Environmental Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425470
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Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
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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*

Semester 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.
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the determination of the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1300 is recommended for this program
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1701 Environmental Principles and Systems is recommended for this program
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
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.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Ecology, sustainability and environmental science
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability
CVEN2501 Principles of Water Engineering An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Material & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011* or CHEM1031
CVEN2702 Engineering Computations Prerequisite: MATH1231* or MATH1241
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Prerequisite: CVEN1701 or school consent

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Prerequisite: CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Prerequisite: CVEN2501
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport
CVEN3731 Environmental Engineering Practice

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4040 Research Thesis A Prerequisite: Wam >70 + 132 UOC complete.
CVEN4050 Thesis A Prerequisite: 132 UOC complete
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4041 Research Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4040
CVEN4051 Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4050
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 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.
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the determination of the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1300 is recommended for this program
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1701 is recommended for this program
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
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.
COMP1911 Computing 1 This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Ecology, sustainability and environmental science
CVEN2501 Principles of Water Engineering An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011* or CHEM1031
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Material & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry
CVEN2702 Engineering Computations Prerequisite: MATH1231* or MATH1241
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Prerequisite: CVEN1701 or school consent

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Prerequisite: CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Prerequisite: CVEN2501
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport
CVEN3731 Environmental Engineering Practice

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4040 Research Thesis A Prerequisite: Wam >70 + 132 UOC complete.
CVEN4050 Thesis A Prerequisite: 132 UOC complete
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4041 Research Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4040
CVEN4051 Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4050
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
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Semester 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.
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the determination of the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1300 is recommended for this program
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1701 is recommended for this program
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
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.
COMP1911 Computing 1 This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Biology for Environmental Engineers
CVEN2501 Principles of Water Engineering
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Material & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry
CVEN2702 Engineering Computations Prerequisite: MATH1231* or MATH1241
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011* or CHEM1031
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Prerequisite: CVEN1701 or school consent
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3731 Environmental Engineering Practice
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Prerequisite: CVEN2501
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Prerequisite: CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4040 Research Thesis A Prerequisite: Wam >70 + 132 UOC complete.
CVEN4050 Thesis A Prerequisite: 132 UOC complete
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4041 Research Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4040
CVEN4051 Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4050
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 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.
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the determination of the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1300 is recommended for this program
Read more First Year Elective CVEN1701 is recommended for this program
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers
COMP1911 Computing 1 This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Biology for Environmental Engineers
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids for Civil Engineers An introduction to the strength of materials building on from the knowledge obtained in CVEN1300 (corequisite)
CVEN2402 Transport Engineering & Environmental Sustainability
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2702 Engineering Computations Prerequisite: MATH1231* or MATH1241
ENGG1400 Engineering Infrastructure Systems
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011* or CHEM1031
CVEN2303 Structural Analysis and Modelling Prerequisite: CVEN1300 and CVEN2301

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2501 Principles of Water Engineering
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics
CVEN3303 Steel Structures Prerequisite: CVEN1300 and CVEN2301

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2101 Engineering Construction
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Prerequisite: CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures Prerequisite: CVEN1300 and CVEN2301
CEIC2009 Material & Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Prerequisite: CVEN1701 or school consent
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3731 Environmental Engineering Practice
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Prerequisite: CVEN2501
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport
Read more General Education

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4040 Research Thesis A Prerequisite: Wam >70 + 132 UOC complete.
CVEN4050 Thesis A Prerequisite: 132 UOC complete
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4041 Research Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4040
CVEN4051 Thesis B Prerequisite: CVEN4050
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

* 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.