B.S. in Environmental Engineering

What is Environmental Engineering?

Cal Poly offered one of the very first undergraduate environmental engineering degree programs in the U.S. (1968). The degree program focuses on the interrelation of people, materials, and processes in a complex and changing environment. Important topics addressed by the program include the control of air and water pollution, industrial hygiene, environmental health and safety, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, and pollution prevention.

The environmental engineering curriculum is designed to support the program's mission and educational objectives. This curriculum offers a sound background in the fundamentals of mathematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and mass transfer. In addition, upper-division courses cover important environmental engineering design topics as well as introductory civil engineering topics like water resources and geotechnical engineering.

A primary focus of the undergraduate environmental engineering program is to prepare graduates for professional practice. Thus, Cal Poly's "learn by doing" philosophy is emphasized and design is integrated throughout the curriculum. Environmental engineering students are provided with many opportunities to work in well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories. Also, these 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering are found in the Cal Poly Catalog.



Department flowcharts provide an academic plan for graduating in four years. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes. If students have specific questions about taking classes not in line with the flowchart, they should talk to their faculty or academic advisor for clarification because some departments offer more flexibility than others.

ENVE Flowchart 2017-19 Catalog

Curriculum Sheet

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree. Click here to view the 2017-19 ENVE Curriculum Sheet.

Note: The flowchart and curriculum sheet for every major can be downloaded from: http://flowcharts.calpoly.edu/mymap.php


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