Environmental Engineering, Minor


A fundamental challenge for the engineering profession is development of a sustainable society and environmentally responsible industry and agriculture reflecting an integration of economic and environmental objectives. We are called upon to be trustees and managers of our nation’s resources, the air in our cities, and the use and water in our aquifers, streams, estuaries, and coastal areas. This minor encourages engineering students to learn about the scientific, engineering, and economic foundations of environmental engineering so that they are better able to address environmental management and sustainability issues. Students affiliated with all majors except Environmental Engineering are are eligible to participate in this minor. Students majoring in Biological Engineering or Civil Engineering are eligible if they are not following the Environmental Concentration offered by those majors. Eligible Civil Engineering students may not use courses to fulfill the minor requirement and simultaneously as a Major Approved Elective or as a Design Course. Academic Standards: At least C- in each course in the minor. GPA 2.0 or better for all courses in the minor. Requirements: At least six courses (18 credits), chosen from the following groups, with at least one course from each group:

Group A. Environmental Engineering Processes

  • BEE/ENGRD 2510 Engineering for a Sustainable Society
  • BEE 4010 Renewable Energy Systems
  • BEE 4200/6200 Surface Chemistry of Particles in Natural and Engineered Processes
  • BEE 4760 Solid Waste Engineering
  • BEE /EAS 4800 Our Changing Atmosphere:  Global Change and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CEE 3510 Environmental Quality Engineering
  • CEE 4510 Microbiology for Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4530 Laboratory Research in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4540 Sustainable Municipal Drinking Water Treatment
  • CEE 4550 AguaClara: Sustainable Water Supply Project
  • CEE 6530 Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 6560 Physical/Chemical Processes
  • CEE 6570 Biological Process
  • CEE 6580 Microbial Biodegradation and Biocatalysis Lab
  • ENGRI 1130 Sustainable Engineering of Energy, Water, Soil, and Air Resources (May count only if taken before the student’s junior year.)

Group B. Environmental Systems

  • BEE 4750 Environmental Systems Analysis
  • BEE 4870 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems
  • BEE 4880 Applied Modeling and Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems
  • CEE 5970 Risk Analysis and Management
  • CHEME 6660 Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems

Group C. Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics

  • CEE 3310 Fluid Mechanics (CHEME 3230 or M&AE 3230 may be substituted for CEE 3310)
  • BEE 4270 Water Measurement and Analysis Methods
  • BEE 4710 Introduction to Groundwater
  • BEE 3710 Hydrology and the Environment
  • CEE 4320 Hydrology
  • CEE 4370 Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics
  • BEE 4730 Watershed Engineering
  • BEE 4740 Water and Landscape Engineering Applications  
  • CEE 6310 Computational Simulation of Transport in the Environment
  • CEE 6550 Transport, Mixing, and Transformation in the Environment