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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 110||Chemical Principles I||3|
|MATH 141||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|PHYS 211||General Physics: Mechanics||4|
|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: Require a grade of C or better|
|CE 370||Introduction to Environmental Engineering||3|
|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|
|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|
|Introduction to Micrometeorology|
|Nuclear Reactor Core Design Synthesis|
|Environmental Sciences and Design|
|Select 6-9 credits of the following:||6-9|
|Land-Based Waste Disposal|
|Environmental Engineering Capstone Design|
|Water Quality Chemistry|
|Solid and Hazardous Wastes|
|Chemistry in the Environment|
|Introduction to Combustion|
|Air Pollutants from Combustion Sources|
|Pollution Control in the Process Industries|
|Legal Aspects of Resource Management|
|Resource Systems Analysis|
|Case Studies in Ecosystem Management|
|The Chemistry of Fuels|
|Indoor Air Quality Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Air Pollution|
|Radioactive Waste Control|
|Remediation of Contaminated Soils|
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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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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.