: 128-129

Pre-Engineering Technical (PET) requirement: PET courses must be completed with C- or better by the third semester of enrollment in order to continue in engineering coursework.


General Education: Fifteen credits of approved Gen Ed Electives, including the University diversity requirement (three credits of D1 and three additional credits of D1 or D2).


Env Engr HydroGeoPhys Design Electives: CE 261, CE 262, CE 265, CE 284CE 285CE 288 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 161, PSS 264, PSS 266, PSS 268 or PSS 269


Env Engr Electives: CE 218, CE 220, CE 226, CE 250, CE 259, CE 260, all HydroGeoPhys3 and BioGeoChem6 Design Electives and some CE 295 (Special Topics) courses (consult advisor).


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