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Environmental Engineering Program

SDSU College of Engineering

Undergraduate Program

B.S. in Environmental Engineering

The environmental engineering field and environmental engineering education are multi-disciplinary. The B.S. degree provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering design that are needed to practice the profession or to pursue a graduate degree. Environmental engineering education also includes a range of other disciplines, such as biology, ecology, geology, public health, economics, computer science, and process engineering principles. To be able to address the spectrum of issues facing the environment, environmental engineers are broadly educated, as well as technically trained.

All students in environmental engineering pursue a common program of basic sciences, engineering and environmental engineering fundamentals and design. The program allows 6 units of “Professional Electives” which can be selected from available courses in environmental chemistry, environmental biology, water resources, and other areas. The students’ choice of elective courses must be made in consultation with the advisor and documented by the filing of an approved master plan during the first semester of their junior year.

Upper Division Writing Requirement. Passing the University Writing Examination or completing one of the approved writing courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

NOTE: See the following table for the recommended sequence of courses for the major in environmental engineering.

Transfer Credit

No credit will be given for upper division engineering course work taken at an institution having an engineering program, which has not been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., unless the student successfully completes the first 12 units of engineering work attempted at this university. At that time, and upon recommendation of the department, credit will be given for the unaccredited work.
General Education

Students will complete a minimum of 50 units in General Education, to include a minimum of nine upper division units taken after attaining junior class standing. No more than twelve units may be used for General Education credit from any one department or academic unit.

I. Communication and Critical Thinking: 9 units
    1. Oral Communication (3 units)
    2. Composition (3 units)
    3. Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking (3 units)
II. Foundations: 29 units
    A. Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning (17 units)

    1. Physical Sciences (11 units)
    • Chemistry 200 which includes a laboratory (5 units)
    • Physics 195 (3 units)
    • Physics 196 (3 units)
    2. Life Sciences (3 units)
    • Bio 200 (3 units)
    3. Laboratory (satisfied under A.1 above)
    4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
    • Math 150 (3 units)

    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 units)

    C. Humanities (9 units) Complete three courses in three different areas. One of these courses and one under IV.A below must be taken in the same department.
III. American Institutions: Three units of the six units of course work which meet the American Institutions graduation requirement may be used in General Education, excluding courses numbered 500 and above.

IV. Explorations: Total : 9 units; must include one course of cultural diversity.

    A. Upper division Humanities (3 units) (3 units must be taken from the same department as one of the Humanities courses selected in Foundations.)

    B. Upper division Humanities (3 units) (3 units from a department not selected in A above.)

    C. Upper division Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 units)

Master Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
  Fall Semester Units   SpringSemester Units
CHEM 200 General Chemistry
5
PHYS 195 Principles of Physics
3
MATH 150 Calculus I
4
MATH 151 Calculus II
4
CIVE 120 Computer Applipcations in Civil, Environmental Eng. & Construction
3
CIV E 121 Computer Graphics for the Built Environment
3
GEOL 100 Earth Science
3
CHEM 130 Elementary Organic Chemistry
3
GE General Education
3
ENVE 101 Environmental Eng. Seminar
2
   
GE General Education
3
  Total
18
   
18

SOPHOMORE YEAR
  Fall Semester Units   SpringSemester Units
MATH 252 Calculus III
4
PHYS 197 Principles of Physics
3
PHYS 196 Principles of Physics
3
BIOL 201B Organismal Biology
4
CIVE 220 Civil & Environmental Engineering Computer Applications III
3
CIVE 160 Statistical Methods for the Built Environment
3
EM 200 Statics
3
ENGR 280 Methods of Analysis
3
GE General Education
3
GE General Education
6
  Total
16
   
19


JUNIOR YEAR
  Fall Semester Units   SpringSemester Units
ENVE 355 Environmental Engineering
3
ENVE 553  
3
ME 352 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer
3
ENVE 556 Air Pollution Engineering
3
EM 340 Fluid Mechanics
3
CIV E 444 Applied Hydraulics
3
EM 341 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
1
BIOL 315 Eco. and Human Imp. on the Env.
3
ENGR 430  
3
Ele. Professional Electives
3
GE General Education
3
   
  Total
16
   
15

SENIOR YEAR
  Fall Semester Units   SpringSemester Units
ENVE 455  
3
GE American Institutions
3
ENVE 554 Proc. Fundamentals of Env. Syst.
3
GE Explorations: Humanities
9
ENVE 558 Solid and Hazardous Waste Eng.
3
Ele. Professional Electives
3
GEOL 551 Hydrogeology
3
CIV E 495 Capstone Design Project
3
GE Explorations: Soc. & Beh. Science
3
   
  Total
15
   
18