Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300

Phone: 716.645.2114
Fax: 716.645.3733
Web: www.csee.buffalo.edu

A. Scott Weber

James N. Jensen
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

Environmental engineers work at the interface of society and the environment, striving to protect both human and ecosystem health. Among the top priorities of the profession are the delivery of safe water to drink and clean air to breathe, and the restoration of water quality in the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and water bodies throughout the nation. Today, environmental engineers face issues that include the detection and treatment of new pollutants and pathogens, threats of terrorism to our nation�s water supplies, and the global cycling of pollutants. Because they often work in the public arena, environmental engineers require broad technical training and strong communication skills, and they usually must be licensed as professional engineers.

The undergraduate program in environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo prepares students for professional practice and eventual licensure as professional engineers. The curriculum includes introductory coverage of topics related to environmental health and air pollution, with in-depth treatment given to topics related to water and soil pollution. The BS curriculum includes math, science and basic engineering courses in the freshman and sophomore years; required engineering courses in the junior and senior years; and technical elective courses taken in the senior year. Laboratories in environmental engineering are included in two lab classes in the junior year. Students have considerable flexibility in the selection of technical electives, with approved electives in engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, economics, geography, and the social sciences.

Degree Options

In addition to the BS degree in environmental engineering, the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering offers programs leading to a BS degree in civil engineering, the master of engineering (ME) degree, the master of science (MS) degree, and the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree.


Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance into any of the programs offered by the department. New and transfer students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor as soon as possible to discuss their program of study; continuing students are required to meet with their advisor at least once each semester. The principal role of the faculty advisor is to assist students in choosing courses to complete their degree requirements in a timely fashion with a manageable workload. Faculty advisors also provide general advice concerning career specialization, employment opportunities, graduate school, double- or combined-degree programs, and other academic and professional decisions.

Academic advisement is also available through the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, located in 410 Bonner Hall. Official records are maintained at this office. Students who need help or have questions regarding the general education requirements, UB DARS report, transfer credits, and/or basic science and math courses should see an academic advisor in 410 Bonner Hall.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements before consideration for admission to the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering. Civil and environmental engineering courses completed at other colleges and offered as substitutes for UB courses are evaluated individually by the Undergraduate Studies Committee; determination is made by an evaluation of the student�s transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. Most courses taken from a recognized college-level civil/environmental engineering department are acceptable. Evaluations for transfer credits of general education, basic science, and engineering science courses completed at other universities and colleges are done through the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 410 Bonner Hall.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

A co-op program is available through the Engineering Career Institute. Please see The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for more information.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Graduates with a BS degree in environmental engineering find employment with engineering consulting firms, industry, and government. The program also prepares students for graduate study.

Note: See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences section in this catalog for pre-engineering requirements.

Note: Descriptions of courses for environmental engineering can be found in the Civil Engineering section at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/cie.shtml.

Environmental Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in engineering.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical courses.

Advising Notes

Students majoring in environmental engineering must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in engineering courses to register for fall-semester CIE classes in the junior year.

Required Courses

BIO 309 Ecology
CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I
CIE 303 Geodesy, GPS, and GIS
CIE 334 Soil Mechanics
CIE 340 Environmental Engineering
CIE 343 Hydraulic Engineering
CIE 354 Fluid Mechanics
CIE 360 Environmental Engineering Laboratory
CIE 362 Civil Engineering Laboratory II
CIE 415 Professional Practice Issues
CIE 441 Ecological Engineering
CIE 442 Treatment Process Engineering
CIE 444 Hydrologic Engineering
CIE 445 Groundwater Engineering
CIE 447 Environmental Engineering Practicum
CIE 448 Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering
CIE 449 Environmental Engineering Design
CIE 469 Hazardous Waste Management
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 308 Engineering Statistics
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
MAE 177 Introduction to Engineering Drawing and CAD
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
Three technical electives

Total credit hours for the major: 110

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall�CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring�CHE 108, MAE 177, MTH 142, PHY 107

Fall�CHE 203, CIE 303, EAS 207, MTH 241
Spring�CIE 340, EAS 209, MIC 301, MTH 306

Fall�BIO 309, CIE 354, CIE 360, CIE 441, EAS 308, GLY 414
Spring�CIE 334, CIE 343, CIE 362, CIE 415, CIE 442

Fall�CIE 444, CIE 447, CIE 448, CIE 469, one technical elective
Spring�CIE 445, CIE 449, two technical electives

Electives and Course Groupings

Three technical electives should be selected from the list below.
Only one of the work experience courses (CIE 404, CIE 406-CIE 408, or EAS 495) can count as a technical elective toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Approved Technical Electives

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 452 Limnology
CE 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CE 318 Transport Processes II
CE 429 Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 334 Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers
CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollutants
CIE 404 Civil Engineering Internship
CIE 406-CIE 408 Co-Op Work Experience
CIE 458 Introduction to Geoenvironmental Engineering
CIE 461 Air Pollution
CIE 493 Project Management
EAS 200 EE Concepts/Nonmajors
EAS 204 Thermodynamics
EAS 230 Higher-Level Language
EAS 451 Modern Methods of Engineering Computation
EAS 480 Technical Communications for Engineers
EAS 495 Engineering Career Institute
ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 412 Environmental Economics
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 484 GIS Applications
GEO 486 Spatial Decision-Support Systems
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
IE 320 Engineering Economy
SSC 315 Field Ecology
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements
SSC 385 Energy, Environment and Society

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:14 AM