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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [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


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4


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

Second Year


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Elective II Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Multidisc. Eng. Elective Credit Hours 3
    (See footnote 7 below)

Third Year

Summer Arch*

*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to:

  • HASS Elective 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.

  • Free Elective I Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective
     (See footnote 8 below)
  • Professional Development II
     (See footnote 6 below)

Fourth Year


  • Technical Elective II
    (See footnote 8 below)
  • Free Elective II


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

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.


  1. CIVL 1200 may be replaced with ENGR 1200 or ENGR 1400.
  2. Choose CHEM 1200 and either BIOL 1010 or another biology course chosen in consultation with adviser. Order does not matter. 
  3. CIVL 1100 may be replaced with ENGR 1300.
  4. ENGR 2250 may be replaced by CHME 4010.
  5. CSCI 1190 may be replaced with CSCI 1100 or CSCI 1010.
  6. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of the semester. 
  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 2330, ERTH 4070, or ERTH 4500.

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

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