Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSENE): 193.5 quarter credits

About the Program

Environmental engineering is concerned with the design of systems, policies and processes to protect human, animal, and plant populations from the effects of adverse environmental factors, including toxic chemicals and wastes, pathogenic bacteria, and global warming, and to design systems that enable a more sustainable society.

Environmental engineers try to minimize the effect of human activities on the physical and living environment so that we can all live more healthy and sustainable lives.This field builds on other branches of engineering, especially civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering. It also builds on information from many of the sciences, such as chemistry, physics, hydrology, geology, atmospheric science, and several specializations of biology (ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry). Students who elect to study environmental engineering will become familiar with many of these areas because maintaining and improving the environment requires that problems be evaluated and solutions found using a multidisciplinary approach.

Mission

The mission of the undergraduate environmental engineering program at Drexel University is to graduate outstanding engineers who can identify, evaluate and solve complex environmental problems, and who desire to continue their education on a lifelong basis.

Program Educational Objectives

Environmental engineering graduates will become professionals who analyze, design, construct, manage or operate facilities or systems to protect or enhance the environment of people and other living things, or advance knowledge of the field.

Student Outcomes

The department’s student outcomes reflect the skills and abilities that the curriculum is designed to provide to students by the time they graduate. These are:   

a)            an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b)            an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c)            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;

d)            an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e)            an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f)             an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g)            an ability to communicate effectively;

h)            the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i)             a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j)             a knowledge of contemporary issues;

k)            an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for environmental engineering practice.

Additional Information

The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

For more information about this major, visit the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department and the BS in Environmental Engineering page.

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience2.0
General Education Requirements *15.0
Engineering Core Courses
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CS 121Computation Laboratory I1.0
CS 122Computation Laboratory II1.0
CS 123Computation Laboratory III1.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
Environmental Engineering Requirements
CAEE 201Introduction to Infrastructure Engineering3.0
CAEE 210Measurements in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering I3.0
CAEE 211Measurements in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering II4.0
CHE 201Process Material Balances3.0
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CIVE 430Hydrology3.0
CIVE 431Hydrology-Ground Water3.0
ENVE 300Introduction to Environmental Engineering3.0
ENVE 302Environmental Transport and Kinetics3.0
ENVE 410Solid and Hazardous Waste3.0
ENVE 421Water and Waste Treatment II3.0
ENVE 422Water and Waste Treatment Design3.0
ENVE 435Groundwater Remediation3.0
ENVE 460Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control3.0
or ENVE 465 Indoor Air Quality
ENVE 485Professional Environmental Engineering Practice1.0
ENVE 486Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory I2.0
ENVE 487Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory II2.0
ENVE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I3.0
ENVE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
ENVE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
ENVS 284 [WI] Physiological and Population Ecology3.0
or BIO 221 Microbiology
ENVS 401Chemistry of the Environment3.0
Technical Electives12.0
Total Credits193.5

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 General Education Requirements.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study 

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
CS 121Computation Laboratory I1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CS 122Computation Laboratory II1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CS 123Computation Laboratory III1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Term 4
CAEE 201Introduction to Infrastructure Engineering3.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
CAEE 210Measurements in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
ENVS 284 [WI]
or BIO 221
Physiological and Population Ecology
Microbiology
3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
CHE 201Process Material Balances3.0
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
ENGR 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
ENVE 300Introduction to Environmental Engineering3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
CAEE 211Measurements in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering II4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
ENVE 302Environmental Transport and Kinetics3.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
General Education elective*3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 430Hydrology3.0
Technical elective 3.0
General Education elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
Technical elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
General Education elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
ENVE 485Professional Environmental Engineering Practice1.0
ENVE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I3.0
ENVS 401Chemistry of the Environment3.0
ENVE 465
or 460
Indoor Air Quality
Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control
3.0
Technical elective 3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
CIVE 431Hydrology-Ground Water3.0
ENVE 410Solid and Hazardous Waste3.0
ENVE 421Water and Waste Treatment II3.0
ENVE 486Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory I2.0
ENVE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
Technical elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 12
ENVE 422Water and Waste Treatment Design3.0
ENVE 435Groundwater Remediation3.0
ENVE 487Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory II2.0
ENVE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
General elective*3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 193.5

 

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 See degree requirements.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Environmental Engineers pursue careers with many different industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing, in groundwater and hazardous waste remediation, in water or wastewater treatment, in air pollution abatement and control, and in mining. Some also join environmental consulting firms which serve several engineering areas. In addition, some students go to graduate school. The breadth of an environmental engineering education prepares the student to follow many career paths.

Co-op Experiences

Past co-op employers of Environmental Engineering majors have included:

  • Exelon, Philadelphia, PA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sun Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Aqua America, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Fairmount Park Commission, Philadelphia, PA
  • Weston Solutions, West Chester, PA
  • CDM Consultants, Philadelphia PA and other offices

Dual/Accelerated Degree

The Accelerated Program of the College of Engineering provides opportunities for highly-talented and strongly-motivated students to progress toward their educational goals essentially at their own pace. Through advanced placement, credit by examination, flexibility of scheduling, and independent study, the program makes it possible to complete the undergraduate curriculum and initiate graduate study in less than the five years required by the standard curriculum.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

Drexel offers a combined MS/BS degree program for our top engineering students who want to obtain both degrees in the same time period as most students obtain a Bachelors degree.

For more information on this program visit the Department's BS /MS Dual Degree Program page.

Minor in Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering minor focuses on pollution control and is primarily designed to broaden the professional capabilities of engineering students. For example, chemical and mechanical engineers working in process and manufacturing plants will be provided with a better understanding of the natural context of their facilities, better equipped to perform fate and risk analyses, and better able to apply the appropriate technology to control air and water discharges.

While this minor is designed to provide technical knowledge and skills to other engineers, with the appropriate prerequisites students from disciplines other than engineering can also complete this minor.

The minor consists of five required core courses and nine additional credits taken from a list of options.

Prerequisites

The common engineering core curriculum prerequisites are required of all students in the College of Engineering. Students from other colleges will need the appropriate background in physics, mathematics and thermodynamics.


Required Courses
CAEE 210Measurements in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering I3.0
ENVE 300Introduction to Environmental Engineering3.0
ENVE 302Environmental Transport and Kinetics3.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
ENVS 401Chemistry of the Environment3.0
Select three of the following:8.0
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control
Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory I
Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory II
Hydrology
Total Credits24.0

Facilities

The Department is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities:

  • The department computer labs are in operation: a computer-assisted design (CAD) and computerized instructional lab; and a graduate-level lab (advanced undergraduates can become involved in graduate-level work).
  • External labs are used for surveying, building diagnostics, and surface and ground-water measurements.
  • Molecular microbiology laboratory to conduct PCR and qPCR analyses, as well as classical measurements
  • Analytical equipment for chemical contaminants
  • Instrumentation for characterization of indoor and outdoor atmospheric aerosols
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