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Major: Environmental Engineering (EnvE)

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Accredited by ABET (see inside front cover)
Offered jointly by:
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
207 Riley-Robb Hall, 607.255.2173,
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
221 Hollister Hall, 607.255.3412,

Program Objectives

We are committed to providing an excellent undergraduate engineering program in a nurturing
learning environment so that our graduates acquire knowledge and develop the
skills needed for successful professional careers. The educational program objectives are

  • Produce graduates who pursue careers in Environmental Engineering based on a background in mathematics, physical and life sciences, liberal studies, and engineering.
  • Produce graduates who pursue advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields.
  • Produce graduates who assume leadership positions and contribute to solution of societal problems involving environmental systems.

Civil Engineering also offers a focus in Environmental Engineering. Biological Engineering offers a concentration in Bioenvironmental Engineering.

Introduction to Engineering

  • BEE 1200: The BEE Experience (required for students matriculating in CALS)c, or ENGRI 1XXX: Introduction to Engineering (ENGRI 1130 is recommended.) Engineering Distributions
  • BEE/ENGRD 2510: Engineering for a Sustainable Society (required)
  • ENGRD 2XXX: ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solids, or
  • ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamics, or
  • ENGRD 3200: Engineering Computation are recommendedd

Required Major Courses

  • Introductory Biology (choose one):
    • BIOEE 1610: Ecology and the Environment, or
    • BIOEE 1780: Evolutionary Biology and Diversity, or
    • BIOG 1440: Comparative Physiology, or
    • BIOG 1445: Comparative Physiology, Personalized Instruction, or
    • BIOG 1107: Introductory Biology, or
    • BIOG 1108: Introductory Biology, or
    • BIOMG 1350: Cell and Development Biology
  • ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solidsd
  • ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamicsd, or
  • ENGRD 3200: Engineering Computationd, or
  • BEE 2220: Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CEE 3040: Uncertainty Analysis in Engineeringh
  • CEE 3230: Engineering Economics and Management, or
  • BEE 4890: Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers
  • CEE 3310: Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 3510: Environmental Quality Engineering
  • CEE 4510: Microbiology for Environmental Engineeringi
  • BEE 4750: Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Earth Sciencej
  • Laboratory Coursej


  • Three Environmental Design electives, 9 credit minimum
  • Two Major-approved electives
  • Technical writing coursee
  • Two approved electives




  • a. COE matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2090 (fall, spring); CALS matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2070 (fall). Students in either college may also substitute CHEM 2150 for CHEM 2090 or CHEM 2070.
  • b. Students matriculated in CALS may take BEE 1510 for the computing requirement. COE students take CS 1110, 1112, 1114, or 1115.
  • c. BEE 1200 combined with BEE 1510: Introduction to Computer Programming (5 credits total) satisfies the ENGRI requirement for CALS matriculated students. Students using BEE 1200 and BEE 1510 to satisfy the ENGRI requirement must make up the 2-credit difference with engineering course work.
  • d. ENGRD 2020 (fall, spring, summer) and 2210 (fall) or 3200 (spring) are recommended. Students electing to use one of these courses as a second engineering distribution must take an additional Major-approved elective.
  • e. In addition to the First-Year Writing Seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective or Major course. An approved COMM or ENGRC course, or BEE 4730, or BEE 4890, will satisfy this requirement. Students meeting the technical communications requirement with a course that fulfills another requirement (e.g. liberal studies, Lab, Design) can use that one course to satisfy both requirements.
  • f. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major.
  • g. Choose one of the following: BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445, BIOG 1107, BIOG 1108, or BIOMG 1350. Complete before semester 5.
  • h. ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics is accepted (by petition) to substitute for CEE 3040 if taken prior to affiliation with Environmental Engineering or if necessary because of scheduling conflicts caused by co-op or study abroad programs.
  • i. Students may take BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures, in place of CEE 4510.
  • j. The lists of acceptable courses for an earth science, laboratory, design, and Major-approved elective are published in the Undergraduate Handbook for Environmental Engineering. At least one design elective must be chosen from the list of Capstone design courses. The handbook is available online or in 207 Riley-Robb Hall or 221 Hollister Hall.
  • k. Must include at least 57 credits of engineering courses (including distribution courses).