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Prospective Students

This page provides information of interest to folks considering joining our B.S. degree program in Environmental Engineering (EVEN) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).

The EVEN program at CU offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. The EVEN program at CU is unique because it is a multidisciplinary collaboration from Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. Twenty faculty from these departments have chosen to affiliate with our program. As such, we cover a broad array of environmental topics including air quality, ecology, water resources management and treatment, remediation, chemical processing, and energy.

Our B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Our program currently has ~225 students, making it about the 5th largest undergraduate EVEN degree program in the US.

Our EVEN program at CU-Boulder was also recently ranked 18th among all undergraduate environmental engineering/environmental health undergraduate programs at Ph.D. granting universities by the US News and World Report (Best Colleges 2010; published Aug. 20, 2009; link). Overall, the College of Engineering was ranked 34th among engineering programs (whose highest degree is a doctorate), and 19th among public engineering programs. This is the highest of the engineering programs in Colorado, with CSM ranked 51st and CSU 64th overall.

At the University of Colorado at Boulder you will be surrounded by a campus-wide environmental consciousness. CU-Boulder was named the top "green" university in the nation by Sierra Magazine in 2009. READ MORE

The EVEN program at CU offers several unique opportunities and capabilities that can improve your educational experience. Our program has an excellent balance of research and educational efforts. This balance is particularly beneficial for undergraduate students as we have numerous outstanding classroom teachers evidenced by the fact that our faculty have won national teaching awards. The EVEN program embraces hands-on learning opportunities including College-wide initiatives such as the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program. This includes hands-on learning modules in courses such as thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to interact with faculty on a one-on-one basis through discovery-based learning experiences including research. About 20% of all EVEN students participate in independent research while they are students. These research activities can be paid positions, for course credit (such as a senior thesis), or on a voluntary basis. Other students assist the EVEN program as paid Earn-Learn apprentices.

There are a number of environmentally-focused courses in the College of Arts and Sciences at CU that can be used as humanities and social sciences electives. Please consult this
website to make sure the courses you choose are still accepted:

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, *
  • 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)

    Our senior design projects are generally service learning oriented and serve a real community or are mentored by a practicing engineer, enabling students to have real-world experiences while in school. You can find out about recent projects at the course website.

    Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous extracurricular activities and programs at the University of Colorado that are related to environmental engineering, such as:
  • Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program
  • Global Studies Residential Academic Program
  • The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC); more information
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB), where students conduct service learning projects in Rwanda, Peru, and Nepal
  • the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEVEN)
  • CU Biodiesel
  • the Solar Decathlon, where students compete nationally to build the best solar-powered house
    There are a number of other interesting environmental activities at the University of Colorado through the Environmental Center

    EVEN students are also involved in the:
  • Engineering Honors Program
  • BOLD Center (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity)
  • TEAMS program, serving as fellows that teach engineering in K-12 classes
  • Engineering Ambassadors program
  • Presidents Leadership Class
  • Norlin Scholars Program

    Many EVEN students also broaden their academic horizons by earning certificates such as:
  • International Engineering Certificates in German, Spanish, French, or Italian
  • Engineering, Science, and Society certificate
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship certificate
  • Undergraduate Energy Certificate

    Many MINORS are also readily compatible with the EVEN degree. For example:
  • math: minor requirements can be fully integrated within the EVEN degree without any additional credits and retaining 3-credits free elective
  • geology: minor requirements can be fully integrated within the EVEN degree for students in the remediation option while retaining 3-credits free elective
  • atmospheric and oceanic sciences (ATOC): minor requirements can be fully integrated within the EVEN degree for students in the air quality option
  • chemistry: only 3 additional credits required beyond the 128 for the EVEN degree if you are in the chemical processing option
  • ecology and evolutionary biology: only 6 additional credits required beyond the 128 for the EVEN degree is you are in the ecology option

    The EVEN program has 200 alumni as of 2014. Many of these former students have completed advanced degrees, including M.S. and Ph.D.s in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Many of our alumni are also professionally licensed engineers (P.E.s). Many former EVEN students work for consulting firms, including CH2M Hill, CDM, RETEC, Trihydro, HDR, Richard P. Arber Associates, Walsh Environmental, RTW, and MWH. Former students also work for industries such as Shell Oil and Texaco. Others work for government agencies such as the FAA, US Bureau of Reclamation, and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Learn more about our alumni on our student and alumni webpage.

    Our program is a great place to receive an education in environmental engineering and I hope that you choose to join us.

    All admissions to our program are handled through the Admissions Department. You can visit their website for information for prospective students. The College sets the admissions criteria for new freshmen and transfer students. Courses guaranteed to transfer from community colleges in Colorado into EVEN major requirements are shown here.

    If you are already enrolled at the University of Colorado but not in the College of Engineering, you need to go through the Intra-University Transfer process.

    The EVEN program cannot influence the admissions process and if you apply we don't even get any information about you until you are accepted. We apologize that we can not help you out significantly in this process.


    The College of Engineering awards 4-year merit scholarships of $1000 to $4000 each year to incoming freshmen. These scholarships are highly competitive and based on SAT/ACT scores. See details at: Undergraduate Scholarships Advising Guide.

    Other scholarships availabe to engineering students that are awarded by the College include BOLD Center Participation Scholarships associated with the Women in Engineering and Multicultural Engineering programs. The College also awards scholarships to sophomore, junior, and senior students with GPAs over 3.0 who match other donor criteria (specific majors, need-based, etc.). More details on these scholarships are available at: BOLD Undergraduate Scholarships.

    We also recommend that you visit the University of Colorado financial aid and scholarship services pages.