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Environmental Science
Administered By: Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science
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Adminstration
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Chairperson mitra
Associate Chairperson Edgardo Farinas

Adminstration
Chairperson Somenath Mitra
Associate Chairperson Edgardo Farinas

Faculty
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Distinguished Professors venanzi,bozzelli,mitra
Professors Gund,Krasnope,jacksonn
Associate Professor qiuz,mcohen
Assistant Professors wei, hhuang
Special Lecturer Skawinsk
Research Professor iqbal

Faculty
Distinguished Professors Carol A. Venanzi, Joseph W. Bozzelli, Somenath Mitra
Professors Tamara Gund, Lev N. Krasnoperov, Nancy L. Jackson
Associate Professor Zeyuan Qiu, Maurie Cohen
Assistant Professors Liping Wei, Haidong Huang
Special Lecturer William Skawinski
Research Professor Zafar Iqbal

Advisors
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Undergraduate Advisors petrova
Graduate Advisor mitra

Advisors
Undergraduate Advisors Roumiana S. Petrova
Graduate Advisor Somenath Mitra
 
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Environmental Science; Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science. Both degrees are offered jointly by NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.

The environmental science graduate programs are offered through several departments at New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Rutgers Newark, collaborating in an interdisciplinary program of research and teaching. These are the departments of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy at NJIT, the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, and the Rutgers-Newark Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. The strong research program is supported by major grants from federal and state agencies, and industry. Environmental science plays a major role in several NJIT research centers, including the Otto York center for Environmental Engineering and Science.

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Master of Science in Environmental Science 3
 
Master of Science in Environmental Science
This is an interdisciplinary program intended for individuals with backgrounds in science or engineering who want advanced education in the identification, management, treatment and effects of hazardous and toxic materials in the environment. It may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should have undergraduate degrees in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, or related fields who have taken a minimum of one year of college chemistry and mathematics through calculus. Students who lack an appropriate background may be considered for admission and required to take a program of courses that is designed in consultation with the graduate advisor. These may include undergraduate courses which are not counted toward degree credit.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is typically required for admission. Those applying for financial support and those whose last prior degree was from outside the United States must submit GRE scores. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (pencil and paper) and 213 (computer-based).

Degree Requirements:
A minimum of 30 degree credits is required. Candidates must consult with the graduate advisor (not thesis advisor) in designing appropriate programs of study.

Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the core courses listed below, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Seminar: In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive departmental or research-based awards must enroll each semester in EvSc 600 Environmental Science Seminar.

Core:
15 credits:

em631,evsc610,evsc612,evsc616,evsc627
  EM 631Legal Aspects in Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  EvSc 610Environmental Chemical Science (3 credits)
  EvSc 612Environmental Analysis (3 credits)
  EvSc 616Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists (3 credits)
  EvSc 627Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)

Thesis:
Required of those receiving departmental or research-based support; others may choose 6 credits of course work instead of thesis.

6 credits:

evsc701
  EvSc 701Master's Thesis (3 credits)
Elective:
Courses are offered at NJIT and Rutgers-Newark and selected with the graduate advisor�s (not thesis advisor�s) approval.

9 credits if completing a master�s thesis; 15 credits if not completing a master�s thesis from:

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  EvSc 602Special Topics in Environmental Science I (3 credits)
  EvSc 611Hazardous Waste Management (3 credits)
  EvSc 613Environmental Problem Solving (3 credits)
  EvSc 614Quantitative Environmental Risk Assessment (3 credits)
  EvSc 615Global Environmental Problems (3 credits)
  EvSc 700Master's Project (3 credits)
  EvSc 702Special Topics in Environmental Science II (3 credits)
  EvSc 711Advanced Environmental Analysis (3 credits)
  EvSc 725Independent Study I (3 credits)
  EvSc 726Independent Study II (3 credits)
  EnE 673Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis (3-0-3)
  EnE 672Stormwater Management (3 credits)
  EnE 660Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Problems (3 credits)
  EnE 662Site Remediation (3 credits)
  EnE 664Physical and Chemical Treatment (3 credits)
  EnE 665Biological Treatment (3 credits)
  EnE 620Environmental Chemodynamics (3 credits)
  ChE 685Industrial Waste Control I (3 credits)
  ChE 686Industrial Waste Control II (3 credits)
  ChE 687Industrial Gas Cleaning (3 credits)
  ChE 740Biological Treatment of Hazardous Chemical Wastes (3 credits)
  CE 602Geographic Information System (3 credits)
  Chem 664Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
  R120:551Biology of Pollution (3 credits)
  R120:522 
  R120:534 
  R120:523Biogeography (3 credits)
  IE 615Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health (3 credits)
  EPS 612Introduction to Environmental Policy Studies (3 credits)
  EPS 622Sustainable Politics & Policy (3 credits )
  EPS 614Environmental Economics & Management (3 credits)
  EPS 638Physical Geography (3)
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science 2
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science
This is a research-oriented degree intended for full-time students. Although courses may be taken on a part-time basis, a minimum of one year of full-time residency is typically required for completion of the doctoral dissertation.

