Environmental Engineering (Honours)

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UAC Code: 
425470
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 codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents 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.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents 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.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA 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 codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreL1 ElectiveENGG1300 and CVEN1701 are recommended first year electives for this program.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents 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.
CHEM1811Engineering Chemistry 1ARefer to UNSW Handbook
CHEM1011Chemistry AThis 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 codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
CEIC2009Material and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process IndustryIn this course, the relationships between the integration of thermodynamics and mass and energy balance in chemical plants are elucidated.
Read moreL1 ElectiveENGG1300 and CVEN1701 are recommended first year electives for this program.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
BIOS1301Biology for Environmental EngineersAn introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science.
ENGG2500Fluid Mechanics for EngineersAn Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN2701Water and Atmospheric ChemistryThis course provides an introduction to water chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.
CVEN2002Engineering ComputationsAn introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
CVEN2402Transport Engineering & Environmental SustainabilityThe 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 codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3702Solid Wastes and Contaminant TransportAn introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.
CVEN3101Engineering Operations and ControlThis subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
CVEN3202Soil MechanicsAn introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3501Water Resources EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3701Environmental Frameworks, Law & EconomicsAssume 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.
CVEN3203Applied Geotechnics and Engineering GeologyPre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3502Water and Wastewater EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN4951Thesis A 
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4701Planning Sustainable InfrastructurePrerequisite CVEN1701 or School consent
CVEN4952Thesis B 
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
CVEN4953Thesis C 

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents 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.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents 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.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA 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 codeCourse nameNotes
BIOS1301Biology for Environmental EngineersAn introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science.
CHEM1811Engineering Chemistry 1ARefer to UNSW Handbook
CHEM1011Chemistry AThis 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.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents 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 codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN2002Engineering ComputationsAn introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
CVEN2701Water and Atmospheric ChemistryThis course provides an introduction to water chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG2500Fluid Mechanics for EngineersAn Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
CVEN3501Water Resources EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3202Soil MechanicsAn introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN2402Transport Engineering & Environmental SustainabilityThe 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.
CVEN3502Water and Wastewater EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC2009Material and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process IndustryIn this course, the relationships between the integration of thermodynamics and mass and energy balance in chemical plants are elucidated.
CVEN3702Solid Wastes and Contaminant TransportAn introduction to waste management systems, from generation to treatment and disposal.
CVEN3203Applied Geotechnics and Engineering GeologyPre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3701Environmental Frameworks, Law & EconomicsAssume 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 moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3101Engineering Operations and ControlThis subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
CVEN4951Thesis A 
CVEN4701Planning Sustainable InfrastructurePrerequisite CVEN1701 or School consent

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN4952Thesis B 
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4953Thesis C 
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral 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