Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers uphold the dual goals of minimizing our impact on the local, regional, and global environment and concurrently improving our standard of living. In this role of preserving environmental and public well-being, environmental engineers face unique issues and must have a strong background in the earth sciences to understand complex environmental problems and then pose and design appropriate engineering solutions. As problem solvers for something as diverse as “the environment,” environmental engineers also need to understand the most current technologies used in practice and have a desire to maintain a high level of learning in this rapidly evolving field.

Drinking water and wastewater treatment are cornerstones of the environmental engineering field, and students' education in these areas is thorough. Turning river, lake, or even sea water into drinking water requires a unique expertise because each water source offers distinctive challenges. Air pollution is a growing concern on scales ranging from the global atmosphere to the indoor environment. From a fundamental understanding of the chemistry and dynamics of air pollution, students learn how human activities degrade air quality and also how to evaluate and design control technology to reduce emissions from industry and other sources. The geology of a location greatly impacts its water resources, and comprehension of hydrogeology is important to an environmental engineer. The amount and quality of water a geologic formation can produce can influence and limit development of a region. Subsurface hydrology can be the most critical aspect in remediation of contaminated groundwater. Sustainable infrastructure, in therms of energy and environment, is yet another challenge that environmental engineers will have the opportunity to address in their careers.

The environmental engineering work place is diverse. Consulting firms represent a large portion of the work force and many specialize in areas of drinking water and wastewater treatment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state departments of natural resources, departments of health, and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense all have positions that require a wide array of skills and expertise.

The courses and skills learned as an undergraduate student also provide preparation for graduate studies and advanced leadership roles. Many specialized positions require a graduate education. Within the Missouri S&T environmental engineering program, elective courses include topics such as water and wastewater; geo-environmental; air pollution and control; environmental chemistry and processes; and environmental microbiology and processes. Some courses are required in each of these areas to provide breadth, which allows graduates to interact with the wide range of professionals in this particularly interdisciplinary field. Project teams may include health care professionals, city planners, developers, and all types of engineers. Additionally, the ever-developing field of environmental engineering is saturated with legal issues, many of which are yet to have precedents or legal statutes established.

Many courses include laboratory exercises in the environmental engineering program laboratories in the Civil Engineering Building. In addition to teaching laboratories, the laboratory facilities include a pilot-scale unit-operations laboratory, temperature control facilities, a roof-top greenhouse, and state of the art analytical facilities. Undergraduate-level research is encouraged and promotes participation in environmental research carried out, largely in the Environmental Research Center. In summary, the diverse curricula, interdisciplinary faculty, and superb facilities afford students an excellent opportunity for an unparalleled education and prepare them for a bright future of solving tomorrow’s problems in environmental engineering.

Mission Statement

The environmental engineering program will prepare students for a career in the global, interdisciplinary field of environmental engineering and for life-long development in the profession. The program's fundamental base in biological and earth sciences and development of specific engineering application skills prepares graduates to approach unique, atypical problems with a true problem-solving approach, develop solutions to benefit society and the environment, and promote these solutions.

Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Consistent with the mission statement, graduates of the Missouri S&T environmental engineering program will demonstrate, within a few years of graduation:

  1. professional development,
  2. technical competency,
  3. responsibility and knowledge of leadership,
  4. an ability to communicate effectively,
  5. an ability to work in teams, and
  6. a holistic view of problems within their field.

Program Outcomes

Consistent with the program educational objectives listed above, the Missouri S&T environmental engineering program graduates will have:

  1. ability to apply knowledge of mathematics including differential equations, probability and statistics, sciences including physics, chemistry, biology, and geology, and engineering fundamentals including fluid mechanics
  2. ability to outline and conduct experiments in sciences and in at least two environmental engineering areas
  3. ability to carry out the design of an integrated system and its various components and processes for an environmental engineering project
  4. effective communication in multi-disciplinary environments
  5. ability to identify, evaluate, and solve environmental engineering problems
  6. understanding of the responsibility of environmental engineers to practice in a professional and ethical manner at all times
  7. ability to communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphic forms
  8. ability to provide leadership when working in multi-disciplinary teams
  9. understanding of the potential impacts of engineering solutions on society and the environment
  10. understanding of the need for up-to-date engineering tools acquired through life-long learning
  11. knowledge of contemporary issues related to environmental engineering
  12. environmental engineering project management skills and design techniques
  13. proficiency as demonstrated by problem solving in at least four environmental engineering areas
  14. ability to explain environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and associated environmental health impacts

Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science

Entering freshmen desiring to study environmental engineering will be admitted to the Freshman Engineering Program. They will, however, be permitted, if they wish, to state a environmental engineering preference, which will be used as a consideration for available freshman departmental scholarships. The focus of the Freshman Engineering program is on enhanced advising and career counseling, with the goal of providing to the student the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the choice of a major.

