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  • Environmental Engineering

    Environmental engineering applies engineering and scientific principles to protect and preserve human health and the environment. It embraces broad environmental concerns, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, groundwater protection and remediation, water resources and management, environment policy, radiological health, environmental biology and chemistry, systems ecology, water and wastewater treatment and wetlands ecology.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
    • Hours for the Degree: 128
    • Minor: No
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    All students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (the first exam for a professional engineering license) before graduation.

    Qualified students are encouraged to undertake masters and doctoral studies to broaden their employment opportunities.

    Students with pre-medical interests can satisfy admission requirements for medical school with this program and a judicious selection of electives; however, total credits will exceed 128. Pre-med students must work with an adviser. Students from other departments can take courses in environmental engineering sciences if they have taken the prerequisites.

    Educational Objectives

    Program graduates will continue to learn, develop and apply their knowledge and skills to identify, prevent, and solve environmental problems. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
    • Obtaining and maintaining a Professional Engineering License
    • Admission to graduate school including medical and law school
    • Enrollment in continuing education and professional short courses

    Program graduates will have careers that benefit society as a result of their educational experiences in science, analysis and design, as well as in their social and cultural studies. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Employment in an engineering or related technical capacity
    • Active participation in professional organizations
    • Providing community service

    Program graduates will communicate and work effectively in all work settings including those that are multidisciplinary. Evidence of achievement of this objective includes one or more of the following:

    • Publication in journals and other media
    • Presentations at technical conferences or other forums
    • Teaching
    • Meaningful contributions to engineering or related reports
    • Assignments as a task or team leader
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    The department is committed to providing quality educational programs in environmental science and engineering. It conducts a nationally recognized environmental research program to contribute substantially to the benefit Florida, the nation and the earth. The department also provides authoritative guidance to individuals and organizations to prevent and to solve local, state, national and global environmental problems.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
    • Complete 1 of 8 critical tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals: CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals

    Semester 5

    • Complete the remaining critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts, including withdrawals
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    If you do not place out of ENC 1101, take it in the first semester.
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (GE-P)
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 (GE-P)
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    ENC 3254 Professional Communication for Engineers (GE-C; grade of C or better required) 3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    EES 4203 Phase Partitioning in the Environment 4
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics 3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory 1
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization or
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
    CGN 3710 Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering or
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering
    EMA 3010 Materials 3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    EES 4201 Water Chemistry 3
    EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics 2
    ENV 3040C Computational Methods in Environmental Engineering 3
    ENV 4041C Environmental Analysis 3
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    CWR 3201 Hydrodynamics 4
    EES 4102 Wastewater Microbiology 2
    ENV 4101 Elements of Atmospheric Pollution 3
    ENV 4514C Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
    Total 12
    Semester 8 Credits
    ENV 4121 Air Pollution Control Design 3
    ENV 4351 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 4
    ENV 4501 Environmental Hydrology 1 3
    ENV 4561 Hydraulic Systems Design 3
    Total 13
    Semester 9 Credits
    ENV 3930 Environmental Engineering Ethics Seminar 1
    ENV 4506 Environmental Hydrology 2 3
    ENV 4601 Environmental Resources Management 2
    Technical electives * 6
    Total 12
    Semester 10 Credits
    EES 4102L Environmental Biology Laboratory 1
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology 2
    ENV 4612 Green Engineering Design and Sustainability 3
    Technical electives * 6
    Total 12

    * Any EES/ENV course not specified above (except EES 3000) can be counted as a technical elective. One must be a capstone design course chosen from the list below.

    ENV 4353 Solid Waste Systems Design 3
    ENV 4432 Potable Water System Design 3
    ENV 4532 Wastewater System Design 3
    ENV 4913 Integrated Product and Process Design 2 - Environmental Engineering Sciences * 3

    * By application only. The sequence of ENV 4912 and 4913 counts as a technical elective and the capstone design. Both courses must be completed to receive credit.

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majors: environmental-engineering