EnvE Degree Planning (BSE)

Requirements

The environmental engineering (EnvE) Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree requires the completion of 34 courses, comprising:

In the CEE Undergraduate Handbook you will find degree check sheets and typical course sequences that outline the degree requirements in a semester by semester format. Where the requirements below list electives you should consult the electives section below for details.

CEE Undergraduate Handbook

The CEE Undergraduate Handbook (2017-18) is a comprehensive guide and source of relevant information. The handbook is updated yearly.

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The following degree check sheets are available in the handbook, however, links are provided to these specific pages for convenience.
EnvE Degree Check Sheets:
Class of 2021 (Matriculation Fall 2017)
Class of 2020 (Matriculation Fall 2016)
Class of 2019 (Matriculation Fall 2015)
Class of 2018 (Matriculation Fall 2014)

Degree Enhancements

Typical Course Sequence (c/o 2021)

The plan provided below (applicable to students matriculating in Fall 2017) outlines a typical, semester-by-semester path to graduation. Students who have already matriculated should consult the CEE Undergraduate Handbook as degree requirements can differ by matriculation date. Courses in the table are required unless noted otherwise. Shifting courses to a different semester should be done with caution and preplanning due, in part, to pre-requisites and co-requisites.

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

First-year

Fall 2017
Spring 2018
Calculus I
MATH 111L (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L (#2)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L
Mechanics
PHYSICS 151L (#4)
Chemistry
CHEM 101DL (#3)
Engineering the Planet
EGR 190 (#6)
Writing
WRITING 101 (#8)
or
elective (#7)
Writing
WRITING 101 (#8)
or
elective (#7)

Sophomore

Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212
Linear Algebra
MATH 216
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L (#4)
Dynamics
EGR 244L
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L

Uncertainty, Design & Optimization
CEE 201L (#10)
or
elective

Natural Science elective elective 
CE Applied Skills
CEE 205 (0.5 unit)
Engineering Communication
EGR 206 (0.5 unit)

Junior

Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Differential Equations
MATH 353
Soil Mechanics
CEE 302L
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L (#9)
Biological Principles
CEE 462L
Chemical Principles
CEE 461L
Probability & Statistics
STA 130
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305 (#10)
or
elective
elective
Environmental Transport Phenomena
CEE 560
elective 

Senior

Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Water Resources
CEE 463L
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469
elective elective 
elective elective
elective   

 

  • #1 AP credit for MATH 21 may be used to satisfy the MATH 111L requirement.
  • #2 AP credit for MATH 22 may be used to satisfy the MATH 112L requirement. If AP credit for 21 but not 22 then take MATH 122L in first-year Fall.
  • #3 CHEM 101DL. AP credit (i.e., CHEM 20 or 21) may be used to satisify this requirement.
  • #4 At least one (1) physics course must be taken post-matriculation to satisfy the Physics requirement in the Engineering curriculum.  Students receiving AP credits for PHYSICS 25 and 26 must:  a) take a Duke PHYSICS course at or above PHYSICS 153L; b) decline the AP credit for PHYSICS 26 and take PHYSICS 152L; or c) decline both AP credits and take both PHYSICS 151L and 152L.
  • #6 EGR 190 may be replaced with an upper-level CEE course; if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upper-level course is a course at the 300-level or higher.
  • #7 It is advised that any electives taken in the first year advance the completion of the humanities and social science (HSS) requirements.
  • #8 WRITING 101 must be taken in the fall or spring of the first year.
  • #9 Although MATH 353 may be taken concurrently it is recommended that MATH 353 be completed prior to taking Fluid Mechanics, CEE 301L.
  • #10 Note that you must take either CEE 201L (spring only) or EGR 305 (fall only)

 Electives

Five (5) Social Science and Humanities (SS/H) electives.

These courses, from the areas of Arts, Literature, and Performance (ALP), Civilizations (CZ), Foreign Language (FL), and Social Science (SS), must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • One (1) Social Science (SS)
  • Two (2) of the three areas: ALP, CZ, and FL
  • For depth, two (2) courses must be from the same department with at least one of those two at the 200-level (100-level), or higher.
  • Limit of two (2) AP credits

EI Code requirement: Of the 34 units required for graduation, at least one of the units must possess the EI (Ethical Inquiry) code. Most likely this EI code will be possessed by one of these 5 SS/H courses.

One (1) Natural Science (NS) elective. 

This must be a biology course; this requirement is satisfied by taking one of the following courses:

BIOLOGY 201L

Molecular Biology
BIOLOGY 202L Genetics and Evolution
BIOLOGY 212L General Microbiology
BIOLOGY 275A Biology for Engineers

One (1) Engineering & Applied Science elective.

This must be a thermodynamics course; this requirement is satisfied by taking the following course:

ME 331L

Thermodynamics

One (1) Earth Science elective.

This requirement is satisfied by taking one of the following courses:

CEE 666

Aquatic Geochemistry

EOS 101

The Dynamic Earth

EOS 102

The Dynamic Oceans

EOS 201L

The Solid Earth: Minerals, Rocks, and Structural Geology

EOS 202

Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics

EOS 315

Waves, Beaches, and Coastline Dynamics
EOS 323 Hydrogeology

One (1) Upper-level Environmental elective.

This requirement is satisfied by taking one of the following courses:

CHEM 201DL
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 202L
Organic Chemistry II
CEE/BME 307
Transport Phenomena: Biological Systems 
CEE 315-60 Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental
CEE 563
Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds
CEE 564 Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
CEE 566
Environmental Microbiology
CEE 569
Intro to Atmospheric Aerosols 
CEE 581
Pollutant Transport Systems
CEE 661L
Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
CEE 666 Aquatic Geochemistry
CEE 683
Groundwater Hydrology 
CEE 684
Physical Hydrology, Hydrometeorology 
CEE 686 Ecohydrology
EGR 424L Energy and the Environment Capstone
ENV 535
Air Quality Management 

 

Two (2) unrestricted elective.

These electives are unrestricted with the exception that at most 1.0 units of physical education activity and at most 1.0 units of music activity can be used to meet BSE requirements. House courses cannot be used.

Optional electives.

Students may exceed the minimum 34 units required for the BSE degree. This may be accomplished via AP credits, overloading, and/or summer courses either at Duke or elsewhere.

Study Abroad

The CEE curriculum affords any student the opportunity to study abroad in the Junior Fall semester, with a little planning. Students are always able to pusue study abroad during the summer semester. Many popular institutions for study-abroad offer technical courses that are pre-approved for Duke CEE requirements. Alternatively, students can modify the typical course sequence in order to take humanities electives when they are abroad.

For study abroad in the Junior Fall without any engineering courses, which is not necessary depending on the institution selected, you may

  • Move fluid mechanics (CEE 301L) to Sophomore Spring. Note that CEE 301L has co-requisites of MATH 353 and EGR 244L, which are easily met if you have AP credit for MATH 21.
  • CEE 301L will need to be offered on Tu-Th mornings in Spring semesters.
  • Move systems optimization & economics (EGR 305)--if this option is being taken--to Senior Fall.
  • Move chemical processes (CEE 461L) to Senior Fall.
  • Move environmental transport (CEE 560) to Senior Fall.

To explore the opportunities for global studies visit the Office of Global Education for Undergraduates.