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Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Engineering | Biological and Ecological Engineering


Ecological engineering is the design of sustainable systems consistent with ecological principles that integrate human activities into the natural environment to the benefit of both. This approach emphasizes diversity, resilience, and adaptation to maintain sustainability. Ecological engineering deals with both fundamental processes and engineering applications on scales that range from microscopic to watersheds and beyond. This discipline is rapidly developing as an important new area of engineering based on the science of ecological systems, with a number of dedicated journals, national and international professional societies, and new application areas emerging over the last decade. The Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at OSU has considerable expertise in this area and is among the national leaders in this discipline.

The ABET Inc. Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Engineering (EcoE) program is the first of its kind nationally, reflecting Oregon’s leadership in this new and exciting multidisciplinary field. The curriculum is divided into an ecological engineering core and a set of upper-division science and engineering electives. The ecological engineering core contains the introductory and upper-division course work that provides the common engineering and scientific basis for our students. The core consists of pre-professional courses, baccalaureate core requirements, required upper-division engineering courses, and required science courses. The upper-division engineering and science electives are presented as options. Selections are made to a total of 23 credits of engineering and science/public policy electives. This organization provides students with considerable flexibility in selecting their degree path.

Graduates with an Ecological Engineering degree will work to optimize the interface between humankind and the environment. Specific activities undertaken might include riparian restoration, optimizing sensor arrays for ecological monitoring, improving agricultural water quality, mitigating toxic materials migration from landfills, developing sustainable industrial systems (agricultural and otherwise), developing closed systems for space travel, or dealing with issues associated with global climate change. Oregon State University has strong programs in many of the basic and engineering sciences that underpin the Ecological Engineering degree program.

Graduates with an ecological engineering skill set may find employment with industrial clients, engineering consulting companies, governmental agencies, and entrepreneurial start-ups.

For further information, please contact:

John P. Bolte
116 Gilmore Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3906
541-737-2041
Email: info-bee@engr.orst.edu
Website: http://bee.oregonstate.edu/



Pre-Ecological Engineering, major code 654


Pre-Professional Core (52 Credits)

BEE 102. Ecological Engineering II (3)E
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)E
    and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)E
  or CH 121. General Chemistry (5)E for major transfers only, B grade or better, must have completed CH 12X sequence prior to transfer
  or CH 201. Chemistry for Engineering Majors (3)E for major transfers only, with CH 202 and CH 205 only
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)E
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)E
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)E
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
ENGR 213. Strength of Materials (3)E
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)E
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)E
MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)E
   or MTH 253. Infinite Series and Sequences (4)E
   and MTH 341. Linear Algebra I (3) or equivalent
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4,4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Additional Pre-Professional Courses (44 Credits)

BEE 101. Ecological Engineering I (3)
BEE 221. Fundamentals of Ecological Engineering (3)
BEE 222. Ecological Engineering Computation (3)
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
CH 232. *General Chemistry (4)
   and CH 262. Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
   or CH 122. *General Chemistry (5) for major transfers only, B grade or better, must have completed CH 12X sequence prior to transfer
CH 233. *General Chemistry (4)
   and CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
   or CH 123. *General Chemistry (5) for major transfers only, B grade or better, must have completed CH 12X sequence prior to transfer
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
   and HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)
   or any PAC course (1–2)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3)
   and SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for Soil 205 (1)
ST 314. Introduction to Statistics for Engineers (3)
   or ST 421, ST 422. Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (4,4)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Ecological Engineering, major code 450


Professional Core Courses (65 Credits)

BEE 311. Ecological Fluid Mechanics (4)
BEE 312. Ecohydraulics (4)
BEE 313. Ecohydrology (4)
BEE 320. Biosystems Analysis and Modeling (4)
BEE 322. Ecological Engineering Thermodynamics and Transfer Process (4)
BEE 361. Ecological Engineering Laboratory (3)
BEE 458. Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control (3)
BEE 468. Bioremediation Engineering (4)
BEE 469. ^Ecological Engineering Design I (4)
BEE 470. Ecological Engineering Design II (4)
BI 370. Ecology (3)

Upper-Division Science and Engineering Electives (23)


Professional Skills Courses (11 Credits)

BEE 415. Professional Development (1)
ENGR 391. Engineering Economics and Project Management (3)
FE 208. Forest Surveying (4)
FE 257. GIS and Forest Engineering Applications (3)

Science and Public Policy Course (3–4 Credits)

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

Ethics Course (3–4 Credits)

IE 380. *The Responsible Engineer (3)
   or PHL 205. *Ethics (4)

Additional Perspectives and Synthesis Courses (15 Credits)

*Cultural Diversity (3)
*Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
*Literature and the Arts (3)
*Western Culture (3)
*Social Policies and Institutions (3)
*Synthesis—Science, Technology, and Society (3)
*Synthesis—Contemporary Global Issues (3)

Upper-Division Science and Engineering Electives (23 Credits Total)


Engineering Electives 

Select at least 10 non-blanket credits from below:
BEE 401. Research (3–6)
BEE 410. Ecological Engineering Internship (3–6)
BEE 433. Irrigation System Design (4)
BEE 446. River Engineering (4)
CE 411. Ocean Engineering (4)
CE 413. GIS in Water Resources (3)
CE 415. Coastal Infrastructure (3)
CE 417. Hydraulic Engineering Design (4)
CE 465. Oregon Land Survey Law (3)
CE 469. Property Surveys (3)
ENGR 248. Engineering Graphics and 3-D Modeling (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)
FE 209. Forest Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (4)
FE 310. Forest Route Surveying (4)
FE 315. Soil Engineering (4)
FE 316. Soil Mechanics (4)
FE 371. Harvesting Process Engineering (4)
FE 422. Forest Geomatics (4) [Terminated summer 2017]
FE 423. Unmanned Aircraft System Remote Sensing (3)
FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
FE 435. Forest Watershed Management Impacts (3)
FE/FOR 457. Techniques for Forest Resource Analysis (4) 
FE/CE 479. Slope and Embankment Design (3)

