Dual Majors

Civil and environmental engineering undergraduate students have the option to pursue a dual major with biomedical engineering in both majors and both CE tracks:

  • CE-E/W + BME (below)
  • CE-S/M + EnvE (coming soon)
  • EnvE + BME (coming soon)

CE-E/W Track/Biomedical Engineering Dual Degree

The dual bachelor of science degree program in civil and environmental engineering/biomedical engineering enables students with interests in environmental and biomedical toxicology to focus on topics related to chemistry, microbiology, genetics, and their relevance to public health. This curriculum prepares students for careers related to both public health and the environmental sector by emphasizing the integration of engineering, biology and environmental sciences.

All students in this program will be advised by CEE faculty in the environmental engineering area. The CE/BME dual major incorporates the E/W track.


Completing the general and CE/BME dual requirements offer a variety of elective choices. The minimum requirements to be met in the selection of electives are provided below. When planning electives be cognizant of both pre-requisites and when the course is typically offered.

Within the units there are limits of one (1) unit of physical education activity, one (1) unit of music activity, and no (0) house courses. However, it is possible to exceed these limits with optional electives.


Five (5) Humanities and Social Science (HSS) electives.The collective requirements to be satisfied with this minimum of five courses are

  • One (1) Social Science (SS)
  • Two (2) of the three areas of knowledge: Arts, Literature, and Performance (ALP), Civilizations (CZ), and Foreign Language (FL)
  • For depth, two (2) courses must be from the same department with at least one of those two at the 100-level, or higher.
  • Limit of two (2) AP credits may be applied

One (1) CE elective. Take one of the following:

  • CEE 561(242). Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
  • CEE 562(244). Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 563(240). Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds
  • CEE 564(241). Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 571(249). Control of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
  • CEE 575(247). Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • CEE 581(245). Pollutant Transport Systems
  • CEE 661L(239L). Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
  • CEE 671(243). Physiochemical Unit Operations in Water Treatment
  • CEE 672(248). Solid Waste Engineering
  • CEE 685(246). Water Supply Engineering Design

One (1) BME Area elective. If BME 302L (202L) is taken, the Area Elective must come from the Biomaterial/Biomechanics Area. If BME 307 (207) is taken, the Area Elective must come from the Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering Area. 

One (1) Life Science elective. Must be from the BME-approved list.

Typical Course Sequence

This plan outlines a student's typical path to graduation by semester. Courses in the table are required unless noted otherwise. This table also identifies pre-requisites and co-requisites. Shifting courses to different semester should be done with caution and preplanning. Work closely with your adviser.

Courses in bold are typically only offered once a year during the semester they are shown in.

First year

Fall Spring
Calculus I
MATH 111L (31L) (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L (32L) (#2)
Chemistry I
CHEM 101DL (31L)
BIOLOGY 201L(101L)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L (53L)
PHYSICS 151L (61L) (#4)
WRITING 101 20)
elective (see above) (#7)


Fall Spring
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212(103)
Linear Algebra
MATH 216(107)
Electricity and Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L(62L) (#4)
Fund. of Elect. & Comp. Engr
ECE 110L
Solid Mechanics 
EGR 201L(75L)
EGR 244L(123L)

Quantitative Physiology
BME 244L (144L)

ME 221L(83L)
Chemistry II
CHEM 210DL (32L)
elective (see above)


Fall Spring
Differential Equations
MATH 353(108)
Probability and Statistics
STA 130(113) 
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L(122L)
Biological Processes
CEE 462L(124L)
Chemical Processes 
CEE 461L(120L)
Uncert., Design and Optimization
CEE 201L(130L)
Signals and Systems
BME 271(171) or ECE 280L(54L)
Fund. Biomech/Biomatls: BME 302L (202L) or
Transport Phenom. in Bio. Sys BME 307 (207)
Cellular and Molecular Systems
BME 260L(100L)
Biomedical Electronics II
BME 354L(154L)


Fall Spring
Water Resources
CEE 463L(123L)
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469(193)
Systems Optimization & Economics 
EGR 305(115)
elective (see above)
elective (see above) elective (see above)
elective (see above) elective (see above)
elective (see above)  

#1 AP credit for MATH 21(31) may be used to satisfy this requirement. 
#2 AP credit for MATH 22(32) may be used to satisfy this requirement. If AP credit for 21(31) but not 22(32) then take MATH 122L(41L) in Freshman Fall.
#4 As part of the PHYSICS 151L(61L) & 152L(62L) requirement at least one of 152L(62L), 153L(63L), or 264(143) must be taken at Duke regardless of AP credit. If AP credit for 141L(61) and 142L(62) then take 153L(63L) or 264(143), OR you may waive AP credit for 142L(62) and take 152L(62L) but you may NOT waive AP credit for 141L(61) and take 151L(61L) while also maintaining AP credit for 142L(62). In other words, if you waive AP credit for 141L(61) then you must take both 151L(61L) and 152L(62L) at Duke.
#7 It is advised that any electives taken in the first year advance the completion of the humanities and social science (HSS) requirements.




EGR 244L (123L) EGR 201L (75L), MATH 212 (103)
CEE 301L (122L) EGR 244L (123L) (pre- or co-req), MATH 353 (108) (pre- or co-req)
CEE 462L (124L) CEE 301L (122L)
CEE 463L (123L) CEE 301L (122L)
CEE 201L (130L) EGR 201L (75L)
CEE 469 (193) CEE 461L (120L), CEE 463L (123L), and CEE 462L (124L)
BME 260L (100L) MATH 212 (103), BIOLOGY 201L (25L) or equivalent
BME 354L (154L) (BME 253L (153L) or ECE 230L (51L)) and (BME 271 (171L) or ECE 280L (54L))
BME 271 (171L) (BME 253 (153L) or ECE 230L (51L)) and MATH 216 (107)