Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering*

Environmental Engineers protect the natural environment and the health of people as influenced by the environment. The field began as a part of civil engineering by providing the water supply for municipalities but has grown to encompass a broad view of the interaction of humans with the environment. The environmental engineer applies principles from all of the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, geology, and biology) to understand the natural environment and to build systems that protect that environment. Areas of environmental engineering include air quality, water quality, water resources, and contaminant process engineering.

The environmental engineering student obtains a broad background in mathematics and all the sciences, along with their application to the several areas of environmental engineering. This flexible curriculum allows the student to elect 18 semester hours of approved technical coursework to emphasize the areas of environmental engineering of most interest to the student. In addition, courses in the humanities and social sciences are included.

To excel as an environmental engineer, a student should have an aptitude for mathematics and science, an abiding interest in protecting the natural environment and public health, and the motivation to study and prepare for environmental engineering practice. Environmental engineering graduates of the University may seek a wide variety of employment opportunities with private consulting firms, industry, and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in engineering, or in other professions such as business, medicine, law, or journalism,have an excellent base on which to build.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the environmental engineering program should attain the following outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand what impact engineering solutions have in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the environmental engineering program should address environmental engineering problems within a greater societal context. They should:

  • Exhibit character and decision-making skills embodying professionalism and ethical behavior
  • Apply knowledge, strong reasoning, and quantitative skills to design and implement creative and sustainable solutions
  • Engage in lifelong learning to meet evolving engineering challenges facing society
  • Exhibit strong communication, critical thinking, interpersonal, and management skills as leaders and contributors in the environmental engineering profession

Portable Computing Devices

Students entering Environmental Engineering are required to have a laptop at their disposal. Laptops do not need to be brought to campus on a daily basis, but individual courses may require that a laptop be brought to class or lab sessions. For a list of minimum system requirements, see the Cockrell School of Engineering website.


Each student must complete the University’s core curriculum. In some cases, a course required for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below. To ensure that courses used to fulfill the social and behavioral sciences and visual and performing arts requirements of the core curriculum also meet ABET criteria, students should follow the guidance given in ABET Criteria.

In the process of fulfilling engineering degree requirements, students must also complete coursework to satisfy the following flag requirements: one independent inquiry flag, one quantitative reasoning flag, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the US flag, and two writing flags. The independent inquiry flag, the quantitative reasoning flag, the ethics and leadership flag, and one writing flag are carried by courses specifically required for the degree; these courses are identified below. Students are advised to fulfill the flag requirements with a course that meets other requirements of the degree. Courses that may be used to fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule.

Math, science and engineering electives are chosen from a list of approved courses maintained in the undergraduate office.

Environmental Engineering
EVE 302Foundations of Environmental Engineering3
EVE 310Sustainable Systems Engineering3
EVE 312Environmental Engineering and Science3
Approved environmental engineering elective15
Approved environmental engineering design elective3
Architectural Engineering
ARE 323KProject Management and Economics3
BIO 311CIntroductory Biology I3
CH 301Principles of Chemistry I (part I science and technology)3
CH 302Principles of Chemistry II (part I science and technology)3
CH 204Introduction to Chemical Practice2
CH 328MOrganic Chemistry I3
Civil Engineering
C E 311KIntroduction to Computer Methods3
C E 311SProbability and Statistics for Civil Engineers3
C E 319FElementary Mechanics of Fluids3
C E 333TEngineering Communication (writing flag; ethics and leadership flag)3
C E 356Elements of Hydraulic Engineering3
Engineering Mechanics
E M 306Statics3
GEO 303Introduction to Geology3
M 408CDifferential and Integral Calculus (mathematics; quantitative reasoning flag)4
M 408DSequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus4
M 427JDifferential Equations with Linear Algebra (quantitative reasoning flag)4
or M 427K Advanced Calculus for Applications I
PHY 103MLaboratory for Physics 303K1
PHY 103NLaboratory for Physics 303L1
PHY 303KEngineering Physics I (part II science and technology)3
PHY 303LEngineering Physics II3
Rhetoric and Writing
RHE 306Rhetoric and Writing3
Other Required Courses
M E 320Applied Thermodynamics3
or M E 326 Thermodynamics
or CH 353 Physical Chemistry I
Approved mathematics or science elective3
Approved engineering elective6
Remaining Core Curriculum Courses
E 316LBritish Literature (humanities; in E 316L, 316M, 316N, and 316P some sections carry a global cultures or cultural diversity flag)3
or E 316M American Literature
or E 316N World Literature
or E 316P Masterworks of Literature
American and Texas Government (some sections carry a cultural diversity flag)6
American History (some sections carry a cultural diversity flag)6
Social and behavioral science (some sections carry a cultural diversity flag)3
Visual and performing arts (some sections carry a cultural diversity flag)3
UGS 302First-Year Signature Course (in UGS 302 all sections carry writing flag; in UGS 303 some sections carry a writing flag)3
or UGS 303 First-Year Signature Course
Total Hours124

Technical Electives

Technical electives in environmental engineering are listed in four areas of specialization below. Six semester credit hours must be selected from one of the technical areas along with an approved environmental engineering design elective. Approved environmental engineering design electives are chosen from a list of approved courses maintained in the undergraduate office.The remaining environmental engineering electives can be taken from any area or combination of areas. Courses not listed can be approved by the undergraduate adviser.

Area 1, Climate and Energy

Architectural Engineering 346N, Building Environmental Systems

Architectural Engineering 346P, HVAC Design

Architectural Engineering 370, Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings

Architectural Engineering 371, Energy Simulation in Building Design

Architectural Engineering 372, Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings

Architectural Engineering 377K, Studies in Architectural Engineering

Chemical Engineering 379, Atmospheric Physicochemical Processes

Civil Engineering 369L, Air Pollution Engineering

Civil Engineering 369R, Indoor Air Quality

Area 2, Sustainable Water Systems

Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

Civil Engineering 346, Solid Waste Engineering and Management

Environmental Engineering 350

Area 3, Water Resources and the Environment

Civil Engineering 374K, Hydrology

Civil Engineering 374L, Groundwater Hydraulics

Civil Engineering 357, Geotechnical Engineering

Civil Engineering 358, Introductory Ocean Engineering

Area 4, Contaminant Fate and Transport

Chemical Engineering 319, Transport Phenomena

Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

Chemical Engineering 322, Thermodynamics

*Degree pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at the time of publication