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. 

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 303Thermodynamics3
CAE 533Water-Quality Control in Natural Systems3
CAE 540Environmental Chemistry3
CAE 542Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering3
Technical Elective3
Marine Science Courses
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
Marine/Atmospheric Science Elective3
Math and Science Courses
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
GEG 199Geographic Information Systems for Engineers1
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Biology Elective3
Total Credit Hours123

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 221 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 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 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 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
 Credit Hours15
CAE 211 Mechanics of Solids II 3 3
ECE 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering--I 3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Biology Elective 2 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
CAE 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
CAE 340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 1 3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics 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 Engineering 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 Engineering Course 4 3
Marine/Atmospheric Science Elective 5 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
CAE 404 Senior Design Project II - Construction Documents 1 3
Environmental Engineering Course 4 3
HA Cognate 2 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours123


The mission of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering is to:

  • Provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering that will prepare graduates for professional careers and a lifetime of learning;
  • Conduct high-quality research that will advance the body of knowledge and improve the quality of human life;
  • Serve the engineering profession and society through active involvement in professional organizations and contribution of professional expertise.


The educational objectives of the Environmental Engineering Program are to have graduates who within the first several years following graduation are either

  1. Working as a professional in an area closely related to the water environment, or
  2. Pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.