Environmental engineers play particularly pivotal roles as professionals who bridge the gap between understanding complex scientific concepts and helping to formulate public policies that affect the environment. Environmental engineering has become an important aspect of engineering practice in most engineering fields, and the discipline spans the professional spectrum from the private sector through governmental agencies to academia. An undergraduate minor in environmental engineering allows engineering students to pursue an interest in this field and to incorporate aspects of environmental engineering into careers in other engineering disciplines.
Students in any undergraduate major in the Whiting School of Engineering are eligible for admission to the environmental engineering minor program. Students will work with an advisor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering to develop a program that meets the requirements for the minor and is consistent with the educational requirements of their major field of engineering study.
Requirements of the EE minor program consist of:
- a set of required core science and mathematics courses, already common to civil and chemical engineering majors;
- four required courses in environmental engineering (total of 12 credits, listed below); and
- two elective courses, one taken at the freshman or sophomore level, and the other taken at the junior or senior level.
Core Courses (EE Minor)
Advanced placement credits and/or equivalent courses in other schools or departments are acceptable, subject to advisor approval.
|Select 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering)|
|Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)|
|Honors Multivariable Calculus|
|Introductory Chemistry I|
|Linear Algebra and Differential Equations|
|Introductory Chemistry II|
|Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I|
|Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II|
|General Physics: Physical Science Major I|
|General Physics for Physical Sciences Majors (AL)|
|General Physics Laboratory I|
|General Physics Laboratory II|
Required Courses (EE Minor)
A total of 18 credits are required in addition to the previously specified core.
|EN.570.303||Environmental Engineering Principles and Applications||3|
|EN.570.304||Environmental Engineering Laboratory||3|
|EN.570.305||Environmental Health and Engineering Systems Design||4|
(Total of 9 credits) one course from each of two groups is required. Double counting of these courses with specified required courses in the student’s major is not allowed. Substitution for one required course may be possible under special circumstances, with explicit approval of the environmental engineering minor advisor. Additional course electives are possible but require approval of the environmental engineering minor advisor.
|Select one introductory course at the freshman and sophomore level of the following: 1||3|
|Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Design|
|Environmental Biology and Ecology|
|EN.570.239||Environmental Engineering Chemistry - Current and Emerging Topics New course: Environmental Engineering Chemistry – Current and Emerging Topics||3|
|Environmental Hazards and Health Risks|
|General Biology I|
|The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Geology|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
|Environmental Organic Chemistry|
|Aquatic and Biofluid Chemistry|
|Physical and Chemical Processes I|
|Solid Waste Engineering and Management|
|Hazardous Waste Engineering and Management|
|Chemical Structure and Bonding w/Lab|
|Introductory Organic Chemistry I|
|Physical Chemistry I|
|Transport Phenomena I|
Engineering science courses that are developed for juniors and seniors and also introductory graduate-level courses. One course is required.