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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) (12 credits):

Students must select from the four different focus areas listed below. With the assistance of a faculty adviser, each student will plan a curriculum suited to their ultimate career goals. The program also encourages and supports individual study and research.


Technical Electives

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

At least three (E), (Q) or (N) courses at or above the 300 level subject to approval by the department and totaling at least twelve credits.  (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., 570.501/502 Undergraduate Research, 570.505 Undergraduate Independent Study, or 570.499 Senior Thesis). Note earlier comments for premed majors.

It is strongly recommended that students take additional advanced classes in computing and numerical methods. Environmental Engineering Science students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in organic chemistry (e.g., 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].