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,

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:

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.