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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 management, environmental policy, radiological health, environmental biology and chemistry, systems ecology, water and wastewater treatment and wetlands ecology.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Department Recommendations

    All students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam which is the first exam leading to licensure as a professional engineer. Application should be made in the semester before graduation.

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

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    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
    • Completing educational and professional short courses

    Program graduates can aspire to 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 the following:

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

    Program graduates will be able to 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 scientific and engineering journals
    • Presenting at scientific and engineering conferences
    • Teaching
    • Contributing to scientific and engineering studies
    • Service as a task or team leader
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    Mission

    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 benefits humanity, and to provide authoritative guidance to individuals and organizations charged with preventing and solving local, state, national and global environmental problems. EES serves as a leader in interdisciplinary programs aimed at solving environmental problems and as a major on campus crucible for identification, conceptualization and resolution of environmental issues.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

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

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 critical-tracking course (CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048 and PHY 2049) with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals.
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete the remaining critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts, including withdrawals
    • 2.5 GPA on the best of a maximum of two attempts at each critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are also expected to complete the general education International (GE-N) and Diversity (GE-D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    GE-P
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2
    GE-P
    3
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    ​ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or
    ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion
    GE-C
    3​​
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
    GE-M
    4
    ​Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers
    State Core GE-C; minimum grade of C required
    3
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1
    State Core GE-P
    3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    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 Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    1
    Total 14
    Semester 5: Summer Credits
    CGN 3501C Civil Engineering Materials or
    EMA 3010 Materials
    ​3
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Technical elective ​3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    EES 4201 Water Chemistry 3
    EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics 2
    ENV 3040C Computational Methods in Environmental Engineering 3
    ENV 4041C Environmental Analysis 3
    Engineering graphics or geographic information systems elective ​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
    Sustainability elective ​3
    ​Technical elective 3
    Total 12
    Semester 10 Credits
    EES 4005C Ecological Engineering 3
    Capstone design elective 3
    Technical electives ​6
    Total 12
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    Sustainability Elective

    Courses Credits
    CGN 4905 Sustainable Engineering 3
    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

    Technical elective: Any EES/ENV course not specified above, except EES 3000L

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    Engineering Graphics or Geographic Information Systems Elective

    Courses Credits
    CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization 3
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design 3
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 4
    GIS 3072C Geographic Information Systems 3
    SWS 4720 GIS in Soil and Water Science 3
    URP 4273 Survey of Planning Information Systems 3
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    Capstone Design Elective​

    Courses Credits
    ENV 4300 Solid Waste Containment Design 3
    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 Integrated 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