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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Ecological Engineering Supplemental Information

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Approved EEE Selectives

For several elective and selective requirements, lists of acceptable courses will be maintained by the EEE Associate Director of Advising, with approval of changes by the EEE Academics Committee. In addition, students will be able to petition the EEE Academics Committee to have other courses (including one-time special offerings) count for one of the requirements. These lists are therefore considered dynamic, and it is anticipated that small changes will be made to the lists regularly.

All Plans of Study are ultimately subject to approval by the EEE Academics Committee. The EEE curricular guidelines were designed to maximize flexibility so individualized student-centered Plans of Study can be crafted. Proposed Plans of Study without sufficient rigor and academic integrity worthy of earning a BSEEE will not be permitted.

Many courses have prerequisites. It is the student’s responsibility to integrate prerequisite courses into the overall Plan of Study.

Rules for EEE Selectives

  1. At least six courses, comprising at least 18 credits, are required.
  2. At least nine of the 18 credits must be in the College of Engineering at the 20000-level or above. Of these, at least three credits must be at the 40000-level or above.
  3. At least one course (or three credits) must focus on Earth Science (Category A).
  4. At least one course (or three credits) must be classified as an “engineering design” course (Category B).
  5. At least one course (or three credits) must be classified as “EEE Professional Practice” course (Category C).
  6. Students are encouraged to propose a selective plan of study which integrates personal career goals with Purdue coursework. Plans of study require approval from the EEE advisor, the EEE Faculty Mentor and EEE Academics Committee.
  7. Students are allowed and encouraged to choose more than nine credits from the Universally Approved (ABC categories) list.

Historically Acceptable EEE Selectives

All courses listed below are subject to approval for selective credit.

Technical Electives (5 credit minimum required)

Technical Electives are broadly defined as any course in a technical field, typically from the Colleges of Engineering, Agriculture, Science, Polytechnic Institute, or Krannert School of Management.  Click here to view Subject Codes by College. AGEC from Agriculture and ECON from Management are excluded as these count as General Education Electives.

It is recommended that a student choose additional EEE Selectives to satisfy this requirement, or take prerequisite courses to prepare for advanced EEE Selectives that the student is interested in.  Beyond the recommendation to meet the Technical Elective requirement with courses from the EEE Selectives list, should a student instead want more breadth or exposure to varied topics, the list below identifies courses that are approved Technical Electives.  Remedial courses and seminars are not allowed. 

EEE General Education Program Requirements (18 credits minimum)

Students are strongly encouraged to develop a coherent general education plan, and distribute their general education credits throughout their academic program.

The collection of courses used to fulfill this requirement must meet all of the following conditions:

1.  Students must select from the list of courses approved by the University Core Council to satisfy each of the Foundational Learning Outcomes listed below. Some courses may have been approved to meet more than one of the Foundational Learning Outcomes, so fewer than six courses can be used to fulfill this condition. There is no minimum number of credit hours needed to satisfy this component of the College of Engineering General Education Program. (Students must earn a C- or better in courses used to satisfy this component of the EEE General Education Program.)

  • Written Communication (WC)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (H)
  • Human Cultures: Behavior/Social Science (BSS)

2.  Students must take additional approved courses to reach the minimum requirement, selected as follows:

  • All courses approved by the University Core Council as meeting a Foundational Learning Outcome.
  • Courses must be drawn from those offered by the departments of Agricultural Economics, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies, Communication, Economics, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology, Visual and Performing Arts. In general, this relates to the following subject codes: AAS, AD, AGEC, AMST, ANTH, ARAB, ASAM, ASL, CHNS, CLCS, CMPL, COM, DANC, ECON, ENGL, FLL/LC, FR, GER, GREK, HDFS, HEBR, HIST, IDIS, ITAL, JWST, JPNS, LALS, LATN, LING, MARS, MUS, PHIL, POL, PSY, PTGS, REL, RUSS, SLHS, SOC, SPAN, THTR, WGSS.
  • Any course offered by these departments is allowable, provided that it is open to students in the offering department and is not focused primarily on professional training, natural science or mathematics.

3.  At least 6 required credit hours must come from courses at the 30000-level or above, or from courses with a required prerequisite in the same department.

4.  At least 3 credit hours in a course at the intersection of Society and the Environment. These are generally in environmental law, environmental policy, environmental history, environmental humanities, or environmental education. See list below.

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