Last updated Aug. 17

The Environmental Engineering Program has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for fall 2020 that are specific to environmental engineering students. Knowing that university plans may change as the semester develops, we will attempt to keep this page as updated as possible. 

Other Important Fall 2020 Resources

To gain a full understanding of actions taken and guidelines established to ensure safety at CU Boulder through fall 2020, please be sure to also review the following. These resources cover things like what is expected of students, faculty and staff during this time; what will happen after campus closes in November; what will happen if campus shifts back to fully online learning mid-semester; and what to do if you get sick during the semester, among other topics. 

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Student FAQs

What will social distancing look like in lecture and lab classes being offered in the hybrid in-person/remote format?

The enrollment capacities of any on-campus lab or lecture are limited in order to maintain an 8-foot bubble around students. Depending on the total class enrollment and the size of the classroom assigned, this means you may be able to attend the class fully in person or you may attend in person on a rotating basis, approximately once a week. Your instructor will also provide more specific instructions for any hybrid in-person EVEN classes you may be enrolled in, before the first day of class. Please do not attend class in person until you have received instructions from your instructor.

What will EVEN classes look like after campus closes after fall break?

Fall break will take place Nov. 26–29 this year. After break, all classes will shift to being conducted entirely remotely. The lecture schedule and syllabi of your classes should reflect this.

What is being done to accommodate hands-on EVEN classes (e.g. EVEN 4414)?

The EVEN faculty and staff have been working this summer to modify classes to incorporate innovative online and remote teaching techniques. While we recognize that the fall 2020 semester will look quite different from the past, the faculty are committed to providing a quality, hands-on experience given the current circumstances. Lab courses will include a combination of in-person activities and demonstrations either in person or via video. Course instructors will provide specific details about each course.

My schedule shifted a lot. Should I anticipate additional changes?

The Office of the Registrar sent an email to all students on July 29 announcing that they have completed the majority of updates to the fall schedule of classes. If you have questions related to the specifics of your fall 2020 class schedule, you are welcome to connect with your academic advisor (Undergraduate students: Buff Portal Advising; graduate students: or your instructor directly. Enrollment opens back up for undergraduate students on Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. MDT.

What if I don't feel comfortable coming to campus?

All EVEN core courses have at least one remote or online option, so it’s possible to build a fully remote fall 2020 schedule. Many sections offered as hybrid and in person may also have a remote offering. Please refer to the Class Notes section of the course in Class Search for more information on requesting the remote option for the class. Capacity of seats still remains limited even when not restricted by physical classroom space, so you will want to adjust your schedule sooner rather than later. If you’d like assistance in constructing a fully remote schedule, please connect with your academic advisor (Undergraduate students: Buff Portal Advising; graduate students:

How can I best prepare for remote learning?

Before the start of the fall semester, we encourage you to consider the technology needs of your classes. Most remote classes will use Zoom for synchronous streaming of lectures and Canvas to manage course content. If you are noticing issues with accessing class content, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. Please also consider the suggestions outlined on the How to Successfully Transition to Online Courses page compiled by our colleagues in Arts & Sciences.

What if I’d like to maximize my on-campus experience?

Many EVEN classes are offered in a hybrid in-person/remote format in fall 2020. Please work with your academic advisor to review your degree plan to determine if adjusting your fall 2020 schedule to accommodate more hybrid in-person classes is an option. Ultimately, a mixture of hybrid in-person, remote and online courses may be necessary to allow you to progress in your degree. The campus is also setting up outdoor spaces to provide study and work spaces that observe campus physical distancing guidelines. You can also take advantage of student organizations and on-campus employment opportunities as a way to continue building hands-on experience.

How can I stay connected to my peers and the EVEN community?

In this time of physical distancing, we encourage our students to remain socially connected to help support one another. Student organizations and clubs will remain active, but the format of meetings and projects may look different from semesters past. We encourage you to check out the student organizations that will be showcased at the virtual Engineering Immersion and Be Involved Fair on Aug. 25–27. Consider connecting with our Society of Environmental Engineering at Other opportunities to connect to include maximizing the social opportunity provided by group projects, asking questions during synchronous courses, attending professor and TA office hours, engaging in discussion boards on Canvas and creating study groups with classmates.

What will advising look like in fall 2020 for EVEN students?

The undergraduate and graduate advising teams will remain remote throughout fall 2020. Appointments and drop-ins will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Phone appointments may also be an option, but it is expected that students will be located in a space that is conducive to conversation and planning.

For undergrads: Students will still have a hold placed on their accounts in September, prompting them to meet with their advisor. This semester, more than ever, we encourage you to meet with your academic advisor early in the semester, so you can address concerns, ask questions and ensure you are on track to graduate. Schedule an appointment or view drop-in hours through Buff Portal Advising

For undergrads: Is completion of the FE Exam required for fall 2020 graduates?

As of now, yes, it will be required to complete the FE exam before November.  If something should change and the testing centers are not open, we would then make an announcement.

Should I buy my books now or wait until classes begin?

Some students wait to hear from the professors to see if they require it.

How will I know if I should attend class on the first day?

Professors will be reaching out to students to share how they will conduct their classes and when you should attend in person during class times.

How can I best be involved with my EVEN Peer Mentor?

EVEN Peer Mentors will be reaching out to you to set up appointments. Take part in their activities, learn from their knowledge and experience. Most of all, feel free to ask them for help and their input on topics you have interest in or need help with. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.