During the first two years of study, the environmental engineering curriculum provides fundamental knowledge and skills in the basic (chemistry and physics) and applied sciences (environmental microbiology and environmental chemistry), mathematics through
differential equations, and basic engineering (engineering principles, statics, mechanics, and CAD). An introduction to environmental engineering is included early in the curriculum, in the fall of the sophomore year.
These courses give a solid foundation in problem solving and analytical thinking, which are essential for environmental engineering students.
In the junior year, this foundational knowledge is extended through courses in civil engineering (fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, hydraulics, and engineering statistics), program-specific environmental engineering
courses (ecological engineering, sustainability, and a CIE elective), an applied biological science course (ecology), and multiple lab experiences where hands-on laboratories add practical skills to the classroom instruction.
During the senior year, students complete a sequence of advanced courses: treatment process engineering, hydrologic engineering, and groundwater engineering. Professional practice issues are covered in the fall
semester, followed by capstone design in the spring semester. An earth science elective, a geographic information systems (GIS) elective, and two technical electives are also included as well. Students may select technical
electives from engineering and a wide range of supporting programs. Most students take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in spring of their senior year.
The typical class size for:
Freshman/introductory courses is: 100+ Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100-200 (30-40 for CIE 341) Upper level required courses is: 30-160 Upper level electives is: 30-50
In the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
Teaching assistants hold office hours to answer students' questions about homework and exam preparation, grade homework (exams are usually graded by instructors with TA assistance), and manage lab assignments.
They also may assist with recitations.
About Our Faculty
We have 34 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 5 adjunct faculty members. The faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service and have won many honors and awards, including:
Three SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
One National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
Two National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Career Award
One IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award
One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
An internship course is available through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Experiential Learning Program. Please see their website for more information. Students are encouraged to obtain relevant work experience before completing their program. Technical elective credit may be given for this experience following the junior year.
Our undergraduate students are engaged in many campus-wide activities and organizations. Student organizations popular among environmental engineers include the following: