Environmental Engineering Minor | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Environmental Engineering Minor


About The Minor

Environmental engineers play an important role in designing and implementing projects that protect public health and ecosystems, and therefore play an important societal role in our highly impacted and changing world. The goal of the minor in Environmental Engineering is to educate undergraduate students in the fundamental principles of environmental engineering theory and practice, which can be applied to solving practical problems that involve evaluation and treatment of contaminated water, soils, and air. Environmental engineering is multidisciplinary, and the minor will draw students from civil, chemical and mechanical engineering majors and other engineering programs, and non-engineering students across NYU schools with acceptably rigorous mathematics and science backgrounds. This minor will help prepare students for careers working for government agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations that evaluate and design technical means of addressing environmental problems. Students with this minor may also opt for graduate study in environmental engineering or related fields. 

    Learning Objectives

    • Introduce students to the field of environmental engineering
    • Build foundational skills in mass and energy balances, reactor models, unit treatment processes, environmental chemistry and microbiology, water resource engineering, and hydrology
    • Understand current environmental challenges and environmental health risks, on local and global scales
    • Apply science and engineering principles, and knowledge of environmental regulations, to evaluate current issues in water, soil and air pollution
    • Analyze major unit processes in water, soil, and air treatment systems, and design unit operations to mitigate contaminants in the environment
    • Quantify fluid flow and contaminant transport in the natural environment
    • Enhance problem-solving capabilities and analytical reasoning skills



    Students will be expected to complete prerequisites in chemistry and fluid mechanics to enter the program.


    Minor Prerequisites:

    • CM-UY 1004 General Chemistry for Engineers or 
      CM-UY 1014 General Chemistry or 
      CHEM-UA 126 Chemistry (prerequisite CHEM-UA 125), or equivalent
    • CE-UY 2213 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics or 
      CBE-UY 3313 Transport I or
      ME-UY 3313 Fluid Mechanics or
      MATH-UA 230/ PHYS-UA 180 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics or equivalent

    Core Courses:

    • CE-UY 3223 Introduction to Environmental Engineering. 
      Existing course. Prerequisites CE-UY 2213 and CM-UY 1004 or equivalents

    • CE-UY 3233 Environmental Engineering Process Design
      New approved course – first offering Spring 2020.
      Prerequisite CE-UY 3223

    • CE-UY 3243 Water Resources Engineering. Existing course
      Prerequisite CE-UY 2213

    Electives (take two courses from the list below):

    • CE-UY 3253 Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
      New approved course. Prerequisite CM-UY 1004 or equivalent

    • CE-UY 4213 Green Infrastructure Design
      New approved course – first offering Fall 2019
      Prerequisites CE-UY 3223 and CE-UY 3243

    • CE-UY 4822 Civil Engineering Design II
      (existing course to be phased out) or
      E-UY 4823 Environmental Engineering Capstone
      Prerequisites for CE-UY 4823 are CE-UY 3233 and CE-UY 3243

    Other courses by approval of adviser. For example, engineering students will be guided to take course in the areas of policy and planning, such as ENVST-UA 422 (Science in Environmental Policy), or URB-UY323 (Planning for Healthy Cities)

    Minor Advisor, Andrea Silverman andrea.silverman@nyu.edu

    For further information see Environmental Engineering Minor Page