Environmental Systems Engineering Program

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2014-15 Environmental Systems Engineering UG Major

UG Director: Sarah Billington, 285A Y2E2, billington@stanford.edu
Student Services: Jill Filice, 316 Y2E2, jill.filice@stanford.edu
Dept Chair: Stephen Monismith, monismith@stanford.edu

For civil and environmental engineering in the 21st Century, engineers must be equipped to be adaptable, ready to take on new, complex challenges involving natural and built environments. The Environmental Systems Engineering major is designed to prepare students for incorporating environmentally sustainable design, strategies and practices into natural and built systems and infrastructure involving buildings, water supply, and coastal regions.

THE CURRICULUM

The undergraduate Environmental Systems Engineering major provides the math, science, engineering fundamentals, and tools and skills considered essential for an engineer, along with a choice of 3 focus areas for more in-depth study, including a capstone experience. Focus areas are:

  • Urban Environments: Focus is on sustainability in the constructed urban environment, ranging from building-scale to urban-scale issues. Considerations include sustainable design and construction practices, energy technologies, water supply systems, and urban planning.
  • Freshwater Environments: Focus is on incorporating sustainability into the design, management, and protection of water supply systems. Study areas include water resources, water treatment processes, aquatic chemistry and biology, and design principles for urban waterways.
  • Coastal Environments: Focus is on the impacts of urban areas on coastal waters, and vice versa. Study areas include physical oceanography, biological and chemical processes and contaminants in the marine environment, and issues in coastal planning and policy.⇒

Those undergraduates potentially interested in the Environmental Systems Engineering major should examine the Civil Engineering major as a possible alternative; a comparison of these two majors is presented below.

For more information on the Environmental Systems Engineering major, please contact Jill Filice in Room 316 of the Yang and Yamazaki Environment & Energy (Y2E2) building.

A COMPARISON:
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING VS. CIVIL ENGINEERING

Students interested in the area of civil and environmental engineering should be aware of the following differences between choosing this Environmental Systems Engineering major versus the Civil Engineering major:

Professional Considerations: The Civil Engineering degree is ABET-accredited, while the Environmental Systems Engineering major is not. An ABET-accredited degree is a first step toward a professional engineering license. In California, you must accrue 6 years of work experience under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer before being allowed to take the licensing exam. An ABET-accredited B.S. degree counts as 4 years of this required work experience.
→ If you envision a career providing, supervising or managing professional engineering services (e.g. engineering investigations, design) , you will likely need to become a licensed professional engineer and should consider a degree accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
Pragmatic Considerations: The Civil Engineering major provides a structured curriculum that ensures breadth across different areas specified by ABET. The Environmental Systems Engineering major offers more flexibility in choosing courses, and the ability to focus on a specific topic area.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering welcomes student participation in the VPUE undergraduate research programs. Interested students should check the VPUE website and the CEE website for announcements regarding the application procedures. Program announcements typically appear in January with application due dates in February.

REQUIREMENTS: 2014-15 MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Mathematics and Science (36 units minimum)

  • MATH 41/42. Calculus (or 10 units AP Calculus) 10 units A,W (req'd)
  • MATH 51 or CME 100/ Linear Algebra/Diff. Calculus of Several Variables 5 units A,W,S (req'd)
  • MATH 53 or CME 102 or Probablity/Statistics course from Approved Courses lists (Fig 3-1 in UGHB), A,W,S, (req'd)
  • PHYSICS 41 [or 4-5 units from AP Physics C]. Mechanics, 4 units, W (req'd)
  • CHEM 31B or X or ENGR 31: Chemical Principles (req'd) 5 units, W or A [or AP Chemistry if placement exam puts into CHEM 33] (for Urban Track Only: Can substitute PHYSICS 43)
  • Additional SoE-approved Science or Math electives (may include CHEM 31A)


Technology in Society (TiS)

One 3-5 unit course required: Choose from SoE-approved course list on Approved Courses page or UGHB, Chapter 3, Figure 3-3
Engineering Fundamentals

Three courses minimum, including:

