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.

Program educational objectives: By 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: 130. 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 160Information Literacy1
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 177General Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 178 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 160Information Literacy1
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
PHYS 221Introduction to Classical Physics I5
Total Credits23-24
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 201XEnvironmental Engioneering 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 426X3
ENV E 429X3
ENV E 430X3
ENV E 427X3
Total Credits27
Other Remaining Courses: 45 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 120XEnvironmental Engineering Learning Community1
ENV E 190XIntroduction to Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering2
C E 306Project Management for Civil Engineers3
C E 388Sustainable Engineering and International Development3
or C E 488 Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems
C E 206Engineering Economic Analysis and Professional Issues in Civil Engineering3
C E 274Engineering Statics3
C E 360Geotechnical Engineering4
E M 324Mechanics of Materials3
C E 428Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design3
Engineering Topics Electives 26
Total Credits40
Seminar/Co-op/Internships: R cr.
Co-op/Internship optional.
Notes.
  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.

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

Cr. R. Repeatable. SS.

Prereq: Permission of department and Engineering Career Services
Professional work period of at least 10 weeks during the summer. Students must register for this course prior to commencing work. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: Permission of department and Engineering Career Services
Professional work period. One semester per academic or calendar year. Students must register for this course before commencing work. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.