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Co-op Home

Environmental Engineering Majors

Students should consult with Prof. Chip Kilduff (JEC 4022, ext. 2042, kilduff@rpi.edu) before the spring semester of their sophomore year.  After completion of a Co-op assignment, students should consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for courses.

This page provides "prototype" information for Environmental Engineering majors who wish to participate in the Co-op program. The following are some constraints which the student should keep in mind.

  • The first assignment should not occur before the second semester of the sophomore year so that the student has a background in Math, Science, Computer Programming, and Engineering Science.
  • All required courses for Environmental Engineering majors are offered only once per year, in a specific semester, and they are not normally offered during the summer.  This necessitates careful planning.

With these constraints in mind, three prototype programs are described below.  Note that ENVE courses are emphasized; Technical Electives, Multidisciplinary Electives and HASS courses may need to be taken out of the sequence shown in the template, resulting in some 20-credit semesters, or moved to summer terms.

Sequence A. The first co-op assignment is during the Spring semester sophomore year and the following summer. The advantages of this sequence include the facts that Spring semester sophomore courses are generally offered in the summer and they are not listed prerequisites for other courses. They can be taken in subsequent semesters or summer terms.  CHEM 1200 Chemistry II should be taken as Science Elective I, because it is a prerequisite for Organic Chemistry in the Fall semester junior year.  The disadvantage of this sequence is that the only exposure to environmental engineering will have been ENVE 2110, Introduction to Environmental Engineering. 

Sequence B. The student is on co-op assignment during the Spring semester junior year and the following summer. Some courses normally taken the spring semester of the junior year are taken during the Spring semester sophomore year (e.g., ENVE 4310 Applied Hydrology and Hydraulics) and courses normally taken during this semester can be take in the following summer (between the sophomore and junior years).  Some courses normally taken the spring semester of the junior year are taken during the Spring semester senior year (e.g., ENVE 4320 Environmental Chemodynamics , ENVE 4340 Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering).

Sequence C. The student is on co-op assignment during the summer between junior and senior years and the following Fall semester senior year.   Selected courses normally taken the Fall semester senior year are taken in the Fall semester junior year (ENVE 4150 Environmental Engineering Laboratory, ENVE 4350 Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering, ENGR 4010 Professional Development III).  Another alternative is to take courses normally taken the Fall semester senior year in a ninth semester, allowing 4 1/2 years to graduate (i.e., graduation in December following the senior year). Note that the current Institute policy allows co-op students within 12 credit hours of graduation to "walk" with their class at May graduation.

updated 8/2/10

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