Five-Year Bachelor of Civil Engineering - Master of Environmental Engineering (BCE-MEnvE)


The College of Engineering & Science offers a combined Bachelor of Civil Engineering - Master of Environmental Engineering program. High school students can be admitted directly into this accelerated program.

Environmental engineers use the principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on its treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems, conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality-control checks. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. Some may study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also may be involved in the protection of wildlife. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations, prevent environmental damage, and clean up hazardous sites.

In order to complete both the BCE and MEnvE degrees in five years, the student must (a) be very well prepared as an incoming freshman, ready to take our core engineering courses, (b) satisfy all the admission criteria (see below), and (c) maintain a 3.25 GPA, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Please see separate catalog pages for Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineering Program Learning Outcomes.

    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the five-year Engineering program for new freshmen:

    • A high school ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section, or 600 on the Mathematics SAT score and combined Reading and Math of 1190.
    • A high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Students must place into appropriate-level freshmen courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete their bachelor and master degrees in five years.

    Qualifications for the five-year Engineering program for Detroit Mercy juniors/seniors:

    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours can apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.
    • If accepted into the program, students may take up to nine graduate credits in their fourth year that will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
    • In their fifth year, students will be registered as full-time graduate students, which requires that they are registered for at least nine credit hours of graduate level courses per term. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.

    To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy, complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their graduate program by the end of their fifth year.



    • Reduction in the total number of courses required to get both the bachelor and master degrees (students may count nine credits towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements)
    • Ability to take up to nine graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate

    The graduate courses which may be taken during the undergraduate program that can also be applied toward the undergrad degree requirements must be approved by your academic advisor. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to gain credit towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.


    Degree Requirements (BCE 135/141 credits + MEnvE 30 credits, nine credits double-counted)

    The course requirements for the Five-Year Bachelor of Civil Engineering to Master of Environmental Engineering include 135 credits of undergraduate course work (141 credits if an Environmental concentration is also obtained) and 30 credits of graduate coursework. Nine credits taken at the graduate-level will be double-counted towards the undergraduate degree, so that the total credits completed will be 155/161 credits. The course requirements are based on the current existing requirements for each program separately. Note: a minimum of 15 credits of the graduate degree must be courses offered only at the graduate level.

    Please review separate catalog pages for Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineering for degree requirements.

Program Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Utpal Dutta, Ph.D., P.E.
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: 313-993-1040