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B.S. in Environmental Engineering

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Environmental engineers provide the knowledge, leadership, and guidance needed to improve the quality and insure the sustainability of our natural world — from the water we drink, to the air we breathe, to the soil that produces our life-sustaining vegetation. Environmental engineers play a major — and increasingly proactive — role in prevention and control of pollution of all kinds and in efforts to deal with global warming.

Environmental engineers develop and implement technologies to solve problems like meeting clean water supply needs and protecting public health, addressing the air pollution issues of acid rain and global warming, and reducing pollution while maintaining and improving the quality of life we enjoy.

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, formally stated, is to educate talented and motivated men and women to become successful professionals through quality undergraduate and graduate programs that place a high priority on student access and interaction with faculty. This mission statement establishes the educational framework for the environmental engineering degree program at Clarkson, and the curriculum objectives given below provide more detail about the program.

CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES
The Environmental Curriculum is designed for a career in environmental research, system modeling, or process design. All Environmental Engineering majors are provided with a theoretical foundation as well as design experience in the area of water resources, environmental quality, systems, hazards and treatment processes. This foundation is typically achieved in the junior year and enables students to use the senior year to select elective courses in areas where their particular interests have developed. In the senior year a capstone design course culminates the development of design skills.

The BSEnvE degree (Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering) program objectives may be stated as shown below:

  • Develop students whose engineering knowledge can meet the challenges of a successful professional career.
  • Ensure students acquire good communication and leadership skills.
  • Foster an intellectually stimulating environment for professional development.
  • Develop a relationship between students and faculty that produces a personal interest in the student’s education and professional development.

Moreover, the approach to the achievement of these objectives may be summarized as:

  • offering a quality undergraduate program that places a high priority on student access and faculty interaction within an environment that is intellectually stimulating and encourages professional development;
  • providing its graduates with the engineering knowledge needed to meet the lifelong challenges of a successful professional career; and
  • valuing good communication and leadership skills.

It is expected that graduates from the BSEnvE program will demonstrate achievement of these objectives within a few years after completing the program.

Science and engineering-science courses form the majority of the curriculum in the first two years. These courses provide the base for the professionally oriented courses in the junior and senior years. Through the selection of electives, students can take courses in an area of environmental engineering that is not covered by required courses, such as Air Pollution Control and Industrial Hygiene. Courses acceptable as professional electives are listed under Professional Concentrations in Engineering. The Environmental Engineering curriculum provides for six professional electives. These electives courses enable students to create programs of study unique to each individual as well as provide both depth and breadth in the student’s preparation for professional practice. In the senior year a capstone design course culminates the development of design skills that were first introduced in the sophomore year and enhanced in subsequent courses.

The guiding principle is that the student and faculty advisor together create a program of study that best satisfies the student’s individual career objectives.
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FIRST YEAR

(See Common First-Year Curriculum in Engineering)

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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES220  Statics 
3
  CE340  Environmental Eng. w/lab 
3
CE212 Intro Eng. Design
3
  BY320  or BY323 Microbiology
3
CH210

Chem. Eng. Principles I or CM371 Physical Chemistry I

3
  ES330  Fluid Mechanics
3
MA231 Calculus III
3
  MA232 Elem. Differential 
CE240 Biogeochemical Earth Systems
3
    Equations
3
   
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    KA/UC Elective
3
   
15
     
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15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CE301  Geospatial Science
3
  ES340  Thermodynamics 
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry 
3
  MA383 Applied Statistics 
3
CE330 Water Resources w/lab
3
    Core Professional 
CE479 Water & Wastewater       Electives
6
  Treatment or        KA/UC Elective 
3
CE480  Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment 
3
     
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  KA/UC Elective
3
     
15
   
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15
       
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
EC350  Engineering Economics 
3
  CE491  Senior Design 
3
  Core Professional Elective
3
    Professional Electives 
12
  Professional Electives
9
     
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15
   
15
       

Core Professional Courses must include three of these courses:
      CE479 (2) or CE480 (1) not previously counted
      CE482/582 Systems (3)
      CE486 Ind Ecology (1)
      ES432 Risk Analysis
      CE481 Haz Waste

Four courses (12 credits) of the Professional Electives must be in Engineering Topics.

A total of 16.5 design credits are required to be accumulated. Required courses provide 9 or 10 design credits. 

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

Course Descriptions
Descriptions of all undergraduate and graduate courses will be supplied upon request or may be viewed online at www.clarkson.edu/sas.

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