Environmental Engineering Degree Requirements

Managing our limited natural resources and finding solutions to the planet's environmental challenges are the critical concerns of environmental engineers. Their work confronts an extensive array of local and global issues, from air pollution, access to clean water and remediation of contaminated sites to improving public health and mitigating ecological risks.

At Lehigh, readiness for the real world starts with a rich undergraduate experience. Our program delivers by bringing a multidisciplinary approach to the causes, control and prevention of actual environmental problems. Students receive rigorous training in the fundamentals of the natural sciences, mathematics, and scientific methods, coupled with complementary studies in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, the program offers four focus areas through which students can explore their interests in depth:

  • Water supply and resources management
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Waste management and environmental remediation
  • Environmental chemistry

About the Curriculum

It takes approximately 131 credit hours of course work to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering (BSEE) at Lehigh. Elective courses total 34 credit hours of the BSEE degree.

Engineering majors typically complete 30 credits their first year. Here's what a typical environmental engineering course curriculum looks like:

Freshman year, first semester (16 credits)

ENGL 1 Composition and Literature (3)
MATH 21 Calculus I (4)
CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
ENGR 5 Introduction to Engineering Practice (2)
FE Free Electives (3)

Freshman year, second semester (14 credits)

ENGL 2 Composition and Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry (3)
MATH 22 Calculus II (4)
PHY 11 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 12 Introductory Physics Laboratory I (1)
ENGR 10 Applied Engineering Computer Methods (2)

Sophomore year, first semester (17 credits)

MATH 23 Calculus III (4)
CEE 3 or    MECH 2 or 3 Engineering Statics or Elementary Engineering Mechanics (3)
CEE 12 Civil Engineering Statistics (2)
ECO 1 Principles of Economics (4)
EES 22 Exploring Earth (1)
ESR Earth Science Requirement (3)

Sophomore year, second semester (18 credits)

MATH 205 Linear Methods (3)
PHY 21 Introduction to Physics II (4)
PHY 22 Introduction of Physics Laboratory II (1)
CEE 170 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (4)
CEE 272 Environmental Risk Assessment (2)
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4)

Junior year, first semester (16 credits)

CEE 121 Mechanics of Fluids (3)
CEE 142 Soil Mechanics (3)
CEE 375 Environmental Engineering Processes (3)
CHE 31 Material and Energy Balance of Chemical Process (3)
CHM 110 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHM 111 Organic Chemistry Lab (1)

Junior year, second semester (17 credits)

CEE 202 CEE Planning and Engineering Economics (3)
CEE 222 Water Resources Engineering (3)
CEE 274 Environmental Water Chemistry (3)
CEE 275 Enviro-Geo-Hydraulics Lab (2)
EBR Environmental Biology Requirement (3)
HSS Humanities/Social Sciences Elective (4)

Senior year, first semester (17-18 credits)

CEE 203 Professional Development (2)
CEE 378 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3)
CEE 379 Environmental Case Studies (3)
AE Approved Elective (3)
HSS Humanities/Social Sciences Elective (3/4)
FE Free Elective (3)

Senior year, second semester (15-17 credits)

CEE 377 Environmental Engineering Project (3)
HSS Humanities/Social Sciences Electives (6-8)
AE Approved Electives (6)

* Must complete a CEE-approved Environmental Studies course.


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