BS in Environmental Engineering

Degree Program Description

The environmental engineering BS program combines a solid background in science and engineering (chemistry, math, physics, thermodynamics) with discipline core classes in water quality and treatment, air pollution, and solid and hazardous waste management and civil and environmental engineering or interdisciplinary elective courses. Optional tracks are offered in public health and emerging contaminants, data analytics and big data or biological and agricultural engineering. The program culminates with a capstone environmental engineering design project.

Program graduates can become licensed environmental engineers or/and continue to graduate programs in environmental or related fields. Environmental engineers work in industrial facilities, consulting firms, research laboratories and in the public sector, mostly in government/regulatory agencies or municipal facilities. Typically, environmental engineers work in the design of projects that lead to environmental protection. Those may include water reclamation facilities or air pollution control systems, and they are also involved in the operation and monitoring of those projects.

Environmental engineers conduct environmental investigations and prepare reports; they review and update reports, plans, permits, and standard operating procedures related to environmental aspects. Environmental engineers lead inspections of industrial and municipal facilities and programs in order to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. In a consulting role, they advise private companies and government agencies about assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.

Major Program Requirements

The BS in Environmental Engineering requires a total of 125 credit hours for completion. Students are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Students are introduced to Environmental Engineering and professional engineering design practices in the CV_ENG 1000 course. Basic science and engineering courses ground the students in the fundamentals necessary for future course work: biology (BIO_SC 1500), general chemistry (CHEM 1400 and CHEM 1410), organic chemistry (CHEM 2100), physics (PHYSCS 2750 and PHYSCS 2760), soil science (SOIL 2100) and thermodynamics (ENGINR 2300).

Students are also required to complete one 3-hour cultural awareness course which is selected from an approved cultural awareness course list, created and maintained by the College of Engineering or which meets the Arts and Science (A&S) diversity intensive (DI) requirement.

Engineering topics required courses impart general engineering foundations necessary for the discipline-specific courses. Civil Engineering topics required courses in the sophomore and junior years provide students with the basic fundamentals in the areas of environmental engineering (CV_ENG 3200), water resources (CV_ENG 3702), data analysis and modeling (CV_ENG 4001), fluid mechanics (CV_ENG 3700), water (CV_ENG 4290), air (CV_ENG 4001) and solid waste (CV_ENG 4220) pollution and control. 

Civil Engineering elective courses provide students opportunity to specialize in different aspects of environmental engineering and water resources. With the Program elective courses, students may further focus on environmental engineering or opt for one of the three tracks: public health and emerging contaminants, big data and data analysis or, biological and agricultural engineering. 

Design and communication skills are integrated throughout the curriculum culminating in a capstone design project. This "final" course requires working in teams, making oral and written presentations, and completing a final design report. Oversight, interaction, and evaluation are provided by practicing engineers from industry and governmental organizations.

Core Requirements
Math 16
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
Basic Sciences29
CHEM 1400
CHEM 1401
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 1410
CHEM 1411
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
Engineering Topics-General5
ENGINR 1050Foundations of Engineering2
ENGINR 2300Engineering Thermodynamics3
Civil Engineering Topics30
CV_ENG 1000Introduction to Civil Engineering1
CV_ENG 3200Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering4
CV_ENG 3010Decision Methods for Civil Engineering Design3
CV_ENG 3700Fluid Mechanics3
CV_ENG 3702Fundamentals of Water Resources Engineering4
CV_ENG 4290Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering3
CV_ENG 4220Hazardous Waste Management3
CV_ENG 4702Data Analysis Modeling in Environmental Engineering #3
CV_ENG 4211Air Pollution Control Engineering #3
CV_ENG 4980Civil Engineering Systems Design3
Civil Engineering Electives (any four courses from the below list)12
CV_ENG 4270Environmental Engineering Microbiology3
CV_ENG 4250Environmental Regulatory Compliance3
CV_ENG 4286Environmental Sustainability3
CV_ENG 4230Introduction to Water Quality3
CV_ENG 4700Hydraulics of Open Channels3
CV_ENG 4730Hydraulic Design3
CV_ENG 4990Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering3
or CV_ENG 4995 Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering-Undergraduate Honors
CV_ENG 4720Watershed Modeling Using GIS3
or BIOL_EN 4350 Watershed Modeling Using GIS
CV_ENG 4740Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
or BIOL_EN 4250 Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Program Electives (any four courses from the below list of general electives or tracks)*12
BIOL_EN 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
CV_ENG 3600Civil Engineering Materials4
ENGINR 2100Circuit Theory for Engineers3
ATM_SC 3600Climates of the World3
Students may choose one of the following tracks. Three courses from the student's selected track plus one additional elective course from the Civil Engineering electives or Program electives list. Students may use the courses below as electives if not all three courses in a track are completed.
1. Public Health and Emerging Contaminants
P_HLTH 4350Principles of Environmental Health for Public Health3
P_HLTH 3560Public Health and Environmental Justice 3
P_HLTH 4620Climate Change and Human Health3
2. Data Analytics and Big Data
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
STAT 4510
STAT 4520
Applied Statistical Models I
and Applied Statistical Models II
STAT 4870Time Series Analysis3
3. Biological and Agricultural Engineering**
CV_ENG 4710Soil and Water Conservation Engineering3
CV_ENG 4720Watershed Modeling Using GIS3
CV_ENG 4740Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3

Any of the above listed Civil Engineering Electives may also be chosen, but will only count towards one requirement


Courses in the bio/agricultural track may change based on availability of offering. 


Courses are under development and subject to change.

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Semester Plan

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 1400
CHEM 1401
4S BS or HS FAA**3
BIO_SC 15005CHEM 1410
CHEM 1411
CV_ENG 10001ENGLSH 10003
 ENGINR 10502
 15 17
Second Year
MATH 23003MATH 14003
S BS or HS FAA**3CV_ENG 32004
PHYSCS 27505PHYSCS 27605
CHEM 21003CV_ENG 37003
CV_ENG 30103S BS or HS FAA**3
 17 18
Third Year
SOIL 21003CV_ENG Elective 3
ENGINR 23003Elective3
CV_ENG 47023CV_ENG 42903
S BS or HS FAA**3CV_ENG 37024
CV_ENG Elective3 
 15 13
Fourth Year
CV_ENG 42203CV_ENG 49803
CV_ENG Elective3CV_ENG 40013
Elective6CV_ENG 42113
S BS or HS FAA**3CV_ENG Elective3
 S BS or HS FAA**3
 15 18
Total Credits: 128

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