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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Degree

At MSU, each environmental engineering student takes required courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics as well as appropriate courses in the humanities and social sciences. The math and science courses provide the foundation for basic engineering courses. These basic courses include a two-course introductory sequence to engineering, an introduction to civil engineering, engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics, biology, and chemistry. Once this broad background is established, students may select one of two major tracks within environmental engineering (see below) as an emphasis. Alternatively, they may select the general track and design their own specialization based on personal interest and with approval by the department. Graduates with the bachelor's degree in environmental engineering are qualified to enter directly into the profession or go on to graduate study.

The Environmental Engineering B.S. degree program will seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700.

MSU is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

The program is designed to provide students with both depth and breadth in environmental engineering. The three major tracks (or areas) within civil engineering at MSU are:

  • The geoenvironmental track is designed for students who wish to extend their core training in the design of treatment and remediation processes to include landfill design, soil remediation, and solid waste management.
  • The water resources track prepares students who are interested in enhancing their understanding of natural earth processes to prepare for work on water supply, management of surface and groundwater resources, and water pollution.
  • The general track is designed for students who to tailor their program to their personal interests in environmental science and engineering.


Admission to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering formally occurs after a selection of preparatory courses is completed with a satisfactory gradepoint average. Students can also be admitted to the department as either a current MSU student in another major or a transfer student from another institution if specific admissions criteria have been successfully satisfied.

The homepage of the College of Engineering's undergraduate studies is a good place to check for general information regarding other engineering majors and programs and specific requirements for admission and graduation. There are also links to general information about the university, including transfer information. Finally, admissions information can be checked directly.

Program Requirements (B.S. ENE)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers BS degrees is civil engineering and environmental engineering. The environmental degree program includes core courses in statics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, biology, and chemistry. It also specialized courses in water and waste water treatment, air pollution, and hydraulics. For the complete environmental engineering program description and sample program click here. For advice or to plan your program, contact the undergraduate advisor for environmental engineering, Dan King.

Environmental Engineering Courses

Environmental engineers need to be skilled in a variety of environmental engineering sub-disciplines to become licensed professional engineers. Courses taught by the faculty in our department emphasize such areas as water resources, environmental chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, and air pollution.

General Civil Engineering

Water Resources

Geotechnical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Complete course listings and descriptions can also be viewed at the "on-line" schedule book.


Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824