Environmental Systems Engineering, Minor

Program Code: ENVSE_UMNR

Program Description

The minor in Environmental Systems Engineering is for students interested in environmental issues associated with the extraction, processing, and utilization of mineral and energy resources and their solutions. It provides an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate the interrelationship between energy and the environment, be exposed to the basic courses in environmental systems engineering, and to appreciate and evaluate the impact of environmental pollution control on viability of the profitability and feasibility of operations associated with the safe extraction, processing, and utilization of mineral and energy resources. A minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor. A student enrolled in this minor must receive a grade C or better in all courses in the minor. Advising is available through the professor in charge.

What is Environmental Systems Engineering?

Protecting the health of workers and the environment, often during challenging projects, is the job of an environmental systems engineer. They understand, demonstrate, and apply systems engineering principles to environmental issues related to industrial activities and to the extraction of energy and mineral resources. These engineers work closely with project leaders, utilizing process systems engineering and environmental systems approaches, to evaluate and address the environmental impact of projects. Often these engineers work in the government sector and offer expertise in big-picture projects facing cities, regions, nations, and the globe.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You want to minimize the environmental impact of industrial activities and protect the health of workers.
  • You have strong math, science, and engineering skills and want to apply them to improving worker and environmental safety.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EME 460Geo-resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis3
ENVSE 406Sampling and Monitoring of the Geo-Environment3
ENVSE 427Pollution Control in the Process Industries3
ENVSE 450Environmental Health and Safety3
MNPR 301Elements of Mineral Processing3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Air Pollutants from Combustion Sources
Safety Engineering
Aqueous Processing

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.


University Park

William Groves
Program Chair, Environmental Systems Engineering
223 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802

Joanna Maatta
Academic Adviser
101 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802


University Park

113 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802