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 TechInc.
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: MATH125
Humanities: PHIL122
Natural Science: CHEM111-112 or 113-114
Social Science: ECON101; RGPL103, or GEOG104
Liberal Studies Electives: 3cr, MATH126

44cr

Major

Required Courses
BIOL202 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4cr
GEOS201 Foundations of Geology 4cr
MATH171 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3cr
MATH216 Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences 3cr
MATH225 Calculus III/Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics 3cr
MATH341 Differential Equations 3cr
PHYS131 Physics I-C Lecture 3cr
PHYS132 Physics II-C Lecture 3cr
PHYS141 Physics I-C Lab 1cr
PHYS142 Physics II-C Lab 1cr
Environmental Engineering Core
ENVE101 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3cr
ENVE201 Fluid Mechanics 3cr
ENVE211 Statics and Solid Mechanics 3cr
ENVE301 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 4cr
ENVE311 Water Resources Engineering 4cr
ENVE461 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3cr
ENVE471 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3cr
ENVE498 Environmental Engineering Design 3cr
ECON361 Environmental Economics 3cr
SAFE435 Ethics and Professionalism 1cr

58cr

Free Electives

BIOL221, 250, 323, 401;, CHEM231, 325, 351; COSC110, 250; GEOG316, 415, 419; GEOS312, IFMG110, 250; MATH342; SAFE310, 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
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 16
MATH125 Calculus I 3
PHYS131
PHYS141
Physics I-C Lecture
Physics I-C Lab
4
ENVE101 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
Liberal Studies 3
Liberal Studies 3
Spring
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 16
MATH126 Calculus II 3
PHYS132
PHYS142
Physics II-C Lecture
Physics II-C Lab
4
PHIL122 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
Liberal Studies 3
Liberal Studies 3

Sophomore Year

Fall
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 16
MATH225 Calculus III 3
MATH171 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
ENVE201 Fluid Mechanics 3
CHEM111 General Chemistry I 4
Free Elective 3
Spring
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 16
MATH216 Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences 3
ECON101 Basic Economics 3
ENVE211 Statics and Solid Mechanics 3
CHEM112 General Chemistry II 4
Free Elective 3

Junior Year

Fall
CourseNo. CourseName 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
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 14
ENVE311 Water Resources Engineering 4
BIOL202 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
ECON361 Environmental Economics 3
Free Elective 3

Senior Year

Fall
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 16
ENVE461 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
ENVE471 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
SAFE435 Ethics and Professionalism 1
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Liberal Studies 3
Spring
CourseNo. CourseName Credits
Total: 12
ENVE498 Environmental Engineering Design 3
Free Elective 3
Liberal Studies 3
Liberal Studies 3