Environmental engineers have taken an increasingly important role in activities of the world in recent years, because of the problems related to air, land, and water contamination. Environmental engineers provide treatment facilities that render industrial and human wastes free from contaminants. They design, construct, and operate systems that purify water for drinking, industrial, and recreational uses. They also develop and implement air purification devices and models that describe the transport, transportation, and removal of contaminants in the atmosphere. Solid and hazardous waste management protocols are also developed and implemented by environmental engineers. Many environmental engineers develop plans and conduct research to solve problems related to our rapidly changing technological society and expanding human population.
At the undergraduate level at the University of Illinois, environmental engineering is a specialization area for students seeking a B.S. degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. For more information about the Department, its facilities, and the general requirements for this degree, see the Civil and Environmental Engineering web pages and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Handbook, which can be obtained from the Civil and Environmental Engineering office, 1104 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. The following discussion and requirements are for guidance only --- the Handbook should be consulted for complete information.
The undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering program plan includes both Primary and Secondary areas of technical specialization.
Students whose principal interest is Environmental Engineering take this area as their area of primary specialization. Environmental Engineering is also available as a secondary area to students whose primary area is some other field in Civil Engineering.
The secondary area of specialization is composed of at least 6 hours of technical electives. The traditional secondary areas of specialization in Civil and Environmental Engineering, available to those with a primary area of Environmental Engineering, are:
Several interesting secondary areas of specialization are available outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in addition to the traditional. These non-departmental secondary areas are:
Selection of one of these special secondary areas should be done after consultation with the student's advisor. It is appropriate to plan for these secondary areas of specialization early in the undergraduate program, since several of the programs require prerequisite course work outside of the Department. The Environmental Engineering and Sciences faculty feel that the non-departmental secondaries are especially appropriate for Civil and Environmental Engineering students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in Environmental Engineering. The following is a brief outline of the principal requirements for a B.S. degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with primary specialization in Environmental Engineering.
Basic, Mathematical, and Engineering Sciences: at least six hours from the approved list. Recommended (but not required) are courses from the following:
Civil and Environmental Engineering Core Courses: at least five courses from the approved list (which includes one course from each area of Civil and Environmental Engineering).
Primary Technical Electives: at least 12 hours in the primary specialization.
Secondary Technical Electives: At least 6 hours from an approved list for the secondary area.