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 M.E. 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.

Required Substitution

EVEN4424: Organic Chemistry replaces PHYS 2130: Physics 3

CHEM3311/3321: Organic Chemistry w/Lab is also accepted

Note: Must complete CHEN1211/CHEM1221 in place of MCEN1024 to meet prereqs.

ME Technical Electives

Choose two from the following list:

  • MCEN 4131: Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • MCEN 4141: Indoor Air Pollution
  • MCEN 4228: Energy Conversion and Storage
  • MCEN 4228: Wind Energy
  • MCEN 4228: Sustainable Energy
  • MCEN 4228: Environmental Modeling
  • MCEN 4848: Independent Study w/Environmental Focus

General Technical Electives

Choose two from the following list:

  • 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 3454 Water Chemistry
  • 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
  • MCEN 4131: Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • MCEN 4141: Indoor Air Pollution
  • MCEN 4228: Energy Conversion and Storage
  • MCEN 4228: Wind Energy
  • MCEN 4228: Sustainable Energy
  • MCEN 4228: Air Quality Measurements
  • MCEN 4228: Environmental Modeling
  • MCEN 4848: Independent Study w/Environmental Focus

Please note that many of the classes above 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.

Last Updated: 9/7/2017