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Environmental Engineering (ENV)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Environmental Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering is to equip students with the problem solving skills and knowledge necessary to assess and develop solutions to environmental problems impacting the biosphere, land, water, and air quality. Courses in the program are multidisciplinary in nature, combining fundamental principles drawn from physics, chemistry, geology, engineering, and biology. Students learn about the analytical methods necessary to evaluate environmental changes and to design strategies to remediate problems that inevitably may have resulted from human activities. The program prepares students for careers in consulting, industry, and government, and for graduate school in engineering.


Mathematics and Science (see Basic Requirement 1 and 2)

45 units1

Technology in Society2 (one course; see Basic Requirement 4)


Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3):

ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics


ENGR 60. Engineering Economy


Fundamentals Elective


Engineering Depth (minimum of 68 Engineering Science and Design units; see Basic Requirement 5):

CEE 64. Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to Global Change


CEE 70. Environmental Science and Technology


CEE 100. Managing Sustainable Building Projects (WIM)


CEE 101B. Mechanics of Fluids


CEE 101D. Computations in CEE


CEE 160. Mechanics of Fluids Laboratory


CEE 161A. Rivers, Streams, and Canals


CEE 166A. Watersheds and Wetlands


CEE 166B. Floods and Droughts, Dams, and Aqueducts


CEE 171. Environmental Planning Methods


CEE 172. Air Quality Management


CEE 177. Aquatic Chemistry and Biology


CEE 179A. Water Chemistry Laboratory


Capstone design experience: CEE 169, 179B, or 179C


CEE Breadth Electives3


Other School of Engineering Electives


These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 Math must include CME 102 (or Math 53) and a Statistics course. Science must include PHYSICS 41; one of ENGR 31, CHEM 31A or CHEM 31X; CHEM 33; GES 1; and one other physics or chemistry class for at least 3 units.

2 Should choose a class that specifically includes an ethics component, such as STS 101, 110 or 115; COMM 169; CS 181; or MS&E 181.

3 Breadth electives currently include CEE 63, 101C, 164, 165D, 166D, 169, 172A, 173A, 176A, 176B, 178, 179B or C, and 199.

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