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Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Engineering | School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) offers three undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering (CHE), Bioengineering (BIOE), and Environmental Engineering (ENVE). Each program is separately accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

The school also offers an undergraduate Environmental Engineering option for civil engineering students and a minor in Environmental Engineering.

About the Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program (ENVE)

The ENVE program draws upon a strong foundation in the basic sciences and prepares students for environmental engineering careers in consulting, industry, and state and local governments. It is a rigorous program incorporating course work in civil and chemical engineering, water and wastewater treatment, hazardous substance management, air pollution, and environmental health. The concept of environmental engineering design is introduced during the freshman year, with most of the design skills developed at the junior and senior level. Training culminates in a team approach to the solution of open-ended, realistic problems that incorporate aspects of economics, process operation and maintenance, process stability and reliability, and consideration of constraints. A more detailed explanation of the design experience and design course sequences is contained in the "Undergraduate Advising Guide for the Environmental Engineering Program," which may be obtained from the school or viewed on the school’s website at

Alumni of the environmental engineering program will be work-ready engineers prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve contemporary environmental engineering problems. Specifically, within a few years of graduation, they will have:

  1. gained employment in the field of environmental engineering and/or matriculated in an environmental engineering or related graduate or professional program;
  2. created value by analyzing and designing sustainable solutions to problems involving water, air, and soil pollution abatement and prevention;
  3. successfully communicated or defended designs and decisions through reference to fundamental concepts of math, science, and engineering;
  4. facilitated collaboration and built strong professional relationships by working successfully in multi-disciplinary teams and effectively communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  5. actively participated in professional development activities that demonstrate a commitment to sound professional and ethical practices, and the protection of human health and the environment; and
  6. achieved Engineer in Training (EIT) certification by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and gained experience relevant for professional licensure.

The environmental engineering undergraduate curriculum is designed to meet these objectives through relevant course content, hands-on laboratory and design experiences in the first year through senior levels, and structured collaborative learning experiences. The school has a core curriculum where students from all three programs housed within the school (CHE, BIOE, ENVE) take common courses in the areas of first-year engineering, materials and energy balances, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and senior year unit operations.

Environmental engineering students have opportunities to obtain internships offered through the School of CBEE, and through the College of Engineering Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) program. Many scholarships are also available on a competitive basis for environmental engineering undergraduate students.

Pre-professional Environmental Engineering

First Year

CBEE 101. Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Orientation (3)5
CBEE 102. Engineering Problem Solving and Computations (3)E
CH 231E, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)5
     and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)E
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)E
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)1
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)1 or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)E
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)E

Second Year

CBEE 211 Material Balances and Stoichiometry (3)5
CBEE 212. Energy Balances (3)5
CBEE 213. Process Data Analysis (4)5
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
ENGR 212. Dynamics (3)E
ENGR 213. Strength of Materials (3)5
GEO 221. Environmental Geology (4)
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)E
MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)E
PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4)E
Perspective (3)1

Professional Environmental Engineering

Third Year

CBEE 320. Professionalism and Engineering Ethics (3)
CCE 201. Civil and Construction Engineering Graphics and Design (3)5
CE 313. Hydraulic Engineering (4)
   or CE 372. Geotechnical Engineering I (4)
CE 412. Hydrology (4)
CHE 311. Thermodynamics (3)
CHE 331. Transport Phenomena I (4)
CHE 332. Transport Phenomena II (3)
CHE 333. Transport Phenomena III (3)
CHE 334. Transport Laboratory (2)
ENVE 322. Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (4)
MB 230. *Introductory Microbiology (4)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)1
Perspectives (9)1

Fourth Year

BIOE 457. Bioreactors (3)
CBEE 414. ^Process Engineering Laboratory (3)
ENVE 415. Environmental Engineering Laboratory (3)
ENVE 421. Water and Wastewater Characterization (4)
ENVE 422. Environmental Engineering Design (4)
ENVE 425. Air Pollution Control (3)
ENVE 431. Fate and Transport of Chemicals in Environmental Systems (4)
ENVE 456. Sustainable Water Resources Development (3)
ENVE 490. Environmental Engineering Capstone Design (4)
Perspective (3)1
Synthesis (6)1
Technical electives (7)

Total Credits=192


E Required for entry into the professional program.
1 Must be selected to satisfy the requirements of the baccalaureate core.
5 Prerequisite for several upper-division courses. Recommended for completion prior to entry into the professional program or in fall term of junior year.
* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Pre-Environmental Engineering Major Code: 332

Major Code: 311

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