Last updated Nov. 16,2020

The Environmental Engineering Program has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 Resources

To gain a full understanding of actions taken and guidelines established to ensure safety at CU Boulder through spring 2021, 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. 

Campus COVID-19 Info. Get all the latest updates on campus efforts regarding COVID-19

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 per week. Your instructor will also provide more specific instructions for any hybrid in-person EVEN classes you may be enrolled in, prior to the first day of class. Please do not attend class in person until you have received instructions from your instructor.

What will the academic schedule for the spring look like?

The spring semester will start on Thursday January 14th. There won't be a spring break. Instead, there will be two wellness days (February 17th and March 25th). Classes will end on April 29th. For more information, click here

What is being done to accommodate hands-on EVEN classes?

The EVEN faculty and staff have been working since the beginning of COVID-19  to modify classes to incorporate innovative online and remote teaching techniques. While we recognize that the spring 2021 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 hands-on activities which are tailored for off-campus design of experiments and demonstrations via video. This unique curriculum design will still allow you to experience the whole spectrum of experiential learning, desipe the COVID-19 imposed limitations.

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

If you have questions related to the specifics of your spring 2021 class schedule, you are welcome to connect with your academic advisor (Undergraduate students: Buff Portal Advising; Graduate students) or your instructor directly. 

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 spring 2021 schedule. Many sections that are offered as hybrid 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 than later. If you’d like assistance in constructing a fully remote schedule, please connect with your academic advisor (Undergraduate students: Buff Portal AdvisingGraduate students).

How can I best prepare for remote learning?

Prior to the start of the spring semester, we encourage you to consider the technology needs of your classes. Most remote classes will utilize 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 spring 2021. Please work with your academic advisor to review your degree plan to determine if adjusting your spring 2021 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 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 CU Engineering student organizations. Consider connecting with our Society of EVEN (SEVEN). Other opportunities to connect 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. Furthermore, EVEN will continue hosting different remote events for the students to attend.

What will advising look like in spring 2021 for EVEN students?

The undergraduate and graduate advising teams will remain remote throughout spring 2021. Appointments and drop-ins will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Phone appointments may also be an option, but it is expected for students to be located in a space that is conducive to conversation and planning. 

For Undergrads: Students will still have a hold placed on their account 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 Spring 2020 graduates?

As of now, yes, it will be required to complete the FE exam before graduation.  If something should change and the testing centers are not open then we will 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 the students to share how they will conduct their classes and when you should attend in person class time.

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.