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Environmental Engineering Major

Working with faculty advisers, Environmental Engineering students will plan a curriculum suited to their ultimate career goals.

The curriculum involves a total of 125 credits:

Elective Requirements & Focus Areas (EEE) (15 credits):

Students take at least two courses from one of the following focus areas, and at least one course from two of the other focus areas, and one more course from any focus area. Courses to be selected in consultation with advisor. Changes in courses must be accompanied by a Waiver/Substitution Form.

Technical Electives

Technical Electives Requirements (TE) (minimum of 12 credits, selected in consultation with an adviser)

At least three Engineering (E), Quantitative Studies (Q), or Natural Sciences (N) courses at or above the 300 level subject to approval by the department and totaling at least twelve credits.

Technical electives must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. TEs must total 12 credits of advanced 300-level Engineering, Quantitative Studies, or Natural Sciences courses, and
  2. TEs must be approved by the department. (For ABET requirements at least one from: Solid Waste; Hazardous Waste; Air Pollution; Environmental Health Engineering, if not satisfied as part of the Environmental Engineering electives.) Up to six credits of independent study or research may be applied toward engineering requirements (e.g., EN.570.501 Undergraduate Research/EN.570.502 Undergraduate Research, EN.570.505 Undergraduate Independent Study, or  Senior Thesis). Note earlier comments for premedical majors.

It is strongly recommended that students take additional advanced classes in computing and numerical methods. EE students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in organic chemistry (e.g., AS.030.205 Introductory Organic Chemistry I).  The organic chemistry course will meet the Technical Elective requirement.

Guidance for Technical Electives for Environmental Engineering Major

Technical electives (TEs) are intended to provide students with courses with technical content and extend mastery in appropriate subject matter.

  1.  TEs require use of fundamental science or mathematics, have appropriate prerequisites (e.g., university-level calculus, physics, chemistry, or other N or Q courses) and generally at a 300 level or higher.
  2.  TEs must have the appropriate level of rigor which is defined as encompassing both of the following requirements: (a) 5-10 homework assignments; and (b) a culminating project (final project, group project, paper) or final examination. Lecture-only classes (no homework or exams) will not qualify as a TE for the EE major.
  3.  TEs require accumulation and depth of analytical skill or knowledge.  In general, this precludes survey courses or courses that have no technical prerequisites that are taught by multiple professors or a series of guest lecturers, or cover a broad spectrum of a topic instead of building mastery in one area.

Exceptions are possible only with the approval of either the Departmental Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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Sample Program

Download a Sample Environmental Engineering Program[pdf].