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EnvE Degree Planning (BSE)


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 (2021-22 v1) is a comprehensive guide and source of relevant information. The handbook is updated yearly.

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Degree Check Sheets

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 2025 (Matriculation Fall 2021)
Class of 2024 (Matriculation Fall 2020)

Class of 2023 (Matriculation Fall 2019)Class of 2022 (Matriculation Fall 2018)Class of 2021 (Matriculation Fall 2017)

Degree Enhancements

Typical Course Sequence (c/o 2025)

The plan provided below (applicable to students matriculating in Fall 2021) 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.

Course numbers in bold (e.g., CEE 132L) are typically only offered once a year during the semester they are shown in.


Fall 2021
Spring 2022
Calculus I
MATH 111L (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L (#2)
CHEM 101DL (#3)
PHYSICS 151L (#4)

WRITING 101 (#8)


Computational Methods
EGR 103L

Computational Methods
EGR 103L


WRITING 101 (#8)

Engineering Design & Communication 
EGR 101L
Engineering the Planet
CEE 132L (#6)


Fall 2022
Spring 2023
Matrices and Vectors
MATH 218-2
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 219
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L (#4)
EGR 244L
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L

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

elective elective


Fall 2023
Spring 2024
Differential Equations
MATH 353
Biological Principles
CEE 462L
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L (#9)
Data Analysis & Decision Science 
Chemical Principles
CEE 461L
ME 331L 
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305 (#10)
Environmental Transport Phenomena
CEE 560


Fall 2024
Spring 2025
Water Resources
CEE 463L
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469
elective 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 CEE 132L may be replaced CEE 205 (0.5 unit) AND an upper-level CEE course (1.0 unit); if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upper-level CEE course is a CEE course at the 300-, 400-, 500- or 600-level.
  • #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)


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:


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


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

Two (2) Upper-level Environmental electives.

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

Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
BME 307
Transport Phenomena: Biological Systems 
CEE 302L Soil Mechanics
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 661L
Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
CEE 666 Aquatic Geochemistry
CEE 667 (prereq: CEE 563 or CHEM 201D) Chemical Transformation of Environmental Contaminants
CEE 683
Groundwater Hydrology 
CEE 684
Physical Hydrology, Hydrometeorology 
CEE 686 Ecohydrology
EGR 424L Energy and the Environment Capstone
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 pursue 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.