For the bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering a minimum of 128 credit hours is required. These requirements are in addition to credit received for algebra, trigonometry, and basic ROTC courses. An average of at least two grade points per credit hour must be attained. At least two grade points per credit hour must also be attained in all courses taken in environmental engineering.

Each student's program of study must contain a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in general education and must be chosen according to the following rules:

  1. All students are required to take one American history course, one economics course, one humanities course, and ENGLISH 1120. The history course is to be selected from HISTORY 1200, HISTORY 1300, HISTORY 1310, or POL SCI 1200. The economics course may be either ECON 1100 or ECON 1200. The humanities course must be selected from the approved lists for art, English, foreign languages, music, philosophy, speech and media studies, or theater.
  2. HISTORY 2510 or HISTORY 3530  is required.
  3. The remaining two courses are to be chosen from the list of approved humanities/social sciences courses and may include one communications course in addition to ENGLISH 1120 .
  4. Special topics and special problems and honors seminars are allowed only by petition to and approval by the student's department chair.

The environmental engineering program at Missouri S&T is characterized by its focus on the scientific basics of engineering and its innovative application; indeed, the underlying theme of this educational program is the application of the scientific basics to engineering practice through attention to problems and needs of the public. The necessary interrelations among the various topics, the engineering disciplines, and the other professions as they naturally come together in the solution of real world problems are emphasized as research, analysis, synthesis, and design are presented and discussed through classroom and laboratory instruction.

Freshman Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
FR ENG 110021MECH ENG 17203
CHEM 1310
CHEM 1319
5MATH 12154
MATH 12144PHYSICS 11354
ENGLISH 11203General Education Elective16
General Education Elective13 
 16 17
Sophomore Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CIV ENG 22003CIV ENG 22103
MATH 22224CIV ENG 22111
ENV ENG 260133MECH ENG 23502
CHEM 1320 or GEOLOGY 34103CHEM ENG 21003
BIO SCI 11133ENV ENG 26023
 PHYSICS 21354
 16 16
Junior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
ENV ENG 361533ENV ENG 56193
ENV ENG 36033STAT 31133
CIV ENG 333023CHEM ENG 21103
MATH 33043ENV ENG Technical Elective5,63
GEO ENG 11503Communications Elective73
 15 15
Senior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CIV ENG 44483ENV ENG 409733
ENV ENG 401031ENV ENG Depth Elective4,53
CIV ENG 33344ENV ENG Depth Elective4,53
ENV ENG Air Pollution Elective4,63ENV ENG Technical Elective5,63
HISTORY 2510 or 35303ENV ENG 46091
ENV ENG Depth Elective4,53General Education Elective13
 17 16
Total Credits: 128

All general education electives must be approved by the student's advisor. Students must comply
with the general education requirements with respect to selection and depth of study. These requirements are specified in the current catalog.


A grade of 'C' or better required to satisfy graduation requirements


Existing CIV ENG course that is cross-listed as ENV ENG course.


Choose 3 of the following: ENV ENG 5640, ENV ENG 5630, ENV ENG 5650, ENV ENG 5670, ENV ENG 5605, ENV ENG 5660, ENV ENG 5662 or GEO ENG 5331. One class may not be used to fulfill both the air pollution requirement and a depth elective.


A grade of 'C' or better may be required in ENV ENG technical and depth elective prerequisite courses. Refer to the Missouri S&T undergraduate catalog for this prerequisite information.


Select technical electives from approved list. A maximum total of 6 credit hours of independent study (ENV ENG 5000 or ENV ENG 4099) can be used as depth or technical electives in the B.S. environmental engineering curriculum.


Choose 1 of the following: CIV ENG 2003, ENGLISH 1160, ENGLISH 3560, or SP&M S 1185

Note: All environmental engineering students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to graduation. A passing grade on this examination is not required to earn a B.S. degree, however, it is the first step toward becoming a registered professional engineer. This requirement is part of the Missouri S&T assessment process as described in assessment requirements found elsewhere in this catalog. Students must sign a release form giving the university access to their Fundamentals of Engineering Examination score.

Environmental Engineering Depth Electives

The following classes may be used to fulfill the three depth elective courses required for the B.S. in environmental engineering:

ENV ENG 5640Environmental Law And Regulations3
ENV ENG 5630Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater And Soil3
ENV ENG 5650Public Health Engineering3
ENV ENG 5670Solid Waste Management3
ENV ENG 5605Environmental Systems Modeling3
ENV ENG 5642Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water, and Materials3
ENV ENG 5665Indoor Air Pollution3
ENV ENG 5660Introduction To Air Pollution3
ENV ENG 5662Air Pollution Control Methods3
GEO ENG 5331Subsurface Hydrology3

One class may not be used to fulfill both the air pollution requirement and depth elective.

