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BA Engineering Sciences (Environmental)

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
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 Tuition fee

68230 USD
68230 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1425
ACT (avg)34

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About this course

Environmental engineering encompasses the scientific assessment and development of engineering solutions to environmental problems affecting land, water, and air (the biosphere). The field embraces broad environmental concerns, including the safety of drinking water, groundwater protection and remediation, wastewater treatment, indoor and outdoor air pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal, cleanup of contaminated sites, the prevention of pollution through product and process design, and strategies for sustainable water and energy use and production.

Environmental engineers must balance competing technical, social, and legal issues concerning the use of environmental resources. Because of the complexity of these challenges, environmental engineers need a broad understanding not only of engineering disciplines but also of chemistry, biology, geology, and economics. Accordingly, the program allows students in the major to select an emphasis on environmental engineering technology, sustainability, global health, economics, or energy and climate change. The program prepares students for leadership positions in industry and government agencies or for further studies in engineering, science, business, law, and medicine.

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Eligibility Criteria



MATH 112, 115; two-term lecture sequence in chemistry; PHYS 170, 171

Number of courses 

9 term courses beyond prereqs (incl senior req)

Specific courses required 

ENVE 120, 360; ENVE 373 or 377

Distribution of courses 

5 electives approved by DUS

Senior requirement 

ENVE 490

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100
  • TOEFL- PBT: 600
  • SAT: 1425
  • ACT: 34

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Course Modules

* ENVE 120b / CENG 120b / ENAS 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering  Jordan Peccia

Introduction to engineering principles related to the environment, with emphasis on causes of problems and technologies for abatement. Topics include air and water pollution, global climate change, hazardous chemical and emerging environmental technologies. Prerequisites: high school calculus and chemistry orCHEM 161, 165 or CHEM 163, 167 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.  QR, SC
TTh 1pm-2:15pm
ENVE 202b / CHEM 102b / EVST 102b, Introduction to Green Chemistry  Paul Anastas

Overview of the basic concepts and methods needed to design processes and synthesize materials in an environmentally benign way. Related issues of global sustainability. Case studies that suggest possible solutions for the serious environmental and toxicological issues currently facing industry and society. Intended for non–science majors with a basic high school background in chemistry and physics, as well as high school algebra. Does not satisfy premedical chemistry requirements or requirements for the Chemistry major.
ENVE 210a / CENG 210a, Principles of Chemical Engineering and Process Modeling  André Taylor

Analysis of the transport and reactions of chemical species as applied to problems in chemical, biochemical, and environmental systems. Emphasis on the interpretation of laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and dimensional analysis. Lectures include classroom demonstrations. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or permission of instructor.  QR, SC  RP
TTh 1pm-2:15pm
ENVE 315b / CENG 315b, Transport Phenomena  Michael Loewenberg

Unified treatment of momentum, energy, and chemical species transport including conservation laws, flux relations, and boundary conditions. Topics include convective and diffusive transport, transport with homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactions and/or phase change, and interfacial transport phenomena. Emphasis on problem analysis and mathematical modeling, including problem formulation, scaling arguments, analytical methods, approximation techniques, and numerical solutions. Prerequisite:ENAS 194 or permission of instructor.  QR, SC  RP
MW 1pm-2:15pm
ENVE 360b / ENAS 360b, Green Engineering and Sustainable Design  Julie Zimmerman

Study of green engineering, focusing on key approaches to advancing sustainability through engineering design. Topics include current design, manufacturing, and disposal processes; toxicity and benign alternatives; policy implications; pollution prevention and source reduction; separations and disassembly; material and energy efficiencies and flows; systems analysis; biomimicry; and life cycle design, management, and analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 161, 165 or 163, 167 (or CHEM 112, 113, or 114, 115), or permission of instructor.
MW 1pm-2:15pm
ENVE 373a / CENG 373a, Air Pollution Control  Drew Gentner

An overview of air quality problems worldwide with a focus on emissions, chemistry, transport, and other processes that govern dynamic behavior in the atmosphere. Quantitative assessment of the determining factors of air pollution (e.g., transportation and other combustion–related sources, chemical transformations), climate change, photochemical “smog,” pollutant measurement techniques, and air quality management strategies. Prerequisite: ENVE 210.  QR, SC  RP
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm
* ENVE 377a / CENG 377a, Water Quality Control  Jaehong Kim

Study of the preparation of water for domestic and other uses and treatment of wastewater for recycling or discharge to the environment. Topics include processes for removal of organics and inorganics, regulation of dissolved oxygen, and techniques such as ion exchange, electrodialysis, reverse osmosis, activated carbon adsorption, and biological methods. Prerequisite: ENVE 120 or permission of instructor.  SC  RP
TTh 2:30pm-3:45pm
* ENVE 410Lb, Environmental Technology in the Developing World  Jaehong Kim

Practical application of environmental engineering fundamentals to solve real-world environmental and human-health problems in underdeveloped regions of the world. Issues related to water and wastewater treatment, water- and air-quality monitoring and control, subsurface remediation, and hygienic infrastructure. Includes a weeklong field trip to Nicaragua during spring break. Prerequisites: ENVE 373 and 377. Priority to Environmental Studies majors.  ½ Course cr
F 12pm-3pm
ENVE 416b / CENG 416b, Chemical Engineering Process Design  Eric Altman and Corey Wilson

Study of the techniques for and the design of chemical processes and plants, applying the principles of chemical engineering and economics. Emphasis on flowsheet development and equipment selection, cost estimation and economic analysis, design strategy and optimization, safety and hazards analysis, and environmental and ethical considerations. Enrollment limited to seniors majoring in Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering.  QR, SC  RP
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
ENVE 438a, Water Chemistry  Desiree Plata

The quantitative treatment of chemical processes, primarily those involving inorganic chemicals, in aquatic systems such as lakes, oceans, rivers, estuaries, groundwaters, and wastewaters. Review of chemical thermodynamics, followed by discussions of acid-base, precipitation-dissolution, coordination, and reduction-oxidation reactions. Emphasis on equilibrium calculations as a tool for understanding variables that govern chemical composition of aquatic systems and the fate of inorganic pollutants.  ENVE 120 and working knowledge of algebra.   QR, SC
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
ENVE 441a, Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering  Jordan Peccia

Fundamental aspects of microbiology and biochemistry, including stoichiometry, kinetics, and energetics of biochemical reactions, microbial growth, and microbial ecology, as they pertain to biological processes for the transformation of environmental contaminants; principles for analysis and design of aerobic and anaerobic processes, including suspended- and attached-growth systems, for treatment of conventional and hazardous pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewaters and in groundwater. Prerequisites: CHEM 161, 165, or 163, 167 (or CHEM 112, 113, or 114, 115, or 118); MCDB 290 or equivalent; or with permission of instructor.  SC
MW 1pm-2:15pm
[ ENVE 448, Environmental Transport Processes ]

[ ENVE 473, Air Quality and Energy ]

* ENVE 490a or b, Senior Project  Jordan Peccia

Individual research and design projects supervised by a faculty member in Environmental Engineering, or in a related field with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.


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How to Apply

All applicants for freshman admission must submit one of the following:

  • The Coalition Application with Yale-Specific Questions
  • The Common Application with Yale-Specific Questions
  • The QuestBridge National College Match Application

Additional requirements for all freshman applicants:

  • $80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • One Counselor Recommendation
  • School Report (including Transcript)
  • Standardized Test Results
  • Mid-Year Report (due when first semester/term senior grades are available at your school)

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