Environmental Engineering Educational Mission and Goals

Educational Mission of the Environmental Engineering Program

The educational mission of the Environmental Engineering undergraduate program is to prepare students to begin a research or professional practice career path in Environmental Engineering or related discipline by a three-pronged approach: (1) Fundamentals. Provide a strong educational foundation of engineering fundamentals (mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences); (2) Environmental Topics. Introduce students to land, air, and water resources; physical, chemical, and biological entities and processes important to these resources; and the legal, social, ecological, and economic frameworks within which these resources must be managed; (3) Analysis and Design. Develop analysis and design skill for land, air, and water resources that build upon Fundamentals and Environmental Topics.

Undergraduate Major in Environmental Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program will
(1) establish an Environmental Engineering career in industry,government, or academia and achieve professional licensure as appropriate;
(2) demonstrate excellence and innovation in engineering problem solving and design in a global and societal context;
(3) commit to lifelong learning and professional development to stay current in technology and contemporary issues; and
(4) take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in technical and/or managerial roles.
(Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Environmental Engineering Student Outcomes:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 3. Student Outcomes: Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs.