and Co-Requisite Courses
Most of the
courses in the Environmental Engineering curricula have prerequisite and
co-requisite requirements (see the last two tables in the Forms and
Appendix). The purpose of these requirements is to ascertain that you
are adequately prepared for subsequent courses.
successfully complete all prerequisite courses before enrolling for
a required course in the Environmental Engineering curricula.
Students must also simultaneously enroll in and complete
satisfactorily (grade of C- or better) all co-requisite courses.
Successful completion means receiving a grade of C- or better.
Grades of D+, D, D-, F, IF, or IW do not satisfy this requirement.
completion of prerequisite and co-requisite courses will be
monitored for all required courses in the Environmental Engineering
curricula by the Program Coordinator. Students who do not
successfully complete (grade below C-) prerequisite and co-requisite
courses must re-take those courses before advancing in the
curricula. Students required to re-take courses are strongly urged
to consult their faculty advisor before re-taking courses to
evaluate areas in which academic performance can be achieved.
prerequisite and co-requisite policy applies only to required and
option courses in the curricula. If a student has not satisfied all
of the prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for an elective
course (technical, humanities & social sciences, chemistry), that
elective course may be taken with the approval of the instructor.
listed in the curricula may be used to satisfy prerequisite and
co-requisite requirements if transfer credit has been approved or a
petition to the Environmental Engineering Program has been approved.
Generic College of Engineering and Applied Science petition forms
for this purpose may be obtained from the Program Coordinator.
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Five different kinds
of students transfer into the Environmental Engineering program.
More information about transfer requirements is available from the
College of Engineering and Applied Science:
- students changing
majors from the College's Open Option major to EVEN
The EVEN program accepts the College of Engineering and Applied Science
Open Option curriculum as a substitute for its own first-year curriculum.
Grades of C- or better must have been achieved for all courses counting
for required courses in the EVEN curriculum. Students changing from
Open Option to EVEN must complete a change-of-major form for the College.
A description of the College's Open Option is available online.
- students changing
majors from another of the College's engineering degrees to EVEN
Evaluation of the credit hours earned in another engineering degree
curriculum in the College of Engineering and Applied Science for credit
in EVEN will be done at the first advising meeting with the EVEN Program's
Director. Grades of C- or better must have been achieved for all courses
counting for required courses in the EVEN curriculum. Because EVEN
is a multi-department program, most students coming into EVEN from
other engineering degree programs in the College are able to transfer
most of their basic courses for credit toward the EVEN BS degree.
Students changing from another engineering degree to EVEN must complete
a change-of-major form for the College.
- students changing
majors from another College or School in the University of Colorado
Students transferring into EVEN from another of the University of
Colorado's Colleges and Schools (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences,
Leeds School of Business) must first complete an Intra-University
Transfer (IUT) application to the College of Engineering and Applied
Sciences (details are available in the Dean's Office or
Once the application is approved, credit hours from the non-engineering
degree will be evaluated for EVEN credit at the first advising meeting
with the EVEN Program's Director. Students changing majors to EVEN
from non-engineering degrees must complete the mathematics, chemistry,
and physics requirements of the first year of the College's Open Option
curriculum to apply for IUT; therefore, they will typically start
EVEN with credit for most of the first year of the EVEN curriculum.
- students changing
majors from another campus of the University of Colorado to EVEN
Students transferring into EVEN from another campus of the University
of Colorado system will, in almost all cases, have the same status
as transfers from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students
from other campuses should refer to the three change-of-major sections
above. More details on Intercampus Transfer to the College of Engineering
and Applied Sciences are available in the Dean's Office or
- students transferring
from another university or community college
For students coming to the EVEN Program from an engineering degree
community college, an initial transfer credit evaluation is performed
by the University Admissions Office using the official transcript
from the previous institution). Courses in which the student received
a grade lower than a C- will not be accepted by the Admissions Office.
Once the Admissions Office has completed its evaluation, the student
will meet with the EVEN Director for evaluation of transfer credits
for the EVEN curriculum. Note that acceptance of transfer credits
by the Admissions Office does not mean that the transfer credits will
count toward the EVEN BS degree; courses taken at another institution
must match the course requirements for the EVEN curricula. In most
cases, identification of courses is straightforward; however, for
some courses, the EVEN Director may request documentation of course
content (catalog descriptions, course syllabi).
For all transfer
students, the College of Engineering and Applied Science requires that
the last 45 credit hours used to fulfill degree requirements must be
taken as a regular degree student in the College of Engineering and
Applied Science in the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students pursuing
dual BS degrees (EVEN/CHEN or EVEN/CVEN) must have transfer credit evaluations
performed by each degree program. More details about the College of
Engineering Applied Science transfer credit policies are available in
the Dean's office or online.
Placement (AP) credit may be approved on the basis of College
Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement tests. For students
who have taken advanced placement courses in high school and who
achieve the required score in the CEEB's AP examination, advanced
placement credit will be granted by the College of Engineering and
Applied Sciences as part of the admission process. Advanced
placement credits must also be evaluated for credit toward the EVEN
curricula by the student's faculty advisor or the EVEN Director. If
a student later takes a course for which advanced placement credit
was granted, the credit for the course taken at the University of
Colorado will replace the AP credit. For a listing of CU
course equivalents for typical advanced placement credit, see the
College of Engineering and Applied Science Advanced Placement and
MAPs guidelines (available in the Dean's office or
Courses may be taken
for EVEN degree credit through programs offered by the University of
Colorado Division of Continuing
- Summer Session
- Available Credit
for Eligible Special Students (ACCESS)
- Center for Advanced
Training in Engineering and Computer Science (CATECS)
- Boulder Evening
- Independent Learning
- Concurrent High
A maximum of 16
credit hours taken through Continuing Education programs other than
Maymester and Summer Session can be applied to the EVEN BS degree (Maymester
and Summer Session courses are equivalent to courses offered during
the regular academic year). A maximum of 8 of the 16 credit hours can
be taken as Humanities and Social Sciences courses. According to the
College of Engineering and Applied Science, students must secure advance
approval of the Environmental Engineering Program and the Dean's Office
prior to registering for Continuing Education courses.
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and Social Sciences Electives
The purpose of humanities and social sciences
(H&SS) electives is to broaden the engineering education. In
environmental engineering, appreciation and knowledge of the social,
historical, political, and economic context of environmental
problems is critically important. The EVEN BS degree requires 18
credit hours of H&SS courses. One H&SS course is required – a
required communications course – to improve writing and oral
presentation skills. For the remaining 15 credit hours of the H&SS
requirements, the EVEN faculty recommended that you select a
sequence of courses that complement and broaden your education in
environmental engineering and that you avoid random selection of
unrelated introductory courses. Some H&SS courses that might be of
interest to environmental engineers include
• ECON 3545 Environmental Economics
• ENVS 3003 Race, Class, and Pollution Politics
• ENVS 3020 Advanced Writing in Environmental Studies
• ENVS 4100 Topics in Environmental Policy
• ENVS 4800 Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
• GEOG 2412 Environment and Culture
• HIST 4267 Mining in the Western United States
• HIST 4417 Environmental History of North America
• INVS 1000 Responding to Social and Environmental Problems Through
• MCDB 1030 Plagues, People, and Microorganisms
• PACS 3520 Environmental Dimensions of International Security
• PHIL 2140 Environmental Justice
• PHIL 3140 Environmental Ethics
• PSCI 3201 Environment and Public Policy
• SOCY 3091 Environment and Society
Additional courses of interest to environmental engineers may be found in
the required and recommended curricula for the
Studies (ENVS) program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In accordance with
the rules of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a course
on writing and oral presentations, the Required Communication Course
is required (some options are listed below). This course provides 3
credit hours of upper division H&SS credit. Some courses that satisfy
the Required Communication Course include WRTG 3030 Writing on Science
and Society and Herbst
Humanities Program's two-semester (6-credit) sequence of seminar
3100 Humanities for Engineers 1 and HUEN
3200 Humanities for Engineers 2 (the second course in the Herbst
sequence does not count as H&SS credit). Occasionally, other writing
courses have been offered in the College of Engineering and Applied
Science (e.g., GEEN 3000 Professional Communications for Engineers,
GEEN 3860 Writing and Communication in Engineering) that will satisfy
the Required Communicaiton Course.
courses generally satisfy the humanities and social science requirements.
The first seminar in the Minority Engineering Program (GEEN 1510) provides
one hour of lower division H&SS credit; the second course (GEEN
1520) provides no credit. Generally, courses in performance and the
fine arts, mathematics, and natural sciences are not acceptable as H&SS
electives. The following courses are specifically excluded as satisfying
- courses in painting,
sculpture, photography, and other fine arts
- courses in musical
instruments, band, choir, and other performance courses
- courses in accounting,
finance, personnel administration, and other business practices
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electives provide an opportunity for students to explore a range of
engineering, mathematical, and natural sciences topics to provide
increased breadth or to focus on a specific technical area to
develop in-depth understanding. In addition, one technical elective
must be used to meet a requirement for a course in earth sciences
prescribed by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)
for environmental engineering curricula. Students should consult
their faculty advisors to plan their technical elective program.
The EVEN BS
curriculum requires twelve credit hours of technical electives.
Technical elective credit may be met by courses in the following
engineering, physics, biology (both EBIO and MCDB), chemistry,
geology, physical geography, and mathematics (both APPM and
MATH) courses that are substantially different than required
courses taught by Computer Science and Engineering Management,
quantitatively rigorous in social sciences (economics,
psychology, human geography), and
independent study courses with appropriate quantitative analysis
elective course selections should be approved by your advisor. One
of the technical elective courses (3 credit hours) may be a lower
division (1000-, 2000-level) course. The remaining technical elective
courses must be taken at the 3000-level and above. Both undergraduate
and graduate courses (5000-level and above) may be taken as technical
electives; admission to graduate courses requires the consent of the
One of the
technical elective courses (3 credit hours) must be an earth science
course at either the lower division or upper division level.
Here are just a few recommended courses for the technical elective
satisfy the earth science requirement:
Just about any
course from the Department of Geological Sciences will satisfy the
earth science requirement.
electives counted toward the graduation requirements for the EVEN BS
degree may not be taken pass/fail. Exceptions to these rules will be
considered by petition to the Environmental Engineering faculty.
study is accepted as technical elective credit up to a maximum of 6
A maximum of 3
credit hours of Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) courses may be
used as technical electives upon commissioning.
communications and foreign languages do not count as technical
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An independent study is a collaboration between a
student and a faculty on a special project that provides the student
with a learning experience. An independent study may also fill an
academic need of importance to the student that cannot be filled by
the regular course offerings. Independent studies are opportunities
for students to earn credit for learning outside the normal lecture
and laboratory class structure. In the EVEN BS curriculum,
independent studies may be counted as technical electives (up to a
maximum of six credit hours). Independent studies may be conducted
in any increment of credit hours up to a maximum of 3 credit hours
per semester, with one credit hour representing 25 hours of actual
work on the task or project. The Environmental Engineering Program
encourages students to consider independent study to engage in a
long-term research project with a faculty member. The
following rules apply to independent studies:
- a maximum of 6 credit hours of independent
study may be applied to EVEN BS degree requirements as technical
- independent studies may not be applied as
- a maximum of 3 credit hours of independent
study may be taken per semester.
- independent studies may be supervised by any
appropriate University of Colorado faculty member.
- a proposal for an independent study must be
made by filling out the
Independent Study Agreement Form and submitting the form to
the EVEN Program Coordinator.
- the EVEN director must approve the proposed
- a final product of the independent study must
be submitted to the Environmental Engineering Program before a
grade will be sent to the registrar’s office for posting.
- approval of a second independent study is
contingent on successful completion of the requirements for the
first independent study. A copy of the Independent Study
Agreement Form for the previous independent study must accompany
the second application.
- independent studies may not be arranged
- independent study credit is not allowed for
internship experiences, work-study, or work done for pay,
following University rules.
To propose an independent study, students must
first determine with a collaborating faculty member the topic,
goals, number of credit hours (up to 3 per semester), work plan, and
required product for the independent study. This information must be
recorded on an Independent
Study Agreement Form and submitted to the EVEN Program
Coordinator before the drop/add deadline of the current semester.
The independent study proposal will be reviewed by the EVEN Director
and approved, returned for amendment, or disapproved owing to some
deficiency in the proposal. The student will conduct the independent
study under the guidance of the faculty advisor. At the end of the
independent study, the student must submit to the Environmental
Engineering program a copy of the final product (a report, a
computer code, etc.) in addition to any required products due to the
Students completing two independent studies for a
total of six credit hours may write a senior thesis. A senior thesis
shows that a student can complete scientific and engineering
research independently and can communicate results. A senior
thesis must be supervised and graded by a member of the
Environmental Engineering faculty and defended before a committee of
three faculty, two of which must be affiliated with the
Environmental Engineering program. The completed thesis must be
submitted to the Environmental Engineering Program coordinator by
the final day of the semester during which the second independent
study is completed.
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Any exceptions or
waivers of the rules and regulations of the Environmental Engineering
Program or the College of Engineering and Applied Science must have
prior approval by petition. The petition must be completed and submitted
to the Environmental Engineering Program for approval; the petition
will then be forwarded to the Dean's Office. It is the student's responsibility
to follow up on the petition's progress. Petition forms may be obtained
from the Program Coordinator. The following list
provides some examples of situations for which a petition is required:
- enrolling in
a course when prerequisites have not been satisfied
for a required course
- dropping or adding
a course after deadlines
- requesting the
pass/fail grade option for a course
Follow these guidelines
when completing the petition:
- review the rules
and policies of the College of Engineering and Applied Science as
published in the University of Colorado Course Catalog published during
the year of your admission to the College and the current edition(s)
of the appropriate Advising Guide to establish your need to petition
and the specific rule or policy you wish to waive.
- consult with
the Program Coordinator and faculty advisor for clarification of Program
rules and policies.
- write the petition
clearly (and neatly!).
- provide complete
information in the petition, including the number and title of all
courses and pertinent data such as course syllabi.
If properly completed,
the petition process will normally take 1-2 weeks.
The College of Engineering
offers a one-time forgiveness policy to allow correction of a significant
registration error resulting in an unanticipated grade. As indicated
by the title, the forgiveness policy can be used only once. Forgiveness
may be requested in a petition describing the registration error. Students
on academic probation or suspension may not use this policy.
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Engineering Program adheres to the policies of the College of Engineering
and Applied Science and the University of Colorado at Boulder on academic
honesty, which states:
"As members of the academic community, students have a responsibility
to conduct themselves with the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
These qualities are also vital to the profession of engineering. Violations
of academic ethics tarnish the reputation of all students and will be
treated with the utmost seriousness."
Be forewarned and
discourage your fellow students from participating in any unethical
activities. The following are examples of some, but certainly not all,
acts that violate academic ethics:
- cheating on assignments
- possessing or
observing of exams or solutions to examinations prior to the exam
- alterating, forging,
or falsifying official records
- performing work
or taking an exam for another student
- providing material
of your own or of others to a fellow student
The College of Engineering
and Applied Science procedures for handling academic ethics violations
are available in the Dean's Office and on the College of Engineering
and Applied Science web
site. University academic honesty policies are available online.
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