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Environmental Engineering (EVEN) B.S. Degree


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.

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 engineering.

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Example Curriculum Layout -- 2013-2014 Academic Year
(for curricula for other years, see the previous Guidelines above)

Courses offered only semester shown

First Year Fall
First Year Spring

APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
  APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
CHEN 1211 General Chemistry
  GEEN 1300 Intro to Engr Computing
CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
  H&SS Elective II
EVEN 1000 Intro to Environ Engr
PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects
  Technical Elective I
H&SS Elective I

Second Year Fall
Second Year Spring

APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
  APPM 2360 Intro Diff Eqns Lin Alg
Solid Mechanics
  CHEM 4521 Phys Chem for Engrs
H&SS Elective III
  CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
  H&SS Elective IV
PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
  CVEN 3414 Fund of Environ Engr

Third Year Fall
Third Year Spring

CVEN 4404+4414 Water Chemistry+Lab
  Option Course I
Engineering Economics
  Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics
  CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
Required Communication Course
  MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control


  Probability and Statistics

Fourth Year Fall
Fourth Year Spring

Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course


  CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
CVEN 4464 Env Eng Processes
  CVEN 4424 Environ Organic Chem


H&SS Elective V
  CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
Option Course II
  Option Course III
  Technical Elective III / Senior Thesis
Technical Elective II / Senior Thesis


Total Credits:


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Table Explanations

Courses available in different departments The 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 on time.
Solid Mechanics
CVEN 2121 Analytical Mechanics 1 (Fall, Spring)
GEEN 3851 Statics for Engineers (Summer)
MCEN 2023 Statics and Structures (Fall)
Thermodynamics CHEN 3320 Chem Engr Thermodynamics (Fall, required for Chemical Processing Option)
GEEN 3852 Thermodynamics for Engineers (Summer)
MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics (Fall, required for Air Quality Option)
AREN 2110 Thermodynamics (Fall, Spring)
Fluid Mechanics CHEN 3200 Chem Engr Fluid Mechanics (Spring)
CVEN 3313 Theor Fluid Mechanics (Spring)
GEEN 3853 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers (Summer)
MCEN 3021 Fluid Mechanics (Fall)
Probability and Statistics APPM 4570 Statistical Methods (Fall, Spring)
CHEN 3010 Applied Data Analysis (Fall)
CVEN 3227 Prob, Stat, and Decisions (Spring)
MCEN 3037 Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Heat Transfer CHEN 3210 Chem Engr Heat Transfer (Fall)
MCEN 3022 Heat Transfer (Fall/Spring)
Engineering Economics 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 (Fall), 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)
  • Required Communications Course The Required Communication Course is aimed at improving your communication (writing and presentation) skills. It must be taken at the 3000-level. Alternatives include WRTG 3030 Writing on Science and Society and two-semester sequence of courses in the Herbst Humanities Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, HUEN 3100 Humanities for Engineers 1 and HUEN 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 requirement).
    Technical Electives 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.
    Option 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.
    Senior Thesis 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 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the College's Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) Program.

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    Option Courses

    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
    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)

    Energy Option 
    Two required:
       MCEN 3017 Circuits and Electronics (2 credits)
       MCEN 3032 Thermodyanamics 2 (3 credits, Spring, pre-reqs Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics)
    One from the following:
       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
       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 hours, Fall)
    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, Spring)

    Water Resources and Treatment Option
    CVEN 3323 Hydraulic Engineering (3 credits, Fall)
    CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (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 hours, Fall)
    GEOG 4501 Water Resources and Water Management of Western United States (3 credits, Spring)
    MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credits, intermittent)

    Graduation Requirements

    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:

    1. Satisfactory 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.
    2. 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.
    3. A minimum cumulative major grade point average of 2.000. This major grade point average includes only course work in engineering courses.
    4. Successful completion of the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) requirement of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
    5. Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during the final academic year.
    6. Submission of a completed Diploma Card (available in the Dean's Office) to the Academic Advisor.

    Graduation will 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 Academic Advisor, Director, and their faculty advisors. Students must be aware that meeting graduation requirements is ultimately their own responsibility.

    Fundamentals 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.

    The Fundamentals 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 Academic Advisor.

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