S.B. in 1-E Environmental Engineering Science Curriculum

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects

Science Requirement(1): 6
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Requirement (one subject can be satisfied by 1.801J, 11.002, or 14.01 in the Departmental Program): 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.050 and 18.03 in the Departmental Program): 2
Laboratory Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.101 and 1.102 in the Departmental Program): 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for S.B. Degree: 17

Communication Requirement
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects: 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M).

Departmental Program

Subject names below are followed by credit units and prerequisites, if any (co-requisites in italics).

Required Subjects: 168


1.018AJ Fundamentals of Ecology I, 6
1.018BJ EFundamentals of Ecology II, 6; 1.018AJ
1.020 Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability, 12; Physics I(GIR), 18.03*
1.050 Engineering Mechanics I, 12; REST; Physics I, (GIR), Calculus II(GIR)
1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*
1.060B Fluid Mechanics II, 6; 1.060A
18.03 Differential Equations, 12; REST; Calculus II 18.03 Differential Equations, 12; REST; Calculus II (GIR)
1.013 Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design, 12; (CI-M); permission of instructor
One of the following three subjects:
1.00 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving, 12; REST; Calculus I (GIR)
1.000 Computer Programming for Scientific and Engineering Applications, 12, REST; 18.03*
1.010 Uncertainty in Engineering, 12; Calculus II (GIR)

Environmental Engineering Science

1.061A Transport Processes in the Environment I, 6; 1.060A,
1.061B Transport Processes in the Environment II, 6; 1.061A
1.070AJ Introduction of Hydrology and Water Resources, 6; 1.060A, 1.061A, 1.106
1.070BJ Introduction of Hydrology Modeling, 6; 1.070
1.080A Environmental Chemistry I, 6; Chemistry (GIR)
1.080B Environmental Chemistry II, 6; 1.080A
1.083A Environmental Health Engineering and Biology I, 6; 1.061A, Chemistry (GIR), Biology (GIR)
1.083B Environmental Health Engineering and Biology II, 6; 1.083A
1.106 Environmental Fluid Transport Processes and Hydrology Laboratory, 6, 1/2 LAB; 1.061A, 1.070AJ
1.107 Environmental Chemistry and Biology Laboratory, 6, 1/2 LAB; 1.018A, 1.080A

Economics and Public Policy
One of the following  three subjects:
1.801J   Environmental Law, Policy and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control, 12; HASS-S
11.002J Making Public Policy, 12; HASS-S, CI-H
14.01    Principles of Microeconomics, 12; HASS-S

1.101  Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering Design I, 6, 1/2 LAB; 1.018J, 1.050
1.102  Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering Design II, 6, 1/2 LAB; 1.060, permission of instructor

Restricted Elective:12
One subject from the following list (students may petition the department to substitute an upper-level subject in science or engineering):


1.064 Physical Limnology, 12; 1.061
1.071J Global Change Science, 12; 18.03
1.072  Groundwater Hydrology, 12; 1.061
1.085  Air Pollution, 12; 18.03
1.089  Environmental Microbiology, 12; Biology (GIR)
5.60   Thermodynamics and Kinetics, 12; REST; Chemistry (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)

Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs: (48)


Unrestricted Electives: 48


Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for S.B. Degree: 180

No subject can be counted both as part of the 17 subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.


*Alternate prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description.


(1) Any of the subjects that fulfill the Institute Chemistry Requirement is satisfactory, though 5.111 or 5.112 is recommended.

This degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.

Grades for Prerequisite Subjects
Effective fall term 2008, the CEE Department Undergraduate Committee set a policy for grades in prerequisite subjects for all undergraduate programs in CEE.

A student who receives a D in a subject that is part of his/her departmental program and is also a prerequisite for another more advanced subject in the program has two options. Option 1: The student may proceed to take the more advanced subject; he or she will not be required to retake the prerequisite subject if the more advanced subject is passed with a C or better. However, if the student does not receive a C or better in the more advanced subject both this subject and the prerequisite subject must be repeated. Option 2: The student may retake the prerequisite subject and pass it with a C or better before enrolling in the more advanced subject.

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