Environmental Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425470
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Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Cassie Murphy

I find the mix of water and geo-chemistry, and engineering management, really interesting, and I hope to work in the contaminant management or waste water industries.

Cassie Murphy

What's it all about?

■  Environmental engineers are concerned with the impact on the natural world by engineering activities. They combine their broad knowledge of engineering and environmental processes in identifying environmental problems and then developing effective solutions. They also coordinate the activities of various specialist groups - such as biologists, ecologists and geologists - within major projects.

What does it include?

■  Environmental Engineering embraces parts of Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on management, system design, water, geotechnical and transport engineering. It also takes into account aspects of Chemical Engineering, applied and biological sciences, and environmental studies. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  A broad range of rewarding career opportunities are available across the water, construction, energy and manufacturing industries, as well as within all levels of government. Examples include; working with a water company on water loss initiatives, consulting on major tender projects such as recycling or desalination plants, and planning sustainable infrastructure.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Program outlines

■  Sample program outlines are given in the tables below. If you would like to see a downloadable version of these outlines, please visit our student resources page.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry or CHEM1001. CHEM1131 or MATS1101 are acceptable alternatives for CHEM1011.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Mass & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry Students will learn to solve chemical process problems involving several unit operations, gases and liquids, recycle, bypass or purge streams and chemical reactions.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Biology for Environmental Engineers An introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science.
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2002 Engineering Computations An introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability The course is presented as 2 strands: The first strand is concerned with transport planning concepts and fundamentals of traffic theory and the second strand focuses on the environmental impacts of transport and sustainable development.
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry This course provides an introduction to water chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control This subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport An introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE CVEN1701: This course builds on the introduction to EISs in CVEN1701 to provide details of EIS methods, and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System framework.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3031 Civil Engineering Practices Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4050 Thesis A Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School
Read more Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4051 Thesis B Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School
Read more Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective
Read more Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Pre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
Read more Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry or CHEM1001. CHEM1131 or MATS1101 are acceptable alternatives for CHEM1011.
ENGG1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN1701 Environmental Principles and Systems
Read more Elective
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Biology for Environmental Engineers An introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science.
ENGG2400 Mechanics of Solids 1 You must complete MATH1231/41 and ENGG1300 before enrolling in this course. This course is a prequisite for AERO3410 and MMAN3400.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Physics Dual Degree must take MATH2121 and MATH2069 instead of MATH2019. Students enrolled in a Mathematics Dual Degree must take MATH2011 and MATH2121 instead of MATH2019

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability The course is presented as 2 strands: The first strand is concerned with transport planning concepts and fundamentals of traffic theory and the second strand focuses on the environmental impacts of transport and sustainable development.
CVEN2702

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Mass & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry Students will learn to solve chemical process problems involving several unit operations, gases and liquids, recycle, bypass or purge streams and chemical reactions.
CVEN2101 Engineering Construction Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers This course is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.
CVEN3303 Steel Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
Read more Professional Elective

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2303 Structural Analysis and Modelling Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry
Read more General Education

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE CVEN1701: This course builds on the introduction to EISs in CVEN1701 to provide details of EIS methods, and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System framework.
Read more Professional Elective

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3731 Environmental Engineering Practice

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Pre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport An introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Professional Elective
Read more Profressional Elective
CVEN4050 Thesis A Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure The course enables environmental engineers to analyse and design sustainable infrastructure to support the needs of regional economies and populations.
Read more Professional Elective
CVEN4051 Thesis B Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more General Education
Read more Professional Elective

* To find more information about the courses and to view the course outlines, see the programs page on the School of Civil Engineering website. The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.