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Environmental Engineering at Pitt

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is offering a new  major in environmental engineering leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering.

Undergraduate students majoring in environmental engineering will provide undergraduate students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an excellent environmental engineering curriculum and skill set that will enable them to tackle increasingly complex and rapidly evolving technological problems in environmental engineering. The environmental engineering major will allow the Department to produce environmental engineers who will be prepared to pursue a professional licensure in Environmental Engineering (once the program obtains ABET accreditation) and address future challenges in environmental engineering practice; pursue graduate study in environmental engineering; or pursue a career in business, law or policy with a strong focus on the environment.

The environmental engineering major leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering will prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry (including stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and kinetics), earth science, biological science, and fluid mechanics. The curriculum will prepare graduates to formulate material and energy balances, and analyze the fate and transport of substances in and between air, water, and soil phases; conduct laboratory experiments, and analyze and interpret the resulting data in more than one major environmental engineering focus area (e.g., air, water, land, energy, and sustainability); design environmental engineering systems that include considerations of risk, uncertainty, sustainability, life-cycle principles, and environmental impacts; and apply advanced principles and practice relevant to the program objectives. The curriculum will also prepare graduates to understand concepts of professional practice, project management, and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental policy and regulations. 

The requirements of the program, after the Freshman year which is common to all Swanson School of Engineering undergraduate students, are shown below:

Environmental engineering majors in the Department must take the following core courses after the common freshman year in the Swanson School of Engineering:

  • BIOSC 0150: Foundations of Biology 1
  • CHEM 0310: Organic Chemistry 1
  • CEE 0085 : Sophomore Seminar
  • CEE 0109 : Computer Methods in Civil Engineering 1
  • CEE 1085 : Departmental Seminar
  • CEE 1203 : Construction Management
  • CEE 1402 : Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 1503 : Introduction To Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 1811 : Principles Of Soil Mechanics
  • ENGR 0020 : Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • ENGR 0131 : Statics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENGR 0141 : Mechanics of Materials for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • IE 1040: Engineering Economic Analysis
  • MATH 0240: Analytical Geometry and Calculus 3
  • MATH 0290: Differential Equations
  • Physical Science Elective
  • One sustainability course: CEE 1609 : Life Cycle Assessment Methods and Tools, CEE 1610 : Engineering and Sustainable Development or CEE 1618 : Design for the Environment

In addition to the core environmental engineering courses above, a student majoring in environmental engineering must also take the following courses: 

  • CEE 1401: Open Channel Hydraulics or 1410: Water Resources Engineering
  • CEE 1412: Hydrology and Water Resources
  • CEE 1513: Environmental Engineering Processes
  • CEE 1520: Material and Energy Balances in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 1522: Fate and Transport in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 1523: Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • CEE 1533: Environmental Engineering Senior Design Project
  • One environmental engineering integrated design course: CEE 1505, or 1515
  • One non-environmental course in the Department taught by civil engineering faculty 
  • Two environmental engineering elective courses to be selected with the guidance of the advisor
  • All SSOE undergraduate students are required to take a significant array of courses in non-engineering disciplines. Our students are encouraged to develop their skills in communications and critical reasoning, as well as appreciation of the importance of social and economic factors of civil engineering projects. Students may also elect specific courses which assist in future career development. For example, courses in economics and communications help prepare students for a management career.