Science and Public Policy Electives 

Select at least 9 non-blanket credits from below: 
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 432. Environmental Law (4)
ANS 121. *Introduction to Animal Sciences (4)
ANS 251. Principles of Animal Foods Technology (3)
ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
ANS 351. Advanced Principles of Animal Foods Technology (4)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3)
BA 362. Social Entrepreneurship and Social Initiatives (4)
BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BI 420. *Viruses in Modern Society (3)
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 442. Plant Population Ecology (3)
CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)
CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
COMM 440. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
COMM 442. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
COMM 444. Third Parties In Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration (3)
FE 460. Forest Operations Regulations and Policy Issues (3)
FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/ANS/FW/SOC 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FOR 330. Forest Resource Economics I (4)
FOR 441. Silviculture Principles (4)
FOR 460. ^Forest Policy (4)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FST 210. Fruit and Vegetable Processing (3)
FST 212. Dairy Processing (2)
FST 213. Dairy Processing Laboratory (1)
FST 421. *Food Law (3)
FST 460. Brewing Science (3)
FST 461. Brewing Analysis (3)
FST 466. Wine Production Principles (3)
FST/MB 479. Fermentation Microbiology (3)
FST 490. Food Processing Calculations (2)
FST 491. Food Processing Calculations Laboratory (1)
FW 251. Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (3)
FW 326. Integrated Watershed Management (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society, and Sustainability (3)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW 456. Limnology (5)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
FW 479. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEO 322. Surface Processes (4)
GEO 432. Applied Geomorphology (3)
GEO 481. Glacial Geology (4)
GEO 487. Hydrogeology (4)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 370. Geovisualization: Cartography (4)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
HORT 285. Permaculture Design and Theory: Certificate Course (4)
HORT/CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)
HORT 360. Irrigation and Drainage (4)
HORT/CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
MB 302. General Microbiology (3)
MB 303. General Microbiology Laboratory (2)
MTH 351. Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3)
MTH 452. Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
MTH 481. Applied Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
MTH 482. Applied Partial Differential Equations (3)
OC/FW 434. Estuarine Ecology (4)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)
RNG 351. Range Ecology I-Grasslands (3)
RNG 352. Range Ecology II-Shrublands (3)
RNG 355. Desert Watershed Management (3)
RNG 421. Wildland Restoration and Ecology (4)
RNG 455. Riparian Ecohydrology and Management (4)
SOIL 335. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)
ST 421, ST 422. Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (4,4)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
TOX 430. Chemical Behavior in the Environment (3)
WSE 455. Industrial Marketing in the Forest Sector (3)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (3)

Total Credits for Ecological Engineering Degree=192


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
E Required for entry into Professional School

 

Sample Four-Year Plan: Ecological Engineering

Year 1


Fall Term

BEE 101. Ecological Engineering I (3)
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)E
   
and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Winter Term

CH 232. *General Chemistry (4)
   and CH 262. Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)E
   
or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)E
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
   and HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)
   or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E

Spring Term

BEE 102. Ecological Engineering II (3)E
CH 233. *General Chemistry (4)
   and CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)E
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E

Year 2


Fall Term

BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)E
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3)
   and SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for Soil 205 (1)

Winter Term

BEE 221. Fundamentals of Ecological Engineering (3)
BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
ST 314. Introduction to Statistics for Engineers (3)

Spring Term

BEE 222. Ecological Engineering Computation (3)
BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4)
ENGR 213. Strength of Materials (3)E
MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)E
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Year 3


Fall Term

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3)
BEE 311. Ecological Fluid Mechanics (4)
BEE 320. Biosystems Analysis and Modeling (4)
BI 370. Ecology (3)

Winter Term

BEE 312. Ecohydraulics (4)
BEE 322. Ecological Engineering Thermodynamics and Transfer Process (4)
FE 257. GIS and Forest Engineering Applications (3)
IE 380. *The Responsible Engineer (3)
Engineering Elective I (3–4)

Spring Term

BEE 313. Ecohydrology (4)
BEE 361. Ecological Engineering Laboratory (3)
ENGR 391. Engineering Economics and Project Management (3)
*Difference, Power and Discrimination Bacc Core Elective (3)
Engineering Elective II (4)

Year 4


Fall Term

BEE 415. Professional Development (1)
BEE 469. ^Ecological Engineering Design I (4)
Engineering Elective III (4)
Science Elective I (3–5)
*Synthesis—Contemporary Global Issues Bacc Core Elective (3)

Winter Term

BEE 468. Bioremediation Engineering (4)
BEE 470. Ecological Engineering Design II (4)
*Cultural Diversity Bacc Core Elective (3)
Engineering Elective IV (3–4)
*Literature and the Arts Bacc Core Elective (3)

Spring Term

Engineering Elective V (4)
Science Elective (3–5)
Science Elective (3–5)
*Western Culture Bacc Core Elective (3)

 

Pre-Ecological Engineering Major Code: 654



Major Code: 450

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