Environmental Engineering

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Administered by the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

For undergraduate curriculum in environmental engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science.

Students in the environmental engineering bachelor’s degree program will complete a curriculum covering the engineering and science knowledge necessary to design and implement effective, affordable solutions for environmental challenges involving water, air, and land. The environmental engineering curriculum equips students with a broad education that includes technical skills in analysis and design and professional practices such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and ethics. Graduates will have a strong foundation necessary to solve complex current and future infrastructure challenges within the diverse areas of environmental engineering.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in environmental engineering positions within the private and public (e.g., federal, military, state, and community) sectors that deal with pollution and contamination in all aspects of the built and natural environment. Examples of this work include analyzing and designing systems for water supply and distribution, collecting and processing waste, controlling air quality, recycling residuals, and protecting public health. Students interested in a more general education in civil engineering should consider the B.S. in civil engineering with environmental emphasis.

Student Learning Outcomes:  Graduates of the Environmental Engineering curriculum should have, at the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives: Three to five years after graduation, graduates of the environmental engineering program will have:

  1. Pursued successful careers and expertise in environmental engineering or a related profession. 
  2. Collaborated effectively on multi-disciplinary teams to address the needs of society and the environment. 
  3. Pursued lifelong learning, professional development, and licensure as appropriate for their career goals.  

The faculty encourages the students to develop their professional skills by participating in cooperative education, internships, or progressive summer engineering employment and study abroad programs. Qualified juniors and seniors interested in graduate studies may apply to the Graduate College to pursue concurrently the bachelor degree and either a master of science in Civil Engineering or a master of business administration in the College of Business Administration. These students would have an opportunity to graduate in five years with both degrees.

Curriculum in Environmental Engineering

Administered by the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

Leading to the degree bachelor of science.

Total credits required: 131. 

Any transfer credit courses applied to the degree program require a grade of C or better (but will not be calculated into the ISU cumulative GPA, Basic Program GPA or Core GPA). See also Basic Program and Special Programs.  Note: Department does not allow Pass/Not Pass credits to be used to meet graduation requirements.

International Perspectives: 3 cr.1
U.S. Diversity: 3 cr.1
Communication Proficiency/Library requirement
ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication (Must have a C or better in this course)3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition (Must have a C or better in this course)3
LIB 160Introduction to College Level Research1
Social Sciences and Humanities: 12 cr.2

Complete 12 cr. with 6 cr. at 200-level or above.

Basic Program: 24 cr3. Minimum GPA of 2.00 required for this set of courses to graduate, including any transfer courses (please note that transfer course grades will not be calculated into the Basic Program GPA).
CHEM 167General Chemistry for Engineering Students4-7
or CHEM 177
CHEM 178
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication (Must have a C or better in this course)3
ENGR 101Engineering OrientationR
C E 160Engineering Problems with Computational Laboratory 33
LIB 160Introduction to College Level Research1
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
PHYS 231Introduction to Classical Physics I4
PHYS 231LIntroduction to Classical Physics I Laboratory1
Total Credits24-27
Math and Physical Science: 27 cr.
CHEM 177LLaboratory in General Chemistry I1
CHEM 178General Chemistry II 43
CHEM 178LLaboratory in College Chemistry II 41
CHEM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry3
BIOL 251Biological Processes in the Environment3
CHEM 231LLaboratory in Elementary Organic Chemistry1
GEOL 201Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists3
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Elementary Differential Equations3
MICRO 201Introduction to Microbiology2
Statistics Elective 23
Total Credits27
Env Engineering Core: 27 cr. Minimum GPA of 2.00 required for this set of courses to graduate (including transfer courses; please note that transfer course grades will not be calculated into the Core GPA).
ENV E 201Environmental Engineering Measurements and Analysis3
C E 326Principles of Environmental Engineering3
C E 372Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics3
A B E 378Mechanics of Fluids3
M E 231Engineering Thermodynamics I3
ENV E 426Environmental Engineering Science3
ENV E 427Environmental Engineering Systems3
ENV E 429Air Pollution and Control3
ENV E 430Solid and Hazardous Waste Management3
Total Credits27
Other Remaining Courses: 41 cr.
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition (Must have a C or better in this course)3
Technical Communication Elective 23
SP CM 212Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENV E 120Environmental Engineering Learning Community1
ENV E 190Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering2
C E 306Project Management for Civil Engineers3
C E 206Engineering Economic Analysis and Professional Issues in Civil Engineering3
Sustainability Elective 23
C E 274Engineering Statics3
C E 360Geotechnical Engineering4
E M 324Mechanics of Materials3
C E 428Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design3
A B E 378LMechanics of Fluids Laboratory1
Engineering Topics Electives 26
Total Credits41
Seminar/Co-op/Internships: R cr.
Co-op/Internship optional.
  1. These university requirements will add to the minimum credits of the program unless the university-approved courses are also approved by the department to meet other course requirements within the degree program. U.S. diversity and international perspectives courses may not be taken Pass/Not Pass.
  2. Choose from department approved list. 
  3. See Basic Program for Professional Engineering Curricula for accepted substitutions for curriculum designated courses in the Basic Program.
C E 1603ENV E 1902
CHEM 1774CHEM 1783
CHEM 177L1CHEM 178L1
ENGL 1503MATH 1664
MATH 1654PHYS 2314
LIB 1601PHYS 231L1
ENGR 101RBIOL 2513
ENV E 1201 
 17 18
ENGL 2503C E 3263
C E 2743C E 3063
CHEM 2313A B E 3783
CHEM 231L1A B E 378L1
MATH 2654MATH 2663
ENV E 2013Social Sciences and Humanities Elective3
 17 16
C E 2063C E 3723
Sustainability Elective3C E 3604
E M 3243Technical Communication Elective3
Statistics Elective3MICRO 2012
GEOL 2013M E 2313
SSH Elective3 
 18 15
ENV E 4263C E 4283
ENV E 4303ENV E 4273
Engineering Topics Elective3ENV E 4293
SSH Elective (Intnl. Perspective)3Engineering Topics Elective3
SP CM 2123SSH Elective (U.S. Diversity)3
 15 15