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Environmental Engineering Major


Environmental engineers are concerned with developing an understanding of the physical processes that shape our environment, and developing tools and strategies to manage these processes to prevent problems arising as the result of development, and to solve problems which may arise. This work includes, but is not limited to, management of water resources including both surface and subsurface flows, management of environmental quality in surface and subsurface water and soil, and management of the near shore coastal environment, and wind engineering, including dispersion and environmental load on structures.

As an environmental engineer you may be part of a design team for both large and small scale infrastructure developments both onshore and offshore, and developing engineering solutions for environmental issues which may arise. You may be involved in the management of water resources, the mitigation of the effects of urban development on the wind climate in cities, and in collaboration with environmental scientists and ecologists, develop practical environmental plans for the utilisation of our resources.

This major is best aligned with the Civil stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Environmental Engineering Major

Achievement of a major in Environmental Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 and 2000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 4000-level interdisciplinary units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level or higher elective specialist units

Units of Study

1000-level units of study
Core units
Engineering Construction and Surveying
6    A CIVL1900. Some statistical awareness is an advantage and co-enrolment in MATH1005 Statistics is advised. HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or completion of (MATH1001 or MATH1021) and MATH1002 are sufficient for non-statistical maths preparation
N CIVL2810

In recent years - the course has included a 1.5 day camp at Webbs Creek (about 80km from Sydney). The camp is located in a bushland setting. It aims to provide valuable practice in practical field survey and has a secondary aim of providing a basis for social gathering (this aspect being requested in student feedback over recent years)
Semester 2
2000-level units of study
Core units
Environmental Engineering
6    A MATH1023 AND ENGG1801. Strong calculus knowledge from 1000 level MATH, as well as the ability to program in MATLAB. Basic understanding of structural mechanics (CIVL2201) is also an advantage.
N CIVL3010
Semester 2
3000-level units of study
Core units
6    A (ENGG1802 OR CIVL1802) AND CIVL3612 AND MATH2061
P CIVL2611

The unit of study builds on the theory and concepts learnt in CIVL2611 Introductory Fluid Mechanics and CIVL3612 Fluid Mechanics.
Semester 2
4000-level units of study
Project units
Thesis A
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
It is expected that the Thesis will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of Thesis coordinator and School's Director of Learning and Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the Thesis coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Thesis B
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
Interdisciplinary units
Civil Engineering Design
6    A CIVL2410 AND CIVL3612 AND (CIVL4811 OR CIVL3811)
P CIVL3205 and CIVL3206
Semester 1
5000-level units of study
Elective Specialist units
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 2
Fundamentals of Wind Engineering for Design
6      Semester 1
Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering
6    A (CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612) AND MATH2061
Semester 1
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A (CIVL2201 OR CIVL9201) AND (CIVL2611 OR CIVL9611) AND (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410)
Semester 1