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Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4643
Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBEnvEng(Hons)
CRICOS code031498A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT

The maximum time for completion of the course is 8 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 4971 or +61 3 9905 1352,

email: or visit

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The environmental engineering course has been designed to be multidisciplinary. At third year, the selection of one major stream or two minor streams, provides for in-depth treatment of one or more specific areas of application of environmental engineering principles. Thus core engineering knowledge and skills are complemented by units from science, economics, arts and law. The elective streams include environmental process engineering, transport and the built environment, and water and land management.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • develop and proficiently apply fundamental environmental engineering knowledge and skills to solve complex problems
  • identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply them to environmental engineering
  • identify and synthesise the constraints posed by economic factors, safety considerations, environment impacts and professional standards on engineering practice and use them to inform professional judgements
  • integrate sustainability criteria into all levels of decision making
  • research, identify, conceptualise, investigate, and interpret knowledge from modern engineering tools and techniques to synthesise a coherent approach to the solution of a problem and/or the design of a project
  • identify and critically evaluate the performance of an engineering system in terms of economics, safety and the social and physical environment, and implement approaches to minimise any adverse impact leading to sustainable development
  • understand and address the political, social and economic factors in environmental management in a systematic way leading to sustainable solutions
  • show awareness of and ability to proficiently apply impact assessment skills to the planning and execution of projects leading to sustainable solutions of a professional standard
  • develop and apply a global perspective on environmental issues
  • Communicate effectively on both technical and general issues with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  • operate effectively and professionally in a multi-disciplinary team to avoid and solve engineering problems
  • plan, organise and use resources efficiently
  • demonstrate the highest standards of personal performance
  • demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  • develop and implement a sustainability ethic taking account of the responsibilities of engineers to the community, the engineering profession and the industrial and business world
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession
  • develop and proficiently apply analytical and design skills in at least one major specialised environmental engineering area.

Vacation work/industrial experience

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in four, five and six year engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of core and elective units.

Level one of the course provides a broad base of science, mathematics, introductory engineering and environment units designed to form the basis of a multidisciplinary engineering education.

Level two increases the engineering content, which is a mixture of core engineering units and more environmentally-directed units. Mathematics is continued. Environmental policy is introduced to begin to integrate the content gained from the other units.

Level three introduces more environmentally-focused engineering units. It builds upon the core units of level two, provides units that address environmental impact and management systems, and sees the commencement of the selected elective stream(s). From level three, the course is divided into three streams:

  • environmental process engineering
  • transport and the built environment
  • water and land management

Students must choose one major or two minor elective streams, taking core units at each level as well as stream core and stream elective units from their chosen stream(s).

Level four seeks to integrate and provide application for much of the earlier knowledge and skills developed by way of substantial engineering design and project work within the various specific elective streams. These units are complemented by further in-depth elective units, and interdisciplinary units from environmental law, economics and policy areas.


Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Students must complete:

  • ATS2548 Environmental policy and management
  • BIO2011 Ecology and biodiversity
  • BTC3100 Sustainability and the law
  • CHE2162 Material and energy balances
  • CHE2164 Thermodynamics I
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geomechanics
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENE2503 Materials properties and recycling
  • ENE3048 Energy and the environment
  • ENE3606 The air environment
  • ENE3608 Environmental impact assessment and management systems
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • 6-point foundation unit or level-one elective
  • 6-point foundation unit or level-one elective
  • 48 points in one of the streams as outlined below

Foundation units

The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Level-one electives

  • CHE2161 Mechanics of fluids or MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • CHM1011 Chemistry 1
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
  • ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
  • ENG1071 Chemistry for engineering
  • ENG1081 Physics for engineering
  • MAE2405 Aircraft performance
  • MNE1010 Introduction to mining
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
  • 6-point elective from any faculty where prerequisites can be met


Environmental process engineering

  • CHE3163 Sustainable processing I
  • CHE4170 Design project (12 points)
  • CHM2735 Chemistry - principles and practice
  • 24 points from the list of environmental process engineering electives below
  • CHE3161 Chemistry and chemical thermodynamics
  • CHE3162 Process control
  • CHE3164 Reaction engineering
  • CHE3165 Separation processes
  • CHE3166 Process design
  • CHE3175 Sustainable process engineering case studies
  • CHE4173 Sustainable processing 2
  • ENE4603 Environmental project A
  • MTE4593 Materials and environment
  • MTE4599 Materials for energy technologies

Other units may be chosen with the approval of the course director.

Transport and the built environment

  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • ENE4212 Environmental design
  • ENE4603 Environmental project A
  • 30 points from the list of transport and the built environment electives below
  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics II
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4235 Advanced structural design
  • CIV4249 Foundation engineering
  • CIV4283 Transport planning
  • CIV4284 Transport systems
  • ENE4604 Environmental project B
  • MTE4593 Materials and environment
  • MTE4599 Materials for energy technologies

Other units may be chosen with the approval of the course director.

Water and land management

  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • ENE4212 Environmental design
  • ENE4603 Environmental project A
  • 30 points from the list of water and land management electives below.
  • CIV2207 Computer and water systems modelling
  • CIV3204 Engineering investigations
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics II
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards engineering
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management
  • ENE4604 Environmental project B
  • MTE4593 Materials and environment
  • MTE4599 Materials for energy technologies

Other units may be chosen with the approval of the course director.


Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)