The four-year Environmental Engineering (EVEN) BS degree is the standard curriculum offered by the Environmental Engineering Program. When you complete this curriculum, you will be granted a "Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering" degree. The EVEN BS provides preparation for professional proficiency or graduate training in environmental engineering in a four-year curriculum.
All of the information provided on this web page is available in the
current Environmental Engineering (EVEN) Degree Guidelines.
The EVEN BS curriculum (see the curriculum table) represents a "contract" of sorts with incoming students - for students entering the program during the current academic year, completion of the curriculum with a satisfactory grade point average is the requirement for graduation. The curriculum also represents a guarantee that the courses listed (or acceptable substitutes) will be available in the semesters listed.
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Many required courses in the EVEN BS curriculum offer a set of courses from different engineering departments as
choices. Students may
choose any of the offerings from different departments for these
required courses; however, students should evaluate these choices
carefully depending on their major interest in environmental
available in different departments
following required courses may be taken from any of the departments
listed. Note that this list changes frequently as departments change
instructors and semesters for courses. In some cases, you may need
to be flexible about which course you take to complete your degree
Analytical Mechanics 1 (Fall, Spring)
GEEN 3851 Statics for Engineers (Summer)
Statics and Structures (Fall)
3320 Chem Engr Thermodynamics (Fall, required for Chemical Processing
GEEN 3852 Thermodynamics for Engineers (Summer)
MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics (Fall, required for Air Quality Option)
2100 Thermodynamics (Fall, Spring)
Chem Engr Fluid Mechanics (Spring)
CVEN 3313 Theor Fluid Mechanics (Spring)
GEEN 3853 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers (Summer)
MCEN 3021 Fluid Mechanics (Fall)
APPM 4570 Statistical Methods (Fall, Spring)
Applied Data Analysis (Fall)
CVEN 3227 Prob, Stat, and Decisions (Spring)
3210 Chem Engr Heat Transfer (Fall)
MCEN 3022 Heat Transfer (Spring)
EMEN 4100 Business Methods and Econ for Engrs (Fall)
CVEN 4147 Engineering Economy and System Design (Fall)
Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course
A 3(+) credit hour course with a
significant laboratory or field component related to air quality or
earth science. Examples include EVEN 4100 Environmental Sampling and Analysis, GEOL 1010+1030 Introduction to Geology+Lab, ATOC 1050+1070 Weather and the Atmosphere Laboratory, CVEN 3708 Geotechnical Engineering 1 (pre-req CVEN 3161), etc.
A total of 18
credit hours of humanities and social sciences electives is
required. At least nine hours must be at the upper division (3000
or 4000) level (including the Required Communication Course, see
below). Advice and list of eligible
humanities and social science electives is available on
HOMER. The College of Engineering also has a new web based search engine to help you find HSS electives that match your interests. See: ODYSSEY.
There are a number of environmentally-focused courses that can be used as HSS electives. These include courses such as:
ECON 3535 (3). Natural Resource Economics, *
ECON 3545 (3). Environmental Economics, *
HIST 4417 (3). Environmental History of North America, *
MCDB 1030 (3). Plagues, People, and Microorganisms
PHIL 1400 (3). Philosophy and the Sciences
PSCI 3201 (3). The Environment and Public Policy, *
PSCI 3064 (3). Enviornmental Political Theory
SOCY 2077 (3). Environment and Society
SOCY 4007 (3). Global Human Ecology
SOCY/ENVS 4027 (3). Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
(*Note: this course has pre-requisites, so plan ahead and take the pre-reqs as lower division courses)
Communication Course is aimed at improving your communication
(writing and presentation) skills. It must be taken at the
3000-level. Alternatives include
Writing on Science and Society and two-semester sequence of courses
in the Herbst
Humanities Program in the College of Engineering and Applied
3100 Humanities for Engineers 1 and
3200 Humanities for Engineers 2 (to satisfy the
Communication requirement, both of these courses must be taken;
taking both of these courses satisfies the upper division H&SS
One technical elective MUST be an approved Earth Science course. One technical elective course may be a lower division engineering course or environmental
science elective. The remaining technical elective courses must be 3000-
and 4000-level (or above) courses in engineering, mathematics, or
the sciences. See complete list of approved technical elective courses.
The six specified Option sequences
are listed below. Nine credits of course work must be selected
from the following lists. A Special Option, formulated by the
student, is also available by petition.
To better integrate
research experience in the EVEN curriculum, the faculty
encourage seniors to consider using six credits of technical
electives as independent students (EVEN
4840) to do a Senior Thesis (consecutive independent studies
on the same topic with the same faculty advisor).
The senior thesis can be funded with grants from the
Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the College's
Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) Program.
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Six areas of concentration in Environmental Engineering are offered as sets of "Option" courses. These Option courses appear in the curriculum
in the sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters. By the sixth semester,
students must choose a set of option courses. Various pre-requisities apply for these courses, so click on each option title to learn more.
In addition, a Special Option is available for students who wish to identify a set of three courses that provide depth in another area of environmental engineering (such as engineering for developing communities, public health, etc). Ordinarily, special option courses should be upper division. The set of three courses must be approved by
petition before the sixth semester. The set of courses can be changed only with your advisor's permission.
