B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Senior Design

Students are required to take a two-quarter senior design capstone course. In this course, students demonstrate their understanding of essential engineering skills as well as their ability to solve practical, real-world design problems.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CE 113 Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering 2
CE 204 Mechanics of Materials I 3
CE 207 Mechanics of Materials II 2
CE 251 Programming Applications in Engineering 2
CE 336 Water Resources Engineering 4
CE 337 Hydraulics Laboratory 1
CE 381 Geotechnical Engineering 4
CE 434 Groundwater Hydraulics and Hydrology 4
CE 465 Civil Engineering Professional Practice 1
ENVE 111 Introduction to the Environmental Engineering Profession 1
ENVE 264 Environmental Fluid Mechanics 4
ENVE 304 Process Thermodynamics 3
ENVE 309 Noise and Vibration Control 3
ENVE 325 Air Quality Engineering 4
ENVE 331 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 4
ENVE 421 Mass Transfer Operations 4
ENVE 426 Air Quality Measurements 3
ENVE 434 Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements 4
ENVE 438 Water and Wastewater Treatment Design 3
ENVE 450 Industrial Pollution Prevention 4
ENVE 466
ENVE 467
Senior Project Design Laboratory I
and Senior Project Design Laboratory II
Select from the following: 12

ENVE 411

Air Pollution Control  

ENVE 436

Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management  

ENVE 439

Sustainable Solid Waste Engineering  

ENVE 443

Bioremediation Engineering  

ENVE 455

Environmental Health and Safety  

ENVE 480

Environmental Engineering of Energy  
Technical Electives 1, 2 10
Select from the technical electives list below  
CHEM 124 General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3 & B4) 3 4
CHEM 125 General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II 4
CHEM 126 General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III 4
CHEM 312 Survey of Organic Chemistry (trans equiv CHEM 212) 5
ENGL 149 Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 3 4
MATH 141 Calculus I (B1) 3 4
MATH 142 Calculus II (B1) 3 4
MATH 143 Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 3 4
MATH 241 Calculus IV 4
MATH 244 Linear Analysis I 4
MCRO 221 Microbiology (B2) 3 4-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
ME 211 Engineering Statics 3
PHYS 141 General Physics IA (Add'l Area B) 3 4
PHYS 132 General Physics II 4
PHYS 133 General Physics III 4
STAT 312 Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 3 4
(See GE program requirements below.) 40
Free Electives 0
Total units 190-191

To be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.


A student may petition to take a course not included in the list of electives and receive major technical elective credit, but they must first obtain approval from a faculty advisor, before taking the course.


 Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

Technical Electives

Technical Electives may be chosen from any 300-500 level CE/ENVE courses not taken to satisfy other curriculum requirements, with the following exceptions: senior project, co-op, graduate seminar, comprehensive exam, and thesis; and ENVE 324ENVE 323ENVE 570ENVE 571.

Technical Electives cannot be used to satisfy other major, support, or general education requirements. No double counting is allowed.

No more than 4 units in total from CE 400/ENVE 400CE 500/ENVE 500ENVE 405ENVE 407, and ENVE 471combined can be counted towards technical electives.  
No more than 4 units of coursework other than CE/ENVE may be used to satisfy the ENVE Engineering technical elective degree requirement.  
Air Quality and Climate  


Global and Regional Climatology  

PHYS 313

Introduction to Atmospheric Physics  
Appropriate Technology  


Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design  

BIO 363

Principles of Conservation Biology  


Biochemical Engineering  

MCRO 342

Public Health Microbiology  

MSCI 307

World Aquaculture: Applications, Methodologies and Trends  
Computer Applications and Computations  

LA/NR 317

The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology  

STAT 313

Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models  

STAT 323

Design and Analysis of Experiments I  

CHEM 313

Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology  

CHEM 341

Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution  

BRAE 448


PHYS 310

Physics of Energy  
Hydrology and Soils  

BRAE 532

Water Wells and Pumps  
Law and Policy  

CRP/NR 404

Environmental Law  

CRP/NR 408

Water Resource Law and Policy  

IME 314

Engineering Economics  

or IME 315

Financial Decision Making for Engineers

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 32 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
Area A Communication  
A1 Expository Writing 4
A2 Oral Communication 4
A3 Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 1 0
Area B Math, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning  
B1 Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 1 0
B2 Life Science (4 units in Support) 1 0
B3 Physical Science (4 units in Support) 1 0
B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course  
B6 Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 1 0
Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 1 0
Area C Arts and Humanities  
C1 Literature 4
C2 Philosophy 4
C3 Fine/Performing Arts 4
C4 Upper-division elective (PHIL 340 or ES/NR 360 recommended) 4
Area D Society and the Individual  
D1 The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404) 4
D2 Political Economy 4
D3 Comparative Social Institutions 4
Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development  
E Lower-division elective 4
Total units 40

Required in Support; also satisfies GE

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