Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

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The EWRE Laboratory facilities, housed on the main campus and at J.J. Pickle Research Campus, are well-equipped for performing both basic and applied state-of-the-art research in virtually all areas of environmental and water resources engineering.

The curriculum for a degree in Environmental Engineering was designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the natural sciences and engineering, to provide students with the tools needed to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges using a systems approach, and to prepare students for employment upon graduation in one of the areas of the field. 

The curriculum for the degree in Environmental Engineering is provided in the example course sequence below.  Each course designated with a * represents a core course in Environmental Engineering, and descriptions are provided in Courses section.  Descriptions of new elective courses in environmental engineering are also provided in the Course section.  Please note that each student must complete the University‚Äôs core curriculum.  In some cases, a course required for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering may also be counted toward the core curriculum.  

Example Course Sequence

First Year

Fall     Spring    
Hrs. Course# Desc Hrs. Course# Desc.
4 M 408C Differential & Integral Calc. 4 M 408D Sequences, Series & Multiv. Calc.
3 CH 301 Princ. Chem. I 3 CH 302 Princ. Chem. II
3 BIO 311C Intro. Bio. I 2 CH 204 Intro. Chem. Practice
3 RHE 306 Rhetoric Composition 3 *EVE 302 *Foundations Envirn. Eng.
3 UGS 302 (or 303) 1st-year Signature Course 3 PHY 303K Eng. Physics I
      1 PHY 103M PHY Lab

Second Year

Fall     Spring    
Hrs. Rubric Desc Hrs. Rubric Desc.
4 M 427J/ M427K Differential Eqns. w/ Linear Algebra 3 CH 328M Organic Chem.
3 PHY 303L Eng. Physics II 3 CE 319F Fluid Mechanics
1 PHY 103N Lab for PHY 3 CE 311K Intro. Computer Methods
3 EM 306 Statistics 3 CE 333T Eng. Communications
3 *EVE 310 *Sustainable Eng. Systems 3 EVE 312 *Environ. Eng. Science
3 GOV American Government      

Third Year

Fall     Spring    
Hrs. Rubric Desc Hrs. Rubric Desc.
3 ME 320 / ME 326 / CH 353 Thermodynamics / Physical Chemistry 3 GEO 303 Intro. to Geology
3 CE 311S Probability Stats. Civil Eng. 3   Environ. Eng. Elective
3 CE 356 Elements Hydraulic Eng. 3   Environ. Eng. Elective
3   Environ. Eng. Elective 3 HIS American History
3 GOV American Government 3   Humanities Core Course

Fourth Year

Fall     Spring    
Hrs. Rubric Desc Hrs. Rubric Desc.
3 ARE 323K Proj. Mgmt. & Econ. 3   Environ. Eng. Design Elect.
3   Environ. Eng. Elective 3   Engineering Elective
3   Environ. Eng. Elective 3   Engineering Elective
3   Social & Behavioral Sci. Core Course 3 HIS American History
3   Math or Science Elective 3   Visual & Performing Arts Core Course

NOTE: In the process of fulfilling engineering degree requirements, students must also complete coursework to satisfy the following flag requirements: one independent inquiry flag, one quantitative reasoning flag, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the US flag, and two writing flags.  The independent inquiry flag, the quantitative reasoning flag, the ethics and leadership flag, and one writing flag are carried by courses specifically required for the degree; these courses are identified below.  Students are advised to fulfill the flag requirements with a course that meets other requirements of the degree.  Courses that may be used to fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule.

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EWRE students can pursue the Master of Science (M.S.) degree or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These programs have separate degree requirements.

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineers protect the natural environment and the health of people as influenced by the environment.  The field began as part of civil engineering by providing the water supply for municipalities, but has grown to encompass a broader view of the interaction of humans and the environment.  The environmental engineer applies principles from all of the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, geology, and biology) to understand the natural environment and to build systems that protect the environment and public health.  Areas of environmental engineering include i) air, climate and energy, ii) sustainable water systems, iii) water resources and the environment, and iv) contaminant fate and transport.

Environmental engineering graduates of the University may seek a wide variety of employment opportunities with private consulting firms, industry, and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels.  Those who plan to pursue graduate work in engineering, or in other professions such as business, medicine, law, or journalism have an excellent base on which to build.

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Environmental and water resources engineering is a broad discipline dedicated to addressing environmental issues in air, water, and soil.