Environmental engineers provide the knowledge, leadership and guidance needed to improve the quality of the natural world and ensure its sustainability. From the water we drink and the air we breathe, to the soil that produces our life-sustaining vegetation, environmental engineers play a major, and increasingly proactive, role in today's society. As an environmental engineer, you investigate the prevention and control of pollution of all kinds in efforts to deal with global climate change.
As an environmental engineering student at Clarkson, you learn how to develop and implement technologies to solve problems, like meeting clean water supply needs and protecting public health. Other areas of interest and study include addressing the air pollution issues of acid rain, global warming, and reducing pollution, all while maintaining or improving the quality of life we enjoy.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
School of Engineering Common First-Year Curricula
All students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) take courses that are part of a common curricula during the first year. Therefore, students may defer the selection of a major field of study until the sophomore year. Beginning with the junior year, a significant amount of specialized material is incorporated into each curriculum. In the senior year, coursework is concentrated in the student’s chosen field. Courses in humanities and social sciences are taken throughout the 4-year program as part of the Clarkson Common Experience.
During the first year, students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) must complete the following courses:
General Chem I
General Chem II
Introduction to Engineering Use of the Computer
Engineering & Society
Students majoring in environmental engineering are required to complete the following courses:
Introduction to Engineering Design
Geographical Information Systems
Water Resources Engineering I
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Water & Wastewater Treatment Design
Senior Design (Water Resources, Environmental)
Organic Chemistry I
Economic Principles & Engineering Economics
Elementary Differential Equations
Probability & Statistics
Students are required to complete the following professional experience:
The following are electives students are required to complete for the environmental engineering major.
Core Professional Courses
Students must include three of these courses: CE482/582 Environmental Systems Analysis Design (2), CE486 Industrial Ecology (1), ES432 Risk Analysis (1.5) and CE481 Hazardous Waste Management Engineering (2.5).
Students majoring in environmental engineering will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward professional electives.
Earth Science Elective
Students must take one earth science elective: CE435/535 Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry; CE315 Geology for Engineers (1), ES426 Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering and Policy; or CE477 Atmospheric Chemistry.
Students must take one chemistry elective: CM241 Organic Chemistry or CM221 Spectroscopy.
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in environmental engineering will have 9 credit hours available to use toward additional Knowledge Area/University Course Electives. ES110 Engineering & Society and EC350 Economics Principles & Engineering Economics are Knowledge Area courses that are included in the required courses. Students must take an additional three Knowledge Area courses.