Environmental Engineering, Associate of Science

The Associate of Science (AS) in Environmental Engineering degree will provide fundamental engineering skills. Environmental engineers manage our environment for the benefit of humanity and nature. They provide engineering solutions to problems with our land, air and water resources. In both public and private practice, environmental engineers work in interdisciplinary teams to manage environmental problems through application of scientific, engineering, and social skills. This degree was designed to transfer to Oregon State University's College of Engineering. Please consult your advisor for details.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 107 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the  degree is awarded. Courses that are developmental in nature (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses) are not applicable to this degree. Students must complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR111 Intro to Engineering 3
MTH251 Calculus I Differential Calculus 4
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
WR121Z Composition I 4
COMM111Z Public Speaking 4
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
ENGR112 Engineering Computation 4
MTH252 Calculus II Integral Calculus 4
CHEM223 General Chemistry III 5
Computer Assisted Drafting I
or Computer Assisted Drafting III
Introduction to Matrix Algebra and Power Series 1
or Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra
WR227Z Technical Writing 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Social Science 4 3
Arts & Letters 4 3
Social Science Cultural Diversity 5 3
Second Year
CHEM245 Organic Chemistry I 4
MTH254 Vector Calculus I 4
PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
ENGR211 Statics 3
ENGR212 Dynamics 3
PH212 General Physics with Calculus II 5
Organic Chemistry II 2
or Vector Calculus II
Arts & Letters 4 3
MTH256 Differential Equations 4
PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
Organic Chemistry III 3
or Microbiology
ENGR213 Strength of Materials 3
 Total Credits108

Students transferring to Portland State University are required to take MTH260 in place of MTH264.


Students transferring to Portland State University are required to take MTH255 in place of CHEM246.


Students transferring to Portland State University are required to take BI234 in place of CHEM247.


Select course from specific subject area from the AS course list.


Choose from the following: ANTH201, ANTH202, ANTH203, ANTH221, ANTH222, ANTH223, ANTH224, ANTH230, ANTH231, ANTH232. ED258, HDFS140, HST140, PSY216, PSY231, SOC208, SOC213.