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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering

The Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (84 credit hours) is awarded in recognition of mastery in environmental engineering and upon demonstration of an ability to make substantial creative contributions to knowledge in environmental engineering. The recipients of these degrees will be capable of a continuing effort toward advancement of knowledge and achievement in research while pursuing an academic or industrial career.

The full-time doctoral program generally consists of two complete years of academic preparation, followed by one year of full-time research in residence at IIT. To be admitted to candidacy, students must successfully complete a qualifying examination; the department may waive this requirement for students who hold an M.S. degree from IIT in the same field. This examination should be completed within a year of entry into the program. After a student is admitted to candidacy, the department appoints a permanent committee consisting of at least two faculty members of the department and representatives of faculty in the minor fields. The advisory committee may permit the student to initiate research at any time after admission to candidacy when, in the committee's opinion, he or she has achieved adequate preparation. Academic preparation normally includes the equivalent of one year of coursework, with civil engineering as the major field, as well as preparation in such minor fields as applied mathematics or solid mechanics.

The student should discuss the choice of a research adviser with the advisory committee before making his or her selection. The research adviser, if not already a member of the committee, will be added at this time. The research project must be in harmony with the interests of the faculty and with the facilities of the department. Off-campus research for the dissertation is possible if and only if approved by the entire faculty advisory committee. In those cases, the student must register for CAE 691 during each semester in which the thesis is being prepared. The comprehensive examination must be completed at least one year prior to the date of graduation.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, students must take:

ENVE 527 Statistical Analysis of Systems

Students should consult the Transfer Credits section for rules on how many credit hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must pass a written qualifying examination within three semesters after they have been admitted to the Ph.D. program. The exam is diagnostic in nature, and the results of the exam will determine the student's potential for success in the Ph.D. program and recommendations for a future program of study. The examination in the environmental engineering program will cover core areas, including environmental chemistry, chemodynamics, environmental systems and analysis, and physicochemical processes.

The comprehensive examination is oral and may include a written exam based on the student's performance on the qualifying exam. The exam questions will be formulated by the members of the Ph.D. examining committee. The examination will also include oral presentation and discussion by the student of a journal article in environmental engineering) selected a priori by the examining committee. The exam must be conducted within a year following completion of the qualifying exam. The Ph.D. examining committee, which may be the same as the Ph.D. thesis committee, should be suggested by the adviser and approved and appointed by the chairperson at least three weeks prior to the examination.

The thesis proposal approval examination, which is diagnostic in nature, should be conducted after the comprehensive exam and at least one year before the final thesis defense. The exam will be oral and will be administered by the Ph.D. thesis committee. Doctoral research can begin after admission to the Ph.D. program. However, the major portion of the research should not be started until the comprehensive examination is passed and the thesis proposal is approved by the committee. All research must be conducted under the supervision of a full-time department faculty member and in the laboratories of the university. Off-campus research is possible with the approval of the department chairperson. The preliminary thesis draft must meet the approval of all members of the examination committee. An oral examination in defense of the thesis is given as an open university seminar. The thesis defense must meet with the approval of the examination committee; if it does not, the committee has the authority to determine whether or not to grant a re-examination.