Environmental Engineering (Honours)

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1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
UAC Code: 
425470
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
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.

Double degrees

■  Double 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 double 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*

Year 1

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
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.
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.

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more L1 Elective ENGG1300 and CVEN1701 are recommended first year electives for this program.
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.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
CHEM1811 Engineering Chemistry 1A Refer to UNSW Handbook
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.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CEIC2009 Material and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry In this course, the relationships between the integration of thermodynamics and mass and energy balance in chemical plants are elucidated.
Read more L1 Elective ENGG1300 and CVEN1701 are recommended first year electives for this program.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
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.

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry This course provides an introduction to water chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.
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.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport An introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.
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.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Assume 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.
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Pre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
DESN2000 Engineering Design and Professional Practice DESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futrher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

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

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN4951 Thesis A  
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure Prerequisite CVEN1701 or School consent
CVEN4952 Thesis B  
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
CVEN4953 Thesis C  

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
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.
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.

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOS1301 Biology for Environmental Engineers An introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science.
CHEM1811 Engineering Chemistry 1A Refer to UNSW Handbook
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.
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.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2002 Engineering Computations An introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CVEN2701 Water and Atmospheric Chemistry This course provides an introduction to water chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.

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.
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
DESN2000 Engineering Design and Professional Practice DESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for further details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2009 Material and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry In this course, the relationships between the integration of thermodynamics and mass and energy balance in chemical plants are elucidated.
CVEN3702 Solid Wastes and Contaminant Transport An introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Pre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202

Year 4

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Law & Economics Assume 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 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

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

 

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.
CVEN4951 Thesis A  
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure Prerequisite CVEN1701 or School consent

Year 5

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN4952 Thesis B  
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4953 Thesis C  
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

* 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.

Last updated 4/4/19