viewfromroofThe Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado provides preparation for professional proficiency or graduate training in environmental engineering in a four-year curriculum.

The curriculum includes courses in engineering fundamentals and applications, advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and earth science, as well as the arts, humanities and social sciences. Courses specific to environmental engineering practice include water chemistry, microbiology, and air pollution control. In addition, environmental engineering requires hands-on laboratory experiences, up-to-date skills in the use of computers for modeling and data analysis, and experience in the design of environmental engineering systems. Many of the required engineering courses in the Bachelor of Science curriculum are delivered by the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The curriculum also includes three Option courses, three technical elective courses and a free elective. Beginning in the spring semester of their third year, EVEN students begin a three course (nine (9) credit hours) sequence in environmental engineering. They will take one 3-credit “environmental engineering design” course from those in list A and two additional (6-credits) “environmental engineering upper-division technical elective” courses from list B (or a second from list A, no double counting).

The program allows students to select courses in the following areas:

One course from List A

CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (pre-req CVEN 3414, Spring) Introduces design and operation of facilities for treatment of municipal water supplies and wastewater. Involves an integrated design of whole treatment systems combining process elements


CVEN 4474 Hazardous Waste Management (pre-req CVEN 3414, intermittent) Requires team design project for site remediation, including alternatives assessment; about 20% of course grade based on that project

CVEN 3323 Hydraulic Engineering (pre-req fluids, Fall) Topics include incompressible flow in conduits, pipe system analysis and design, open channel flow, flow measurement, analysis and design of hydraulic machinery [course also includes a lab component]

CVEN 4323 Water Resource Engineering Design (juniors/seniors, Fall) Studies principles and techniques of water resources engineering design. Introduces environmental modeling under uncertainty, stormwater design, precipitation estimation, and flow routing MCEN 3032 Thermodynamics 2 (junior/senior; pre-req

MCEN 3012 Thermo and MCEN 3021 Fluids, Fall and Spring) Offers advanced topics and applications, including thermodynamics of state, entropy and probability, thermodynamic cycles, and reacting and nonreacting mixtures. Provides application to engines and power generation by conventional and alternative energy technologies. Most assignments are design oriented.

ENEN 4600 Energy Engineering Projects (3) (offered fall semester only, prereqs: ENVS 3621 and CHEN 3660 (C grade needed) Restricted to ENMR-MIN Prepares students to analyze energy systems from technical, economic, and policy perspectives, with project topics varying by semester. Provides historical and contemporary context of the energy landscape. Emphasizes application of engineering fundamentals for the design and evaluation of real world energy systems. Projects will be completed in interdisciplinary teams.

CHEN 3220 Chemical Engineering Separations and Mass Transfer (prereqs: CHEN 3200 and CHEN 3320, Spring) Studies separation methods including distillation, absorption, and extraction, and graphical and computer-based solutions to separation problems. Applies mass transfer rate theory to packed and tray columns.

Two courses from list B (see within each area below):

Air Quality               Energy Conversion          Environmental Remediation

Applied Ecology     Chemical Processing     Water Resources and Treatment  

Engineering for Developing Communities

Faisal Aljar, Earn Learn StudentStudents in the program are also encouraged to participate in research through independent study projects, a senior thesis, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program, or as undergraduate research assistants in sponsored research programs.

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