University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Environmental Engineering Requirements

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 nonprofits, and industry. Additionally, many of our gradutates 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 many of our core 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 opportunites, and interdisiplinary design.

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

No more than one grade of D, D+, or D- will be acceptable in any courses in engineering including ME and EE courses and a minimum GPA of 2.3.

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 gradutate 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.


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