Environmental Engineering Technical Electives

The following classes may be used to fulfill the two technical elective courses required for the B.S. in environmental engineering:

CIV ENG 5331Hydraulics Of Open Channels3
CIV ENG 5335Water Infrastructure Engineering3
CIV ENG 5446Management Of Construction Costs3
CIV ENG 5360Water Resources And Wastewater Engineering3
CIV ENG 5744Geosynthetics in Engineering3
CHEM ENG 5340Principles Of Environmental Monitoring3
GEO ENG 3148Fundamentals Of Geographic Information Systems3
GEO ENG 3175Geomorphology And Terrain Analysis3
GEO ENG 5233Risk Assessment In Environmental Studies3
GEO ENG 5235Environmental Geological Engineering3
GEO ENG 5239Groundwater Remediation3
GEO ENG 4276Environmental Aspects Of Mining3
PET ENG 32103
GEOLOGY 3410Introduction To Geochemistry3
GEOLOGY 4451Aqueous Geochemistry3
CIV ENG 5662/​ENV ENG 5662Air Pollution Control Methods3
CHEM 3410Chemical Thermodynamics I3
CHEM 373
CHEM ENG 3120Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CHEM ENG 3100Chemical Engineering Fluid Flow3
CHEM ENG 3110Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer2
CHEM 1550Elementary Quantitative Chemical Analysis2
CHEM 2210Organic Chemistry I4
BIO SCI 2223General Genetics3
BIO SCI 2263Ecology3
BIO SCI 5313Pathogenic Microbiology3
BIO SCI 3253
BIO SCI 4323Molecular Genetics3
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
BIO SCI 4383Toxicology3

ENV ENG 2001 Special Topics (IND 0.0-6.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.

ENV ENG 2601 Fundamentals Of Environmental Engineering and Science (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)

Course discusses fundamental chemical, physical, and biological principles in environmental engineering and science. Topics include environmental phenomena, aquatic pollution and control, solid waste management, air pollution and control, water and wastewater treatment systems, sustainability and life cycle analyses. Prerequisites: Chem 1310, Chem 1301, or Chem 1351; Math 1214, Math 1212, or Math 1208. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 2601).

ENV ENG 2602 Biological Fundamentals Of Environmental Engineering (LEC 3.0)

Introduction to the function of organisms related to environmental engineering. The course focuses on both the application of organisms to removing contaminants and the effects of contaminants on organisms. Prerequisites: Bio Sci 1113 and preceded or accompanied by Civ/Env Eng 2601. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 2602).

ENV ENG 3001 Special Topics (IND 0.0-6.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.

ENV ENG 3603 Chemical Fundamentals Of Environmental Engineering (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)

Introduction to the key chemical and physical concepts integral to environmental systems and processes. This course provides a fundamental background in those chemical and environmental engineering principles that are common to all environmental engineering disciplines. Prerequisites: Chem 1320 or Geology 3410; Physics 1135, Math 2222.

ENV ENG 3615 Water And Wastewater Engineering (LEC 3.0)

A study of the engineering design principles dealing with the quantity, quality and treatment of water, and the quantity, characteristics, treatment and disposal of wastewater. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2601 and at least junior standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 3615).

ENV ENG 4010 Senior Seminar: Engineering In A Global Society (RSD 1.0)

Discussion of contemporary issues: public safety, health, and welfare; the principles of sustainable development; lifelong learning; impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal and political context; relationships with owners, contractors, and the public; public service; the Code of Ethics; and the Missouri licensing Statutes and Board Rules. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng and Arch Eng 4010).

ENV ENG 4097 Senior Design Project (LEC 3.0)

Open-ended design projects involving one or more areas of engineering. Planning design projects, philosophy of design, and application of engineering principles to design problems. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 4448 or Arch Eng 4448. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 4097 and Civ Eng 4097).

ENV ENG 4099 Undergraduate Research (IND 0.0-6.0)

Designed for the undergraduate student who wishes to engage in research. Not for graduate credit. Not more than six (6) credit hours allowed for graduation credit. Subject and credit to be arranged with the instructor.

ENV ENG 4609 Research in Environmental Engineering (LEC 1.0)

Students will investigate cutting edge research in the environmental engineering field including experimental studies, current environmental policy changes, and international environmental issues. Investigation to include live research seminars, reading current literature, and/or laboratory experimentation. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ENV ENG 5000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)

Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department.

ENV ENG 5001 Special Topics (LEC 0.0 and LAB 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.

