The Environmental Engineering curriculum provides an integrated educational experience in mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering sciences, and environmental engineering design. The first two years of the Environmental Engineering curriculum provide a strong foundation in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering sciences. The next two years of the four-year program, integrate engineering sciences with design applications with particular emphasis in the areas of water and wastewater engineering .

Design courses emphasize an integrated approach that considers all environmental media in the prevention and control of environmental problems. The curriculum culminates with a major senior-level design project that includes design applications from the major specialty areas of environmental engineering.  

Curriculum Requirements

Engineering Courses
CAE 111Introduction to Engineering I3
CAE 115Introduction to Engineering II (Surveying)1
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
CAE 211Mechanics of Solids II3
CAE 330Fluid Mechanics3
CAE 345Environmental Laboratory And Analysis3
CAE 340Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CAE 402Professional Engineering Practice3
CAE 403Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design3
CAE 404Senior Design Project II - Construction Documents3
CAE 430Water-Resources Engineering I3
CAE 440Water Quality Control Systems3
CAE 530Water Resources Engineering II3
ECE 205Principles of Electrical Engineering--I3
IEN 311Applied Probability And Statistics3
MAE 303Thermodynamics I3
Environmental Engineering Courses9
Technical Elective3
Marine Science Courses
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
RSMAS Course3
Math and Science Courses
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
PHY 205University Physics I3
PHY 206University Physics II3
PHY 207University Physics III3
PHY 208University Physics II Lab1
PHY 209University Physics III Lab1
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
GEG 198Geographic Information System for Engineers1
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Biology Elective3
Total Credit Hours126

* "Internships, Practical Training, or other types of practicum are neither required nor optional credit-earning components in the established undergraduate curriculum. Credit earned through these experiences via UMI 305 will not count towards any CAE degree requirements." 

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 1 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours14
CAE 115 Introduction to Engineering II (Surveying) 1
GEG 198 Geographic Information System for Engineers 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
IEN 311 Applied Probability And Statistics 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab 1
 Credit Hours17
CAE 211 Mechanics of Solids II 3 3
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ECE 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering--I 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Biology Elective 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
CAE 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
CAE 340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 1 3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I 3
Technical Elective 3
HA Cognate* 2 3
PS Cognate* 2 3
 Credit Hours18
CAE 345 Environmental Laboratory And Analysis 1 3
CAE 430 Water-Resources Engineering I 1 3
CAE 440 Water Quality Control Systems 1 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
Environmental Eng. Course 4 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
CAE 403 Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 1 3
CAE 530 Water Resources Engineering II 1 3
Environmental Eng. Course 4 3
RSMAS Course 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
CAE 404 Senior Design Project II - Construction Documents 1 3
Environmental Eng. Course 4 3
HA Cognate 2 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours126

Only offered once a year.


To be selected from approved lists of People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates and Biology Electives. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours).


Co-requisite CAE 212 not required for EnE majors.


CAE 540, CAE 533 and CAE 542 offered on a 3-semester rotation. Students must take these three courses.


 Note: students must select the RSMAS course from the list of required (non-elective) courses in either the Ocean Engineering Track or the Marine Policy Track. A minor in Marine Science will be awarded for 15 credit hours of MSC, OCE or other RSMAS courses provided these include MSC 111MSC 301 and at least 6 credit hours at the 300 level or higher. Required courses in the track count towards the 6 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.

RSMAS Track 1: Ocean Engineering

MSC 403Marine Environmental Toxicology3
OCE 509Coastal Physics and Engineering3
Select one elective from any MSC course or any RSMAS 500-level course3
Total Credit Hours9

RSMAS Track 2: Marine Policy

MSC 340Ocean Policy3
MSC 313Coastal Law3
MSC 314Ocean Law3
Total Credit Hours9