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See the "Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering" section of this bulletin for additional information on the department, and its programs and faculty.

The department offers a B.S. as well as a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering (see following), as well as a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Civil Engineering.

Environmental Systems Engineering (EnvSE)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Environmental Systems Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Environmental Systems Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Environmental Systems Engineering is to prepare students for incorporating environmentally sustainable design, strategies and practices into natural and built systems and infrastructure involving buildings, water supply, and coastal regions. Courses in the program are multidisciplinary in nature, combining math/science/engineering fundamentals, and tools and skills considered essential for an engineer, along with a choice of one of three focus areas for more in-depth study: coastal environments, freshwater environments, or urban environments. This major offers the opportunity for a more focused curriculum than the Environmental and Water Studies concentration in the Civil Engineering degree program. The program of study, which includes a capstone experience, aims to equip engineering students to take on the complex challenges of the twenty-first century involving natural and built environments, in consulting and industry as well as in graduate school.

Requirements

Mathematics and Science
See Basic Requirement 1 and 2 136
Technology in Society (TiS)
One 3-5 unit course required, course chosen must be on the SoE Approved Courses list at <ughb.stanford.edu> the year taken; see Basic Requirement 43-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum (see Basic Requirement 3), including:
ENGR 70AProgramming Methodology5
(or ENGR 70X)
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
Fundamental Tools/Skills 29
in visual, oral/written communication, and modeling/analysis
Specialty Courses, in either40
Coastal environments (see below)
or freshwater environments (see below)
or urban environments (see below)
Total Units96-98
Urban Environments Focus Area (37 units)
Required
CEE 100Managing Sustainable Building Projects4
CEE 101BMechanics of Fluids4
CEE 146SEngineering Economics and Sustainability3
CEE 176AEnergy Efficient Buildings3-4
Electives (at least two of the 4 areas below must be included)
Building Systems
CEE 102Legal and Ethical Principles in Design, Construction, and Project Delivery3
CEE 120BBuilding Information Modeling Workshop2-4
CEE 130Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process5
CEE 156Building Systems4
Energy Systems
CEE 107AUnderstanding Energy4-5
CEE 176B100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything3-4
ENERGY 104Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion3
CEE 173SElectricity Economics3
or
ENERGY 171Energy Infrastructure, Technology and Economics3
Water Systems
CEE 165CWater Resources Management3
or
OSPSANTG 76Urban Water (Spr 18-19 only)4
CEE 166AWatersheds and Wetlands4
CEE 166BFloods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts4
CEE 174AProviding Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3
CEE 174BWastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery3
Urban Planning, Design, Analysis
CEE 6Physics of Cities3
CEE 230Urban Development and Governance3
or
CEE 265EAdaptation to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Weather Events3
or
EARTHSYS 238Land Use Law3
CEE 177LSmart Cities & Communities3
URBANST 113Introduction to Urban Design: Contemporary Urban Design in Theory and Practice5
or
URBANST 164Sustainable Cities4-5
or
URBANST 165Sustainable Urban and Regional Transportation Planning4-5
or
URBANST 174Defining Smart Cities: Visions of Urbanism for the 21st Century3-4
Capstone (one class required)
CEE 112AIndustry Applications of Virtual Design & Construction3-4
CEE 122AComputer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction2
and
CEE 122BComputer Integrated A/E/C2
CEE 131DUrban Design Studio5
CEE 141AInfrastructure Project Development3
CEE 141BInfrastructure Project Delivery3
CEE 224XSustainable Urban Systems Fundamentals3-5
CEE 224YSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 224ZSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 226EAdvanced Topics in Integrated, Energy-Efficient Building Design3
CEE 2355
CEE 243Intro to Urban Sys Engrg3
CEE 199Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering3-4
Freshwater Environments Focus Area (37 units)
Required
CEE 70Environmental Science and Technology3
CEE 101BMechanics of Fluids4
CEE 177Aquatic Chemistry and Biology4
CEE 166AWatersheds and Wetlands4
or
CEE 174AProviding Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3
Electives
CEE 162ERivers, Streams, and Canals3
CEE 165CWater Resources Management3
CEE 166AWatersheds and Wetlands (if not counted as a req'd course)4
CEE 166BFloods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts4
CEE 166D2
CEE 230Urban Development and Governance3
or
EARTHSYS 238Land Use Law3
or
CEE 273BThe Business of Water2
CEE 174AProviding Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3
CEE 174BWastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery3
CEE 179AWater Chemistry Laboratory3
CEE 265ASustainable Water Resources Development (offered occasionally)3
CEE 265DWater and Sanitation in Developing Countries3
BIOHOPK 150HEcological Mechanics3
ESS 224Remote Sensing of Hydrology3
OSPAUSTL 25Freshwater Systems3
OSPSANTG 76Urban Water (Spr 18-19 only)4
Capstone (1 class required)
CEE 141AInfrastructure Project Development3
CEE 179CEnvironmental Engineering Design5
CEE 224XSustainable Urban Systems Fundamentals1-5
CEE 224YSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 224ZSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 2355
CEE 199Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering3-4
Coastal Environments Focus Area (37 units)
Required
CEE 70Environmental Science and Technology3
CEE 101BMechanics of Fluids4
CEE 162FCoastal Processes3
CEE 175ACalifornia Coast: Science, Policy, and Law3-4
or
CEE 162IAtmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: the Ocean Circulation3
Electives
CEE 162IAtmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: the Ocean Circulation3
CEE 166AWatersheds and Wetlands4
CEE 166BFloods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts4
CEE 230Urban Development and Governance3
or
EARTHSYS 238Land Use Law3
CEE 174AProviding Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3
CEE 174BWastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery3
CEE 175ACalifornia Coast: Science, Policy, and Law3-4
CEE 177Aquatic Chemistry and Biology4
CEE 230Urban Development and Governance3
CEE 265EAdaptation to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Weather Events3
CEE 272Coastal Contaminants3-4
BIOHOPK 150HEcological Mechanics3
BIOHOPK 163HOceanic Biology4
BIO 30Ecology for Everyone4
or
BIO 81Introduction to Ecology4
or
BIOHOPK 81Introduction to Ecology4
or
BIOHOPK 172HMarine Ecology: From Organisms to Ecosystems5
or
EARTHSYS 116Ecology of the Hawaiian Islands4
or
OSPAUSTL 10Coral Reef Ecosystems3
ESS 8The Oceans: An Introduction to the Marine Environment4
or
BIOHOPK 182HStanford at Sea (Oceanography portion)4 (only 4 units allowed to count)
EARTHSYS 141Remote Sensing of the Oceans3-4
EARTHSYS 151Biological Oceanography3-4
to be taken concurrently with
EARTHSYS 152Marine Chemistry3-4
OSPSANTG 76Urban Water (Spr 18-19 only)4
Capstone (1 class required)
CEE 126International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development4-5
CEE 141AInfrastructure Project Development3
CEE 179CEnvironmental Engineering Design5
CEE 224XSustainable Urban Systems Fundamentals3-5
CEE 224YSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 224ZSustainable Urban Systems Project3-5
CEE 2355
CEE 199Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering3-4

