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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.)

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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 of social significance, think critically, and function well in a team.
  • A high and ethical standard of written and oral communication on technical matters.


A candidate for the master’s program in environmental engineering must have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for graduate study, including English language proficiency. A minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required for full admission into the master’s program. Students who have some deficiency in their undergraduate training but are will-qualified in other aspects 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:

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 5940 , Graduate Thesis Seminar. Students must complete ENGR 5940  before registering for thesis credits. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for ENVE 5980 , Research Guidance Thesis, by the completion of 18 credit hours. Students must register in ENVE 5980  continuously and for at least two semesters. Each of the first two registrations in ENVE 5980  must be for three credit hours, after that ENVE 5980  is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements.

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