BSENE Environmental Engineering

For more information about the Environmental Engineering program, please visit our website.

What do environmental engineers do?

  • Identify and design solutions for problems involving the environment.
  • Provide safe drinking water, treat and properly dispose of wastes, maintain air quality, control water pollution, and remediate sites contaminated due to spills or improper disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Monitor the quality of the air, water, and land, and develop new and improved means to protect the environment.
  • Possess the scientific and technical knowledge to identify, design, build, and operate systems that make modern society possible.
  • Many people are concerned about the state of our environment. Environmental engineers actually work to protect it from damage and to correct existing problems.
  • Environmental engineering is a multi-disciplinary field, which involves:
    • traditional engineering components such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering design.
    • other disciplines, such as biology, microbiology, ecology, public health, geology, meteorology, economics, political science, and computer science.
  • Environmental engineers have to be broadly educated and technically trained to address the spectrum of issues facing the environment.

For a BS in Civil Engineering (BSCE) with an emphasis in environmental engineering, click here.

The undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Requirements

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Pre-Major Requirements:

Chemistry Requirement
CHEM 105aL: General Chemistry or CHEM 115aL: Advanced General Chemistry
CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry or CHEM 115bL: Advanced General Chemistry
CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry

Math Requirement
MATH 125: Calculus I
MATH 126: Calculus II
MATH 226: Calculus III
MATH 245: Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I

Physics Requirement
PHYS 151L: Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PHYS 152L: Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Major Requirements:

Engineering
ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy

Civil Engineering
CE 106: Design and Planning of Civil Engineering Systems or CE 110: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CE 108: Introduction to Computer Methods in Civil Engineering
ENE 200: Environmental Engineering Principles
CE 205: Statics
CE 210L: Introduction to Environmental Engineering Microbiology
CE 309: Fluid Mechanics
CE 408: Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering
CE 451: Water Resources Engineering
CE 453: Water Quality Control
CE 463L: Water Chemistry and Analysis
CE 465: Water Supply and Sewage System Design

Major Requirements Cont.:

CE 473: Engineering Law, Finance and Ethics
CE 484: Water Treatment Design
CE 485: Waste Water Treatment Design
ENE 410: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
ENE 426: Particulate Air Pollutants
ENE 428: Air Pollution Fundamentals

Courses from other departments
CHE 330: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
GEOL 305Lx: Introduction to Engineering Geology
BISC 220L: General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology
PTE 463L: Introduction to Transport Processes in Porous Media

Major electives
Design Kernel (6 units) selected from the following courses: CE 443, CE 466, CE 476, and CHE 442.