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, chemical, and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. The All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 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 licensed Professional Engineer (PE), an important professional credential for environmental engineers. Therefore, students are encouraged to take the FE exam prior to graduation. The educational outcomes and objectives for the Environmental Engineering program, along with additional information on this major, are given at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website. The Environmental Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Potential Occupations

Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from CSU are well prepared to solve some of the world’s most challenging environmental problems, such as providing for sustainable resources of high quality water and air for the world's expanding population in the face of the growing detrimental impacts resulting from climate change, such as prolonged drought and increased famine. The need to solve these challenging problems 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.

Graduates of the Environmental Engineering degree program from CSU are qualified 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 Fall 2022

CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CIVE 102Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engr 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
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 
 Total Credits 31
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CIVE 202Numerical Modeling and Optimization 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
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 33
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics 3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology 3
CIVE 339Environmental Engineering Concepts 3
CIVE 355Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 3
CIVE 356Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory 1
CIVE 442Air Quality Engineering 3
MATH 340Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
MIP 300General Microbiology 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C 
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C 
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 33
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering 3
CIVE 402Senior Design Principles4A,4B3
CIVE 403Senior Project Design4C3
CIVE 439Applications of Environmental Engr Concepts 3
CIVE 441Water Quality Analysis and Treatment 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 

CIVE 305Intermediate AutoCAD3
CIVE 330Ecological Engineering3
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
CIVE 423Groundwater Engineering3
CIVE 437Wastewater Treatment Facility Design3
CIVE 440Nonpoint Source Pollution3
CIVE 455Applications in Geotechnical Engineering3
CIVE 458Environmental Geotechnics3
CIVE 502Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 511Coastal Engineering3
CIVE 512Irrigation Systems Design3
CIVE 513Morphodynamic Modeling3
CIVE 514Hydraulic Structures/Systems3
CIVE 519Irrigation Water Management3
CIVE 520Physical Hydrology3
CIVE 521Hydrometry3
CIVE 524/WR 524Modeling Watershed Hydrology3
CIVE 525Water Engineering International Development3
CIVE 529Environmental Organic Chemistry3
CIVE 530Environ Engr at the Water-Energy-Health Nexus3
CIVE 531Groundwater Hydrology3
CIVE 533/BIOM 533Biomolecular Tools for Engineers3
CIVE 538Aqueous Chemistry3
CIVE 540/CBE 540Advanced Biological Wastewater Processing3
CIVE 541Physical Chemical Water Treatment Processes3
CIVE 542Water Quality Modeling3
CIVE 544Water Resources Planning and Management3
CIVE 547/STAT 547Statistics for Environmental Monitoring3
CIVE 549Drainage and Wetland Engineering3
CIVE 558Containment Systems for Waste Disposal3
CIVE 572Analysis of Urban Water Systems3
CIVE 574Civil Engineering Project Management3
CIVE 575Sustainable Water and Waste Management3
CIVE 576Engineering Applications of GIS and GPS3
ENGR 502Engineering Project and Program Management3
ENGR 550/MATH 550Numerical Methods in Science and Engineering3
SYSE 501Foundations of Systems Engineering3

Additional Technical Electives – Select a minimum of 3 credits

AREC 340/ECON 340Introduction-Economics of Natural Resources3
AREC 342Water Law, Policy, and Institutions3
AREC 444/ECON 444Economics of Energy Resources3
ATS 555Air Pollution3
ATS 560Air Pollution Measurement2
BZ 471Stream Biology and Ecology3
BZ 472Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory1
ERHS 320Environmental Health--Water Quality3
ERHS 448Environmental Contaminants3
ESS 474Limnology3
ESS 524Foundations for Carbon/Greenhouse Gas Mgmt3
JTC 461Writing About Science, Health, and Environment3
LIFE 320Ecology3
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 310Human Resource Management3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
NR 322Intro. to Geographic Information Systems4
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation3
PSY 517/IE 517Perspectives in Global Health3
RS 478Ecological Restoration3
SOCR 455Microbiomes of Soil Systems3
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
SOCR 470Soil Physics3

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, Environmental Engineering 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. 

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 102Introduction to Civil and Environmental EngrX  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
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
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 
 Total Credits   16
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
CIVE 202Numerical Modeling and OptimizationX  3
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-StaticsX  3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III   4
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
 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
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 300Fluid MechanicsX  3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory   1
CIVE 355Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering   3
CIVE 356Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory   1
MATH 340Intro to Ordinary Differential EquationsX  4
Select one course from the following:   3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C 
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology X 3
CIVE 339Environmental Engineering Concepts   3
CIVE 442Air Quality Engineering   3
MIP 300General Microbiology   3
Advanced WritingX 23
Arts and Humanities  3B3
BZ 110/BZ 111 or BZ 120 or LIFE 102 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   18
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering   3
CIVE 402Senior Design PrinciplesX 4A,4B3
CIVE 439Applications of Environmental Engr 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