Environmental engineers are interested in how natural and managed systems respond to physical, chemical and biological process in order to reduce to the impact of industrialized society on human health and the environment. Environmental engineers engage in developing next generation integrated waste management systems, integrated water reuse and sustainable cities.

Program Objectives

The objectives of The University of Alabama bachelor of science in environmental engineering (BSEnvE) program is to graduate students who are in demand by employers and graduate programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their abilities to:

  • apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences in the professional practice of environmental engineering
  • synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve environmental engineering problems
  • demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in environmental engineering 

Student learning Outcomes

The BSEnvE student learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:

Foundational Outcomes

  1. Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science.
  2. Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior.  

Technical Outcomes

  1. Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials.
  2. Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
  3. Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, including problems in – air, land, and water systems, and associated environmental health impacts 
  4. Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice.
  5. Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems.
  6. Design a system or process in more than one area within the discipline to meet desired needs, including sustainability, and within other realistic constraints such as: environmental, economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and constructability.
  7. Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of area of advanced specialization within the discipline. 

Professional Practice Outcomes

  1. Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal, and ethical interests, and determine an appropriate course of action.
  2. Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, and graphical communications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction.
  4. Demonstrate attributes supportive of the professional practice of engineering; apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group to solve a relatively constrained problem; and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to solve open-ended engineering problems. 
  5. Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, and globalization.

Environmental Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 1211ENGR 1711
MATH 125 or 1454MATH 126 or 1464
ENGR 1033PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 101 or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 2274AEM 2643
GES 2553MATH 2383
Approved natural science (N) elective 4CH 102 or 1184
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3203CE 3404
BSC 114
BSC 115
4CE 3783
AEM 3113CE 4253
COM 123 or 1243ME 2163
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Senior (plan of study) elective3CE 401 or 4034
Senior (plan of study) elective3Senior (plan of study) elective3
CE 4243CE 4223
CE 4753CE 4203
Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 16
Total Hours: 125
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Recommendations: CE 220 Society Infrastruct & Environm and EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics as an SB or Foreign language as an HU.

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Note: Science Elective must be an "Earth" science.

Approved natural science (N) electives include GEO 101 The Dynamic Earth, GEO 102 The Earth Through Time, GEO 104 Hazardous Earth, GEO 105 Sustainable Earth, GY 101 Atmospheric Proc & PatternsGY 102 Earth Surface Processes, and GY 207GY 207 Field Studies in Water and Climate.

All environmental engineering students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation. A graduate of the program who has passed the FE exam would then be an Engineer Intern under Model Law as maintained by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (ncees.org). It is recommended that the FE be taken the semester prior to graduation. Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the department website and message boards. 

Environmental engineering provides a spectrum of career opportunities with consulting firms, public utilities, state and federal governments and industry. In addition, environmental engineering graduates can use their technical knowledge and skills for entry into other professions such as medicine, law, public and industrial health and natural resource management.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center