Department of Environmental & Sustainable Engineering


Yanna Liang, Ph.D., Utah State University (Chair)
Sukanta Basu, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Assistant Professors
Md Aynul Bari, Ph.D., University of Stuttgart, Germany
Rixiang Huang, Ph.D., Baylor University
Kyoung-Yeol Kim, Ph.D., Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Yaoze Liu, Ph.D., Purdue University
Weilan Zhang, Ph.D., Texas A & M University

Professor of Practice
Paul Millard, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Adjunct Professors
Samir Salamah, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
John D. Paccione, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Joseph N. Dana, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
H├ęctor Rodriguez, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Environmental & Sustainable Engineering is a discipline that builds on knowledge, discovery, and information from math and basic sciences to solve critical environmental problems at the national and global scales. Basic sciences, such as chemistry, biology, physics, atmospheric science, social science, economics, geography and planning, and political science provide a solid foundation for this multidisciplinary engineering program. Standing on this broad foundation, faculty and students in this program are able to tackle traditional environmental problems associated with air pollution and prevention, water and wastewater treatment and reuse, water resource management, soil and groundwater clean-up, and hazardous waste remediation.

In addition, the Environmental & Sustainable Engineering distinguishes itself from conventional Environmental Engineering by having a serious emphasis, long-term vision, and deep commitment to sustainable engineering. In particular, this program aims to address global environmental issues, provide sustainable designs for natural and engineered environments, and promote sustainability in all areas related to the environment and human health.

Students enrolling in this Environmental & Sustainable Engineering program will be equipped with a strong foundation in this broad discipline, state-of-the-art technologies for solving environmental problems using sustainable approaches, and skills for lifelong learning. In addition, this curriculum gives students experiences in teamwork, leadership development, and opportunities to improve their oral, written, and visual skills. Graduates from this program are highly sought after for careers in industry, consulting, and government at local, state and federal levels. Some graduates may enter academia and research organizations if they pursue graduate studies beyond the Bachelor of Science. Prepared and educated by this program, graduates will embark on a journey that solves challenging problems facing the environment, human health, and the society; a career that actively pursues sustainability through critical thinking and innovative solutions; and a life that diligently serves the local community and society through integrity, professional excellence, and humility.

Course Progression Restrictions
Students must complete A MAT 113 with a C or better to register for I ESE 201. Students must complete A MAT 112 and A CHM 115 or A CHM 120 with a C or better to register for I ESE 221. Students must complete A MAT 113 and A CHM 116 or A CHM 121 with a C or better to register for I ESE 301. Students must complete A CHM 115 or A CHM 120 with a C or better to register for I ESE 381.

Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Environmental & Sustainable Engineering

General Program B.S. (combined major and minor sequence) a minimum of 107 credits as follows:

Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Core (44 credits):
I ESE 110 Introduction to Engineering (2)
I ESE 201 Statics (3)
I ESE 202 Strength of Materials (3)
I ESE 221 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering (3)
I ESE 301 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (3)
I ESE 321 Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design (3)
I ESE 332 Air Quality Modeling (3)
I ESE 351 Fluid Mechanics (3)
I ESE 381 Energy Engineering (3)
I ESE 411 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3)
I ESE 412 Advanced Wastewater Engineering (3)
I ESE 431 Air Pollution Control (3)
I ESE 451 Water Resources Engineering (3)
I ESE 471 Hazardous Waste Management (3)
I ESE 497 Senior Capstone Design (3)

Environmental Sciences (6 credits):
A ATM 210 Atmospheric Structure Thermodynamics, and Circulation (3)
A ENV 250 Sustainable Development (3)

Environmental Health Sciences (6 credits):
H SPH 321 Global Environmental Issues (3)
H EHS 560 Sustainability, Green Design and Public Health (3)

Computer Engineering (8 credits):
I ECE 141 Introduction to Programming OR I CSI/I ECE 201 Introduction to Computer Science (4)
I CSI/I ECE 210 Discrete Structures (4)

Math and Science (34 credits):
A MAT 112 Calculus I (4)
A MAT 113 Calculus II (4)
A MAT 214 Calculus Several Variables (4)
A MAT 215 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
A MAT 370 Probability and Statistics (3)
A CHM 120 General Chemistry I (3)
A CHM 124 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
A CHM 121 General Chemistry II (3)
A CHM 125 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
A BIO 130 General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (3)
A BIO 201 Introduction to Biological Investigations (1)
A PHY 140 or 142 Physics: 1: Mechanics (3)
A PHY 145 Physics Lab I (1)

Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Electives (a minimum of 9 credits):
A ATM 200 Natural Disasters (3)
A ATM 301 Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology (3)
A ATM 304 Air Quality and Air Pollution Policy (3)
A ENV/A ATM 315 Environmental Statistics and Computation (4)
A GOG 496/A USP 456 Geographic Information Systems (3)
A USP 452 CADD in Planning (3)
H SPH/H EHS 323 Environmental Laboratory Perspectives in Public Health (3)
H EHS 520 Principles of Environmental Chemistry (3)
I ESE 302 Intro to Engineering Graphics (3)
I ESE 452 Groundwater Hydrology (3)
I ESE 498 Independent Research in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (1-3)