Environmental Engineering: Sustainability and Climate Resilience

The Environmental Engineering track focuses on utilizing technological innovation to minimize and mitigate the environmental impact of human activities, developing solutions for sustainable water, and remediation of contaminants from the environment. The program addresses critical environmental problems that impact the health and prosperity of modern societies and the quality of the natural environment, including air and water pollution, sustainable energy transitions, and mitigating anthropogenic impacts on the environment and climate change.

Students in this track learn fundamental principles and cutting-edge technologies applied in the professional practice of environmental engineering in industry, academia, and government careers. The program prepares future engineers to meet the current environmental challenges with a core focus on Sustainability and Climate Resilience. The program is supported by our department-established research groups, including major centers such as the NSF-funded NEWT Center, the SSPEED Center, the WaTER Institute, and the Brine Chemistry Consortium. These groups and centers offer our students access to an expanding network of resources and opportunities to develop skills, broaden experiences, refine career focus, and expand career paths.

Core Requirements

Students must take six advanced courses and one seminar (19 credits)

Advanced Courses

  • CEVE 502 Sustainable Design
  • CEVE 509 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • CEVE 511 Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
  • CEVE 514 Coastal Hazards in a Changing Climate
  • CEVE 518 Environmental Hydrogeology
  • CEVE 534 Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment
  • CEVE 535 Physical Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control
  • CEVE 536 Environmental Biotechnology
  • CEVE 543 Data-Driven Models for Climate Hazard
  • CEVE 550 Environmental Organic Chemistry


  • CEVE 601 or CEVE 602 Seminar

Elective Requirements

Engineering Science and Technology

Students take two courses from the following list of electives (6 credits)

  • CEVE 501 Environmental Chemistry
  • CEVE 510 Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • CEVE 516 Fundamentals of Groundwater Flow
  • CEVE 518 Environmental Hydrogeology
  • CEVE 520 Environmental Remediation Restoration
  • CEVE 523 Applied Sustainable Planning and Design
  • CEVE 526 Smart Materials for the Environment
  • CEVE 535 Physical Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control
  • CEVE 543 Environmental Data Science
  • CEVE 544 Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
  • CEVE 592 Modeling and Analysis of Networked Systems
  • CEVE 684 Environmental Risk Assessment and Human Health
  • EEPS 584 Data Science Environmental and Geosciences
  • EEPS 632 Quantitative Hydrogeology
  • RCEL 506 Applied Statistics and Data Science for Engineering Leaders
  • STAT 685 Environmental Statistics and Decision Making

Sustainable Resource Management

Students may take up to one course from the following electives (3 credits)

  • ANTH 532 The Social Life of Clean Energy
  • BIOS 580 Sustainable Development and Reporting
  • CEVE 505 Engineering Economics and Project Management
  • CEVE 506 Global Environmental Law
  • CEVE 507 Energy and the Environment
  • CEVE 528 Engineering Economics
  • CEVE 529 Ethics and Engineering Leadership
  • ECON 601 Energy Economics
  • ENGI 501 Workplace Communication
  • NSCI 511 Science Policy and Ethics NSCI 610 (F) Management for Science/Engineering
  • NSCI 610 Management for Science/Engineering
  • RCEL 501 Engineering Management & Leadership Theory and Application
  • RCEL 502 Engineering Project Management
  • RCEL 503 Engineering Product Management in Industry 4.0
  • RCEL 504 Ethical-Technical Leadership
  • RCEL 505 Engineering Economics
  • RCEL 542 Professional Communication for Engineering Leaders

MCEE Final Project (2 credits)

  • CEVE 590 MCEE Special Study