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Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
(239) 590-7390

Environmental Engineering involves the application of engineering principles to the design and development of systems, processes, and tools needed for the protection of the environment, human health, and natural ecosystems in order to foster sustainable development. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.) emphasizes municipal, natural, and industrial environments with focus on the core competency areas of water and wastewater treatment, water resources engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, and air and water quality control. This program employs a team-based interdisciplinary learning philosophy. This approach provides students with knowledge for leadership in sustaining our world and with the critical thinking skills required for effective and innovative engineering practice with particular emphasis on technologies needed to solve problems related to water, soil, and air pollution and resource recovery and re-use. B.S. Env.E. students complete core courses common to the other engineering majors as well as specialized courses in environmental engineering.

The Environmental Engineering Program of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University will produce graduates who:

  • Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advanced degrees in environmental engineering or other related fields,
  • Progress to professional registration, and
  • Continue to develop professionally through participation in professional organizations and/or participation in professional development activities in the industry.

Program Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal acceptance into a U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) major. As pre-majors, students may enroll in:

  • Lower level (1000-2999) courses to satisfy General Education and Common Program Prerequisite requirements;
  • Lower level electives; and
  • EGS 1006L  from the Engineering Common Core courses, if course pre-requisites are met.

Pre-majors may not enroll in Engineering Common Core classes beyond EGS 1006L without first being admitted to an Engineering Major or in any upper level (3000-4999) Required Courses for the Major without meeting the course pre-requisites and prior approval, where appropriate, by the WCE Academic Advisor.

Admission to Florida Gulf Coast University does not guarantee acceptance into a WCE major. Students are accepted into a WCE major upon satisfaction of the following:

  1. Admission to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing.
  2. Attendance at a Freshman Transition Workshop or Transfer Student Orientation session.
  3. Completion of Calculus I with a grade of C or higher.  Exceptions may be made for AP\IB credit with approval of the WCE Academic Advisor.
  4. Submission of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering Application for Acceptance into a Major upon completion of the above steps 1 through 3 before the start of registration in any given semester.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
    1. Communication (6 hrs)
      1. Select ENC 1101 (3)
      2. Select ENC 1102 (3)

    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
      1. Select MAC 2311 (4)
      2. Select STA 2037 (3) or STA 2023 (3)

    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
      1. Select HUM 2510 (3)

    4. Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)

    5. Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
      1. Select BSC 1010C (4)
      2. Select CHM 1046C (4)

        Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately

  2. Common Program Prerequisites (GEP +23)
    • CHM 1045C General Chemistry w/Lab I (4)
    • CHM 1046C General Chemistry w/Lab II (GEP)
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I w/Analytical Geometry (GEP)
    • MAC 2312 Calculus II w/Analytical Geometry (4)
    • MAC 2313 Calculus III w/Analytical Geometry (4)
    • MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3)
    • PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)
    • PHY 2049C General Physics w/Lab II (4)

  3. Engineering Common Core (10 hrs)
    • EGM 3420C Engineering Mechanics (4)
    • EGS 1006L Intro to the Engineering Profession (1)
    • EGN 1041C Computational Tools for Eng (2)
    • EGN 3641C Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)

  4. Required Courses in the Major (53-54 hrs)
    • CCE 4031 Project Planning & Regulations (3)
    • CGN 3323C Surveying and Geomatics (3)
    • CWR 3201C Engineering Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • CWR 3202C Hydrology and Hydraulics (3)
    • CWR 4540C Water Resources Design (3)
    • EES 3204C Environ Chem for Engineers (3)
    • EGN 3343C Thermodynamics (3)
    • ENV 3006C Fundamentals of Environ Engrg (3)
    • ENV 3502C Water Treatment Engineering (3)
    • ENV 4101C Atmospheric Pollution (3)
    • ENV 4330C Hazardous Waste Remediation (3)
    • ENV 4351 Solid Waste Management (3)
    • ENV 4509C Wastewater Engineering (3)
    • ENV 4612 Sustainability in Engineering (3)
    • ENV 4891 Envir Engr Senior Design (3)
    • XXX XXXX Restricted Elective (3)*

      • Select one of the Following:
        • GLY 1000C Physical Geology (4)
        • GLY 2030C Environmental Geology (3)
        • GLY 4074C Meteorology & Climatology (3)

      • Select one of the Following:
        • EVS 4814C Environmental Toxicology (3)
        • MCB 3652C Environmental Microbiology w/lab (3)
        • MCB 2010C Microbiology with Lab (4)

          *Restricted Elective can be any ENV, EES, CEG, CWR, CES, EVS, TTE Engineering course or with approval of the advisor in consultation with the faculty, any other course with majority technical content relevant to the Environmental Engineering major, such as EVR 4034C Environmental GIS.

  5. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Unrestricted Electives (varies)
    • EGN 2111C Engineering Computer Graphics (3) is recommended.


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • A minimum of 128 credit hours.
  • At least 48 of the 128 hours at the upper division (3000 and higher) level.
  • A minimum of 32 of the last 60 credit hours to be taken at FGCU, including 12 credit hours in the major. Also, ENV 4891C must be taken at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • A minimum grade of C for each course used to satisfy the following: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, common prerequisites, required courses in the major and technical electives in the major.
  • Satisfaction of Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement. See
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • MAC 2311: may substitute MAC X311 or MAC X281 (4)
  • MAC 2312: may substitute MAC X312 or MAC X282 (4)
  • MAC 2313: may substitute MAC X313 or MAC X283 (4)
  • CHM 1045C: may substitute CHM X045C or CHM X045 and CHM X045L or CHS X440 (4)
  • CHM 1046C: may substitute CHM X046C or CHM X046 and CHM X046L
  • PHY 2048C: may substitute PHY X048C or PHY X048 and PHY X048L or PHY X043 (4)
  • PHY 2049C: may substitute PHY X049C or PHY X049 and PHY X049L or PHY X044 (4)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Transfer credits will normally be accepted from regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credit received by The Office of Admissions will be evaluated for appropriate credit toward specific requirements in the students' degree program. Registration assistance will be provided at transfer orientation based on the evaluation of official transcripts and degree applicable transfer credit. Admitted students may view transfer credit and access a Degree Evaluation in the Student Records section of the Gulfline Accounts. Degree evaluation instructions may be found at this link:

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