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

Honors Program

This program leads to a B.S. with honors for undergraduates majoring in Civil Engineering or in Environmental Systems Engineering. It is designed to encourage qualified students to undertake a more intensive study of civil and environmental engineering than is required for the normal majors through a substantial, independent research project.

The program involves an in-depth research study in an area proposed to and agreed to by a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty adviser and completion of a thesis of high quality. A written proposal for the research to be undertaken must be submitted and approved by the faculty advisor in the fourth quarter prior to graduation. At the time of application, the student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 for course work at Stanford; this GPA must be maintained to graduation. The thesis is supervised by a CEE faculty adviser and must involve input from the School of Engineering writing program by means of ENGR 202S Directed Writing Projects or ENGR 199W Writing of Original Research for Engineers. The written thesis must be approved by the thesis adviser. Students are encouraged to present their results in a seminar for faculty and students. Up to 10 units of CEE 199H Undergraduate Honors Thesis, may be taken to support the research and writing (not to duplicate ENGR 202S or ENGR 199W). These units are beyond the normal Civil Engineering or Environmental Systems Engineering major program requirements.

Environmental Systems Engineering (EnvSE) Minor

The Environmental Systems Engineering minor is intended to give students a focused introduction to one or more areas of Environmental Systems Engineering. Departmental expertise and undergraduate course offerings are available in the areas of environmental engineering and science, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, and atmosphere/energy. The minimum prerequisite for an Environmental Systems Engineering minor is MATH 19 Calculus (or MATH 20 Calculus or MATH 21 Calculus); additionally, many courses of interest require PHYSICS 41 Mechanics and/or MATH 51 Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications as prerequisites. Students should recognize that a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering is not an ABET-accredited degree program.

Since undergraduates having widely varying backgrounds may be interested in obtaining an Environmental Systems Engineering minor, no single set of course requirements is appropriate for all students. Instead, interested students are encouraged to propose their own set of courses within the guidelines listed below. Additional information on preparing a minor program is available in the Undergraduate Engineering Handbook.

General guidelines are—

  • An Environmental Systems Engineering minor must contain at least 24 units of course work not taken for the major, and must consist of at least six classes of at least 3 units each of letter-graded work, except where letter grades are not offered.
  • The list of courses must represent a coherent body of knowledge in a focused area, and should include classes that build upon one another. Example programs are available on the CEE web site.

Professor Nicholas Ouellette (nto@stanford.edu) is the CEE undergraduate minor adviser in Environmental Systems Engineering. Students must consult with Professor Ouellette in developing their minor program, and obtain approval of the finalized study list from him.