Environmental engineers design solutions that prevent future pollution as well as correct existing pollution problems. The undergraduate curriculum in Environmental Engineering is based on a strong foundation in physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. The All-University Core Curriculum provides a broad background in communication, liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Upper-division courses address engineering applications for prevention and control of air, water, and land pollution. Required courses that are specific to the Environmental Engineering major come from several engineering and science disciplines, including organic and environmental chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, statistics, environmental toxicology, and water treatment. Technical electives provide specialization in a particular area of interest. Seniors complete the same year-long, capstone design experience as Civil Engineering majors, working in teams on real-world engineering problems.

Participation in student professional societies, other campus organizations, internships, and volunteer activities is highly recommended to foster personal growth and professional development. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first step toward registration as a Professional Engineer, an important professional credential for environmental engineers. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to take the FE exam prior to graduation.  Similar to Civil Engineering majors, our graduates consistently achieve a passing rate on the FE exam that is above the national average. The education outcomes and objectives for the Environmental Engineering major, along with additional information on this major, are found on the department's website. The Environmental Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Potential Occupations

The expansion of our population and economy, along with increased public concern and regulation of environmental quality, will contribute to the increased demand for the services of environmental engineers, both in the U.S. and abroad. Environmental engineers typically are employed in designing pollution prevention equipment and systems, designing environmental monitoring systems, implementing both government and industry environmental regulations, designing water and wastewater treatment systems, and restoring ecosystem health.

Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from CSU are well prepared for entry-level positions with regulatory agencies, engineering consulting firms, and environmental divisions of large corporations, particularly in the energy and manufacturing industries. Some example job titles for graduates include, but are not limited to, hydraulic engineer, water resources engineer, environmental engineer, geoenvironmental engineer, reclamation engineer, stormwater engineer, floodplain manager, groundwater engineer, hydrologist, urban/regional planner, water infrastructure engineer or manager, contract administrator, facilities engineer or manager, irrigation engineer, ecological engineer, and educator. Graduate study in a specific area of interest is highly recommended to enhance the ability to undertake more advanced technical responsibilities upon graduation.

Effective Spring 2018

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select four credits from the following course or course pair: 4
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Group C:
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CIVE 102Introduction: Civil/Environmental Engineering 3
CIVE 103Engineering Graphics and Computing 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CIVE 202Numerical Modeling and Risk Analysis 3
CIVE 203Engineering Systems and Decision Analysis 3
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 3
CIVE 360Mechanics of Solids 3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal Sciences 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 33
Junior
 
Select one from the following: 3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C 
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C 
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics 3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology 3
CIVE 438Environmental Engineering Concepts 3
CIVE 442Air Quality Engineering 3
CIVE 355Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 3
CIVE 356Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory 1
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
MIP 300General Microbiology 3
Advanced Writing23
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 33
Senior
 
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering 3
CIVE 402Senior Design Principles4A,4B3
CIVE 403Senior Project Design4C3
CIVE 441Water Quality Analysis and Treatment 3
CIVE 439/CBE 439Environmental Engineering Chemical Concepts 3
ERHS 446Environmental Toxicology 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Engineering Technical Electives 6
Technical Electives 3
 Total Credits 33
 Program Total Credits: 130

Engineering Technical Electives – Select a minimum of 6 credits 

BIOM 533/CIVE 533Biomolecular Tools for Engineers3
CBE 540/CIVE 540Advanced Biological Wastewater Processing3
CIVE 305Intermediate AutoCAD3
CIVE 330Ecological Engineering3
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
CIVE 423Groundwater Engineering3
CIVE 437Wastewater Treatment Facility Design3
CIVE 440Nonpoint Source Pollution3
CIVE 521Hydrometry3
CIVE 522Engineering Hydrology3
CIVE 524/WR 524Modeling Watershed Hydrology3
CIVE 525Water Engineering: International Development3
CIVE 531Groundwater Hydrology3
CIVE 532Wells and Pumps3
CIVE 537Residuals Management3
CIVE 538Aqueous Chemistry3
CIVE 539Water and Wastewater Analysis3
CIVE 541Environmental Unit Operation-Treatment-Design4
CIVE 544Water Resources Planning and Management3
CIVE 558Containment Systems for Waste Disposal3
CIVE 574Civil Engineering Project Management3
CIVE 575Sustainable Water and Waste Management3
CIVE 576Engineering Applications of GIS and GPS3

Additional Technical Electives – Select a minimum of 3 credits

AREC 342Water Law, Policy, and Institutions3
ATS 555Air Pollution3
ATS 560Air Pollution Measurement2
BZ 471Stream Biology and Ecology3
BZ 472Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory1
BZ 474Limnology3
GR 323/NR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation3
LIFE 320Ecology3
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 310Human Resource Management3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
NR 322Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO DECLARE MAJOR: Engineering is a controlled major: students are admitted into the major only if they meet established academic standards. Please see competitive major requirements or the advisor in the Department for more information.
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus. To qualify for graduation, engineering science majors must achieve a minimum 2.000 grade point average at CSU in all courses in engineering, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, and chemistry as well as courses taken as technical electives. 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 102Introduction: Civil/Environmental EngineeringX  3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   4
Group A:
    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:
    
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group C:
    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)  3A 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
CIVE 103Engineering Graphics and ComputingX  3
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B4
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
CIVE 202Numerical Modeling and Risk AnalysisX  3
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-StaticsX  3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III   4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CIVE 203Engineering Systems and Decision Analysis   3
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-DynamicsX  3
CIVE 360Mechanics of Solids   3
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal SciencesX  3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C 
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C 
CIVE 300Fluid MechanicsX  3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory   1
CIVE 355Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering   3
CIVE 356Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory   1
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential EquationsX  4
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology X 3
CIVE 438Environmental Engineering Concepts X 3
CIVE 442Air Quality Engineering   3
MIP 300General Microbiology   3
Advanced WritingX 23
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
BZ 110/BZ 111 or BZ 120 or LIFE 102 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   18
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering   3
CIVE 402Senior Design PrinciplesX 4A,4B3
CIVE 439/CBE 439Environmental Engineering Chemical ConceptsX  3
ERHS 446Environmental ToxicologyX  3
Engineering Technical Elective (See List on Requirements tab)   3
Historical PerspectivesX 3D3
 Total Credits   18
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 403Senior Project DesignX 4C3
CIVE 441Water Quality Analysis and TreatmentX  3
Technical Elective (See List on Requirements Tab)X  3
Engineering Technical Elective (See List on Requirements tab)X  3
Arts and Humanities X 3B3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   130