In the College of Engineering .
P. L-F. Liu, Director; W. D. Philpot, Associate Director; J. D. Albertson, L. Banks-Sills, P. G. Carr, E. A. Cowen, R. A. Daziano, P. J. Diamessis, C. Earls, H. O. Gao, K. Gebremedhin, J. M. Gossett, M. D. Grigoriu, D. A. Haith, D. E. Helbling, K. C. Hover, J. T. Jenkins, L. W. Lion, D. P. Loucks, G. C. McLaskey, L. K. Nozick, T. D. O’Rourke, P. M. Reed, R. E. Richardson, C. A. Shoemaker, J. R. Stedinger, H. E. Stewart, C. H. Trautmann, F.M. Vanek, D. Warner, F. Wayno, M. Weber-Shirk
Offered by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: 221 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-3412, www.cee.cornell.edu
This major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
While it is not necessary to do so, students may focus in environmental engineering, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation, or water resource systems.
Students planning to affiliate with this major must complete ENGRD 2020 - Statics and Mechanics of Solids with at least a grade of C. It is strongly recommended that ENGRD 2020 be taken as an engineering distribution during the first semester of the sophomore year.
Engineering Distribution Courses:
Majors are required to take ENGRD 2020 - Statics and Mechanics of Solids as an engineering distribution course. For the second engineering distribution course, one of the following is recommended:
Students may substitute CHEM 2080 or CHEM 1570 for PHYS 2214 in the common curriculum. The following nine courses are required in addition to those required for the Common Curriculum.
Include a set of two major-approved electives, one capstone design and two design electives from a list of approved courses that is available in Hollister 221. In addition, students must complete one technical communications course from among the courses designated ENGRC or approved communications courses. If the technical communications course also fulfills another requirement (liberal studies, major approved elective, etc.), then an additional advisor-approved elective must be taken. Students must also complete an additional science course beyond the science requirements in the common curriculum. This course may be selected from a list available in Hollister 221 or approved by petition.
a MAE 2030 should be taken in sophomore year, CEE 4780 should not be taken until third or fourth year.
b ENGRD 3200 can be used to satisfy an ENGRD requirement. If a student elects to use this course as a second distribution course, the student must take an additional major-approved elective to fulfill the core course requirements.
c ENGRD 2700 may be substituted (by petition) for CEE 3040 in the major, but only if ENGRD 2700 is taken before affiliation, or in some special cases where co-op or study abroad programs necessitate such a substitution.
d Students may substitute CEE 3720 or CEE 4710 for either CEE 3510 or CEE 3610 , if they also complete either CEE 4730 or CEE 4740 . However, CEE 3720 or CEE 4710 then counts as a core course only and not as a CEE design course or major-approved elective.
Majors in Civil Engineering are expected to meet the following standards:
- Semester GPA ≥ 2.0
- Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0
- *A semester GPA ≥ 2.0 in core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses(Tech GPA).
- No failing grades.
- 12 credit hours each semester
- At most, one grade below a C- in required core courses, design courses, major approved electives, and engineering distribution courses can count towards completion of undergraduate major.
*Grade(s) below C- in these courses beyond the first will require that the course(s) so graded be repeated. (The College of Engineering also requires that each course in the required mathematics sequence - 1910, 1920, 2930, 2940 - be passed with a grade of C- or better.)
Civil Engineering Honors Program:
The B.S. degree with honors is granted to engineering students who satisfy the requirements given on the “Undergraduate Study and Graduation Requirements ” page as well as the following requirements.
The 9 credits beyond the B.S. degree requirements shall be drawn from the following components (with no fewer than 2 credits in any selected component):
- A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a CEE faculty member using CEE 4000 - Senior Honors Thesis (1–6 credits per semester). A significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grades only.
- A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering, i.e., CEE 4010 - Undergraduate Engineering Teaching in CEE (1–3 credits per semester).
- Advanced or graduate courses at the 5000 level or above.
Students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their junior year. All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation. Students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal or greater than 3.50. Each applicant to the CEE Honors Program must have a faculty advisor or faculty member to supervise the student’s individual program. (This need not be the student’s faculty advisor.) Applications can be obtained from Hollister 221. Each program must be approved by the CEE Curriculum Committee, although the committee may delegate approval authority to the associate director for all but unusual proposals.
Offered jointly by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Contact: BEE Office, 207 Riley-Robb Hall, (607) 255-2173, or CEE Office, 221 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-3412, www.enve.cornell.edu.
Environmental Engineering is the study and practice of analyzing, designing, and managing natural and engineered systems in ways consistent with the maintenance or enhancement of environmental amenities and sustainability. It requires the ability to predict interactions and impacts among natural and engineering-system components at various spatial and temporal scales in response to alternative projects and design and management policies. It requires a thorough understanding of interactions among the natural environment, the constructed environment, and human activities.
Students matriculating in the College of Engineering (CoE) may affiliate with this major in their second year. Students matriculating in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) may enroll in this major in their first semester. This major requires that students take the following courses:
Mathematics-science core requirements:
Introduction to engineering (a): (3 Credits)
Engineering distribution courses (†):
Recommended: (3-4 Credits)
Introductory Biology: (3-4 Credits)
To satisfy the biology requirement select from:
Earth Science (one from the following list): (3-4 Credits)
Laboratory Course (one from the following list): (3 Credits)
Engineering Management: (3-4 Credits)
Technical communications course (one from the following list) (f):
Design electives (9 credit minimum):
Need a total of three (3) courses, at least one from list of capstone design courses and remainder from list of design courses (g)
Major Approved Electives (6 credit minimum):
- Two major-approved engineering electives to complete total credit requirement (h)
- First-year writing seminar (6)
- Two advisor approved electives (6)
- Liberal studies (18)
Total credits (minimum): 126
- BEE 1510 and BEE 1200 together (5 credits) satisfy the ENGRI requirement for CALS–matriculated first-year students. Students using BEE 1200 and BEE 1510 to satisfy the ENGRI requirement must make up the 2-credit difference with engineering course work. COE matriculated students must complete one ENGRI 1XXX course their first year. CALS matriculated students may complete BEE 1510 and BEE 1200 to meet the requirement..
- Students may also take BIOSM 1610 or BIOSM 1780 .
- Students using this course as a second engineering distribution must take an additional major-approved elective.
- ENGRD 2700 (f,s,3) may be accepted (by petition) to substitute for CEE 3040 if taken prior to affiliation with the Environmental Engineering major or if necessary because of scheduling conflicts caused by co-op or study abroad.
- Students may take BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures in place of CEE 4510 .
- If the course fulfilling the technical writing requirement also fulfills another requirement (e.g., liberal studies, major-approved elective), then it may be used to satisfy both requirements.
- To be chosen from a list of design courses in the Environmental Engineering Handbook.
- The list of suggested courses covers the areas of environmental engineering, hydraulics/hydrology, environmental systems engineering, geotechnical engineering, remote sensing, air pollution, and renewable energy systems. The respective lists are available in the Environmental Engineering Handbook.
Majors in Environmental Engineering are expected to meet the following standards:
- Semester GPA ≥ 2.0
- Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0
- A semester GPA ≥ 2.0 in core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses(Tech GPA).*
- At most one grade below C- can be used to fulfill the EnvE degree requirement [in the following four categories required core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses*].
- 12 credit hours each semester
- No failing grades
*Grade(s) below C- in these courses beyond the first will require that some of the courses so graded be repeated. (The College of Engineering also requires that each course in the required mathematics sequence - 1910, 1920, 2930, 2940 - be passed with a grade of C- or better.)
Environmental Engineering Honors Program:
The environmental engineering honors program consists of at least nine credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in the environmental engineering major. These nine credits must be drawn from one or more of the following categories with at least 3 credit hours in the first category:
- A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a Environmental Engineering faculty member using BEE 4990 : Undergraduate Research and BEE 4993 : Honors Thesis or CEE 4000 : Senior Honors Thesis (1 to 6 credits per semester). A significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grade only.
- A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering (i.e., Undergraduate Engineering Teaching, BEE 4980 or CEE 4010 [1 to 4 credits per semester]).
- Advanced or graduate courses at the 4000 level or above.
No research, independent study, or teaching for which the student is paid may be counted toward the honors program.
Eligibility: students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal or greater than 3.50.
Application: students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their junior year. All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation.