College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

This program provides a strong foundation in engineering and design principles and applies biological, chemical and physical content to technical problems in water and wastewater engineering, air quality and pollution control, waste management and public health. Students graduating from this program can design solutions to complex environmental problems and are prepared to become registered professional engineers specializing in environmental engineering in their future careers.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Environmental Engineering?

Society’s demand for essentials such as clean air, food and water, sustainable land use and consumer products pose large-scale, practical problems. Environmental engineers use engineering, biological and chemical principles to design and operate pollution control and impact mitigation systems. Learn to be part of the solution to some of society’s greatest challenges when you study environmental engineering at NAU. Taught by faculty who are also registered professional engineers, you will have multiple opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experience, including coursework in our four-year Design4Practice program. This program leads to exciting careers in the public or private sectors where you can make a difference.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • City or county planning agency
  • Construction firm
  • Consulting engineering firm
  • Federal or state agency

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Environmental engineer
  • Researcher
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 56 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 55 units of major courses
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a CENE prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 130 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 130
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 239
Research Optional
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan


Major Requirements
  • Take the following 111 units:

    Preprofessional Requirements (56 units)
  • If you wish to enhance your education in the area of civil engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or mathematics, you can easily pursue a minor in each discipline with the addition of a small number of courses and by consulting with the respective disciplinary advisor.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 130-136 units of credit.  

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Undergraduate Environmental Engineering students will:
    • Possess a foundation of mathematical and scientific principles in calculus through differential equations, statistics, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, biological science, fluid mechanics, and soils. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b, e, i, and k, and Environmental Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Define and solve complex environmental engineering problems, and create, evaluate, and document sustainable engineering designs. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, c, e, g, and h, and Environmental Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Properly apply tools and methodologies to design and conduct experiments, to model or simulate processes and phenomena, and to analyze, interpret, and report results. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b, g, and k, and Environmental Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Work successfully and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse and multi-disciplinary teams and as individuals in public and private organizations, understanding the impact of societal and political systems on the engineering design process. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, d, g, h, and j, and Environmental Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Strive to improve their professional skills and abilities, to update their knowledge and understanding of contemporary professional issues, and adhere to the standards and ethics of professional practice. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, f, h, i, j, and k, and Environmental Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    You may not have more than one grade of "D" in your required engineering, mathematics, and science courses. In addition, all prerequisite courses for your engineering courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.

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