College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2018-2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science
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, www.abet.org.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science 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
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.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 57 units of preprofessional requirements
- At least 53 units of major courses
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- For this major the liberal studies prefix is CENE
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 129 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||129|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 239|
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S||Recommended|
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. Environmental engineering is a newer engineering discipline, growing out of civil and chemical engineering. This exciting engineering field requires a solid understanding of core concepts including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, statics, thermodynamics, surveying, and fluid hydraulics. These courses serve as a basis for advanced content in:
- Air quality, emissions and pollution control (sampling, modeling and the design of devices to remove particulate and gaseous pollutants)
- Water and wastewater quality and treatment (sampling, modeling and the design of biological/chemical/physical treatment methods for large and small communities)
- Hazardous and solid waste engineering (site assessment, risk assessment, remediation methods, landfill design)
- Environmental health (toxicology, industrial hygiene, ecological impacts)
Student Learning Outcomes
Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or are simply interested in a minor, you will be able to enter or advance in the environmental engineering profession confidently as a result of our rigorous curriculum. By the time you graduate in our ABET-accredited undergraduate program, you will have achieved the following student learning outcomes:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to, engage in life-long learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Take the following 110 - 112 units:
Preprofessional Requirements (57-58 units)
Mathematics and Science courses (36-37 units)
- CHM 151*, CHM 151L*, CHM 152*, (CHM 230* or CHM 235*) (11-12 units)
- MAT 136*, MAT 137*, MAT 238*, MAT 239* (15 units)
- PHY 161*, PHY 262* (7 units)
- (BIO 100* or BIO 181*) (3 units)
Engineering Science courses (18 units)
Professional Requirements (53-54 units)
- CENE 150*, CENE 150L*, CENE 270, CENE 280*, CENE 281L*, CENE 282*, CENE 330, CENE 332*, CENE 333*, CENE 333L, CENE 335*, CENE 336*, CENE 410L*, CENE 431L, CENE 434, CENE 480* (37 units)
- EGR 386W* (3 units)
- (CENE 476* and CENE 486C) or (EGR 476C and EGR 486C) (4-5 units)
Select Technical coursework from the following distribution (9 units):
- CENE 253, CENE 253L, CENE 376, CENE 383, CENE 383L, CENE 418, CENE 420, CENE 430, CENE 438, CENE 440, CENE 450, CENE 460, CENE 470, CENE 485, CENE 497, CENE 499, CENE 503, CENE 540, CENE 550, CENE 560, CENE 562, CENE 568 or CENE 599 (6-9 units)
- CM 329, CM 388, CM 391, CM 460
- CHM 320, CHM 341, CS 122, GLG 451, ME 240, ME 435, ME 450, ME 451, ME 455 (0-3 units)
You may not have more than one grade of "D" in your required engineering, mathematics, and science courses.
*Prerequisities to Engineering coursework that must be completed with grades of "C" or better. In addition, ENG 105 must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
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.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 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.)
Our overarching learning goals are stated as our Program Objectives; within three to five years of obtaining a bachelor's degree, a graduate is expected to achieve the following:
- Be employed in the engineering field or pursuing a formal academic program of study;
- Have a demonstrated commitment to life-long learning by participating in professional development activities;
- Be a registered professional engineer or be in the process of becoming a professional engineer;
- Demonstrate leadership through increasing responsibilities; and
- Engage in activities that benefit others outside of their employment.
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 FEE INFORMATION
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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