Jun 19, 2021  
Rensselaer Catalog 2020-2021 
Rensselaer Catalog 2020-2021

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


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Biological Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • (See footnote 5)

Third Year

The Arch Summer Semester*

*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Arch Summer semester courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective I Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring*

*If following the B.S. in Environmental Engineering curriculum, students must select the Spring term as their “on-campus” semester.

  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
     (See footnote 8 below)
  • Professional Development -Technical Issues and Solutions Credit Hourse: 2
     (See footnote 6 below)
  • Multidisciplinary Eng, Elective Credit Hours: 3
     (See footnote 7 below)

Fourth Year


  • Technical Elective Credits Hours: 3
    (See footnote 8 below)
  • Free Elective II Credit Hours: 4


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective III Credit Hours: 4
  • Earth Science Elective
    (See footnote 9 below)

Additional Requirements

Non-engineering 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.


  1. CIVL 1200 may be replaced with ENGR 1200 or ENGR 1400.
  2. CIVL 1100 may be replaced with ENGR 1300.
  3. CIVL 2050 may be replaced by ENGR 2250 or CHME 4010.
  4. CSCI 1190 may be replaced with CSCI 1100 or CSCI 1010.
  5. Choose BIOL 1010 or another biology course chosen in consultation with adviser. 
  6. For a list of courses that satisfy the Professional Development - Technical Issues & Solution requirement refer to the link “Professional Development Courses” on the Registrar’s “Academic Planning” web page & nbsp; It should be completed before the capstone design & nbsp course.
  7. Multidisciplinary engineering elective: must be a 3- or 4-credit engineering course, chosen in consultation with the adviser (e.g., CIVL 2030, CIVL 2630, ENGR 1600, ENGR 2530, ENGR 4760, ISYE 4140).
  8. Technical electives must be an engineering course 2000 level or above, selected in consultation with the program adviser (e.g., ENVE 4110, ENVE 4200, ENVE 4210, ENVE 4240). With adviser approval, courses from other disciplines may also be taken. These include Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering (for example, CHME 4030, CIVL 2630, CIVL 4150, and others).
  9. Earth Science Elective: must be an Earth Science course 2000-level or above. Choose from ERTH 2140, ERTH 2160, ERTH 2330, ERTH 4070, or ERTH 4500.

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

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