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.

Ethical Inquiry (EI): Effective with students matricularing in Fall 2014, or later, the EnvE requires an EI code be possessed by one unit out of the 34 units required for the BSE degree. Students who matriculated before Fall 2014 do not have an EI code requirement.

CEE Undergraduate Handbook

The CEE Undergraduate Handbook (2016-17) contains much of the information on these webpages--and additional information not found on these pages.

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Degree Enhancements

Typical Course Sequence

This plan outlines a student's typical path to graduation by semester. 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. Work closely with your adviser.

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

***Matriculation in Fall 2016, or Later***

First-year

Fall Spring
Calculus I
MATH 111L(31L) (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L(32L) (#2)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L(53L)
Mechanics
PHYSICS 151L(61L) (#4)
Chemistry
CHEM 101DL(31L) (#3)
Engineering the Planet
EGR 190
Writing
WRITING 101 (20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)
Writing
WRITING 101(20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)

Sophomore

Fall Spring
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212(103)
Linear Algebra
MATH 216(107)
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L(62L) (#4)
Dynamics
EGR 244L(123L)
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L(75L)

Uncertainty, Design & Optimization
CEE 201L(130L) (#10)
or
elective

Natural Science elective elective 
CE Applied Skills
CEE 205(100) (0.5 unit)
Engineering Communication
EGR 206(150) (0.5 unit)

Junior

Fall Spring
Differential Equations
MATH 353(108)
Soil Mechanics
CEE 302L(139L)
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L(122L) (#9)
Biological Principles
CEE 462L(124L) 
Chemical Principles
CEE 461L(120L) 
Probability & Statistics
STA 130(113)
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305(115) (#10)
or
elective
elective
elective  elective 

Senior

Fall Spring
Water Resources
CEE 463L(123L) 
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469(193) 
Environmental Transport Phenomena
CEE 560(208) 
elective 
elective elective
elective   

***Matriculation PRIOR to Fall 2016***

First-year

Fall Spring
Calculus I
MATH 111L(31L) (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L(32L) (#2)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L(53L)
Mechanics
PHYSICS 151L(61L) (#4)
Chemistry
CHEM 101DL(31L) (#3)
Natural Science elective
Writing
WRITING 101 (20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)
Writing
WRITING 101(20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)

Sophomore

Fall Spring
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212(103)
Linear Algebra
MATH 216(107)
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L(62L) (#4)
Dynamics
EGR 244L(123L)
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L(75L)

Uncertainty, Design & Optimization
CEE 201L(130L) (#10)
or
elective

Intro. Environmental Engineering
CEE 160L(24L) (#6)
elective 
CE Applied Skills
CEE 205(100) (0.5 unit)
Engineering Communication
EGR 206(150) (0.5 unit)

Junior

Fall Spring
Differential Equations
MATH 353(108)
Soil Mechanics
CEE 302L(139L)
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L(122L) (#9)
Biological Principles
CEE 462L(124L) 
Chemical Principles
CEE 461L(120L) 
Probability & Statistics
STA 130(113)
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305(115) (#10)
or
elective
elective
elective  elective 

Senior

Fall Spring
Water Resources
CEE 463L(123L) 
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469(193) 
Environmental Transport Phenomena
CEE 560(208) 
elective 
elective elective
elective   
  • #1 AP credit for MATH 21(31) may be used to satisfy the MATH 111L(31L) requirement.
  • #2 AP credit for MATH 22(32) may be used to satisfy the MATH 112L(32L) requirement. If AP credit for 21(31) but not 22(32) then take MATH 122L(41L) in first-year Fall.
  • #3 CHEM 101DL(31L). AP credit (i.e., CHEM (20)18 or 21(19)) may be used to satisify this requirement.
  • #4 To satisify the PHYSICS 151L(61L) & 152L(62L) requirement at least one of 151L(61L), 152L(62L), 153L(63L), or 264(143), (or, with approval, PHYSICS 361(181), 362(182), or 363(176)) must be taken at Duke. In particular, if AP credit for both 25(61) & 26(62) then take 153L(63L) or 264(143) (or, with approval, 361(181), 362(182), or 363(176)), or waive AP credit for 26(62) by taking 152L(62L). If AP credit for 25(61) is waived by taking 151L(61L) then AP credit for 26(62), if earned, is also waived.
  • #6 CEE 160L(24L) may be replaced with an upper-level E/W 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 (100- or 200-level in the old course numbering system).
  • #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(20) must be taken in the fall or spring of the first year.
  • #9 Although MATH 353(108) may be taken concurrently it is recommended that MATH 353(108) be completed prior to taking Fluid Mechanics, CEE 301L(122L).
  • #10 Note that you must take either CEE 201L (spring only) or EGR 305 (fall only)

 Electives

Five (5) Humanities and Social Science (HSS) 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

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) EnvE Environmental Science elective.

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

CHEM 201DL (151L)

Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 202L (152L) Organic Chemistry II
CEE 563 (240) Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds
CEE 566 (250) Environmental Microbiology 
CEE 661L (239L) Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
CEE 666 (235) Aquatic Geochemistry
ENV 543A (243) Environmental Biochemistry: Respiratory Proteins and the Environment
ENV 382LA (183L) Marine Molecular Ecology
ENV 383LA (184L) Marine Molecular Microbiology
ENV 573A (225) Coastal Ecotoxicology and Pollution

One (1) EnvE Transport elective.

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

CEE/BME 307 (207)  Transport Phenomena: Biological Systems 
CEE 569 (229) Intro to Atmospheric Aerosols 
CEE 581 (245)  Pollutant Transport Systems
CEE 683 (227)  Groundwater Hydrology 
CEE 684 (224)  Physical Hydrology, Hydrometeorology 
EOS 272A (122)  Analysis of Ocean Ecosystems
EOS 315 (115)  Waves, Beaches, and Coastline Dynamics
EOS 323 (123)  Hydrogeology 
ENV 369LA/EOS 273LA (114L)  Biological Oceanography
ENV 370A (170)  Introduction to Physical Oceanography
ENV 535 (235)  Air Quality Management 
ENV 585A  Fisheries Ecology

One (1) EnvE Unit Operation & Design elective.

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

CEE 315 (185)  Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community
CEE 571 (249)  Control of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
CEE 575 (247)  Air Pollution Control Engineering
CEE 671 (243)  Physiochemical Unit Operations in Water Treatment
CEE 672 (248)  Solid Waste Engineering
CEE 685 (246)  Water Supply Engineering Design
EGR 424L (190L)  Energy & the Environment Capstone

One (1) unrestricted elective.

This elective is 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(122L)) to Sophomore Spring. Note that CEE 301L(122L) has co-requisites of MATH 353(108) and EGR 244L(123L), which are easily met if you have AP credit for MATH 21(31).
  • CEE 301L(122L) will need to be offered on Tu-Th mornings in Spring semesters.
  • Move systems optimization & economics (EGR 305(115))--if this option is being taken--to Senior Fall.
  • Move chemical processes (CEE 461L(120L)) to Senior Fall.

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