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Rensselaer Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Engineering


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The Rensselaer bachelor’s program in environmental engineering builds upon a broad base of studies in chemistry, life sciences, and engineering sciences culminating in a uniquely structured course sequence. This sequence of courses, as shown below, is designed around the unit operations and transport processes concepts, together with integrated laboratory theory courses. It culminates in senior design courses. This structure presents a unified educational experience in environmental engineering. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for this curriculum.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Elective I Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)

Second Year


Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Elective II Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)

Third Year


Fall


  • Free Elective I Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnote 4 below)

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Multidisciplinary Engineering Elective I Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Technical Elective I Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 6 below) 
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Technical Elective II Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 6 below)
  • Free Elective III Credit Hours: 4

Additional Requirements


Nonengineering courses graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory cannot be used toward this 128-credit-hour requirement. The Pass/No Credit option can be used only for free elective courses having a code other than CIVL or ENVE, and for humanities, arts, and social sciences electives subject to Institute-wide HASS core requirements. All other courses used to satisfy the degree requirements must be taken on a graded basis.

Footnotes


  1. May be taken in any order in the first two semesters. ENGR 1300 may be replaced by ENGR 1310 or CIVL 1100.
  2. Choose CHEM 1200 and either BIOL 1010 or another biology course chosen in consultation with adviser.  Order does not matter. 
  3. ENGR 2250 may be replaced by CHME 4010.
  4. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of the semester. 
  5. Multidisciplinary engineering elective: must be an engineering course, chosen in consultation with the adviser (e.g., ENGR 1600, ENGR 4760, CIVL 2030, CIVL 2630, ISYE 4260, ENGR 2530).
  6. Technical electives must be selected in consultation with the program adviser (e.g., ENVE 4200, ENVE 4240, ENVE 4210, ENVE 4110). With adviser approval, courses from other disciplines may also be taken. These include Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Earth and Environmental Sciences (for example, CIVL 2630, CIVL 4150, CHME 4030, ERTH 4710, and others).

A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for this curriculum.


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