Loyola University Chicago

Engineering Science

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineers apply engineering principles to design systems that maintain and improve the quality of our world's resources. Inspired by our location on Lake Michigan, Loyola students learn environmental analysis and management for the water and wastewater treatment industries.

This is the first of three Specialization courses in Environmental Engineering. We will cover a wide range of topics that constitute the fundamentals of environmental engineering. Students will be expected to integrate environmental principles with concepts from earlier coursework in science, mathematics, thermodynamics, and engineering systems.


Emphasis will be placed on principles of aquatic chemistry, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, environmental soil and biogeochemistry, environmental organic chemistry, surface and groundwater hydrology, atmospheric processes, and fate and transport modeling of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Course material will draw heavily from environmental case studies and contemporary issues. 
PREREQUISITES: MATH 266 and ENGR 322, concurrent enrollment in ENGR 313 and ENGR 361L

This laboratory course introduces engineering science students to analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry and titration, relevant to environmental engineering practice. This course emphasizes the design of field sampling campaigns of water and soil environments and the statistical data analysis of experimentally estimated water and soil parameters.  
PREREQUISITES: ENGR 322, concurrent enrollment in ENGR 361.

This is the first semester of a two-semester Capstone Design series for students specializing in Environmental Engineering.  ABET mandates that the curriculum must include "a culminating major engineering design experience that 1) incorporates appropriate engineering standards and multiple constraints, and 2) is based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work." We meet this requirement within ABET Criterion 5 through your Capstone Design projects, which are sponsored by industry.  Each week, you will be introduced to an environmental engineering development or regulation topic during a 50 minute course meeting. For the remaining 5 hours, your group is expected to work on its Capstone Design project. You will also video-conference with your Industry Liaison and Faculty Advisor weekly.


You are fulfilling the University Requirement of Engaged Learning through ENGR 381 and 391, which are considered Fieldwork courses. During our first course meeting, we will discuss how you will record the time you spend on your project, as Fieldwork courses require at least 100 hours of field work. 

This is the second semester of a two-semester Capstone Design series for students specializing in Environmental Engineering.