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First Year Undergraduate Curriculum

The freshman year curriculum is identical for most engineering undergraduate degree programs. Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Engineering with a preference for the major noted on their admissions application and follow the same first-year engineering curriculum. The entry-to-a-major (ETAM) process is designed for students to take ownership of their future to identify at least three majors that are a good match for their career goals and academic performance.

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Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

The environmental engineering undergraduate program within the department is specifically designed to educate students to solve environmental challenges facing public and environmental health, such as water treatment, waste management and climate change. The program is appropriate for those who wish to protect human health and welfare while minimizing the adverse effects of human activity on the environment. 

Our environmental engineering curriculum is unique in that it:

  • Has a specific focus on the protection of public and environmental health by solving environmental challenges
  • Showcases a broad range of coursework to pursue your specific environmental interests in natural or engineered systems
  • Is multidisciplinary in every approach, melding earth science, life science, chemistry, social science and engineering
  • Provides the tools for you to develop solutions to solve emerging and existing issues such as water treatment, climate change and other environmental challenges

To take a look at our standard curriculum, visit the Texas A&M University catalog.

The bachelor's degree program in environmental engineering began in September 2019 with a sophomore class. The department is preparing for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This process can take place after the first bachelor's degree in environmental engineering is awarded. Therefore, the ABET accreditation review is planned to take place in 2022. When ABET accreditation is granted, it is retroactive for B.S. degrees conferred within two years prior of accreditation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University is to prepare our graduates to become professional engineers and leaders in the engineering profession by providing our students with a solid education that will enable them to integrate fundamental scientific engineering principles and that will couple with the latest technological advances to facilitate the development of their problem-solving skills. Additionally, the department provides opportunities for educational enhancement through meaningful interactions with the profession.

In summary, we expect our graduates to be fully prepared for life-long learning experiences that will strengthen their abilities to successfully and effectively solve the complex engineering problems facing society.

Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate environmental engineering program within the department will produce graduates:

  • who are prepared to enter environmental engineering practice and/or continue their education through study in graduate and professional programs;
  • most of whom will become practicing environmental engineers with most of these becoming licensed professional engineers; and
  • many of whom will pursue advanced studies.

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program Student Outcomes

The student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies;
  8. an ability to use modern tools, techniques, and computation methods necessary for environmental engineering practice.