Degree Programs

The interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering Program within the School of Engineering offers a B.S. degree as well as a Minor in Environmental Engineering. The Environmental Engineering B.S. degree at UConn is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

In our undergraduate program, students acquire the technical competency, communication skills, and global awareness to assume a leadership role in the environmental management arena of the future. Students experience a holistic learning environment where they integrate principles from chemical, physical, biological, and social sciences, and engineering disciplines. Field investigation, hypothesis testing by analytical and numerical experimentation, recognition of societal and economic constraints, and synthesis through mathematical modeling are integrated in the analysis of environmental problems and the creation of appropriate solutions. This knowledge base will be tested in the evaluation of real-world natural and engineered processes that impact environmental quality.


B.S. in Environmental Engineering

The 4-year curriculum for the academic year 2016-17 is shown in the following table and includes 128 credits, as do all engineering degrees.

All freshmen in the School of Engineering follow a common curriculum, providing them with fundamental science and computing skills, as well as introductory engineering courses. This allows students to be exposed to different areas in engineering and accordingly choose their preferred major. ENVE students may take ENVE 1000 in the spring semester, which fulfills a General Education requirement and exposes them to general concepts of Environmental Sustainability, preparing them for their major.

The sophomore year continues with basic math and science courses and begins to build fundamental engineering knowledge. Core environmental engineering courses follow in the junior year, including environmental chemistry and microbiology, fluid mechanics and wastewater and air pollution control design courses. Finally, the senior year concludes with a variety of professional electives that are weaved throughout the curriculum and most importantly, with the yearlong senior design sequence (see here for more information on senior design).

Descriptions of individual courses may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog (

Suggested semester-by-semester sequence (AY 2017-18)

FIRST YEAR – First Semester Cr. Second Semester Cr.
CHEM 1127Q General Chemistry 4 CHEM 1128Q General Chemistry 4
MATH 1131Q Calculus I 4 MATH 1132Q Calculus II 4
ENGR 1000 Orientation to Engineering 1 ENGR 1166 Foundations of Engineering 3
ENVE 1000 Environmental Sustainability (CA2) 3
F/S courses CSE 1010 Intro to Computing for Engineers  (3), ENGL 1010 Seminar in Academic Writing or ENGL 1011 Sem. in Writing thru Literature (4), General Education course (3)
TOTAL 16/17 TOTAL 17/16
SECOND YEAR – First Semester Second Semester
PHYS 1501Q Physics for Engineers I 4 PHYS 1502Q Physics for Engineers II 4
MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus 4 MATH 2410Q Elem. Differential Equations 3
ENVE 2310 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals 3 ENVE 3200 Environmental Engineering Lab 3
 F/S courses: CE 2110 Applied Mechanics I (3), PHIL 1104 Philosophy and Ethics (3), ME 2233 Thermodynamic Principles (F/S) or CHEG 2211 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (S only) (3), CE 2251 Probability and Statistic in CEE (3)
THIRD YEAR – First Semester Second Semester
ENVE 3270 Environmental Microbiology 3 ENVE 3220 Water Quality Engineering 3
ENVE 4210 Environmental Engineering Chemistry 3 ENVE 3230 Introduction to Air Pollution 3
Earth Science Requirement: NRE 4135 Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology (F) or ENVE 3530 Engineering and Environmental Geology (S) or ENVE 4530 Geoenvironmental Engineering (S) (3)
NRE Requirement: NRE 3155– Water Quality Management (Fall semester even years) OR
NRE 3205-Stream Ecology (Fall semester odd years) OR
NRE 3105-Wetlands Biology & Conservation (Fall odd years) (3)
 F/S courses: CE 2211 Engineering Economics (1), ENVE 3120 Fluid Mechanics (4), General Education and Professional Electives (up to 9 credits total)
FOURTH YEAR – First Semester Second Semester
ENVE 4910W Environmental Eng’g Design I 2 ENVE 4920W Environmental Eng’g Design II 2
ENVE 4320 Ecological Principles & Eng’g 3 ENVE 4310 Environmental Modeling 3
Hydrology Requirement: ENVE 4810 Engineering Hydrology (F) or ENVE 4820 Hydraulic Engineering (S) (3)
F/S courses: General Education and Professional Electives, Free Electives (16 credits total)
TOTAL 14/16 TOTAL 16/14


(1) In addition to the General Education courses PHIL 1104 (CA1) and ENVE 1000, students must take additional 9 or 12 credits of General Education courses. These must fulfill the following requirements: one CA1 course, 1 CA2 course, 2 CA4 courses, with one CA4 being designated as International (I). One double-dipping (CA1/CA4 or CA2/CA4) is allowed and the three credits may be substituted with a free elective. Lists of approved GenEds in each area can be found at


(2) There are 4 total PROFESIONAL ELECTIVE courses to select so as to meet the following requirements:

At least one course from four different focus areas. ENVE 4886 Thesis I (1 cr) plus ENVE 4986 Thesis II (2 cr) may fulfill one professional elective.  Honors students must fulfill one professional elective using ENVE 4886 + 4986.  ENVE 4886 + 4986 is recommended as a professional elective for students planning to pursue graduate studies.  Courses used to fulfill Natural Resource, Earth Science or Hydrologic Science requirements cannot double-count as Professional Electives.

A complete list of courses that can fulfill the various requirements may be found in our 2017-18 Curriculum sheet.


Minor in Environmental Engineering

The Minor Degree Program in Environmental Engineering includes 18 credits of upper level course work, of which no more than three credit hours may be research. All students completing the Minor must take ENVE 2310 (Environmental Engineering Fundamentals), ENVE 3220 (Water Quality Engineering), ENVE 3230 (Introduction to Air Pollution), and ENVE 4310 (Environmental Modeling). These courses are selected to expose students to the core environmental engineering topics and tools. ENVE 2310 provides a broad-based introduction to environmental engineering and introduces fundamental concepts. ENVE 3220 and ENVE 3230 teach students water and air quality pollution engineering, respectively. Finally, ENVE 4310 trains students in modeling approaches used for both natural and engineered systems. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental engineering, six additional credit hours may be selected from a wide variety of courses that are also approved professional electives for the major (see here for list).

Important notes about the minor:

  • Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisites to all minor courses and especially the math prerequisites. No exceptions to this rule are allowed.
  • Non-engineering students that wish to take the minor may enroll in the ENVE courses by obtaining a permission number after they have met the prerequisites for each course (3000 and 4000 level engineering courses are only open to School of Engineering students).
  • No substitutions are allowed for minors, a strict university-wide policy.

All students should submit a Minor Plan of Study through Peoplesoft, in the final semester before graduation. The Program Director reviews and approves all minor Plans of Study.