Admission and Degree Requirements for Students Entering with a Master's Degree

A master's degree in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, or related fields is usually required. Highly qualified students with bachelor's degrees in these fields may also be accepted directly into the doctoral program.

A minimum master's GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is typically required for admission. GRE scores must be submitted. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Specific degree requirements and dissertation topics are approved by the department on an individual basis. Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. A minimum of 36 credits of EvSc 790 Doctoral Dissertation, and registration every semester for EvSc 600 Environmental Science Seminar, are required. Should the 36 credits of EvSc 790 be completed before submission of the final dissertation document, students must register for a minimum of 3 credits of EvSc 790 per semester until it has been submitted and accepted. In addition, at least 24 credits of course work beyond the master's degree are required, of which 12 credits must be at the 700-level and chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor. No more than 6 credits may be in Independent Study (EvSc 725 or EvSc 726).

Qualifying Examination: All applicants are expected to pass a qualifying examination that tests general competence in environmental sciences at the master's level. It must be taken within the first year following admission to the program, and passed within two years. A student will be allowed only two attempts to pass the examination.

Formation of Dissertation Committee: Within three months of passing the qualifying examination, doctoral students must form a dissertation committee that meets the approval of the graduate advisor (not the dissertation advisor) in environmental science. As a minimum, the committee must consist of the doctoral student's dissertation advisor, three additional faculty members from the program, and one member from outside the program and the Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science.

Research Proposal: Within six months of forming the dissertation committee, doctoral students must make a formal oral presentation to their dissertation committee and other interested persons on the scope of their proposed research. The committee must formally approve the proposal within a maximum of three additional months. This ensures meeting the requirements that doctoral students must have an approved dissertation committee and an approved dissertation proposal within a year of passing the qualifying examination.

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

Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the required courses (EvSc 610, EvSc 612, EvSc 616, EM 631, and R120:604), and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Admission and Degree Requirements for Students Entering with a Bachelor's Degree

Exceptional students with appropriate undergraduate degrees may apply directly for admission to the doctoral program. Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is typically required for admission. GRE scores must be submitted. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the required courses (EvSc 610, EvSc 612, EvSc 616, EM 631, and R120:604 ), and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Required:
51 credits as follows:

R120:604,em631,evsc610,evsc612,evsc616
  R120:604Microbiology: Principles and Applications (3 credits)
  EM 631Legal Aspects in Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  EvSc 610Environmental Chemical Science (3 credits)
  EvSc 612Environmental Analysis (3 credits)
  EvSc 616Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists (3 credits)
In addition, a minimum of 36 credits of EvSc 790 Doctoral Dissertation, and registration every semester for EvSc 600 Environmental Science Seminar, are required. Should the 36 credits of EvSc 790 be completed before submission of the final dissertation document, students must register for a minimum of 3 credits of EvSc 790 per semester until it has been submitted and accepted.

Elective:
27 credits as follows :

12 credits from 700-level courses chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor. No more than 6 credits may be in Independent Study(EvSc 725 or EvSc 726).

15 credits from any 600- or 700-level courses (may be from outside the department)

Qualifying Examination - A qualifying examination must be taken within three semesters of admission to the program, and passed within two years. A student will only be allowed two attempts to pass the examination.

Formation of Dissertation Committee - Within three months of passing the qualifying examination, doctoral students must form a dissertation committee that meets the approval of the graduate advisor (not the dissertation advisor) in environmental science. As a minimum, the committee must consist of the doctoral student's dissertation advisor, three additional faculty members from the program, and one member from outside the program and the Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science.

Research Proposal - Within six months of forming the dissertation committee, doctoral students must make an oral presentation to their dissertation committee and other interested persons on the scope of their proposed research. The committee must formally approve the proposal within a maximum of three additional months. This ensures meeting requirements that doctoral students must have an approved dissertation committee and an approved dissertation proposal within a year of passing the qualifying examination.

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

 


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