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 Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the University of Alabama’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) program is to have graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are in demand and lead fulfilling professional careers, in their chosen area of professional practice, through their demonstrated abilities to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences; and
  2. Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems; and
  3. Employ their professional practice skills.

Student Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the BSEnvE program, will be able to:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to require and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.

Environmental Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 121 or ENGR 1111ENGR 1711
ENGR 103 or 1233MATH 126 or 1464
MATH 125 or 1454PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 100, 101, or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 2643
GES 2553MATH 2383
Approved natural science (N) elective 24CH 102 or 1184
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3203CE 3404
BSC 114
BSC 115
1-4CE 3783
AEM 3113CE 4253
COM 123 or 1243History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43ME 215 or 2163
 13-16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Senior (plan of study) elective36CE 4014
CE 4243Senior (plan of study) elective33
CE 4753CE 4203
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43CE 4223
 Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43
 15 16
Total Hours: 122-125

The College of Engineering requires a grade of "C-" or better be earned in all courses that are a pre-requisite to classes used to fulfill degree requirements. If a grade lower than "C-" is received in a course that is a pre-requisite, that course must be repeated and a grade of "C-" or higher must be earned before enrolling in the subsequent course.

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

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