Brown University School of Engineering

Environmental Engineering

In April 2013, the School of Engineering announced a new undergraduate concentration, offering a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering. This course of study prepares students who are interested in using the tools of science and engineering to solve problems in the natural and built environment. The impetus for the new program came from a growing student interest in environmental issues, as well as a desire to provide for a replacement for the environmental planning option within Brown’s civil engineering program (which is scheduled to be retired in May 2016).

The new concentration is available to students immediately. The curriculum is based on the “standard” engineering core curriculum, but also includes key pre-requisites in biology and environmental science and geological sciences. The concentration currently defines two options. The first focuses on energy and power, while the second focuses on chemical and biological technology. Many other course combinations are possible. The detailed course requirements are listed in the environmental engineering program outline.

Students interested in the environmental engineering curriculum should understand that, as a new offering, the program is not accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( Students who require an ABET-accredited program should consider other engineering concentrations, some of which have options which share many of the same course requirements with the new environmental engineering program, but are fully ABET-accredited. ABET accreditation may eventually be sought for the new program, although this decision cannot be made for at least two or three years, until after the first class graduates from the program.

Concentration Advisor

Prof. Indrek Külaots 
B&H 735, 401-863-2674

Undergraduate Study Information

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  • Interdisiciplinary core courses for the Sc.B.
  • Additional courses in biology, environmental sciences, and geological sciences
  • Upper level science and engineering courses
  • Four approved humanities courses

For more information, please see the environmental engineering program description.

Questions? Please read the civil and environmental engineering FAQ