Environmental Engineering, BSEnvE

Throughout the world, environmental engineers play a key role in defining the future of sustainable cities and communities. Creating innovations and designing systems that ensure clean and healthy environments are some of the greatest collective challenges of our time. Revolutionary strategies and designs are needed to create symbiosis between our natural and manmade environments.

Using new and advanced technologies, environmental engineers must address the world’s growing challenges, including engineering sustainable strategies coupled with the development of devices and tools to better predict and address environmental needs to provide clean environments and planning green infrastructure in conjunction with the natural environment for a changing planet. 

With a solid foundation in engineering, chemical, biological, and ecological principles, Northeastern's environmental engineering students learn how to tackle interconnected challenges as they relate to water, energy, air quality, and related fields. Understanding these complex interactions, particularly as they impact our built and natural environments, is embodied in our program through a holistic educational approach. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum required in CIVE and ENVE courses


Complete 65 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Engineering
CIVE 2221
and CIVE 2222
Statics and Strength of Materials
and Recitation for CIVE 2221
CIVE 2260
and CIVE 2261
Civil Engineering Materials
and Materials and Measurements Lab
CIVE 2331Fluid Mechanics4
CIVE 2334Environmental Engineering 14
CIVE 2335Environmental Engineering Chemistry4
CIVE 3430Engineering Microbiology and Ecology4
CIVE 3435Environmental Pollution Fate and Transport4
CIVE 4534
and CIVE 4535
Environmental Engineering 2
and Lab for CIVE 4534
CIVE 4765Senior Design Project—Environmental5
CIVE 5300Environmental Engineering Laboratory4
GE 3300Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability4
Environmental Engineering Technical Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
Organic Pollutants in the Environment
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policymaking
Environmental Protection and Management
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Hydrologic Engineering
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:1
Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
CIVE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
CIVE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from the following course will apply to the professional development area:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Supporting Courses: Mathematics/Science

Complete 33 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Science Elective (Earth)
Complete one of the following:4-5
Global Climate Change
Environmental Geology
Oceans and Coasts
Dynamic Earth
History of Earth and Life
Earth Materials
Global Oceanic Change
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the mathematics/science requirement:3
Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Writing Requirement and NUpath Courses

A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
NUpath Requirements through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Required General Electives

Complete six academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.24

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

134 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4MATH 23414Vacation0Co-op0
CIVE 22214CIVE 20001  
CIVE 22220CIVE 23314  
CIVE 22604CIVE 23354  
CIVE 2261 (AD)1GE 33004  
CIVE 23344   
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CIVE 34304General elective4Co-op0
 CIVE 34354General elective4 
 ENVE technical elective4  
 Science elective (Earth)4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CIVE 30001General elective4Co-op0
 CIVE 34644General elective4 
 CIVE 45343  
 CIVE 45351  
 ENGW 3302 (WD)4  
 ENVE technical elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0CIVE 4765 (EI, WI, CE)5  
 CIVE 53004  
 ENVE technical elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 13414MATH 2321 (FQ)4General elective4Vacation0
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc. AB (MATH1341—Calculus 1–4 SH)
PHYS 1151 (ND)3General elective4 
MATH 1342 (FQ)4PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
CHEM 11514PHYS 11531  
CHEM 11530GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 10001General elective4  
GE 15014   
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414CIVE 20001General elective4Co-op0
CIVE 22604CIVE 23314General elective4 
CIVE 22611CIVE 23354  
CIVE 22214GE 33004  
CIVE 22220ENVE technical elective4  
CIVE 23344   
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CIVE 34304Science elective (Earth)4Co-op0
 CIVE 34354General elective4ENGW 3302 (WD)4
 CIVE 34644 
Students will need to take Advanced Writing in the Professions online during this co-op
 CIVE 45343  
 CIVE 45351  
 0 16 8 4
Year 4
Co-op0CIVE 30001  
 CIVE 4765 (EI, WI, CE)5  
 CIVE 53004  
 ENVE technical elective4  
 ENVE technical elective4  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 134