Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Inspire and develop Cadets, Faculty, and Staff regarding current Environmental Issues and potential solutions through outstanding teaching and scholarship in a professional and collegial environment.


Droplet Impact Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering is the application of engineering principles to improve and maintain the environment for the protection of human health and at-risk ecosystems. In the past, environmental engineers worked to provide clean drinking water, safely manage wastes, and clean the air we breathe.  Today, environmental engineers still do all that while leading interdisciplinary teams who are crafting solutions to the planet's greatest challenges, which stem from producing energy and food for our ever-increasing world population.

Notable Points about an EV Engineering Major:

  • The West Point Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • You will be on track for licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) with the successful completion of this major.
  • You may earn an Army Additional Skill Identifier (N4 or W4) as an Environmental Engineer upon commissioning
  • This major prepares you to identify and address infrastructure needs and environmental policy shortfalls at home and overseas.
  • We have an honors program for cadets with high GPAs who want to do their own research.

Complete the 24-course core curriculum

Complete the following courses:
  • EV301  Environmental Science for Engineers and Scientists
  • EV394  Hydrology/Hydraulic Systems
  • EV396  Environmental Biological Systems
  • EV397  Air Pollution Engineering
  • EV401 Physical and Chemical Treatment
  • EV402  Biochemical Treatment
  • EV481  Water Resources Planning and Design
  • EV488  Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Remediation
  • XS391 Principles and Applications of Environmental Chemistry
Complete one EV Engineering Directed Elective:
  • CE380 Hydrology/Hydraulic Design
  • EE301 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • EM381 Engineering Economy
  • EV398 Geographic Information Systems
Choose two EV Engineering Field Electives:
  • EV377  Remote Sensing
  • EV380  Surveying
  • EV398 Geographic Information Systems
  • EV489a Advanced Individual Study I
  • EV489b Advanced Individual Study II
  • EV498 Advanced Geographical Information Systems
  • CE350  Infrastructure Engineering
  • CH363 Separation Processes
  • CH364 Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • EE301 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • CE371  Soil Mechanics/Foundation Engineering
  • CE380  Hydrology/Hydraulic Design
  • CE450  Construction Management
  • CE472 Advanced Soil Mechanics/Foundational Engineering
  • CH362  Mass and Energy Balances
  • EM381  Engineering Economy
  • EM411  Project Management
  • MC300  Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
  • MC312  Thermal-Fluid Systems II
  • MC364  Mechanics of Materials
  • MC380  Engineering Materials
  • ME370  Computer Aided Design
  • ME472  Energy Conversion Systems
  • ME480 Heat Transfer
  • SE301 Foundational Eng. Design & Systems Management
  • SE385  Decision Analysis
  • XE442  Alternative Energy Engineering
Complete one General Elective:
  • CH275 Biology
  • CH375 Advanced Biology
  • CH383 Organic Chemistry I
  • DS350 Persuasive Communications
  • EV310 Aquatic Science
  • EV377 Remote Sensing
  • EV378 Cartography
  • EV387 Meteorology
  • EV388A Physical Geology
  • EV388B Geomorphology
  • EV391A Principles of Land Use Planning and Management
  • EV391B Natural Hazards and Risk
  • EV399A Geology Field Course
  • EV450 Environmental Engineering for Community Development
  • EV482 Military Geography
  • EV485 Special Topics in Geography and Environment
  • LW473 Environmental Law
  • LW481 International Law
  • MA376 Applied Statistics
  • MA386 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MA391 Mathematical Modeling
  • MA488 Special Topics in Mathematics
  • PY329 Topics in Ethics
  • PY350 Philosophy of Science
  • SE375 Statistics for Engineers
Complete the following Complementary Support Courses:
  • PH206:  Physics II
  • MA366:  Applied Engineering Math
  • MC311: Thermal Fluid Systems I
Complete the following Integrative Experience Courses:
  • EV490:  Environmental Engineering Design
  • EV491:  Advanced Environmental Engineering Design

See West Point’s Course Catalog known as the "Red Book" , for full course descriptions, including ET credits per course.

Accreditation (Updated Fall 2020!)

  • The West Point Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commision of ABET,
  • Environmental Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
  • West Point Environmental Engineering Graduates:[1]
  1. are leaders of character able to
    1. develop innovative solutions to solve complex cross-disciplinary problems
    2. minimize environmental impacts
    3. inspire teams to execute projects within constraints
    4. build consensus amongst teammates when presented with diverse viewpoints including environmental issues
  2. possess professional skills enabling them to
    1. effectively communicate pertinent information, including environmental topics, to a range of audiences
    2. manage resources
    3. evaluate, mitigate, manage, and communicate risk
  3. understand the importance of continued self-development to
    1. achieve professional licensure and certification
    2. pursue continuing education and technical skill development
    3. seek formal and informal enrichment experiences including community outreach and environmental stewardship
    4. seek mentorship and mentor others
  4. internalize professional values that enable them to have
    1. continued inculcation of Army values and understanding of Army priorities
    2. the ability to analyze an engineering challenge involving conflicting ethical and professional interests and determine an appropriate course of action

[1] Attainment of PEOs is expected to occur about four years after graduation

  • ABET Student Outcomes
    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 specific 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.
  • Environmental Engineering enrollment and graduation data


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