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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program is designed to build a strong foundation in multiple areas of environmental engineering through coursework and to specialize in one area through research. Areas of specialization include: air pollution engineering (indoor and/or outdoor), building energy systems, energy/environment/economics (E3), environmental chemistry, environmental resource management, hazardous waste engineering, and water and wastewater engineering.

Students are expected to conduct research at a rigorous level above and beyond the coursework-only Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering degree program. The program also serves as a foundation for research for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree. The program utilizes a 'mixed-media' curriculum, meaning students gain experience in a combination of environmental engineering fields before specializing in just one area through research.

Students with a variety of academic backgrounds are eligible to apply for the program, including those with undergraduate degrees in engineering disciplines (e.g., civil, environmental, chemical, biological, and others) and non-engineering disciplines (e.g., environmental science, chemistry, mathematics, and others). Students from non-engineering disciplines may be required to take deficiency courses (e.g., mathematics through differential equations, fluid mechanics, and hydraulics) in their first year of study or prior to their acceptance into the program (these courses do not count toward the degree). Each applicant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis during the application review process to determine any deficiency course requirements.

Program Requirements 

Candidates in this program must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, six to eight of which must be ENVE 591 Research and Thesis. Research outcomes are evaluated through oral defense of a written thesis in front of a committee of faculty members.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

CAE 523 Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data
ENVE 501 Environmental Chemistry
ENVE 506 Chemodynamics
ENVE 542 Physiochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
ENVE 580 Hazardous Waste Engineering

General Electives (9-11 credit hours)

Select 9 to 11 credit hours from environmental engineering electives. 1

Thesis Research (6-8 credit hours)

ENVE 591 Research and Thesis M.S.

1  Generally accepted environmental engineering electives include: ENVE 513 Biotechnological Processes in Environmental Engineering, ENVE 528 Modeling of Environmental Systems, ENVE 561 Design of Environmental Engineering Processes, ENVE 570 Air Pollution Meteorology, ENVE 576 Indoor Air Pollution, ENVE 577 Design of Air Pollution Control Devices, ENVE 578 Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning, and CAE 539 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

Up to two courses from other disciplines (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, etc.) may be chosen as electives with adviser approval. Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level courses can be applied toward the degree. Up to four hours of ENVE 597 can also be applied toward the degree.