University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Environmental Engineering (Bachelor of Science)

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

The curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering provides a strong foundation in mathematics, and the 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 graduates continue their education in graduate environmental engineering programs or other graduate programs.

A systems approach to engineering problem solving is central to the curriculum and involves integrating the short and long-term social, environmental and economic aspects and impacts into engineering solutions. As part of this approach, service-learning projects with local communities and nonprofit groups are incorporated into some courses. Real-world engineering design culminates in a required major design experience in the senior year, which draws upon prior course work and focuses on technical and non-technical issues and expectations of professional practice. Other activities that enhance the undergraduate education of students include oppor¬tunities for laboratory and research experience, increased Information Technology (IT) content in the courses offered, and a sense of community between students and the faculty.

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 complement 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 the 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 benefits 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. Curriculum

    Course Credits
    Fall Spring
    CE 003 - Intro to Civil & Env Engr 2
    CHEM 031 - Introductory Chemistry II 4
    MATH 021 - Calculus I 4
    ENGS 001 - Written Expression 3
    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 Credits
    Fall Spring
    CE 010 - Geomatics2 4
    MATH 121 - Calculus III 4
    PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers II 3
    PHYS 123 - Problem Solving Session II (optional) (1)
    STAT 143 – Statistics for Engineers 3
    HSS Elective1 3
    CE 001 - Statics2 3
    CE 132 - Env/Trans Systems2 3
    MATH 271- Adv Engineering Mathematics 3
    BIOL 001 or BIOL 002 - Principles of Biology 4
    Earth Science3 4
    Total 17/18 17
    Course Credits
    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 - Electrical Engr Concepts 4
    ME 040 - Thermodynamics 3
    CE 151 - Water & Wastewater Engineering 3
    CE 180 - Geotechnical Principles 4
    HSS Elective1 3
    Total 13 17
    Course Credits
    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
    Total 13 12


    1Required Humanities and Social Science (HSS): 15 credits of approved HSS electives, including three credits of D1 and three credits of D1/D2. At least six credits must be completed from the same department. A current list of approved HSS electives is available on the CEMS Student Services Link out of catalogue site. website.

    2Pre-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.

    3Earth Science Elective: GEOL 001, PSS 161.

    4Science or Tech elective (senior year); ME 042, BSAD 180, any 100-level or above course in Science (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PSS, PHYS) or engineering.

    5Typical Design Electives are CE 251, CE 253, CE 256, CE 261, CE 265, CE 281 and some CE 295 courses.

    6Professional Electives are all Design Electives plus CE 191, CE 192, any 200-level CE course.

    7 CE 175, Senior Design Project, is required of all seniors (no substitutions).