Air Quality Option
ATOC 3500 Air Chemistry and Pollution (3 credits, Fall)
ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (3 credits, intermittent)
CHEM 4541 Physical Chemistry Lab (2 credits, intermittent)
MCEN 3032 Thermodynamics 2 (3 credits, Spring, prereqs. Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics)
MCEN 4228 Sustainable Energy (3 credits, fall)
MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credits, spring)
Applied Ecology Option
CVEN 3434 Introduction to Applied Ecology (required for this option; 3 credits, Spring)
EBIO 2070 Genetics: Molecules to Populations (4 credits, Fall and Spring)
EBIO 3270 Ecosystem Ecology (3 credits, Spring)
EBIO 4020 Stream Biology (3 credits, Fall)
EBIO 4030 Limnology (3 credits, Spring)
EBIO 4160 Introduction to Biogeochemistry (3 credits)
GEOG 4311 Watershed Biogeochemistry (2 credits; spring)
Chemical Processing Option
Energy Option draft
CHEN 3220 Chemical Engineering
Separations and Mass Transfer (required for this option,
3 credits, Spring)
CHEN 4330 Reaction Kinetics (required for this option, 3 credits, Spring)
CHEM 3311 Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits)
CHEM 3331 Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits)
CHEN 4670 Environmental Separations (3
credits, Fall, every other year)
CHEN 4680 Environmental Process Engineering (3 credits; senior or graduate standing; intermittent)
One course with significant technical content such as:
MCEN 3032 Thermodyanamics 2 (3 credits, Spring, pre-reqs Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics)
CHEN 4838 Energy Fundamentals (3 credits, Clough); if take this MCEN 4228 won't count
MCEN 4228 Sustainable Energy (3 credits, Hannigan); if take this 4838 won't count
Select an additional 6 credits from the following:
AREN 3130 Building Energy Laboratory (3 credits, Spring)
MCEN 4228 Wind Energy (3 credits, Spring)
ECEN 2060 Renewable Energy (3 credits, Spring)
PHYS/ENVS 3070 Energy and the Environment (3 credits, Fall and Spring)
CVEN 5020 Building Energy Audits (3 credits, Fall)
CVEN 5050 Advanced Solar Design (3 credits, Fall)
ENVS 4100 Energy Policy or ENVS 5820 Renewable Energy Policy or AREN 4830 Energy Technology and Policy or BCOR 4000 Assessing Sustainable Energy Technologies [no more than one of these largely non-techical policy courses can apply]
Environmental Remediation Option
CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering (3 credit hours, Fall)
CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management (3 credit
EVEN 4100 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (3 credits, intermittent)
GEOL 3030 Introduction to Hydrogeology (3 credit hours, Fall)
GEOL 4716 Environmental Field Geochemistry (2 credit hours,
Water Resources and Treatment Option
CVEN 3323 Hydraulic Engineering (3 credits, Fall)
CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credits, Spring)
CVEN 4323 Water Resources Engineering Design (3 credits, Spring)
CVEN 4343 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credits)
CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering (3 credits, fall)
CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management (3 credit
GEOG 4501 Water Resources and Water Management of Western United
States (3 credits, Spring)
MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credits, intermittent)
To graduate with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the College
of Engineering and Applied Science at the Boulder campus, students must
meet the following minimum requirements:
completion of the required and elective courses in the Environmental
Engineering Bachelor of Science curriculum.
Students must satisfactorily complete 128 credit hours, of which the
last 45 credit hours shall be earned after admission to the College
of Engineering and Applied Science as a degree student.
- A minimum cumulative
grade point average of 2.000 for all courses attempted and for all
courses that count toward graduation requirements, excluding "P"
grades for courses taken Pass/Fail.
- A minimum cumulative
major grade point average of 2.000. This major grade point average
includes only course work in engineering courses.
- Successful completion
of the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) requirement of
the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
- Completion of
the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during the final academic year.
- Submission of
a completed Diploma Card (available in the Dean's Office) to the Program
be postponed by failure to complete these requirements. Any exceptions to
these requirements will require approval of the Environmental Engineering
Program Director and the Dean's office by petition. To be sure that
all requirements are met, students can consult with the Environmental
Engineering Program Coordinator, Director, and their faculty advisors.
Students must be aware that meeting graduation requirements is ultimately
their own responsibility.
of Engineering Exam
One of the requirements
for graduation with the EVEN BS degree is that students must take the
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. This test serve two purposes:
(1) it provides students with the opportunity to complete the first
step toward Professional Engineer (PE) status and (2) it provides the
Environmental Engineering Program with a useful assessment of engineering
proficiency attained by EVEN graduates. Students usually take the FE
Exam during their final semester.
of Engineering Examination is the first step toward achieving licensure
as a Professional Engineer (PE), a particularly important credential
for engineers working as consultants. The FE Exam is administered by
the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
The FE Exam is offered semi-annually, in April and October. Students
can register to take the FE Exam in the Dean's office. Registration
notices will be distributed by the EVEN Program Coordinator.
The exam consists
of two parts, the morning and afternoon "specifications."
The morning specification covers engineering, science, and mathematics
fundamentals. The afternoon specification is discipline-specific. Beginning
with the April 2002, exam, Environmental Engineering will be offered
as the afternoon specification. The NCEES offers general information,
study materials, and sample questions for the FE Exam. Numerous review
books for the FE Exam are also readily available at web booksellers.
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