  • ENGR 70A. Programming Methodology, 5 units, A,W,S
  • ENGR 90/CEE 70. (Required for Coastal and Freshwater tracks) Environmental Science and Technology 3 units, A,W,S
  •    or CEE 146A. (Required for Urban track) Engineering Economy, 3 units, W (or ENGR 60, offered only in Summ)
  • Engineering Fundamental elective from SoE Approved Courses page, (Fig 3-4 in UGHB)

Fundamental Tools/Skills 10 units
Required:

  • CEE 1 Introduction to Environmental Systems Engineering (req’d) 1 unit, S

One from CATEGORY 1: Visual Communication

  • CEE 31/31Q Accessing Architecture thru Drawing (WAY-CE) 4 units, A,W,S
  • CEE 133F Principles of Freehand Drawing 3 units, W
  • ME 101 Visual Thinking 4 units, A,W,S
  • ME 110 Design Sketching, 2 units, A,W,S
  • ARTSTUDI 160 Design I: Fund. Visual Language (limited enrollment) (WAY-CE) 3-4 A,W,S
  • OSPParis 44 Analytical Drawing & Graphic Art 2 units, A,W,S

One from CATEGORY 2:  Oral/Written Communication

  • ENGR 103 or ORALCOM 122 Public Speaking or The Art and Heart of Effective Public Speaking 3 A,W,S
  • ENGR 202W Technical Writing 3 units, A,W,S
  • CEE 151 Negotiation (limited enrollment; application req’d) 3 units, S
  • EARTHSYS 195 Natural Hazards and Risk Communication (WIM) 3 units, S
  • ENVRES 200 Research, Analysis, Writing for Public (WIM) (application req’d) 3 units, A,S

One from CATEGORY 3: Modeling/Analysis

  • CEE 155 Introduction to Sensing Networks 3 units, W
  • CEE 120A or B Building Information Modeling 2-4 units, A,W
  • CEE 226 Life Cycle Assessment 3-4 units, A
  • CEE 146A Engineering Economy (or ENGR 60) (if not counted as Eng.Fund.) 3 units, W (or Sum)
  • EARTHSYS 144 Fundamentals of GIS 4 units, A
  • CEE 101D Computations in CEE (if not counted as Math) 3 units, A 
  • CME 211 or EARTHSYS 211 Intro.to Programming for Scientists and Engineers (Python, C++) or
    Fundamentals of Modeling (R programming) 3-5 units  A

Writing in the Major (WIM) One 3-5 unit course required
Choose one from: COMM 120W, MS&E 193, or MS&E 197 (TiS classes); or EARTHSYS 195 or ENVRES 200 (Tools/Skills);  or CEE 100 (Urban focus/Breadth Elective)

Environmental Systems Engineering Depth: Choose one Focus Area from Coastal or Freshwater or Urban Environments

COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS FOCUS AREA (36 UNITS MINIMUM)
Required: (10-11 units)

  • CEE 101B Mechanics of Fluids (req’d; prereq: PHYSICS 41) 4 units, S
  • CEE 164 Physical Oceanography (req’d; prereq: PHYSICS 41) 3 units, W
  • CEE 175A California Coast: Science, Policy and Law 3-4 units, W

Electives: (20-23 units); Choose from:

  • CEE 129 Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Cities, 3 units, A
  • CEE 160 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (co-req: CEE 101B) 2 units, S
  • CEE 166A Watersheds & Wetlands (prereq: CEE 101B) 3 units, A
  • CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods (req: CEE70) 3 units, W
  • CEE 174A Providing Safe Water for Developing/Developed World (prereq: CHEM 31B) 3 units, A
  • CEE 174B Wastewater Trtmt.: Disposal to Resource Recovery (prereq: CEE174A) 3 units, W
  • CEE 177 Aquatic Chemistry and Biology (prereq: CHEM 31B) 4 units, A
  • CEE 272 Coastal Contaminants (prereqs: CEE 101B, 177) (instructor consent req’d) 3 units, A
  • BIO 30 Ecology for Everyone (only if not counted as a Science) 4 units, S
  • EARTHSYS 8 or GES 8 The Oceans: An Introduction to the Marine Environment or Oceanography: An Introduction to the Marine Environment 3 units, S, Sum
  • EARTHSYS 141 Remote Sensing of the Oceans 3-4 units, W
  • EARTHSYS 146B Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: Ocean Circulation 3 units, S
  • EARTHSYS 151 + EARTHSYS 152 Biological Oceanography (prereqs: BIO 43 or BIO 30; EESS 8) + Marine Chemistry (prereq: CHEM 31B)(2 courses designed to be taken concurrently) 3-4 + 3-4 units, S, S
  • EARTHSYS 156M Marine Resource Economics and Conservation (alt. years) 5 units, S

