Ecological Engineering

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Ecological Engineering

What is Ecological Engineering?

The EcoE degree at OSU is a unique, ABET-accredited degree that is the first of its kind in the nation. Ecological Engineering blends engineering and science, and focuses on the design of sustainable systems (natural, urban, and agricultural) that are consistent with ecological principles and integrate human activities into the natural environment to the benefit of both. This discipline is rapidly developing as an important new area of engineering.

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,618 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  95 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $100M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Ecological Engineering Degree Options

  • Ecological Engineering major (on campus)
  • Irrigation Engineering minor (available to EcoE majors only) (on campus)
Examples of EcoE-related projects
  • Riparian restoration
  • Improving agricultural water quality
  • Developing sustainable industrial systems (agricultural and otherwise)
  • Dealing with issues associated with global climate change

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Ecological Engineering include:

  • Water Resources
  • Irrigation Design & Management
  • River Engineering
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Water Treatment
  • Bioremediation
  • Ecosystem Modeling

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For advising, contact

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B.S. in Ecological Engineering Example 4-Year Plan | 2022-2023

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.

  Fall   Winter   Spring  
First Year ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation 3 ENGR 102 Engineering Orientation 3 ENGR 103 Engineering Orientation 3
  CH 231 Chemistry 4 CH 232 Chemistry 4 CH 233 Chemistry 4
  CH 261 Chemistry Lab 1 CH 262 Lab 1 CH 263 Chemistry Lab 1
  MTH 241 Differential Calc 4 MTH 252 Integral Calculus 4 MTH 254 Vector Calculus 4
  WR 121 Writing I 3 COMM 111 Speech 3 PH 211 Physics with Calculus 4
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16
Second Year BEE 270 EcoE Ecology 3 BEE 221 EcoE Fundamentals 3 BEE 222 EcoE Comp. 3
  ENGR 211 Statics 3 HHS 231 + Lab Lifetime Fitness 3 ENGR 213 Strength of Materials 3
  MTH 256 Differential Equations 4 ST 314 Statistics 3 MTH 264 Matrices 2
  PH 212 Physics w/ Calculus 4 PH 213 Physics w/ Calculus 4 MTH 265 Series 2
      AEC 250 Intro. Environ. Econ. & Policy 3 WR 327 Technical Writing 3
          Ethics* 3
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16
Third Year BEE 311 Fluid Mechanics 4 BEE 312 Ecohydraulics 4 BEE 313Ecohydrology 4
  BEE 320 Biosystems Analy. and Modeling 4 BEE 322 Thermo and Transfer Processes 4 BEE 361EcoE Lab 4
  FE 208 Forest Surveying 4 FE 257 GIS 3 BEE 362 EcoE Microbial Processes 3
  SOIL 205/206 Soil Science & Lab 4 Science Elective 3 Science Elective 3
  Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14
Fourth Year BEE 481 EcoE Design I 4 BEE 482 EcoE Design II 3 BEE 483 EcoE Design III 2
  BEE 415 1 BEE 468 Bioremediation 4 Synthesis Bacc. Core 3
  Engineering Elective 4 Engineering Elective 3 Engineering Elective 3
  Science Elective 3 Perspective Bacc. Core 3 Engineering Elective 3
  Synthesis/Perspective Bacc. Core 3 Perspective Bacc. Core 3 DPD Bacc. Core 3
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14
          Total Credits 181

*BACCORE = Fitness - HHS 231 + Physical Activity Course, Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural diversity,
Literature & Arts, Social Processes, and Difference Power, Discrimination (met with FW Human Dimension Course). Synthesis Courses –
Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society & Contemporary Global Issues.
**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at