Jan 19, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Engineering - Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Kaprielian Hall 210
(213) 740-0603
FAX: (213) 744-1426
Email: ceedept@usc.edu


Chair: Lucio Soibelman, PhD

Director, Environmental Engineering: Amy Childress, PhD

Associate Director, Environmental Engineering: Massoud Pirbazari, PhD


Pasquale and Adelina Arpea Early Career Chair: George Ban-Weiss, PhD

Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, DDes

John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering: Ketan Savla, PhD

Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair: Kelly T. Sanders, PhD

Fred Champion Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Constantinos Sioutas, ScD

Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology: Roger Ghanem, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)

Professors: Amy Childress, PhD; Roger Ghanem, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Erik A. Johnson, PhD; Jiin-Jen Lee, PhD, PE*; Vincent W. Lee, PhD; Patrick Lynett, PhD; Sami F. Masri, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, CPE (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Massoud Pirbazari, PhD; Constantinos Sioutas, ScD; Lucio Soibelman, PhD; Costas Synolakis, PhD; Mihailo Trifunac, PhD; L. Carter Wellford, PhD; Hung Leung Wong, PhD*

Associate Professor: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, DDes

Assistant Professors: George Ban-Weiss, PhD; Felipe de Barros, PhD; Bora Gencturk, PhD; Daniel McCurry, PhD; Kelly Sanders, PhD; Ketan Savla, PhD

Professors of Engineering Practice: Gregg E. Brandow Jr., PhD, PE; Geraldine Knatz, PhD (Public Policy); Henry M. Koffman, PE

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice: Amy Rechenmacher, PhD

Joint Appointments: David J. Gerber, DDes (Architecture); Genevieve Giuliano, PhD (Public Policy); Behrokh Khoshnevis, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); James Moffett, PhD (Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences); James Moore, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Public Policy); Firdaus E. Udwadia, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); John P. Wilson, PhD (Sociology)

Research Associate Professor: Michael Orosz (Information Sciences Institute)

Research Assistant Professor: Scott Fruin, PhD (Environmental Health, Keck School of Medicine)

Adjunct Associate Professor: Hanh Dam Le-Griffin, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Navid Nastar, PhD

Adjunct Research Professors: Maria I. Todorovska, PhD; Yan Xiao, PhD, PE; Dongxiao Zhang, PhD

Adjunct Research Assistant Professors: Jose C. Borrero, PhD; John Caffrey, PhD; Mazen Wahbeh, PhD

Emeritus Professors: Mihran S. Agbabian, PhD, PE; George V. Chilingar, PhD; Joseph S. Devinny, PhD; Geoffrey Martin, PhD

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Fulfilling the vision of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Viterbi School of Engineering and the University of Southern California, our graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program or the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering program will:

  1. Be successful in their professional careers, become leaders in industry, academia, government or service, while adapting their technical, collaborative and managerial skills for the benefit of Society’s built and natural environments.
  2. Support the advancement of the practice of science and engineering, while maintaining professional standards and moral and legal obligations to society, while being active in professional organizations and obtaining professional licensure when appropriate.
  3. Be prepared to pursue graduate studies in engineering or other disciplines, while continuously broadening their abilities and enhancing their technical skills to maintain their relevance with technological change.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering prepares graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; and design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context. The program also explains basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explains the importance of professional licensure.

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering prepares graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry (including stoichiometry, equilibrium and kinetics), an earth science, a biological science and fluid mechanics. The curriculum prepares graduates to formulate material and energy balances, and analyze the fate and transport of substances in and between air, water, and soil phases; conduct laboratory experiments, and analyze and interpret the resulting data in more than one major environmental engineering focus area, e.g., air, water, land, environmental health; design environmental engineering systems that include considerations of risk, uncertainty, sustainability, life-cycle principles and environmental impacts; and apply advanced principles and practice relevant to the program objectives. The curriculum prepares graduates to understand concepts of professional practice, project management, and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental policy and regulations.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Emphasis in Environmental Engineering

See Civil Engineering .

Engineer in Environmental Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in Environmental Engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See General Requirements  for the Engineer Degree.

Sustainable Policy and Planning Graduate Certificate

See the listing in the USC Price School of Public Policy  section.


Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree


Environmental Engineering