Environmental Engineering | LSU Majors

Environmental Engineering

You want to address environmental challenges such as waste disposal, recycling, pollution control, and public health using the principles of engineering, biology, chemistry, and soil science.

About Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering at LSU will provide you with a unique learning opportunity. Due to Louisiana’s economic activity from the Mississippi River, our unique coast and soil, the array of industry present here, and environmental challenges, such as hurricanes and storm surges, you will have a canvas like no other to research and practice. Environmental engineers are not only concerned with local and regional issues, but work on problems of global significance, including the world water and sanitation crisis, the impacts of population growth, and climate change. They are responsible for municipal water supply and wastewater treatment in urban and rural areas. Environmental engineers also work to reduce risk from hazardous materials in the environment by designing safe disposal and remediation methods for contaminated soil, sediment, and water. Specialization tracks include sustainability, coastal engineering, and a “flex” track, which allows students to tailor their focus to meet individual career goals. Graduates pursue careers in governmental organizations, nonprofits, and industry, or they may serve as external consultants for any of these entities.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU. 


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Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Environmental ENGR Environmental ENGR I Chemical Equilibrium and Kinetics of Environmental Processes Design of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Systems
Biology I Environmental ENGR II Global Issues with Environmental ENGR Senior Design I
Biology I Lab Environmental ENGR III Environmental Transport Processes Senior Design II
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Environmental ENGR Design Methods Water Quality Analysis Laboratory Unit Operations Lab
General Chemistry I Statics Water and Wastewater Treatment Environmental ENGR Elective
General Chemistry II Fluid Mechanics Water Resources ENGR Environmental ENGR Elective
General Chemistry Lab Organic Chemistry Quantitative Water Management Hydrology
General Geology: Physical Physics II: Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves, Modern Physics Fluid Mechanics Lab Ground Water
Calculus I Elementary Differential Equations Geotechnical ENGR Lab Intro to Industrial Pollution Control
Calculus II Intro to Statistical Analysis Geotechnical ENGR I (Soils) General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: English Comp I General Ed: English Comp II Economics General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: Arts   General Ed: Humanities  
    General Ed: Social Sciences  




Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.Ev.E., Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Agriculture:  Medium Intensity
  • Electives:  Low Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Low Intensity
  • Science:  Low Intensity
  • Visual Art:  Low Intensity
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