What is EVEN?
Environmental engineering encompasses the scientific assessment and development of engineering solutions to environmental problems impacting the biosphere, land, water, and air quality. It is an interdisciplinary subject, bringing together topics from mechanical, electrical, civil, energy and chemical engineering.
Environmental engineers are dedicated to public health and safety; ensuring it by providing safe drinking water, treating and disposing of hazardous wastes, maintaining air quality, controlling water pollution, and remediating contaminated sites.
Environmental issues affect almost all commercial and industrial sectors, and are a central concern for the public, for all levels of government, and in international relations.
These issues include safe drinking water, wastewater processing, solid and hazardous waste disposal, outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution and transfer of infectious diseases, human health and ecological risk management, and prevention of pollution through product or process design.
With a growing need to move towards sustainability, there will be an even greater demand for environmental engineers to help us deal with the potential problems that this future will bring.
CU offers a broad education, excellent technical training, and hands on experiences to prepare our graduates to be successful in the professional world.
Our degree provides mastery of principles and practices, inspires service for the global public good and prepares students for graduate school, professional licensure and broad and dynamic careers.
Our graduates are recruited heavily for positions in the industry by both Fortune 500 companies and smaller start-up firms. Recently ranked 7th among public institutions and 13th overall in environmental engineering/environmental health programs by US News and World Report, it is clear that our program is well-designed and geared to maximize student success.
Yes, CU offers many study abroad opportunities around the globe including Australia, Germany, Egypt, New Zealand, Singapore and more! Some programs are as short as two weeks in duration, and others can take you abroad for a full academic year.
If you are planning to study abroad for a full semester and would still like to graduate in four years, you will need to stay on track with all of your core coursework and have a good understanding of the department’s prerequisite structure.Start researching study abroad programs and talking with your academic advisor.
There are more than 300 academic, political, social, religious, and recreational clubs and organizations that you can join. This can help you to meet new people who share your interests and explore your passions. Also, there are a number of engineering societies that you can get involved with in the College of Applied Science. No matter what your interest is, we are confident that you will find your place when you get involved.
Learn more and see dates for club fairs and campus events here: Campus-wide and Engineering Societies.
Our Program and Resources
The Environmental Engineering program at CU-Boulder currently has more than 200 undergraduate students and around 30 faculty members, making it one of the largest undergraduate EVEN degree program in the US.
All students meet with an Academic Advisor and junior and senior students are assigned a Faculty Mentor to provide career counseling and promote greater student faculty interaction. Students are required to participate in the advising process during designated advising weeks just prior to course registration for each semester. An advising hold to block registration remains on each student’s record until advising has occurred.
Faculty Mentors are also available for all students during any semester by appointment, for academic and career counseling beyond the required pre-registration meetings.
There are various resources available to you including tutors, the BOLD center and engineering ambassadors. The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) provides free workshops for all students on topics such as academic skills development, time management, and also provides individual academic coaching. Depending on what class you are struggling in (i.e. APPM, Physics, Chemistry for Engineers) there may be department support available to you. More information can be found here.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science awards more than $2.3 million in scholarships annually to reward high-achieving students and ease the financial burden on their families. These scholarships are made possible through private gifts to the college, and they can be used to supplement university scholarships and financial aid packages.
Our degree program includes coursework in advanced mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, as well as engineering. Like other engineering fields, courses in solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and thermal sciences are central to the environmental engineering degree.
Coursework that is specific to environmental engineering includes water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste storage and treatment, and air pollution control. In addition, environmental engineering requires hands-on water, soil and air quality 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.
You can find our curriculum and descriptions of courses here.
Our BS Environmental Engineering Degree is structured to be completed in four years; however, you may take more or less than four years depending on the number of credit hours you take each semester, whether you take classes over the summer, how many credits you transfer from high school/community college, etc.
More Minors and Certificates are available in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Renewable Energy Systems, Signals and Systems, as well as in Applied Mathematics. Minors are also available through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leeds School of Business. Your Academic Advisor can provide more details on how these minors fit with the EVEN degree requirements.
You can read more about the minors and certificates we offer here.
Yes, one of the requirements for graduation with the EVEN BS degree is that students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. This test serve two purposes:
1) It provides students with the opportunity to complete the first step toward Professional Engineer (PE) status
2) It provides the Environmental Engineering Program with a useful assessment of engineering proficiency attained by EVEN graduates. Students must take the FE Exam during their final two semesters.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores must be sent directly to the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions by the testing agency. AP and IB credit will be automatically applied to your degree requirements where applicable, but it is important for you to know what credit you have earned in order to register for the appropriate first-year courses.
Check the AP/IB Equivalency Charts to determine if your exam scores will earn CU-Boulder credit. Make note of the CU-Boulder Course Equivalent, which will determine whether the credits will apply toward your EVEN degree requirements.
Learn more here.
Some recommended courses for students to take in high school to transition into engineering are Chemistry, Algebra, and calculus. It is also a good idea to complete all of the MAPS requirements prior to attending the school of engineering.
Faculty and Research
Our faculty teach many specialized courses over a broad range of environmental interests. Also, many of them are involved in research, which takes place at our new Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Laboratories (SEEC) east campus and in our labs on main campus.
You can read more about our faculty and their research in the EVEN Program here.
Easy, just ask! Talk with your professors to see what kind of research they are conducting and see if they could use any extra hands. Our faculty and graduate students are always looking out for hard-working undergraduate students to assist with their research. There are also programs such as the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship, Independent Study and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program which give undergraduate students more freedom to design their own project with an original proposal.
Approximately 20% of all EVEN students participate in independent research while they are students at CU. These research opportunities can be paid positions, for course credit (such as a senior thesis), or on a voluntary basis.
Upon graduation, many environmental engineers find jobs with government agencies at the municipal state or federal levels.There are also many jobs that can be found in private corporations, including industrial manufacturers and engineering consulting businesses. With an environmental engineering degree you could delve into research, private practice and consulting, construction, industry or even teaching.
Read personal career stories from some of our alumni here.
The projected 8% growth in the number of environmental engineers is one of the largest of any engineering discipline. Environmental engineering is only one of two engineering disciplines predicted to have "faster than average growth" over the next 10 years by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2017, US News ranks Environmental Engineer No. 1 in best engineering jobs comparing things such as salary, job market, future growth, stress, and work life balance.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 53,800 environmental engineers actively employed in the U.S. You can find more information here.
CU has a great online career resource called Handshake. Here you can search for job and internship positions and connect with more than 180,000 employers locally, nationally, and internationally. Handshake is also a great way to learn about career fairs, networking events, and recruiting visits that you can attend to talk to employers.
You can also schedule career advising appointments and on-campus interviews. To learn more about everything Career Services has to offer, visit their website here.
The College of Engineering also has their own Career Services that you can find here.