⇒ Up to 7 units of Breadth Electives may count as electives. Breadth Electives may be IntroSems (see Note 1 below) or Overseas classes (see Note 2 below) relevant to Coastal Environments; additional Tools/Skills; additional Engineering Fundamentals; or any required or focus elective courses from the other 2 EnvSE focus areas.
Capstone: (1 required, 3-5 units)

  • CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (Req: CEE171) 3 units, A
  • CEE 169 (alt. yrs) Environ. & Water Resources Engr. Design (Prereq: CEE 166B) 5 units, S
  • CEE 179C (alt. yrs) Environmental Engineering Design (Prereq: CEE174A) 5 units, S
  • CEE 199 Independent Research in CEE (must petition CEE UG Committee for approval, prior to enrollment).  3-5 units, (any)

Note 1: Relevant IntroSems (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • BIO 3N (3 units,S): Views of a Changing Sea: Literature & Science
  • BIO 12N (3 units,A): Sensory Ecology of Marine Animals
  • CEE 50N (3 units,S): Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay(alt years)
  • EARTHSYS 46N (3 units,S): Critical Interface between Land & Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough
  • EARTHSYS 56Q (3 units,W): Changes in the Coastal Ocean: The View from Monterey and SF Bays

Note 2: Relevant Overseas (or off-campus) classes (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • BIOHOPK 163H (4 units,W): Oceanic Biology (alt years)
  • BIOHOPK 172H (5 units,W): Marine Ecology (if BIO 30 is not counted)
  • OSPAUSTL 10 (3 units,A): Coral Reef Ecosystems
  • OSPAUSTL 30 (3 units,A): Coastal Forest Ecosystems
  • OSPCPTWN 49 (4 units,S): Water in S. Africa: Human Right, Public Trust, or Market Commodity?
  • OSPSANTG 85 (5 units,S): Marine Ecology of Chile and the South Pacific

FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS FOCUS AREA (36 UNITS MINIMUM)

Required (11 units)

  • CEE 101B Mechanics of Fluids (req’d; prereq: PHYSICS 41) 4 units, S
  • CEE 177 Aquatic Chemistry and Biology (req’d; prereq: CHEM 31B) 4 units, A
  • One of:

CEE 166A Watersheds & Wetlands (prereq: CEE 101B) 3 units, A
CEE 174A Providing Safe Water for Developing/Developed World (prereq: CHEM 31B) 3  units, A
Electives (20-22 units); Choose from:

  • CEE 160 Mechanics of Fluids Laboratory (co-req: CEE 101B) 2 units, S
  • CEE 161A Rivers, Streams, Canals (prereq: CEE 101B) 3-4 units, A
  • CEE 165C Water Resources Management 3 units, Sum
  • CEE 166A Watersheds & Wetlands (prereq: CEE101B) (if not counted as Req’d course) 3 units, A
  • CEE 166B Floods & Droughts, Dams & Aqueducts (prereq: CEE 166A) 3 units, W
  • CEE 166D Water Resources and Water Hazards Field Trips 2 units, W
  • CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods (CEE 70 recommended) 3 units, W
  • CEE 174A Providing Safe Water for Developing/Developed World (prereq: CHEM 31B) (if not counted as Req’d course) 3 units, A
  • CEE 174B Wastewater Treatment.: Disposal to Resource Recovery (prereq: CEE 174A) 3 units, W
  • CEE 179A Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory (CEE 177 recommended) 3 units, W
  • CEE 265A Sustainable Water Resources Development (limited enrollment) 3 units, S
  • CEE 265D Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (limited enrollment) 3 units, S
  • EARTHSYS 140 The Energy-Water Nexus (alt years) 3 units, W
  • EARTHSYS 156 Soil and Water Chemistry (CHEM 31B/X, CEE177 recommended; alt years) 4 units, W
  • GES 130 Soil Physics and Hydrology 3 units, A

⇒ Up to 7 units of Breadth Electives may count as electives. Breadth Electives may be IntroSems (see Note 1 below) or Overseas classes (see Note 2 below) relevant to Freshwater Environments; additional Tools/Skills; additional Engineering Fundamentals; or any required or focus elective courses from the other 2 EnvSE focus areas.

Capstone: (1 required; 3-5 units)

  • CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (Prereq: CEE 171) 3 units, A
  • CEE 169 (alt. yrs) Environ. & Water Resources Engineering Design (Prereq: CEE 166B) 5 units, S
  • CEE179C (alt. yrs) Environmental Engineering Design (Prereq: CEE 174A) 5 units, S
  • CEE 199 Independent Research in CEE (must petition CEE UG Committee for approval prior to enrollment) 3-5 units, (any)

⇒ Note 1: Relevant IntroSems (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • BIO 35N (3 units,W): Water: from Cadillac Deserts to Plant Physiology
  • GES 43Q (3 units,W): Environmental Problems (focuses on groundwater, watersheds)
  • CEE 29N (3 units,W): Managing Natural Disaster Risk (includes floods)
  • CEE 50N (3 units,S): Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay

⇒ Note 2: Relevant Overseas classes (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • OSPAUSTL 25 (3 units,A): Freshwater Systems
  • OSPAUSTL 30 (3 units,A): Coastal Forest Ecosystems
  • OSPGEN 60 (2 units,Sum): Wetlands Ecology & Conservation: the Pantanal – A Case Study (prereq = EARTHSYS 115)

URBAN ENVIRONMENTS FOCUS AREA (36 UNITS MINIMUM)

Required (11-12 units):

  • CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects (WIM) 4 units, A
  • CEE 101B Mechanics of Fluids (req’d; prereq: PHYSICS 41) 4 units, S
  • CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4 units, W

Electives: (19-22 units)
(a) Building Systems

  • CEE 102 Legal Aspects of Engineering and Construction 3 units, W
  • CEE 130 Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling…Method, Process (prereq: CEE 31/31Q) 4 units, A,W
  • CEE 156 Building Systems 4 units, W

(b) Energy Systems

  • CEE173A Energy Resources (or CEE 107S, 3 units, Sum) 4-5 units, A
  • CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency (PHYSICS 43 rec.) 3-4 units, S
  • ENERGY 171 or ENERGY 191 Energy Infrastructure, Technology, and Economics (prereq: CEE 173A) or Optimization of Energy Systems (CS106A recommended) 3 or 3-4 units  AW

(c) Water Systems

  • CEE 166A Watersheds & Wetlands (prereq: CEE 101B) 3  units,W
  • CEE 166B Floods & Droughts, Dams & Aqueducts (prereq: CEE 166A) 3 W
  • CEE 174A Providing Safe Water for Developing/Developed World (prereq: CHEM 31B) 3 A
  • CEE 174B Wastewater Treatment: Disposal to Resource Recovery (prereq: CEE 174A) 3 W

