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MS, Environmental Engineering (ENEN)

Students can choose from two degree pathways for a MS degree in Environmental Engineering (ENEN):

  • thesis pathway 
  • project pathway

For the Thesis pathway, students must also complete a qualifying examination, write a research thesis and pass an oral defense of the thesis. All students must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty within five years of admission.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours with thesis pathway or 33 credit hours with a project pathway. There is no course-only option, all students MUST do either a thesis or a project. The student must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty and attend the Department’s Graduate Seminar. Each student must complete either a thesis or a scholarly paper.

Core Curriculum

Four core courses are required for all students in the environmental engineering area.

  • ENEN 610 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENEN 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes
  • ENEN 614 Environmental Biological Processes
  • ENEN 660 Air Pollution
Transfer Credits

No more than six credits may be transferred from another university. Credit transfer and/or exceptions to the 6-credit transfer limit must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Thesis Option

Within five years of admission, the student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours with thesis.

The thesis option, requires a minimum of 8 graduate-level courses and six credit-hours of thesis (ENCE 799). The thesis must be defended with an oral exam and accepted with the approval of the student’s M.S. thesis committee. Upon completion of the thesis research, the thesis must be defended in a public presentation. The project option in the student’s field requires a minimum of 10 graduate-level courses as described below and three credit hours of ENCE 798 research project work resulting in a technical paper which must be approved by the advisor.

Project Option

Within five years of admission, the student must earn a minimum of 33 credit hours with a project option.

 

An example curriculum for the thesis option is presented in Table 1; a sample curriculum for the non-thesis option can be found in Table 2. For additional, program-specific details see the CBEE Department Graduate Handbook available on our Graduate Resources Page.

Table 1. Example Curriculum: M.S. in CE – Environmental Engineering Track – Thesis Option

Course Number Course Title Offerings
Required
ENCE 610 Environmental Chemistry [3 cr] Fall 1
ENCE 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes [3cr] Fall 1
ENCE 614 Environmental Biological Processes [3 cr] Spring 1
ENCE 621 Groundwater Hydrology [3 cr] Fall 1
MATH/STAT Advanced Math or Statistics [3 cr] Spring 1
Elective
ENCE 616 Environmental Engineering Laboratory [3 cr] Spring 1
ENCE 651 Water Resource Systems Analysis [3 cr] Fall 2
ENCE 646/ENCH 676 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants [3 cr] Spring 2
Thesis (ENCE 799) M.S. Thesis [6 cr] Fall/Spring 2


Table 2. Example Curriculum: M.S. in CE – Environmental Engineering Track – Non-Thesis Option

Course Number Course Title
Required
ENCE 610 Environmental Chemistry [3 cr]
MATH/STAT Advanced Math or Statistics [3 cr]
ENCE 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes [3 cr]
ENCE 614 Environmental Biological Processes [3cr]
ENCE 621 Groundwater Hydrology [3 cr]
Elective
ENCE 648 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation [3cr]
ENCE 642 /ENCH 672 Water Resource Systems Analysis [3 cr]
ENCE 644/ENCH 674 Industrial Air Pollution [3cr]
ENCE 646/ENCH 676 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants [3 cr]
ENCE 616 Environmental Engineering Laboratory [3 cr]
Research Non-Thesis MS Research Project [3cr]