Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2017-24


Motion Introduced by:  Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading:  November 28, 2016

Date of Second Reading: January 30, 2017

Title of Motion: Request from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering-School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment – for the establishment of an undergraduate degree - BSE in Environmental Engineering

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale:  The Environmental Engineering BSE degree will fill a critical gap in the degree offerings in the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE), in general, and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE), in particular, to focus on the engineered processes and systems that preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment for benefits to human health and ecosystem services. The degree will appeal to students who seek to identify, compare, solve, analyze, evaluate, and design sustainable solutions to current and pressing environmental problems that span local, regional, national, and global scales. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of these challenges, the degree will incorporate educational content from other programs in FSE. Student interest in the new Environmental Engineering BSE degree is expected to be strong as measured by the existing Civil Engineering BSE degree with Environmental Engineering concentration from where most initial students will be recruited.

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