Feb 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Engineering, B.S.


(120 units)


The Environmental Engineering degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers within the environmental engineering field. The program builds upon a strong foundation of biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering science to prepare environmental engineers with a broad portfolio of expertise in water quality and management, pollution mitigation control, air quality control, renewable energy sources, as well as knowledge of environmental policies and regulations who will be able to serve industrial and government needs. The program includes fundamental courses and laboratories in environmental engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. Students will be able to explore specialized areas within environmental engineering by selecting elective courses during their senior year.

Admission Requirements

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a ‘pre-major’ status (i.e., Pre-Environmental Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that evaluate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Environmental Engineering must also meet similar major-specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Environmental Engineering major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower- division courses with a minimum grade of “C” prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower-Division Major Requirements:

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written and Oral Communication

Degree Progress

First-Time Engineering freshmen pre-major and transfer students must complete the Engineering Degree Progress Requirements within their first academic year. At the end of the second full semester, typically Spring, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor from the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional Semester to complete. Such students must submit a Degree Progress Extension Petition with the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

  • First-Time Freshmen: A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
  • Transfer Students: A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.

All Engineering Majors:

All Engineering majors are expected to make satisfactory degree progress by completing attempted units, limiting repeats/withdrawals, satisfying critical benchmark courses in a timely manner, and maintaining minimum 2.0 Overall and Major GPAs. Degree Progress is monitored for all undergraduate students each semester. Petitions to attempt a course for the third time are only considered in extenuating circumstances. Students who are not making satisfactory degree progress as described above will have a hold on their registration and are required to meet with their advisor to develop an academic plan. Failure to satisfy the academic progress requirements will result in the student being disqualified from the major.

Course Requirements


A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all of the courses required for the major. A minimum of 120 units is required for the Bachelor’s Degree.

Take six units of electives from one of the following focus areas: