Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers work to minimize the impact of engineering and technology on the natural world. Their interests include water purification, pollution control, public health, recycling, waste disposal, and sustainable design and manufacturing.

The School of Engineering introduced the concentration in environmental engineering in 2013, in response to both the growing importance of the field and student interest. The curriculum is based on the “standard” engineering core curriculum, but also includes key pre-requisites in biology and environmental science and geological sciences. The concentration currently has two options. The first focuses on energy and power, while the second focuses on chemical and biological technology.

The program will seek accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) during Brown's upcoming review period in 2020-2021 when the rest of the School of Engineering's existing accredited programs will be reviewed.  

The concentration has the following general structure:

  • The interdisiciplinary core for the Engineering Sc.B, taken during the first two years
  • Additional courses in biology, environmental sciences, and geological sciences
  • Upper level science and engineering courses
  • Four approved humanities courses

For complete requirements, please see the University Bulletin.

SEM. COURSE DESCRIPTION
I ENGN 0030 or ENGN 0031 Introduction to Engineering or Honors Introduction to Engineering
  CHEM 0330 Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
  MATH 0190 AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
  Elective †  
II ENGN 0040 Dynamics and Vibrations
  MATH 0200 Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
  BIOL 0200 The Foundation of Living Systems
  Elective  
III ENGN 0490 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
  ENGN 0510 Electricity and Magnetism
  APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
  Elective  
IV ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
  APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
  Approved required course*  
  Elective  
V ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
  ENGN 0410 Materials Science
  Approved required course  
  Elective  
VI Approved required course  
  Approved required course  
  Elective  
  Elective  
VII Approved capstone design course §  
  Approved required course  
  Elective  
  Elective  
VIII Approved required course  
  Approved required course  
  Elective  
  Elective