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 130 credit hours of course work to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering (BSEE) at Lehigh. Elective courses total 36 credit hours of the BSEE degree.

Engineering majors typically complete 28-30 credits their first year. Here's what a typical civil engineering course curriculum looks like:

Freshman year, first semester (14 - 15 credits)

  • Composition and Literature (3)
  • Calculus I (4)
  • Required natural science course*
  • Engineering Computations (2) or Introduction to Engineering Practice (2)
  • Free Electives (3)

Freshman year, second semester (15 - 16 credits)

  • Composition and Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry (3)
  • Calculus II (4)
  • Required natural science course*
  • Engineering Computations (2) or Introduction to Engineering Practice (2)

*The required science courses, one taken fall semester and the other taken in spring, are:

  • Introductory Chemical Principles and Laboratory (4)
  • Introductory Physics I and Laboratory (5)

Sophomore year, first semester (17 credit hours)

  • Calculus III (4)
  • Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
  • Engineering Statics or Elementary Engineering Mechanics (3)
  • Civil Engineering Statistics (2)
  • Principles of Economics (4)

Sophomore year, second semester (18 credit hours)

  • Linear Methods (3)
  • Introduction to Physics II (4)
  • Introduction of Physics II Laboratory (1)
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering (4)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment (2)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Elective (4)

Junior year, first semester (18 credit hours)

  • Mechanics of Fluids (3)
  • Soil Mechanics (3)
  • Environmental Engineering Processes (3)
  • Material and Energy Balance of Chemical Process (3)
  • Exploring Earth (1)
  • Earth Science Requirement (3)

Junior year, second semester (17 credit hours)

  • CEE Planning and Engineering Economics (3)
  • Hydraulic Engineering (3)
  • Environmental Water Chemistry (3)
  • Unit Ops Survey (3)
  • Enviro-Geo-Hydraulics Lab (2)
  • Environmental Biology Requirement (3)

Senior year, first semester (17-18 credit hours)

  • Professional Development (2)
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3)
  • Environmental Case Studies (3)
  • Approved Elective (3)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Elective (3/4)
  • Free Elective (3)

Senior year, second semester (15-17 credit hours)

  • Environmental Engineering Project (3)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Electives (6-8)
  • Approved Electives (6)

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