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 (17 or 18 credits), and is available to any student at Purdue who has met the co- and/or pre-requisites for courses in the EEE course sequence.

Students interested in the EEE minor should contact the Associate Director of Advising with any questions or for advice about appropriate courses. A student wishing to add the minor should fill out the EEE Minor Request Form, complete with a proposal of any student proposed courses, and submit to the EEE office (POTR 364). 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.

Course requirements for the EEE minor
Required or optional Course Number Course Title Credits Typical Offering Frequency
Option of: EEE/CE 35000 - or - ABE 32500 Introduction to Environmental Engineering - or - Soil and Water Resources Engineering 3 or 4 EEE/CE 35000 every semester, ABE 32500 every fall
Required EEE/CE 35500 Engineering Environmental Sustainability 3 every semester
Option of: ME 59700 -  or - EEE 43000 Sustainable Design and Manufacturing - or - Industrial Ecology and LCA 3 ME 59700 every fall, EEE 43000 every spring
Required BIOL 28600 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution 2 every spring
Selective   Course from EEE Minor Selective List at least 3  
Selective   Course from EEE Minor Selective List at least 3  


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 ME 59700. 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.