The core curriculum for environmental engineering is similar to civil engineering; however, the last two years of the program focus strictly on environmental courses. Students are required to take courses in air pollution control engineering; water and wastewater engineering, and solid and hazardous waste management. Students also choose two upper division Professional Electives in their preferred area of emphasis.
CEES has developed an innovative two semester capstone sequence. The first course in the sequence (Professional Practice) covers a lot of the non-technical issues associated with environmental engineering practice (e.g., professional registration, ethics, and environmental regulations); the second course (Environmental Capstone) focuses on a real world environmental engineering problem. The students are assembled into multi-disciplinary teams with environmental science students. The teams are structured to simulate a typical environmental consulting firm. The student teams address a real-world environmental problem and their work is evaluated by practicing engineers and scientists. One past capstone class undertook a study of mine water discharge to develop a passive treatment system located in the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Okla.
The Environmental Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).