Environmental Engineering (Minor)

Environmental Engineering (Minor)

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What is environmental engineering?

In the environmental engineering minor, you’ll form an understanding of engineering practices that support Earth’s ecosystems, which humans rely on for natural resources, sustenance and pleasure. You’ll receive a comprehensive introduction to protecting ecosystems, infrastructures and the environment from human impacts and natural disasters.You’ll also learn about safeguarding environmental and public health from natural and man-made threats such as chemicals and pathogens in drinking water. Combine this minor with a major in the physical sciences, engineering, government, law or business to enhance your future career or graduate studies.

Why study environmental engineering at UNH?

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge necessary to have a productive career that contributes to sustainable societies. In this program, faculty know each student’s name, and they provide the tools to help every student succeed. Students in the environmental engineering program work on interdisciplinary teams to deliver real-world solutions that increase the sustainability and resilience of human societies.The Coastal Response Research Center and Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards, the New England Water Treatment Technology Assistance Center, and the UNH Stormwater Center all offer dynamic environmental research, testing and educational facilities at UNH.

Potential career areas

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Federal agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • State and local government


Paula Mouser

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-3275
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall, Rm 130A, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The environmental engineering minor is intended primarily for students in engineering and physical sciences who are not in the chemical, civil, or environmental engineering degree programs. Students contemplating such a minor should plan on a strong background in the sciences and mathematics (including differential equations).

The minor provides a comprehensive introduction to major areas of interest in environmental protection through the three required courses. Further breadth in environmental engineering or depth in specific areas can be attained through the choice of appropriate elective courses.

The minor requires a minimum of five courses, as follows:

CEE 620Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering4
CEE 705Introduction to Sustainable Engineering3
CEE 731Advanced Water Treatment Processes4
or CEE 721 Environmental Sampling and Analysis
A minimum of two elective ENE courses.

Choice of elective courses should be made in consultation with the minor area advisor, Nancy Kinner. Students normally start this program in the junior year and should declare their intention to enter the program as early as possible during the sophomore year. During the final semester, students must apply to the dean to have the minor appear on the transcript.

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