Environmental Engineering, Minor

Program Code: ENVE_UMNR

Program Description

This minor is designed to provide students in engineering, science, and other majors with a comprehensive study of environmental issues and the skills necessary to solve problems associated with environmental pollution.

What is Environmental Engineering?

Penn State's Environmental Engineering Minor is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This minor is designed to provide students in engineering, science, and other majors with a comprehensive study of environmental issues and the skills necessary to solve problems associated with environmental pollution. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the requirements of the minor.

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Environmental engineers use principles from engineering, chemistry, biology, and geology to solve environmental problems. Relevant issues include water treatment and remediation, waste disposal, air pollution, and energy production. Students enrolled in the minor may select from a suite of classes that develop the fundamental skills needed to address these problems.

Entrance to Minor

For entrance into the minor, students must be at least fifth-semester standing and have completed:

CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

The minor consists of 18 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 level.

Requirements for the Minor

2 credits of engineering design are included.

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
CE 370Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Chemistry and Biological Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Engineering Elements of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology for Engineers
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I
Process Engineering
Select 0-3 credits of the following:0-3
Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems
Introduction to Material Balances
Principles of Energy Engineering
Elements of Mineral Processing
Design Principles of Reactor Systems
Applied Fluid Mechanics
Select one of the following:3
Mechanics of Fluids
Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Open Channel Hydraulics
Process Fluid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics in Energy and Mineral Engineering
Fluid Flow
Introduction to Micrometeorology
Nuclear Reactor Core Design Synthesis
Environmental Sciences and Design
Select 6-9 credits of the following:6-9
Microbiological Engineering
Land-Based Waste Disposal
Environmental Engineering Capstone Design
Water Quality Chemistry
Solid and Hazardous Wastes
Environment Chemistry: Atmosphere
Introduction to Combustion
Air Pollutants from Combustion Sources
Contaminant Hydrology
Pollution Control in the Process Industries
Legal Aspects of Resource Management
Resource Systems Analysis
Case Studies in Ecosystem Management
Stream Restoration
Wetland Conservation
The Chemistry of Fuels
Indoor Air Quality Engineering
Fundamentals of Air Pollution
Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Radiological Safety
Radioactive Waste Control
Remediation of Contaminated Soils

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.


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Career Paths

Graduates work in a variety of fields to develop solutions for challenges in design, construction, research, and education. Engineering graduates work in the public sector for government agencies or in the private sector at consulting or construction firms. Some engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, while others pursue careers in design, construction, or education.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A graduate degree in environmental engineering gives students a stronger foundation that helps prepare them to apply their skills across a broad range of disciplines in both academia and industry. If you wish to develop and expand your expertise, you will have ample opportunity to do so here. Our first-rate faculty collectively possess a deep and broad range of knowledge that provides an ideal environment for interdisciplinary work. Whether your passion calls you to start your own business, pursue the next ground-breaking innovation, or help solve a humanitarian crisis, our graduate degree programs can take you closer to your goals.



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