(d) Urban Planning

  • CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods 3 units, W
  • CEE 177L Smart Cities and Communities 3 units, Sum
  • URBANST 107 or URBANST 113 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning or Intro to Urban Design...Theory and Practive, (WAY-CE or SI) 3-5 units, W
  • URBANST 164 or URBANST 165 ISustainable Cities or (WAY-ED or SI) or Sustain. Urban/Regional Transportation Planning (alt. years) (WAY-SI) 4-5 units, WA
    ⇒ Up to 7 units of Breadth Electives may count as electives. Breadth Electives may be IntroSems (see Note 1 below) or Overseas classes (see note 2 below) relevant to Urban Environments ; additional Tools/Skills; additional Engineering Fundamentals; or any required or focus elective courses from the other 2 EnvSE focus areas.
    Capstone: (1 required, 3-5 units)
  • CEE 112A Indust.Apps.of Virtual Design & Constr. (Prereqs: CEE100, 120A or B) 3-4 units, A
  • CEE 122A+B Computer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction (Req: CEE120A or 120B or 156) (Instructor permission req’d.) 2+2 units, W+S
  • CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (Recommended: CEE 102 or 171) 3 units, A
  • CEE 141B Infrastructure Project Delivery (Co-req: CEE 146A) 3 W
  • CEE 221A Planning Tools/Meth. in Power Sector (Prereqs: CEE 146A,173A; MatLab) 3-4 units, W
  • CEE 226E Adv. Topics in Integrated Energy-Efficient Bldg. Design (prereq: CEE156) 3 units, S
  • CEE 199 Independent Research in CEE (must petition CEE UG Committee for approval, prior to enrollment)  3-5 units, (any)

⇒ Note 1: Relevant IntroSems (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • AA 116Q (3,A): Electric Automobiles and Aircraft
  • CEE 29N (3,W): Managing Natural Disaster Risk
  • CEE 50N (3,S): Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay (alt years)
  • APPPHYS 79N (3,A): Energy Options for the 21st Century
  • ECON 17N (3,W): Energy, the Environment, and the Economy [WAY-SI]
  • ME 16N (3,A): Energy & the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present, and Future

⇒ Note 2: Relevant Overseas classes (offerings will vary from year to year):

  • OSPFLOR 58 (4,S): Space as History: Social Vision & Urban Change
  • OSPMADRD 8A (2,A): Architecture, Culture, and Nature in Madrid: Towards a Sustainable City
  • OSPPARIS 92 (4,S): Building Paris: Its History, Architecture and Urban Design
  • OSPSANTG 29 (4-5,S): Sustainable Cities: Comparative Transportation Systems
  • OSPSANTG 31 (5,Sum): The Chilean Energy System: 30 Years of Market Reforms
  • OSPSANTG 71(4-5,A,S): Santiago: Urban Planning, Public Policy, and the Built Environment

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECLARING MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

  • 1. Enter your major declaration as Environmental Systems Engineering in Axess
    2. Pick up your academic folder from your pre-major adviser and print out your Stanford transcript (unofficial is fine) from Axess.
    3. Download and complete your major Program Sheet, which you can obtain from the UGHB website at http://ughb.stanford.edu/. Be sure to fill in all courses that you have taken and those that you plan to take. You will have the opportunity to revise your Program Sheet later, so please fill in as many courses as you can.
    4. Bring your transcript and completed program sheet to the CEE Student Services office in Room 316 of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy [Y2E2] Building and request to have an EnvSE advisor assigned to you. You may request a specific advisor if you wish. Office hours are 10:00 am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
    5. Meet with your Environmental Systems Engineering undergraduate advisor and have him/her review and sign your program sheet.
    6. Return your signed program sheet to the CEE Student Services Specialist, who upon receiving your signed sheet will approve your major declaration in Axess.
    7. You are encouraged to meet with your CEE undergraduate adviser at least once a quarter to review your academic progress. Changes to your program sheet can be made by printing out a revised sheet, obtaining your undergraduate adviser’s signature, and returning the approved sheet to the CEE Student Services Office. NOTE – Confirm that your program sheet is up to date at least one quarter prior to graduation.
    8. Other information:
  • • Procedures for requesting transfer credits and program deviations are described in detail in at the beginning of Chapter 4: "Policies and Procedures." The relevant forms are in the back of the Handbook in the "Forms" section, or on the UGHB site under the "Petitions" link. The online forms may be filled out electronically. If you are requesting transfer credits or program deviations, you should bring your completed petition form with your transcript to the CEE Student Services office. Attach your program sheet on file in CEE.
  • • Check with the CEE Student Services Office to make sure that you are on the CEE UG student email list for important announcements about department events and activities.


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