College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE150 Intro To Envrnmntl Engineering 3
Description: Scientific and technical introduction to contemporary ecological, environmental, and engineering issues. Common contaminants, sources and effects, measurements, pollution prevention and control technologies, regulatory policies, and environmental ethics. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 108 or higher with a grade of C or better or Math Placement Tests Results (ALEKS MATHC 50+) and Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 130 or CHM 151
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. CENE150L Env Engr Computations 1
Description: Intensive practical study of units, conversion factors, computations, block diagrams and material balance applied to the solution of environmental engineering problems. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 150 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: CENE 150
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. CHM151 General Chemistry I 4
Description: Fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for preprofessional, science, and engineering majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHM 100 plus intermediate algebra; recommended: CHM 151L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. EGR186 Intro To Engineering Design 3
Description: Introduces the design process, problem-solving techniques, teaming skills, oral and written communication skills, and tools for success in academic and professional careers. Multiple hands-on projects. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 125 or higher. Must have earned grade of C or better in prerequisite course.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
6. MAT136 Calculus I 4
Description: Calculus of one variable; basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 125 or MAT 125H with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 65+; MATHC 65+; PLACE 70+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
7. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE180 Computer Aided Drafting 2
Description: Fundamentals of graphical communications, including sketching, computer aided drafting, standards, scaling, and basic civil and environmental engineering design applications. 1 hour lecture/3 hour laboratory. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. MAT137 Calculus II 4
Description: Concepts, techniques, and applications of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials, infinite series. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. PHY161 University Physics I 4
Description: First course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Classical mechanics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 or MAT 136H or higher with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. BIO181 Unity Of Life I: Cell Life 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular principles of all life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only.. Course fee required. Prerequisites: high school algebra, biology, and chemistry.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
6. BIO181L Unity Of Life I Lab 1
Description: Introduces experimental techniques in cellular and molecular biological sciences. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 181H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE225 Engineering Analysis 3
Description: Graphical and numerical descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, discrete and continuous random variables, sampling error, hypothesis testing, experiment design, and linear regression with engineering applications. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 137 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. CENE281L Water Quality Lab 1
Description: Methods for the measurement of water quality, and the analysis and interpretation of water quality data. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151L, CENE 225, and CENE 280 with grades of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CENE251 Applied Mechanics Statics 3
Description: Fundamentals of applied mechanics, vector algebra, equivalent force systems, equations of equilibrium, structures, centroids, friction, moments of inertia. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHY 161 and MAT 137 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. MAT238 Calculus III 4
Description: Vector functions and multidimensional calculus; partial derivatives, gradients, optimization, multiple integrals, parametric curves and surfaces, vector calculus, line integrals, flux integral, and vector fields. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: MAT 137 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
Description: Continuation of CHM 151. Recommended: CHM 152L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
6. PHY262 University Physics II 3
Description: Second course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Electricity, magnetism, and thermodynamics. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (PHY 161 or PHY 171) and Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 137 or higher
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE280 Env Engr Fundamentals 3
Description: A course in environmental engineering fundamentals that applies biological, chemical, and mathematical principles to solve environmental engineering problems using the mass balance approach. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (BIO 100 or BIO 181), CENE 150, CENE 150L, CHM 152, and (MAT 136 with a grade of C or better)
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. CENE282L Air & Site Investigations Lab 1
Description: Lab and field methods for measuring parameters in air, soil, and hazardous materials. Includes quality assurance and analysis of data. 2.5 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (CHM 151 and CHM 151L and CENE 150 and (EGR 225 or CENE 225) with grades of C or better) or International Exchange Student Group
3. EGR286 Engineering Design: Process 3
Description: The process of engineering design, mechanisms and controls, computer and programming skills, teamwork and project management, written and oral communications. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: EGR 186, CS 122, and (EE 188 for Electrical Engineering majors) or (ME 180 for Mechanical Engineering majors). Must have earned grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses. Corequisite: EE 188 for Mechanical Engineering majors
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. MAT239 Differential Equations 3
Description: Solutions of first-order differential equations, nth-order linear equations, systems of linear differential equations, series solutions. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: MAT 238 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: MAT 238
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. ME291 Thermodynamics I 3
Description: Energy and entropy concepts, applications; first and second law principles, applications to processes and cycles. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151 and (MAT 238 or 239) Pre- or Corequisite: PHY 262. Must have earned grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses. Must concurrently enroll in ME 291R unless earned grade of B or better in MAT 238
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
6. CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry 3
Description: Introduces the chemistry of aliphatic, aromatic, and bio-organic compounds. For students needing only one semester of organic chemistry. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 130 or (CHM 151 and CHM 152)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE270 Surveying 3
Description: Introduction to basic land surveying and construction-layout principles and methods using contemporary equipment and software, including datums and coordinates, elementary geodesy, leveling, distance and angle measurement, topographic and quantity surveying, and calculation of horizontal and vertical curves. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 180 and (MAT 125 with a grade of C or better) or ALEKS 65+
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE253 Mechanics Of Materials 3
Description: Effects of axial, flexural, torsional, and combined stresses on elastic beams, shafts, and columns. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. CENE330 Air-quality Engineering 3
Description: Air pollutants and atmospheric processes; effects on human health, environment, and global climate change; methods of emissions inventory calculation and use in dispersion modeling and source impact analysis; regulation, management and control of air pollutants. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 280 and MAT 137 with grades of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. CENE333 Water Resources I 3
Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of hydraulic analysis, including the theory, concepts and use of conservation laws as applied to hydrostatics, pipe flow, pipe networks, turbo-machinery, hydraulic thrust forces and open-channel flow. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 and MAT 238 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. ME395 Fluid Mechanics 3
Description: Theory, concepts, and usage of the basic laws of fluid mechanics (conservation of mass, momentum, and energy); incompressible flow of fluids with introduction of compressible flow: dimensional analysis and similitude; laminar and turbulent flows; empirical methods. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ME 291 and MAT 239 Pre- or Corequisite: ME 252. Must have earned grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
6. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
Engineering program fee assessed
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE332 Solid & Hazardous Waste Mgt 3
Description: Waste identification, soils, partitioning, fate and transport, risk assessment, site characterization and assessment tools, remediation technologies, landfill evaluation and design. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (CHM 230 or CHM 235) and CENE 280, or for non-majors: (CHM 230 or CHM 235) and (300-level or higher BIO, CHM, GLG, or PHY or ENV 280 or 360) with grades of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. CENE333L Water Resources Lab 1
Description: Lab for CENE 333. Provides hands-on experience in solving design problems involving hydrology and hydraulic concepts. Use of contemporary hydraulics software and instrumentation, lab work, and field work. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. CENE383 Geotechnical Engineering I 3
Description: Origin of soils, identification/classification of earth materials, subsurface exploration, index properties, compaction, permeability, seepage, strength, and settlement, introduction to earth pressure analysis, and Terzaghi's Bearing Capacity. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 253 with a grade of C or better and Corequisite: CENE 383L
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. CENE383L Geotechnical Engineering I Lab 1
Description: Lab tests and experiments to reinforce the concepts discussed in CENE 383. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 383 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: CENE 383
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
5. CENE386W Engineering Design:The Methods 3
Description: Methods of engineering design, including project planning and management, project economics, assessment of engineering impacts on social and cultural concerns, and professional writing. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (EGR 286 or CENE 286) with a grade of C or better and (ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
6. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Engineering program fee assessed

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE410 Unit Operations In Envmtl Egr 3
Description: Design of unit operations in water, wastewater, waste management, and/or air quality engineering. Student-generated data informs and drives the design of relevant processes. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CENE 480
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE476 Egr Design: Capstone Prep 1
Description: Involves forming design teams, selecting projects with sponsor interaction, and completing a project proposal accepted by the sponsor. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 383, EGR 386W and (CENE 336, 376 and 420 for Civil Engineering Majors) or (CENE 332 and 333 for Environmental Engineering Majors) with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. CENE480 Envmtl Transport Processes 3
Description: Fundamental engineering concepts of mass transfer, with applications for environmental engineering design. Co-convenes with CENE 502. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 239 with a grade of C or better and Corequisite: CENE 410
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. CENE434 Water/Waste-water Units Design 3
Description: Design of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. Applies microbiology, water chemistry principles and includes treatment plant design techniques, disinfection, and reuse. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 333 and CENE 335 with grades of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. TECOURSE Technical Elective 3 TECOURSE Notes
Notes: * Technical electives include 6 units of coursework. At least 3 units must be CENE approved courses. See catalog for a list of course selections.
6. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
Submit graduation application this term.
Engineering program fee assessed
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE486C Engineering Design 3
Description: Involves design methodology and decision making and preparing team design projects that culminate in oral and written reports. Must be taken in the year in which you graduate. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 476 with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. TECOURSE Technical Elective 3 TECOURSE Notes
Notes: * Technical electives include 6 units of coursework. At least 3 units must be CENE approved courses. See catalog for a list of course selections.
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI105 Introduction To Ethics 3
Description: Introduces philosophical analysis of the ethical life. Reading and critical discussion of both classical and contemporary texts. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
-Option B-
PHI331 Environmental Ethics 3
Description: Critical examination of the moral reasons for protecting and preserving the environment. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Engineering program fee assessed

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 137 (4)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) PHI 105 (3), PHI 331 (3)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CHM 151 (4), CHM 151L (1), CHM 152 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) BIO 181 (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A minimum of 130 units are required for this degree. This plan as written has 131 units.
You can not have more than one grades of D in your engineering, mathematics and science courses.

* Technical electives include 6 units from the following list.  At least 3 units must be from the CENE technical electives list.

  • CENE technical electives:  CENE 418, 420, 430, 433,  435, 440, 450, 460, 462, 468, 499
  • Other non-CENE approved electives include:  BIO 182, BIO 201; CENE 460; CHM 235, CHM 320, CHM 341; CM 329, CM 491; CS 122; EE 188, EE 425; EGR 389; GLG 101/103, GLG 451; GSP 239;  MAT 316, MAT 362; ME 340,  ME 451, ME 454, ME 484; PL 201; STA 371, STA 471

CONTACT INFORMATION

Engineering Programs
Building 69, Room 122
Phone: 928-523-5251
http://cefns.nau.edu/Academic/CENE/

Debbie Wildermuth
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Building 21, Room 132
Phone: 928-523-3842
Email: cefnsacademic@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.