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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Course Descriptions | Program Educational Objectives | Student Outcomes

Degree Requirements | Historical Enrollment Data

The final class eligible to receive the Environmental Engineering degree will be the Class of 2016. For the Class of 2017 and beyond, many environmental engineering courses and topics will be available through the Civil Engineering Program.

At a Glanceā€¦

Contaminated water, dirty air, bulging landfills, hazardous waste disposal and contamination clean up are environmental concerns which are growing in importance each day. The entire country is recognizing the importance of cleaning up past environmental contamination and preventing future pollution from occurring. The Environmental Engineering major offers cadets a broad environmental engineering education. Cadets in this major will get an understanding of the significant environmental problems facing this country and the Air Force. Course work will include how current environmental problems were created, the impacts of existing problems, how to correct existing contamination and how to prevent future contamination from occurring.

Degree Accreditation

The Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Upon graduation you earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. A graduate with an Environmental Engineering degree is eligible for a variety of Air Force Specialties, to include civil engineer, general engineer, bioenvironmental engineer, research engineer, or rated (flying) Air Force Specialty Code.

Program Educational Objectives

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation. These are:

  1. Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    1. Rapidly acquire required knowledge.
    2. Lead others effectively.
    3. Effectively apply ethical and moral standards.
    4. Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills.
    5. Make sound decisions based on critical thinking.
    6. Communicate effectively.
  2. Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility.
  3. A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems.
  4. Success in continuing education.
  5. Success in contingency operations.

Student Outcomes

The foundation that prepares graduates for attaining the Program Educational Objectives is provided by Student Outcomes. Student Outcomes describe what students must attain prior to graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These Student Outcomes are:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

(g) an ability to communicate effectively.

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Incorporated within these outcomes, environmental engineering majors must demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental concepts of environmental engineering commonly applied to solve the types of complex, multidisciplinary problems they will face as Air Force engineers. In addition, graduates must also demonstrate design competence that includes integration of construction processes.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering requires 146 semester hours, broken down as follows:

Dean of Faculty Academic Core Courses (96 semester hours), including the following core substitutes

Required Core Substitute

Substitutes for

Mech Engr 312 - Thermodynamics

Systems Option

Math 356 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Math 300

ECE 231 - Differential Equations with Circuit Applications I

ECE 315

Core Replacement

Replaces

Civ Engr 480 - Project Management and Contract Administration

Mgt 400

Director of Athletics Core Courses (5 semester hours)

Major's Courses (45 semester hours)

Math 243 - Calculus III or (Math 253, Math 344, Math 359)
Math 245 - Differential Equations
Civ Engr 330 - Elementary Structural Analysis
Civ Engr 351 - Civil Engineering Practices - Field Engineering
Civ Engr 361 - Fundamental Hydraulics
Civ Engr 362 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Civ Engr 368 - Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
Civ Engr 369 - Introduction to Air Pollution
Civ Engr 390 - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
Civ Engr 463 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
Civ Engr 467 - Water Treatment Principles and Design
Civ Engr 468 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Facilities Design
Civ Engr 469 - Design of Air Pollution Controls
Civ Engr 405 - Civil Engineering Seminar
Engineering Option
Basic Sci Option

Engineering Option

Any course of at least three semester hours taught by the Engineering Division that has not been used to satisfy another curriculum requirement.

Basic Science Option

Any course taught by the departments listed below

Department of Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics

Additionally, Geo 310 (Geospatial Information Analysis), Geo 351 (Introduction to Physical Geography) or Meteor 320 (Introduction to Meteorology and Aviation Weather) can satisfy the Basic Science Option.

Note: Although the Department of Computer Science is part of the Basic Sciences Division, Computer Science courses cannot be taken to fulfill the Basic Science Option.

Environmental Engineering Major Historical Enrollment

Cadet Year
Total Undergrad Enrolled
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
2013 - 2014
2017
0
2016
11
2015
7
2014
11
29
Class of 2014
10
2012 - 2013
2016
0
2015
5
2014
11
2013
9
25
Class of 2013
9
2011 - 2012
2015
1
2014
11
2013
9
2012
9
30
Class of 2012
9
2010 - 2011
2014
1
2013
9
2012
8
2011
9
27
Class of 2011
9
2009 - 2010
2013
0
2012
7
2011
9
2010
9
25
Class of 2010
9

 

 

 
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