EWES Undergraduate Specialization

Civil and environmental engineers are increasingly being called upon to develop solutions to society’s growing energy needs and its intersection with water and the environment. Developing sustainable engineered processes and systems for the exploration, production, delivery and use of energy requires knowledge and skills that cut across traditional areas of civil engineering as well as related areas of engineering and science.

This specialization is intended for students interested in a cross-disciplinary civil and environmental engineering education emphasizing scientific principles, engineered processes, and systems analyses necessary to address challenges related to society’s growing energy needs and its nexus with water and the environment. Engineers with this specialization will be ready to work in a variety of capacities, including performing energy/water footprint analyses of engineered processes and infrastructure, designing more energy- and water-efficient green building systems, developing more sustainable processes and systems for fossil fuel and renewable energy exploration, production and delivery, and incorporating sustainability principles and life cycle analyses within the civil engineering design process.

Primary in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability

Math and Science Electives

  • Required: ME 300 (or CHBE 321)

Civil Engineering Core Courses

  • Required: CEE 340 Energy and Global Environment
  • Recommended: CEE 330, CEE 350

Advanced Technical Courses

  • Required: CEE 493 Sustainable Design of Engineered Technologies. Either CEE 498SIS (Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems) or CEE 498SCM (Sustainable Construction Management)
  • Recommended: CEE 498SIS, CEE 424, ENG 471, ABE 436, ME 400, ARCH 441, NPRE 402, NPRE 475, CEE 437, 446, CEE 449, CEE 450, CEE 452, CEE 453, CEE 457, CEE 434

Secondary in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability

Civil Engineering Core Courses

  • Required: CEE 340 Energy and Global Environment

Advanced Technical Courses

  • Required: CEE 493 Sustainable Design of Engineered Technologies. One course from the recommended list
  • Recommended: CEE 498SIS (Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems), CEE 424. (Sustainable Construction Management), ABE 436, ARCH 441, NPRE 437

Prerequisite structure for advanced courses in this field