Environmental Systems Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: ENVSE_BS

Entrance to Major

In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements described in the University Policies, the Environmental Systems Engineering entrance-to-major requirement must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 251, PHYS 211, PHYS 212, CHEM 110.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Systems Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 113-114

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
EMSC 100SEarth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course 13
EMCH 211Statics3
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EME 460Geo-resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis3
ENVSE 404WSurface and Interfacial Phenomena in Environmental Systems3
ENVSE 406Sampling and Monitoring of the Geo-Environment3
ENVSE 450Environmental Health and Safety3
ENVSE 470Engineering Risk Analysis3
ENVSE 480Environmental Systems Engineering Process Design3
GEOSC 452Hydrogeology3
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MNG 401Introduction to Mining Operations1
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PNG 411Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 370Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
EME 301Thermodynamics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
EME 303Fluid Mechanics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
ENVSE 427Pollution Control in the Process Industries3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MNPR 301Elements of Mineral Processing3
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
or MATH 231 Calculus of Several Variables
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
or GEOSC 71
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser. Students who complete Basic ROTC may substitute 6 credits of ROTC for 3 credits of GHW courses and 3 credits of Supporting Courses and Related Areas.6
Requirements for the Option
Select an option16

Requirements for the Option

Environmental Systems Engineering Option (16 credits)
Prescribed Courses
EGEE 470Air Pollutants from Combustion Sources3
ENVSE 412Environmental Systems Engineering Laboratory1
GEOG 30NEnvironment and Society in a Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 106Elementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
Contaminant Hydrology
Atmospheric Dispersion
Soil Composition and Physical Properties
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Micrometeorology
Mineral Process Engineering
Aqueous Processing
Environmental Health and Safety Engineering Option (16 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BIOL 141Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course3
ENVSE 400Safety Engineering3
ENVSE 440Industrial Ventilation for Contaminant Control3
ENVSE 457Industrial Hygiene Measurements3
ENVSE 458Industrial Hygiene Measurements Laboratory1
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3

Integrated B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Educational Objectives

Our graduates will:

  • Enter the private or public sectors as environmental systems engineers to solve a broad range of environmental or health and safety problems associated with the resource recovery and general and process industries or pursue an advanced degree.
  • Address critical environmental or health and safety problems of the basic industries, especially those involved with the extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources; design effective and economic engineering systems to alleviate such problems, individually and in a team setting; and communicate the results effectively.
  • Determine the impact of environmental pollution control on the viability of industrial operations, including health and safety, social, and ethical aspects, and an awareness of environmental regulations; evaluate novel strategies for minimizing pollution control costs in the process industries.
  • Recognize the need to maintain professional competency and the value of lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Environmental Systems Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

William Groves
Program Chair, Environmental Systems Engineering
223 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-1618
wag10@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Environmental Systems Engineering Option: Environmental Systems Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
EMSC 100S (or CAS 100 by substitution) (GWS)‡†13ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
GEOG 30N (GN/GS, US/IL)3 
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†#4CHEM 2023
EMCH 2113MATH 220 or 2312
MATH 251*#4CMPSC 201, CMPSC 202, or CMPSC 2033-4
GEOSC 1 or GEOSC 71*3EMCH 2123
General Education Knowledge Domain3MICRB 1063
 General Education Knowledge Domain3
 17 17-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EME 301*3MNPR 301*3
EME 303*3ENGL 202C (GWS)*‡†3
GEOSC 4523EGEE 4703
CE 370*3ENVSE 4063
PNG 4111EME 4603
MNG 4011ENVSE 4121
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)21.5
 17 17.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENVSE 404W (Writing across the curriculum)3ENVSE 4803
ENVSE 427*3ENVSE 4703
ENVSE 4503Supporting course from approved department list2,33
Supporting Course from approved department list2,33Additional course from approved list for option33
Additional course from approved list for option33General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 18 16.5
Total Credits 131-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 251, CHEM 110, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212.  

