Departments / Environmental Engineering Sciences / EES Undergrad Student Info
Well educated graduates capable of handling the diverse problems of pollution and man's impact on the environment are in continuing demand. Safe drinking water, clean air, efficient wastewater systems, adequate refuse disposal, control of hazardous wastes (chemical, biological and radiological) and sound management of our fragile ecosystems are constant expectations. All of these issues must be addressed on a daily basis to insure a healthy environment.
The educational objectives of the undergraduate program are:
Environmental engineering sciences is a field in which engineering and scientific principles are applied to protect and preserve human health and the environment. The field embraces broad environmental concerns, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, groundwater protection and remediation, water resources and management, environmental policy, radiological health, environmental biology and chemistry, systems ecology, water and wastewater treatment, and wetlands ecology, and toxicology.
The Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The University of Florida's Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences is one of only a few programs in the nation that offer their own environmentally oriented engineering degree. It has its own full-time faculty, and occupies three buildings that house classrooms, faculty, administration and laboratories for both teaching and research.
At the undergraduate level, the Environmental Engineering program provides students with excellent engineering and sciences fundamentals specifically focusing on the principles of water supply treatment and distribution; wastewater collection, treatment and disposal; air pollution control; environmental resources, economics and policies, green engineering, and environmental sciences.
Career opportunities for graduates of the Environmental Engineering Sciences program are extensive. A major factor in attracting students to this field is the esteem of serving society and the environment by learning the tools and techniques to balance the needs of both.
Typical areas of employment are: design and development consulting firms; engineering and construction companies; regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; service industries: water treatment, waste water treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal; research organizations: national laboratories, universities; and manufacturing industries
Our society needs individuals with an environmental engineering education. These engineering students require a basic understanding of scientific principles upon which the concepts and techniques of engineering can be built. An appreciation of the social, economic, and political factors involved in translating theory into practice is also important.
Traditionally, comprehensive education in environmental engineering sciences has been at the graduate level, although options or concentrations in this field have been offered by some engineering departments in their undergraduate curricula. Such was the case at the University of Florida until the late 1960's when the Board of Regents authorized the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Although the undergraduate curriculum is a broad-based program and does not provide for a specialty concentration, it is possible to enhance areas of special interest through the selection of electives.
Policy and Procedures
The official source of information about the University of Florida (UF) and the Department's academic program is the Undergraduate Catalog. The catalog is available on-line at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current. Rules and regulations of the College of Engineering, which apply to our students, are given in the Catalog. Questions about the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES), the B.S. degree program, or any of our procedures or policies can be addressed to the Department, in Room 217 Black Hall.
Academic Advisement and Registration
The Department is committed to proper academic advisement and can assist students at all stages of their academic program. Students should contact the Department for information about environmental engineering, the EES curriculum, or the details of admissions and transfer procedures. The Department will assign each student an advisor who will help in choosing appropriate courses.
Students will be assigned an advisor once they declare a major in environmental engineering and are admitted to the Department. Students are expected to meet with their advisor at least once per semester. In particular, students should have a course plan approved by their assigned advisor before registering. Students should make an appointment for advisement in advance of registration. Registration is accomplished via ISIS, a web based computer system.
Minimum GPA in EES Courses
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all UF courses, in all upper division courses (after student has earned 60 credits), and in all required courses (including electives) with an EES or ENV prefix taken as part of the student's formal curriculum. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all critical tracking courses. A grade of C or better is required for ENC3254 - Professional Communication for Engineers.
Students, whose Upper-Division GPA drops below 2.0 based on all courses taken after attaining 3EG status, will be placed on probation. Probationary students are required to visit the Department Undergraduate Coordinator who will devise a program of coursework with defined goals for grades. Failure to comply with the planned program will result in denial of further registration in the Department and the College. A College GPA in the range of 2.0 to 2.25 will result in a student receiving counseling as recommended by the College of Engineering.
Course Drop Policy
The Department adheres to the College of Engineering Policy on dropping courses after the drop-add period, as explained in the current Undergraduate Catalog.
Course substitutions should be requested at least one semester in advance of the semester in which a student plans to take the substitute course. Petitions are first reviewed by the advisor, and then go to the Department Petitions Committee for final action. Students can start the process by obtaining a petition form online, completing the form, and submitting it to their faculty advisor. Students should contact the Academic Office to determine the decision that was made on the petition. The University and Upper Division GPA must be at least 2.0 for petitions to be considered.
Revised March 6, 2008
Qualified students may participate in a combined BS/ME program. In this program qualified undergraduate students will be allowed to shorten the time required in their ME degree program by completing a maximum of twelve (12) credits of graduate level courses in their final semesters of their BS program. These credits will count toward satisfaction of curriculum requirements in both the BS and ME degree programs. The combined BS/ME program will provide a fast track for qualified undergraduate students to obtain both degrees, thereby allowing these students an earlier entrance to their professional careers. The program will provide incentive to encourage good undergraduate students to pursue graduate education at the University of Florida.
Students may apply for the program if their upper division GPA is 3.30 or greater after completing at least 19 credits of Department of Environmental Engineering courses (EES or ENV prefix). Acceptance into the program does not ensure acceptance into graduate school. Normal application for admission to graduate school and satisfaction of admission deadlines are necessary, and the student must complete all graduate school requirements and be accepted into graduate school in order to continue in the program at the graduate level.
The courses (maximum of 12 credits) that would be double-counted in the BS and ME programs must be graded graduate level courses offered by the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences except the following:
Graduate courses from other departments may apply only after review and approval by the Environmental Engineering Sciences curriculum committee. All special requirements of the technical electives as outlined in the undergraduate catalog (capstone design, design and laboratory experience) must also be satisfied.
Students admitted into the BS/ME program will not be eligible for teaching or research assistantships, since they would not be classified as graduate students until they receive their BS degree.
Credit for Prior Work
Credits earned at a two-year Florida community college or four-year ABET approved engineering college may be applied to a student's program if they are in appropriate courses. This should be discussed with the faculty advisor as soon as possible after entering the Department.
Student Chapters of Engineering and Professional Societies
A number of societies have student chapters at UF. Those most closely associated with EES are the Society of Environmental Engineers, Florida Water Environment Association, the Air and Waste Management Association, the American Water Works Association and the Wetlands Club. The Department has a listing of current officers who can provide membership information. Many of the groups also maintain their own Web sites; check the Student Groups page.
It is strongly recommended that students take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their last semester at UF. This is the first step in obtaining registration as a Professional Engineer (PE). The PE license is essential for most career engineering positions. The FE examination is given each April and October. Registration with the State of Florida for the FE exam is a graduation requirement.
Applications must be filed 120 days prior to the examination. Application forms can be obtained from: The Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee, FL at (850) 521-0500 or on-line at www.fbpe.org.
For more specific information contact:
University of Florida
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
217 A.P. Black Hall
P.O. Box 116450
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL. 32611-6450
Every term (including Summer), there are at least 3 holds placed on your record:
OTHER HOLDS. Additional holds can be placed on your registration and they can be for a variety of reasons. Students who have Admissions Office credential holds should be diligent about submitting the requested information in order to prevent future registrations delays.