Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, mathematics, biology and chemistry to develop and implement engineering solutions to protect human health and the environment from the adverse impacts of environmental pollution.  Their work includes water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, site characterization and risk assessment, life cycle assessment, and climate change mitigation.

The curriculum consists of an interdisciplinary engineering core (13 courses) that includes courses in engineering, mathematics, biology and chemistry, followed by advanced courses in geology and biology and environmental engineering.  As part of the environmental concentration, students select four upper-level environmental engineering electives based on their specific interests in concentration.

The environmental engineering concentration has the following general structure (21 total courses):

  • An interdisiciplinary core, primarily taken during the first two years (13 courses)
  • Advanced biology and geology courses (2 courses)
  • Upper level environmental engineering, including capstone design (6 courses)
  • In addition, students take four humanities and social sciences courses and seven elective courses

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Brown Environmental Engineering (EnvE) Program will: 
1. Engage in continued learning through professional development, professional licensure and service to the profession and society;
2. Achieve leadership positions or roles that advance environmental engineering practice;
3. Pursue and successfully obtain an advanced graduate or professional degree in environmental engineering or a related discipline.

For complete requirements, please see the University Bulletin.

SEM. COURSE DESCRIPTION
I ENGN 0030 or ENGN 0031 or ENGN 0032 Introduction to Engineering or Honors Introduction to Engineering or Introduction to Engineering Design
  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
  APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
  Core Elective  
  Elective  
IV ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
  APMA 1650 Statistical Interference I
  Approved advanced science elective (EEPS or BIOL)  
  Elective  
V ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
  ENGN 0410 Materials Science
  Approved advanced engineering elective  
  Approved advanced science elective (EEPS or BIOL)  
VI ENGN 1340 Water Supply and Treatment Technologies
  Approved advanced engineering elective  
  Elective  
  Elective  
VII Approved advanced engineering elective  
  Approved advanced engineering elective  
  Elective  
  Elective  
VIII ENGN 1150 Environmental Engineering Design
  Elective  
  Elective  
  Elective