The Environmental Option within the Department of Mechanical Engineering focuses on topic areas including pollution detection/control/prevention and environmental aspects of energy conversion. Potential applications of a degree that emphasizes both Environmental and Mechanical Engineering include designing detection equipment, devising clean-up strategies, and improving manufacturing processes.

The Environmental Option consists of the normal requirements for an ME bachelor’s degree, with Organic Chemistry in place of Physics 3 and the four Technical Electives selected to focus specifically on Environmental Engineering. Students interested in pursuing the Environmental Option must submit a “Change of Major” form detailing their request and will receive a notation on their transcript upon completing the program. Courses not listed below may be approved by Professor Jana Milford.

As you consider which courses to take from the lists below, please note that many of the classes shown have prerequisites that you will need to complete prior to registration. CVEN 3414 is one of the most common prerequisites for the higher-level course options and can be taken at any point after General Chemistry 1 and Calculus 2.

Required Substitution

  • EVEN 4424: Organic Chemistry replaces PHYS 2130: Physics 3
  • CHEM 3311/3321: Organic Chemistry w/ Lab is also accepted
  • You must complete CHEN 1211/CHEM1221 in place of MCEN 1024 to meet prereqs

ME Technical Electives

For the Environmental Option, please choose two classes from either the following list of ME technical electives or the list of general technical electives below for a total of 6 credits. 

  • MCEN 4032: Sustainable Energy
  • MCEN 4131: Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • MCEN 4135 Wind Energy and Wind Turbine Design
  • MCEN 4141: Indoor Air Pollution
  • MCEN 4152: Combustion
  • MCEN 4194: Energy Conversion & Storage
  • MCEN 4228: Air Quality Measurements
  • MCEN 4228: Cookstove Assessment
  • MCEN 4228: Energy Conversion and Storage
  • MCEN 4228: Environmental Modeling
  • MCEN 4228: Project-Based Learning (PBL) in Rural Schools
  • MCEN 4228: Thermo Lab
  • MCEN 4848: Independent Study w/ Environmental Focus

General Technical Electives

For the Environmental Option, please choose two classes from either the following list of general technical electives or the list of ME technical electives above for a total of 6 credits. 

  • ATOC 3500: Air Chemistry and Pollution
  • ATOC 4720: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
  • CVEN 3414: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CVEN 3424: Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CVEN 4424: Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • CVEN 4474: Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management
  • CHEM 3331: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEN 3220: Chemical Engineering Separations and Mass Transfer
  • EVEN 4404: Water Chemistry