Recent positions attained by graduates include water engineer at CH2MHill, analyst at Accenture, and ORISE fellow at the EPA.Recent positions attained by graduates include water engineer at CH2MHill, analyst at Accenture, and ORISE fellow at the EPA.

Undergraduate Study
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Environmental Engineering Major
Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum of the environmental engineering major is designed so that students:

  • Excel in the engineering practice, research, and management associated with the protection and conservation of ecological and human health.
  • Play key roles in the analysis of the behavior of complex natural and engineered environmental systems and design infrastructure in a sustainable way to meet societal needs.
  • Apply their broad environmental engineering training to excel and become leaders in a diverse range of professions including engineering consulting, industry, medicine, law, government, and education.
  • Think critically, behave ethically, and consider the technical and social consequences of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of both ecological and human communities.
  • Apply their knowledge creatively and innovatively throughout their careers to meet the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of units required for the bachelor of science in environmental engineering is 48 units. Among them are:

McCormick Core (32 units):

  • Mathematics (4 units)
  • Engineering Analysis and Computer Proficiency (4 units)
  • Design and Communication (3 units)
  • Basic Engineering (5 units)
  • Basic Sciences: Physics and Chemistry (4 units)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (7 units)
  • Unrestricted Electives (5 units)

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING MAJOR (16 units)

  • Environmental Engineering Core Courses (12 units)
  • Technical Electives (4 units)

For more information about the environmental engineering major and its requirements, please view:

The undergraduate civil and environmental engineering handbook

A curriculum flowchart for the environmental engineering major