Sep 25, 2021  
2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Environmental Engineering (M.S.)

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Director: E. Smith
Steering Committee:
S. El-Haggar, E. Imam (CENG Chair), A. Shaarawi (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research), E. Smith

The Master of Science program in Environmental Engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering degree program that is administered by a director and a steering committee from the engineering departments. Other faculty members from the School of Sciences and Engineering participate in the program. It provides a broad program of study in preparation for careers in advanced engineering areas in addition to in depth knowledge in Environmental Engineering with a strong research component.  Graduates will be prepared for Ph.D. studies or for research and leadership in government, industry and international consulting companies.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering graduate program are to provide the graduates of the program with:

  • A broad knowledge of modern computational and experimental methods in engineering.
  • Extensive knowledge in fundamental environmental engineering science, the interactions of pollutants in water, air, and subsurface environments, and the design of treatment/pollutant remediation systems.
  • In-depth understanding of the research methods and data analysis in one of the areas of environmental engineering noted above.
  • An ability to solve unstructured engineering problems, think critically, function well in a team, and communicate effectively.
  • A high standard of written and oral communication on technical matters.


A candidate for the master’s program in environmental engineering must have a degree in engineering.  Students who have some deficiency in their undergraduate training but are well-qualified in other respects may be admitted provisionally.  The program director may prescribe a program of noncredit work to make up for the deficiency.

Courses (24 credit hours)

A minimum of eight courses (24 credit hours) is required. The courses are selected from the following categories:

I- Core Courses (6 credit hours)

All students select two out of the following four ENGR core courses:

II- Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

Students should select a minimum of four courses from the following environmental engineering courses:

III- Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

A minimum of two courses are selected as electives. The courses are selected from a set of graduate courses in engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, management and other related graduate level courses subject to advisor and director’s approval. No more than one 400-level course in engineering, computer science and other related areas, not in the student’s undergraduate major, may be taken for graduate credit subject to advisor and director’s approval


Graduate thesis work is an important and required part of the environmental engineering master’s degree program. Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty advisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in ENGR 590, Graduate Thesis Seminar. Students must complete ENGR 590 before registering for thesis credits. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for ENVE 599, Research Guidance Thesis, by the completion of 18 credit hours. Students must register in ENVE 599 continuously and for at least two semesters. Each of the first two registrations in ENVE 599 must be for three credit hours, after that ENVE 599 is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements.

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