University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Environmental Engineering (Bachelor of Science)


The curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physical, natural and engineering sciences. Instruction in environmental engineering includes air pollution, surface and groundwater hydrology, water and wastewater engineering and waste management.

An Environmental Engineering degree is excellent preparation for immediate employment in all environmental arenas including consulting firms, governmental agencies, businesses including non-profits, and industry. Additionally, many of our graduates continue their education in graduate environmental engineering programs or other graduate programs.

A systems approach to engineering problem solving is central to our curriculum and involves integrating the social, economic, environmental, regulatory and other aspects into engineering problem solving. As a way of practical implementation of a systems approach, community-based service-learning projects are incorporated into various courses. This provides a service to the community partner as well as real-world learning for our students. It also enhances students’ teamwork and communication skills. In addition, the Environmental Engineering Program provides multiple laboratory and field experiences, undergraduate research opportunities, and interdisciplinary design.

The B.S. in Environmental Engineering requires a minimum of 122 credits.

Students are encouraged to pursue minors or focus areas in other disciplines that compliment their engineering experience. International education and work experiences are also encouraged. Students should consult their advisors early in their program in order to plan accordingly.

Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of our program are expected to:

  1. Practice environmental engineering, use their program knowledge in other areas, or enter graduate school;
  2. Apply engineering principles and an understanding of environmental issues to analysis, design, construction, management, and preservation of engineered and natural systems;
  3. Participate in comprehensive design activities carried out in interdisciplinary settings that involve applying current and emerging practices in environmental engineering;
  4. Actively participate in professional and/or community-based service (local, national or global) that benefit the profession and the public;
  5. Be capable of effective leadership and communication;
  6. Be capable of professional licensure, and eager and able to engage in further study and professional development;
  7. Consider the social, economic, and environmental aspects as part of the engineering solution and problem definition.
  8. General Requirements


    Course Credits
    Fall Spring
    CHEM 031 - Introductory Chemistry II 4
    MATH 021 - Calculus I 4
    ENGS 001 - Written Expression 3
    CE 003 - Intro to Civil & Envir Engr 2
    HSS Elective1 3
    CS 020 Programming for Engineers 3
    CHEM 032 - Introductory Chemistry 4
    MATH 022 - Calculus II 4
    PHYS 031 - Physics for Engineers I 4
    PHYS 030 - Problem Solving Session I (Optional) (1)
    ENGR 002 - Graphical Communication 2
    Total 16 17/18
    Course Term
    Fall Spring
    MATH 121 - Calculus III 4
    PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers II 3
    PHYS 123 - Problem Solving Session II (Optional) (1)
    CE 010 - Geomatics2 4
    STAT 143 – Statistics for Engineers 3
    HSS Elective1 3
    MATH 271- Appl Math for Engr & Scientists 3
    CE 001 - Statics2 3
    CE 132 - Env/Trans Systems2 3
    BIOL 001 - Principles of Biology or
    BIOL 002 - Principles of Biology
    Earth Science3 4
    Total 17/18 17
    Course Term
    Fall Spring
    CE 100 - Mechanics of Materials 3
    CE 133 - Dec Analysis in Env/Trans 3
    CE 160 - Hydraulics 4
    CE 134 - Modeling Env/Trans Systems 3
    EE 100 - Modeling Env/Trans Systems 4
    ME 040 - Thermodynamics 3
    CE 151 - Water & Wastewater Engineering 3
    CE 180 - Geotechnical Principles 4
    HSS Elective1 3
    Total 13 17
    Course Term
    Fall Spring
    CE 254 - Environmental Qual Anyl 4
    Science/Tech Elective4 3
    Env. Design Elective5 3
    HSS Elective1 3 3
    Env. Prof. Elective6 3
    CE 175 - Senior Design Project7 3
    Env. Design/Prof Elective 3
    Total 13 12

    1. Required Social Science and Humanities: Students must select five (fifteen credits) from the approved Humanities courses listed in the catalog, two (six credits) of which must also be from the approved Cultural Diversity courses (D1 and D2) listed in the College of Arts and Sciences section of the catalog and two (six credits) must be from the same department.
    2. Pre-Engineering Technical (PET) requirements: MATH 021 and MATH 022, CHEM 031, PHYS 031 and CS 020. All PET courses must be completed with C- or better before any sophomore engineering courses may be taken.
    3. Earth Science Elective: GEOL 1, PSS 161. Design Electives are: CE 142, CE 161, CE 241, CE 251, CE 253, CE 255, CE 256, CE 260, CE 261, CE 265, CE 280, CE 281, CE 283. CE 173 is a design elective if CE 172 has also been taken.
    4. Science or Tech elective (senior year); ME 042, BSAD 180, any 100-level or above course in Science (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PSS, PHYS) or Engineering.
    5. Env. Design: CE 161, CE 251, CE 253, CE 255, CE 256, CE 260, CE 262, CE 280, CE 281, CE 283.
    6. Professional Electives are all Design Electives plus CE 171, CE 191, CE 192, any 200-level CE course.
    7. CE 175, Senior Design Project, is required of all seniors (no substitutions).



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