Academic Catalog

Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering

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 ecosystems in order to maintain a sustainable world. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.) emphasizes both anthropogenic and natural environments with focus on the core competency areas of drinking water and wastewater treatment, water resources engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, air and water quality control and renewable and sustainable technologies. 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 solving 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 mission of the B.S.Env.E. degree program is to:

  • Produce graduates broadly educated in engineering approaches to problem identification and problem solving for a sustainable future for South Florida and beyond
  • Prepare leaders for the Environmental Engineering and related professions, professional licensure and practice, graduate and professional degrees and lifelong learning
  • Provide an interdisciplinary, student-centered learning environment that values service for our community, celebrates diversity, fosters creativity and innovation, instills ethical practice, advances sustainable solutions and trains students in collaborative and professional approaches to work effectively across engineering disciplines
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing may declare a major in engineering. All engineering majors must satisfy the academic milestones as described in the student guidebook. Refer to the B.S.Env.E. Student Guidebook for further information on milestones.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 128 credits at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service-Learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 32 of the last 60 credits, including 12 credits in the major must be completed at FGCU. Also, ENV 4891 must be taken at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an application for graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Program Prerequisites
    For this major, common prerequisite courses with an asterisk (*) require prior knowledge and skills demonstrated through degree acceleration programs (e.g., the College Board's Advanced Placement Program [AP], International Baccalaureate Program [IB], College-Level Examination Program [CLEP], Advanced International Certificate of Education Program [AICE]); dual enrollment; placement exam; or college coursework.

    FGCU Course: *CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHMX045C or (CHSX440 and CHSX440L)
    [Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

    FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or CHMX046C

    FGCU Course: *MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or MACX281
    [Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C then MAC 1147 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

    FGCU Course: MAC 2312 Calculus II (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX312 or MACX282

    FGCU Course: MAC 2313 Calculus III (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX313 or MACX283

    FGCU Course: MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: MAPX302 or MAPX305

    FGCU Course: PHY 2048 General Physics I (3) and PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: (PHYX048 and PHYX048L) or PHYX048C 

    FGCU Course: PHY 2049 General Physics II (3) and PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: (PHYX049 and PHYX049L) or PHYX049C or (PHYX044 and PHYX049L)

  3. Engineering Common Core (10 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    EGM 3420C Engineering Mechanics (4)
    EGN 1041C Computational Tools for Eng (2)
    EGN 3441C Data Sci & Eng Sys Analysis (3)
    EGS 1006L Intro to the Engineering Prof. (1)

  4. Required Courses in the Major (48 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    CCE 4031C Project Planning & Regulations (3)
    CGN 4321C GIS in Civil and Environmental (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)
    EES 4102C Wastewater Microbiology (3)
    EGN 2111C Engineering Computer Graphics (3)
    EGN 3343C Thermodynamics (3)
    ENV 3006C Fundamentals of Environ Engrg (3)
    ENV 3502C Water Treatment Engineering (3)
    ENV 4101C Atmospheric Pollution (3)
    ENV 4341C Solid & Hazardous Waste Mgmt (3)
    ENV 4509C Wastewater Engineering (3)
    ENV 4612C Sustainability in Engineering (3)
    ENV 4891 Envir Engr Senior Design (3)

  5. Restricted Electives in the Major (6 credits)

    Complete one from the following:
    GLY 1010C Physical Geology (4)
    GLY 2030C Environmental Geology (3)
    GLY 4074C Meteorology & Climatology (3)

    Complete one from the following:
    Any ENV, EES, CEG, CWR, CES, EVS, TTE prefix Engineering course or, with approval of the advisor in consultation with the faculty, any other course in math, science or related field with majority technical content relevant to the Environmental Engineering major.

  6. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  7. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 128

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