Minor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering

EEE offers a minor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, as a mechanism for students in all branches of engineering, and other related fields, to gain expertise and qualifications in EEE fields. The minor is most appropriate for students who have particular environmental interests in engineering, or who want to develop a career at the interface of EEE and their chosen major field. Environmental concerns touch all aspects of engineering, making this an attractive option for many students, and an attractive set of qualifications for many prospective employers.

The minor in EEE consists of six courses, and is available to any student at Purdue who has met the co- andor pre-requisites for courses in the EEE minor.  EEE no longer requires an application to add the minor.  Students may ask their primary advisor to request the addition. 

Students who successfully complete their approved sequence of courses, additionally earning at least a 2.0 grade point average for the sequence, will be granted a minor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Students with questions about the EEE minor should contact the Associate Director of Advising.


Required: Choice 1 - EEE/CE 35000 or ABE 32500

EEE/CE 35000: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
(3 credits — typically offered every semester)
ABE 32500: Soil and Water Engineering
(4 credits — typically offered every fall)

Required: Choice 2 - EEE 53000 or EEE 43000

EEE 53000: LCA: Prin & Applications
(old title — ME 59700: Sust Des & Manf)
(3 credits — typically offered every fall)
EEE 43000: Industrial Ecology and LCA
(3 credits — typically offered every spring)

Required: Choice 3 - FNR 59800 or BIOL 28600

FNR 59800: Urban Ecology
(3 credits — typically offered every fall)
BIOL 28600: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
(2 credits — typically offered every spring)

Required - EEE/CE 35500 and 2 selective courses from the EEE Minor Selective List

EEE/CE 35500: Engineering Environmental Sustainability
(3 credits — typically offered every semester)
Selective 1
(at least 3 credits)
Selective 2
(at least 3 credits)

Depending on the course requirements for the student's major, several of these courses may also meet major requirements. Thus, students may need less than 6 additional courses beyond their major requirements to earn the EEE minor. For example, several engineering majors offer environment-related courses that are on the EEE Minor Selective List, and several majors allow the required courses for the EEE minor to count as technical or engineering electives for the major.

Students should note:

  1. Many of the required courses have pre-requisites. Most (if not all) engineering students will meet the prerequisites for EEE/CE 35000, EEE/CE 35500, EEE 43000, and EEE 53000. However, ABE 32500 requires AGRY 25500 (Soil Science), a course not typically taken by engineering majors except ABE students, and BIOL 28600 requires one or more of several introductory biology courses. The simplest pathway for engineering students who are not taking biology courses for other reasons is to take BIOL 12100, a two credit course offered every fall. BIOL 12100 alone is an accepted pre-requisite for BIOL 28600.
  2. Students may propose additional courses to be added to the EEE Minor Selective List. The purpose of this requirement is to allow students to explore upper-level technical courses in their major that have an environmental theme, an environmental context, or an important environmental application. Many courses that may be appropriate, including special topics, experimental, study abroad, and independent study/research courses are added every semester, and EEE welcomes proposals from students to be able to count these courses for the EEE minor. Students should contact the Associate Director of Advising with questions, or if they have a course they would like to propose.