Environmental Engineering, BS

  • Students work with chemistry Professor Nathan McElroy. Environmental Engineering majors work closely with professors from many departments who are experienced in environmental science and technology.

    Students work with Chemistry Professor Nathan McElroy. Environmental Engineering majors work closely with professors from many departments who are experienced in environmental science and technology.

  • Prepare for a Diverse and Changing Field

    As environmental challenges mount, environmental engineering becomes more diverse. Today’s environmental engineers need to understand clean energy, greenhouse gas emission control, and climate change issues. Tomorrow, you’ll face new challenges that you'll solve with new technologies.

    The environmental engineering major at IUP prepares you for those future challenges by emphasizing a multidisciplinary science approach. In addition to your engineering courses, you'll benefit from:

    • Excellent Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping facilities
    • Instruction on modeling and decision-making in environmental fields
    • Our nationally recognized safety sciences program
    • Out-of-classroom and field experiences

    The environmental engineering curriculum emphasizes fundamental principles in environmental engineering and design, which is built upon a strong base of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. In compliance with ABET accreditation requirements, the curriculum consists of at least 18 credits of math including calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations; 8 credits of physics; and 8 credits of chemistry.

    You’ll graduate as a well-prepared environmental professional in engineering practice, research, and management.

    “There is a substantial need for environmental engineering graduates who have a strong background in mathematics, environmental sciences, and engineering combined with problem-solving and teamwork skills. This program pulls together all these elements to create a degree that will result in employment opportunities with a variety of potential employers.”

    Dale E. Skoff
    Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech Inc.
    IUP Alumnus and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board Member

    BS in Environmental Engineering Curriculum

    Total Degree Requirements:

    120cr

    Liberal Studies

    As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

    Mathematics: MATH 125
    Humanities: PHIL 122
    Natural Science: CHEM 111-112 or 113-114
    Social Science: ECON 101; RGPL 103, or GEOG 104
    Liberal Studies Electives: 3cr, MATH 126

    44cr

    Major

    Required Courses
    BIOL 202 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4cr
    GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology 4cr
    MATH 171 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3cr
    MATH 216 Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences 3cr
    MATH 225 Calculus III/Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics 3cr
    MATH 341 Differential Equations 3cr
    PHYS 131 Physics I-C Lecture 3cr
    PHYS 132 Physics II-C Lecture 3cr
    PHYS 141 Physics I-C Lab 1cr
    PHYS 142 Physics II-C Lab 1cr
    Environmental Engineering Core
    ENVE 101 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3cr
    ENVE 201 Fluid Mechanics 3cr
    ENVE 211 Statics and Solid Mechanics 3cr
    ENVE 301 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 4cr
    ENVE 311 Water Resources Engineering 4cr
    ENVE 461 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3cr
    ENVE 471 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3cr
    ENVE 498 Environmental Engineering Design 3cr
    ECON 361 Environmental Economics 3cr
    SAFE 435 Ethics and Professionalism 1cr

    58cr

    Free Electives

    BIOL 221, 250, 323, 401;, CHEM 231, 325, 351; COSC 110, 250; GEOG 316, 415, 419; GEOS 312, IFMG 110, 250; MATH 342; SAFE 310, 361; and foreign language intermediate sequence (6cr) are recommended.

    18cr

    A Suggested Schedule

    This academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designed to keep students on track.

    Freshman Year

    Fall
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 16
    MATH 125 Calculus I 3
    PHYS 131
    PHYS 141
    Physics I-C Lecture
    Physics I-C Lab
    4
    ENVE 101 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
      Liberal Studies 3
      Liberal Studies 3
    Spring
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 16
    MATH 126 Calculus II 3
    PHYS 132
    PHYS 142
    Physics II-C Lecture
    Physics II-C Lab
    4
    PHIL 122 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
      Liberal Studies 3
      Liberal Studies 3

    Sophomore Year

    Fall
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 16
    MATH 225 Calculus III 3
    MATH 171 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
    ENVE 201 Fluid Mechanics 3
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
      Free Elective 3
    Spring
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 16
    MATH 216 Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences 3
    ECON 101 Basic Economics 3
    ENVE 211 Statics and Solid Mechanics 3
    CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
      Free Elective 3

    Junior Year

    Fall
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 14
    MATH 341 Differential Equations 3
    ENVE 301 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 4
    GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology 4
    RGPL 103 or
    GEOG 104
    Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development
    World Geography: Global Context
    3
    Spring
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 14
    ENVE 311 Water Resources Engineering 4
    BIOL 202 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
    ECON 361 Environmental Economics 3
      Free Elective 3

    Senior Year

    Fall
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 16
    ENVE 461 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
    ENVE 471 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
    SAFE 435 Ethics and Professionalism 1
      Free Elective 3
      Free Elective 3
      Liberal Studies 3
    Spring
    Course No. Course Name Credits
      Total: 12
    ENVE 498 Environmental Engineering Design 3
      Free Elective 3
      Liberal Studies 3
      Liberal Studies 3