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  • Environmental Engineering

    Environmental engineering applies engineering and scientific principles to protect and preserve human health and the environment. It embraces broad environmental concerns, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, groundwater protection and remediation, water resources and management, environment policy, radiological health, environmental biology and chemistry, systems ecology, water and wastewater treatment and wetlands ecology.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
    • Hours for the Degree: 128
    • Minor: No
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    Department Requirements

    All students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam which is the first exam for a professional engineering license. Application should be made in the semester before graduation.

    Qualified students are encouraged to pursue master's and doctoral studies to broaden their employment opportunities.

    Educational Objectives

    Environmental engineering graduates will continue to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to identify, prevent, and solve environmental problems. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
    • Obtaining and maintaining a Professional Engineering License
    • Admission to graduate school, including medical, law or other professional schools
    • Enrolling in continuing education and professional short courses

    Program graduates will have careers that benefit society as a result of their educational experiences in science, analysis and design, as well as in their social and cultural activities. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Employment as an engineer or in a related technical capacity
    • Participating in professional organizations
    • Providing community service

    Program graduates will communicate and work effectively in all work settings including those that are multidisciplinary. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Publication in journals and other media
    • Presentating at technical conferences or other forums
    • Teaching
    • Contributing meaningfully to engineering or other technical reports
    • Assignments as a task or team leader
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    The mission of the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES) is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs in environmental engineering sciences, to conduct an internationally recognized environmental research program that will substantially contribute to the benefit of the earth, and to provide authoritative guidance to indivudals and organizations charged with rpeventing and solving local, state, national and global environmental problems. EES serves as a leader in multi-department programs aimed at solving environmental problems and as a major on-campus crucible for conceptualization and solution of environmental problems.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with a B.S. in environmental engineering, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical tracking course
    • Critical tracking courses must be completed with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals. Critical tracking coursework consists of CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048 and PHY 2049

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals.

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 5

    • Complete the remaining critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts, including withdrawals
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    If you do not place out of ENC 1101, take it in the first semester.
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (GE-P)
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ ​3
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 (GE-P)
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    ENC 3254 Professional Communication for Engineers
    (GE-C; minimum grade of C required)
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    ​Humanities (GE-H)​ ​3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    EES 4203 Phase Partitioning in the Environment 4
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics 3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory 1
    Total 14
    Semester 5 (summer) Credits
    CGN 3710 Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering or
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering
    EMA 3010 Materials ​3
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization or
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
    EES 4201 Water Chemistry 3
    EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics 2
    ENV 3040C Computational Methods in Environmental Engineering 3
    ENV 4041C Environmental Analysis 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    CWR 3201 Hydrodynamics 4
    EES 4102 Wastewater Microbiology 2
    ENV 4101 Elements of Atmospheric Pollution 3
    ENV 4514C Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
    Total 12
    Semester 8 Credits
    ENV 4121 Air Pollution Control Design 3
    ENV 4351 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 4
    ENV 4501 Environmental Hydrology 1 3
    ENV 4561 Hydraulic Systems Design 3
    Total 13
    Semester 9 Credits
    ENV 3930 Environmental Engineering Ethics Seminar 1
    ENV 4506 Environmental Hydrology 2 3
    ENV 4601 Environmental Resources Management 2
    ​Technical elective 1 ​3
    Sustainability elective 2 3
    Total 12
    Semester 10 Credits
    EES 4102L Environmental Biology Laboratory 1
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology 2
    Technical electives 1 6
    Capstone design elective 3 ​3
    Total 12

    1 Any EES/ENV course not specified above (except EES 3000 or EES 3000L) can count as a technical elective;

    2 Choose the sustainability elective from this list:

    EES 3008 Energy and Environment 3
    EES 4050 Environmental Planning and Design ​3
    ENV 4316 Industrial Ecology​​ 3​
    ENV 4932 The Science, Policy and Economics of Recycling ​3
    ENV 4932 Sustainable Nanotechnology 2 3

    3 Choose the capstone design elective from this list:​

    ENV 4122 Design of an Air Pollution Control System 3
    ENV 4353 Solid Waste Systems Design​​ 3​
    ENV 4432 Potable Water System Design ​3
    ENV 4532 Wastewater System Design​ ​3
    ​ENV 4913 Integated Product and Process Design 2 - Environmental Engineering Sciences * ​3

    * By application only. The ENV 4912/4913 sequence counts as a technical elective and the capstone design elective. Both courses must be completed to receive credit.

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majors: environmental-engineering