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
EGN 114Global Challenges Addressed by Engineering and Technology3
CET 300Computational Methods for Engineers (Computational Methods for Engineers (NEW COURSE))3
CET 330Fluid Mechanics3
CET 340Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CET 345Environmental Laboratory and Analysis 13
CET 403Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design3
CET 404Senior Design Project II – Integrated Engineering Documents 13
CET 430Water-Resources Engineering I3
CET 440Water Quality Control Systems3
CET 530Water Resources Engineering II3
CET 533Water-Quality Control in Natural Systems3
CET 540Environmental Chemistry3
CET 541Environmental Engineering Microbiology3
CET 543Air Pollution Control Engineering3
CAE 115Introduction to Engineering II: Geospatial Data (Surveying and GIS)2
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
CAE 402Professional Engineering Practice 13
ECE 205Principles of Electrical Engineering--I3
ISE 311Applied Probability and Statistics3
MAE 303Thermodynamics3
Technical Elective3
Marine Science Courses
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
Marine/Atmospheric Science Elective3
Math and Science Courses
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers 25
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
Biology Elective3
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
Quantitative Skills:
Calculus I for Engineers (fulfilled through the major)
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate (9 credits) (fulfilled through the major)
Total Credit Hours122

Counts toward the Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement


Fulfills the University General Education Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement

Internships, Practical Training, or other types of practicums 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 the degree requirements.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
EGN 114 Global Challenges Addressed by Engineering and Technology 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
 Credit Hours14
CAE 115 Introduction to Engineering II: Geospatial Data (Surveying and GIS) 1 2
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CET 300 Computational Methods for Engineers 1 3
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours17
CET 340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 1 3
ECE 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering--I 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Biology Elective 6 3
AH Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
CET 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
CET 345 Environmental Laboratory and Analysis 1 3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics 3
ISE 311 Applied Probability and Statistics 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography (MSC 111 not required) 3
 Credit Hours15
CET 430 Water-Resources Engineering I 1 3
CET 440 Water Quality Control Systems 1 3
Environmental Engineering Course 3 3
Marine/Atmospheric Science Elective 4 3
Technical Elective 5 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
CET 403 Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 1 3
CET 530 Water Resources Engineering II 1 3
Environmental Engineering Course 3 3
Environmental Engineering Course 3 3
AH Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
CET 404 Senior Design Project II – Integrated Engineering Documents 1 3
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
Environmental Engineering Course 3 3
AH Cognate 2 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122

Only offered once a year in the semester indicated in the curriculum.


To be selected from approved lists. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) in the AH cognate and 3 courses in the PS cognate (9 credits).


CET 533, CET 540, CET 541, and CET 543 are offered on a 3-semester rotation. Students must take all four courses.


Students must select the Marine/Atmospheric Science Elective from the list of (a) 300-level or higher elective courses required for a minor in Marine Science, or (b) MSC 311, MSC 313, MSC 314, MSC 339, MSC 340, MSC 341, MSC 342, MSC 345, MSC 418, MSC 425. To complete the requirements for the minor in Marine Science, additional courses are required.  The requirements for the minor in Marine Science can be found in the University Bulletin.


Technical Elective is any engineering course 200 level or higher.  CET 395 Undergraduate Research can also be used as a Technical Elective.


BIL 150 or BIL 160. Note that BIL 151 need not be taken with BIL 150, and BIL 150 is a prerequisite of BIL 160.


The mission of the Department of Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering is to:

  • Provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in chemical, environmental, and materials 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.

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Working as a professional in an area closely related to environmental engineering, 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.