ENV ENG 5070 Teaching Engineering (LEC 3.0)

Introduction to teaching objectives and techniques. Topics include: using course objectives to design a course; communication using traditional and cutting-edge media; textbook selection; assessment of student learning; grading; student learning styles; cooperative/active learning; and student discipline. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (Co-listed with Eng Mgt 5070, Comp Eng 5070, Elec Eng 5070, Civ Eng 5070).

ENV ENG 5360 Water Resources And Wastewater Engineering (LEC 3.0)

Application of engineering principles to the planning and design of multipurpose projects involving water resources development and wastewater collection/treatment/disposal systems. Latest concepts in engineering analysis are applied to evaluation of alternative solutions. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3333, 3335, 3615. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5360).

ENV ENG 5605 Environmental Systems Modeling (LEC 3.0)

Introductory course in modeling environmental systems. Course will focus on contaminant fate and transport in the environment. Models will be developed that will include physical, chemical and biological reactions and processes that impact this fate. Prerequisites: Env Eng/Civ Eng 2601, Env Eng/Civ Eng 2602 and Env Eng/ Civ Eng 3603; or Graduate standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5605).

ENV ENG 5619 Environmental Engineering Design (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Functional design of water and wastewater facilities and other environmental cleanup systems. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3615 or Env Eng 3615. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5619).

ENV ENG 5630 Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater And Soil (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)

Course covers current in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies. Current literature and case studies are utilized to provide the focus for class discussions and projects. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3615, Geo Eng 5237 or Graduate Standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5630).

ENV ENG 5635 Phytoremediation and Natural Treatment Systems: Science and Design (LEC 3.0)

Students learn the scientific basics of chemical transport in soil and groundwater and learn fundamental plant physiology and processes. Students then learn how these processes are utilized in design of phytoremediation and natural treatment systems, including the most up to date literature and design guidance available. Prerequisite: Env Eng 3615 or Civ Eng 3615 or graduate standing. (Co-list with Civ Eng 5635).

ENV ENG 5640 Environmental Law And Regulations (LEC 3.0)

This course provides comprehensive coverage of environmental laws and regulations dealing with air, water, wastewater, and other media. The primary focus is permitting, reporting, and compliance protocols. The course topics include U.S. and international legal systems and judicial processes, liability, enforcement, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (NPDES) permitting), Safe Drinking Water Act, OSGA, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA. Case studies will be emphasized. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5640).

ENV ENG 5642 Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water, and Materials (LEC 3.0)

This course will examine the concepts regarding the continued advancement of humankind while maintaining our ecological niche on earth. Key topics include: population growth, poverty, and impacts of development; energy consumption, sources, storage, conservation and policy; water quality and quantity; materials and building; and policy implications. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5642 and Arch Eng 5642).

ENV ENG 5650 Public Health Engineering (LEC 3.0)

A comprehensive course dealing with the environmental aspects of public health. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2601 with grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5650).

ENV ENG 5660 Introduction To Air Pollution (LEC 3.0)

Introduction to the field of air pollution dealing with sources, effects, federal legislation, transport and dispersion and principles of engineering control. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3330 or equivalent; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5660).

ENV ENG 5662 Air Pollution Control Methods (LEC 3.0)

Study of the design principles and application of the state-ofthe-art control techniques to gaseous and particulate emissions from fossil fuel combustion, industrial and transportation sources. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3330 or equivalent; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5662).

ENV ENG 5665 Indoor Air Pollution (LEC 3.0)

By developing a practical understanding of indoor air pollution sources, physics, chemistry and consequences, students will learn how radon, cigarette smoke, VOCs from furnishings, and so forth affect indoor air quality and apply engineering analyses to specify ventilation rates, choose furnishings and minimize occupant exposure to pollutants. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2601 or Mech Eng 5571 or Graduate Status. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5665 and Arch Eng 5665).

ENV ENG 5670 Solid Waste Management (LEC 3.0)

A systematic study of the sources, amounts and characteristics of solid wastes and methods used for their collection, reclamation, and ultimate disposal. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2601 with grade of "C" or better; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Civ Eng 5670).

Joel G Burken, Curators Distinguished Professor1,5
PHD University of Iowa

Mark W Fitch, Associate Professor
PHD University of Texas-Austin

Felix Wilfredo Flechas, Lecturer
MS University of Colorado Boulder

Melanie R Mormile, Professor
PHD University of Oklahoma, Norman

Glenn Morrison, Professor1
PHD University of California-Berkeley

Daniel B Oerther, Professor1,5
PHD University of Illinois-Urbana

Jianmin Wang, Associate Professor1
PHD University of Delaware

David J Wronkiewicz, Associate Professor
PHD New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Superscripts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the faculty listing refer to the following common footnotes:
1 Registered Professional Engineer
2 Registered Geologist
3 Certified Health Physicist
4 Registered Architect
5 Board Certified, American Academy of Environmental Engineers
6 LEED AP Certified