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.

Environmental Systems Engineering Option: Environmental Systems Engineering, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 14 15.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†#4CHEM 2023
EMCH 2113MATH 220 or 2312
MATH 251*#4CMPSC 201, CMPSC 202, or CMPSC 2033-4
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)‡†13EMCH 2123
General Education Knowledge Domain3ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
 General Education Knowledge Domain3
 17 17-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EME 301*3MNPR 301*3
EME 303*3CE 370*3
MICRB 1063EGEE 4703
GEOG 30N (GN/GS, US/IL)3ENVSE 4063
PNG 4111EME 4603
GEOSC 1 or GEOSC 71*3ENVSE 4121
MNG 4011 
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENVSE 404W (Writing across the curriculum)3ENVSE 4803
ENVSE 427*3ENVSE 4703
ENVSE 4503Supporting course from approved department list2,33
GEOSC 4523Additional course from approved list for option33
Supporting Course from approved department list2,33General Education Knowledge Domain3
Additional course from approved list for option33General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 18 16.5
Total Credits 131-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 251, CHEM 110, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212.  

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.

Environmental Health and Safety Option: Environmental Systems Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
EMSC 100S (or CAS 100 by substitution) (GWS)‡†13ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
PSYCH 100 (GS)3 
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†#4CHEM 2023
EMCH 2113MATH 220 or 2312
MATH 251*#4CMPSC 201, CMPSC 202, or CMPSC 2033-4
GEOSC 1 or GEOSC 71*3EMCH 2123
General Education Knowledge Domain3BIOL 1413
 General Education Knowledge Domain3
 17 17-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EME 301*3MNPR 301*3
EME 303*3ENGL 202C (GWS)*‡†3
GEOSC 4523EME 4603
CE 370*3ENVSE 4063
ENVSE 4003ENVSE 4403
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)21.5
 18 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENVSE 404W (Writing across the curriculum)3ENVSE 4573
ENVSE 427*3ENVSE 4581
ENVSE 4503ENVSE 4703
PNG 4111ENVSE 4803
MNG 4011Supporting course from approved department list23
Supporting course from approved department list23General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)21.5
 17 17.5
Total Credits 131-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 251, CHEM 110, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212.  

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.

Environmental Health and Safety Option: Environmental Systems Engineering, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15 (GWS)‡†3General Education Knowledge Domain3
PSYCH 100 (GS)3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)21.5
 14 15.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†#4CHEM 2023
EMCH 2113MATH 220 or 2312
MATH 251*#4CMPSC 201, CMPSC 202, or CMPSC 2033-4
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)‡†13EMCH 2123
General Education Knowledge Domain3ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
 BIOL 1413
 17 17-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EME 301*3MNPR 301*3
EME 303*3GEOSC 4523
CE 370*3ENVSE 4063
ENVSE 4003ENVSE 4403
GEOSC 1 or GEOSC 71*3EME 4603
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 18 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENVSE 404W (Writing across the curriculum)3ENVSE 4573
ENVSE 427*3ENVSE 4581
ENVSE 4503ENVSE 4703
PNG 4111ENVSE 4803
MNG 4011Supporting course from approved department list23
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)21.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
Supporting course from approved department list23 
 15.5 16
Total Credits 131-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 251, CHEM 110, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212.  

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.  

Career Paths

Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sector as environmental systems engineers, or health and safety engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level.

Careers

Our graduates may be candidates for careers in a wide range of industries in both the private and public sector. They may be employed to address the environmental or health and safety problems related to extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources while being stewards of the environment.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates may be well suited to pursue graduate-level studies. Further study toward an M.S. or Ph.D. can lead to research, university, or management positions.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Environmental Systems Engineering B.S. program in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

JOHN AND WILLIE LEONE FAMILY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND MINERAL ENGINEERING
113 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3437
eme@ems.psu.edu

http://www.eme.psu.edu