Environmental Engineering BSENE / Peace Engineering MS

Major: Environmental Engineering and Peace Engineering 
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSENE) and Master of Science in Peace Engineering (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 230.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-ops (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.1401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2081

About the Program

This program integrates peacebuilding into standard engineering curricula, expanding the role that engineers may play in addressing complex technical and sociopolitical challenges. It allows environmental engineering students to incorporate conflict sensitivity into their curriculum and gain skills and contextual knowledge necessary to consider the systems-level effects of environmental engineering projects on peace, social justice and equity.

For more information, visit COE Special Programs or the BS/MS webpage.

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate a readiness for graduate work, both in terms of academic performance and relevant preparatory undergraduate courses. Required are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completion of 90.0 credits.

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Requirements **12.0
A Graduate Social Dimension course will count as 3.0 credits of General Education Requirements as shared coursework
Engineering Core Courses
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
Chemistry Requirements ***3.5-7.5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
Engineering (ENGR) Requirements
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
Mathematics Requirements 4.0-10.0
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
and Calculus I
Calculus and Functions I
and Calculus and Functions II
Calculus I
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
CAEE 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
or ENGR 231 Linear Engineering Systems
CAEE 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
or ENGR 232 Dynamic Engineering Systems
Physics Requirements 4.0-8.0
Preparation for Engineering Studies
and Fundamentals of Physics I
Fundamentals of Physics I
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Environmental Engineering Requirements
BIO 221Microbiology3.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE3.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering4.0
CHE 211Material and Energy Balances I4.0
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
CIVE 240Engineering 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 230General Ecology3.0
ENVS 401Chemistry of the Environment3.0
Technical Electives ‡‡6.0
ENVE 727 and ENVE 750 count as 6.0 credits of Technical Electives as shared coursework
Master's Degree Courses
Core Peacebuilding Requirements
PENG 501Peace Engineering Seminar - Fall1.0
PENG 502Peace Engineering Seminar - Winter1.0
PENG 503Peace Engineering Seminar - Spring1.0
PENG 545Introduction to Peacebuilding for Engineers3.0
PENG 550Conflict Management for Engineers3.0
PENG 560Peacebuilding Skills3.0
Core Engineering Requirements
ENVE 727Risk Assessment3.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
SYSE 540Systems Engineering for Peacebuilding3.0
Research Methods
CAEE 501Community-Based Design3.0
ENVE 750Data-based Engineering Modeling3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
Experiential Learning
PENG 600Peace Engineering Experiential Learning6.0
Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives 6.0
Technical Focus Sequences ††6.0
Total Credits230.5-244.5

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


 General Education Requirements. Please note that the total number of required General Education credits of 12 is different from the required 15 credits in  BS Environmental Engineering program, since these 3 credits are shared with the MS Peace Engineering program.


CHEM sequence is determined by the student's Chemistry Placement Exam score and the completion of a summer online preparatory course available based on that score.

MATH and PHYS sequences are determined by the student's Calculus Placement Exam score and the completion of any summer online preparatory courses available based on that score.


Any 300-499 level courses from AE, BIO, BMES, CHE, CHEM, CIVE, CS, ECE, ENVE, ENVS, MATE, MATH, MEM, PHYS, or SE. CIVE 250 is also allowed. The following courses duplicate content in required courses and will not be accepted: MATH 310, MATH 311MATH 410, ECE 361, BMES 310, MEM 361, and CHE 350.

Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives

Students must complete a minimum of six credits, at the graduate level, from the following approved courses.


Technical Focus Sequences

Students must complete one sequence of at least 2 courses (6 credits) from the following approved sequences.

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 Program. 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.

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 coop Co-Terminal

First Year
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5BIO 1414.5VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 101 or COOP 101*1.0CIVC 101 or COOP 101*1.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0ENGR 1133.0 
UNIV E1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
 PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
 14.5 19.5 19.5 0
Second Year
CAEE 231 or ENGR 2313.0CAEE 232 or ENGR 2323.0  
CAEE 3613.0ENGR 2103.0  
CIVE 2403.0ENVS 2303.0  
ENGR 2204.0PHIL 3153.0  
PHYS 2014.0   
 20 15 0 0
Third Year
CHE 2114.0CHEM 2414.0PENG 5603.0 
CIVE 3203.0CIVE 3304.0  
ENVE 3003.0CIVE 4313.0  
PENG 5453.0ENVE 3023.0  
(GR) Social Dimension elective3.0PENG 5503.0  
 20 20 3 0
Fourth Year
CHEM 2424.0ENVE 4103.0PENG 6003.0PENG 6003.0
CIVE 4303.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0  
ENVS 4013.0(UG) Technical Elective***3.0  
ENVE 750 (counts as UG Technical elective)3.0ENVE 727 (counts as UG Technical elective)3.0  
PROJ 5013.0(GR) Technical Focus Course3.0  
 20 17 3 3
Fifth Year
ENVE 465 or 4603.0ENVE 4213.0ENVE 4223.0 
ENVE 4851.0ENVE 4862.0ENVE 4353.0 
ENVE 4913.0ENVE 4923.0ENVE 4872.0 
(UG) General Education elective**3.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0ENVE 4933.0 
(UG) Technical Elective***3.0PENG 5021.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0 
PENG 5011.0SCTS 5023.0CAEE 5013.0 
SYSE 5403.0(GR) Social Dimension elective (counts as UG General Education Elective)3.0PENG 5031.0 
(GR) Technical Focus Course3.0   
 20 18 18 
Total Credits 230.5

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


General Education Requirements


Any 300-499 level courses from AE, BIO, BMES, CHE, CHEM, CIVE, CS, ECE, ENVE, ENVS, MATE, MATH, MEM, PHYS, or SE. CIVE 250 is also allowed. The following courses duplicate content in required courses and will not be accepted: MATH 310MATH 311MATH 410ECE 361BMES 310MEM 361, and CHE 350.

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