Environmental Engineering
Administered By: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Environmental Engineering; Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineers are essential participants in the planning, design and construction of waste water and potable water treatment plants, solid waste disposal systems, site remediation and emission control measures, and other similar projects. Major corporations, government agencies, private consulting and construction firms, and universities are just some of the organizations that employ environmental engineers.

In-depth knowledge in environmental engineering is essential for professional practice as well as for research. Full-time faculty members with a range of academic and professional practice experience as well as by adjunct instructors who are experts in their field teach the courses. Those students interested in research at the master's level or continuing their education at the doctoral level should consider working with faculty involved in one of the university's related major research centers.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering 4
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
The M.S. in Environmental Engineering is designed for those who want both specialized course work and the flexibility to tailor their program to their needs.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in engineering or its equivalent. Students who lack an appropriate undergraduate background may be granted conditional admission in order to complete a bridge program or its equivalent. These courses are taken in addition to regular degree requirements; descriptions may be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Bridge Program: Students who lack appropriate background are asked to make up deficiencies by taking a program of courses, including any prerequisites, that is designed in consultation with graduate advisors. See the undergraduate catalog for description of bridge courses. These courses are taken in addition to the degree requirements:

  CE 320Fluid Mechanics (4-0-4)
  CE 321Water Resources Engineering (3-0-3)
  CE 322Hydraulic Engineering (3-0-3)
  CE 501Introduction to Soil Behavior (3 credits)
  Chem 126General Chemistry II (3-0-3)
  CIS 101Computer Programming and Problem Solving (2-1-2)
  Math 222Differential Equations (4-0-4)
  Mech 234Engineering Mechanics ( 2-0-2)
  Mech 236Dynamics (2-0-2)
Degree Requirements:
The program comprises 30 credits of required and elective courses. The student consults the graduate advisor to plan and maintain an individualized and cohesive sequence of courses.

Seminar: In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive departmental or research-based awards must enroll each semester in EnE 791 Graduate Seminar.

12 credits as follows:

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  EnE 663Water Chemistry (3 credits)
  EnE 660Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Problems (3 credits)
  EnE 661Microbiology for Environmental Engineers (3 credits)
  Math (Graduate mathematics or computer science course approved by graduate advisor) 

Required of those receiving departmental awards; elective for all others.

  EnE 701Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Select 12 credits if completing a master�s thesis; 18 credits if not completing a master�s thesis, from: ce601,ce602,ce604,ce605,ce618,ce620,ce621,ce623,ce647,ce702,ene610,ene662,ene664,ene665,ene666,ene668,ene669,ene670,ene671,ene672,ene700,ene702,ene720,ene760
  CE 601 Advanced Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  CE 602Geographic Information System (3 credits)
  CE 604Environmental Modeling in Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  CE 605Research Methods in Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  CE 618Applied Hydrogeology (3 credits)
  CE 620Open Channel Flow (3 credits)
  CE 621Hydrology (3 credits)
  CE 623 Groundwater Hydrology (3 credits)
  CE 647Geotechnical Aspects of Solid Waste (3 credits)
  CE 702Special Topics in Civil Engineering (3 credits)
  EnE 610Hazardous Site Operations (3 credits)
  EnE 662Site Remediation (3 credits)
  EnE 664Physical and Chemical Treatment (3 credits)
  EnE 665Biological Treatment (3 credits)
  EnE 666Analysis of Receiving Waters (3 credits)
  EnE 668Air Pollution Control (3 credits)
  EnE 669Water and Wastewater Analysis (3 credits)
  EnE 670Advanced Processes in Water Pollution Control (3 credits)
  EnE 671Environmental Impact Analysis (3 credits)
  EnE 672Stormwater Management (3 credits)
  EnE 700Environmental Engineering Project (3 credits)
  EnE 702Special Topics in Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  EnE 720Environmental Chemodynamics (3)
  EnE 760Applied Environmental Soil Chemistry (3 credits)
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering 1
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
This is a program for superior students with master's degrees in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or allied fields who wish to conduct advanced research in an area of environmental engineering. In exceptional circumstances, highly qualified students with bachelor's degrees in civil engineering or environmental engineering may be accepted directly into the doctoral program.

Admission Requirements:
A minimum master's GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is normally required for admission. The GRE (general section) is required of all applicants. All international students must also achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (pencil and paper) and 213 (computer-based).

Degree Requirements:
The department approves specific degree requirements and dissertation topics on an individual basis. Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students must conduct independent original research in a specific area of environmental engineering. Students must select an advisor willing to supervise dissertation work.

36 credits minimum of EnE 790 Doctoral Dissertation is generally required. These 36 credits should be completed before submission of the final dissertation document. Students must register for a minimum of 3 credits of EnE 790 until the dissertation has been submitted and accepted.

24 credits minimum of course work beyond the master's degree is required, of which at least 12 credits must be at the 700 level; the remaining credits may be at the 600 level.

Seminar: EnE 791 Graduate Seminar is required for all doctoral students every semester.

Preliminary Qualifying Examination: Full-time students must take the preliminary qualifying examination for the first time within one year of beginning active study and must pass it completely by the next time the examination is offered. Part-time students must take the preliminary qualifying examination for the first time within three years of the beginning of active study and must pass it completely by the next time it is offered. Exceptional students having only bachelor's degrees who are admitted directly into the doctoral program must take the preliminary qualifying examination within one and one-half years of admission and must pass it within two years. All students are permitted to take the examination only twice.

Dissertation Committee: After passing the preliminary qualifying examination, each student in consultation with the major faculty member develops a list of five faculty members who have agreed to serve on an advisory committee as follows: two or three members of the graduate faculty in the student's major area of interest; a member of the graduate faculty in the student's major area appointed by the department chairperson; a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from another field of interest; a member of the graduate faculty from the area of the student's minor field of interest.

Research Proposal: Doctoral students must prepare a written research proposal and make an oral presentation for approval by their dissertation committee. The proposal must be presented after formation of the committee but within six months after passing the qualifying examination. Research is expected to investigate or develop a unique contribution to science and technology.

Dissertation Defense: An oral defense of the dissertation is required after submission of the final document to the department for approval. Signatures of all members of the dissertation committee must be received for final approval to be granted.


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