Graduate Studies in Environmental Engineering and Science
MS and PhD Requirements

The Environmental Engineering department offers both masters and Ph.D. degree programs.

The MS degree may be earned on either a thesis or a non-thesis basis. Thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of credit; 24 semester hours of course work plus 6 semester hours of thesis research credit. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work that may include up to 3 semester hours of credit for a major report. Doctoral students who have completed 30 hours of graduate credit, have presented their research in EES seminar and have passed the Ph.D. written qualifying exams may also apply for a non-thesis MS.

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 72 hours of credit beyond the basic undergraduate degree. Up to 24 semester hours of this work may be applied to thesis research. A minimum of one year of on-campus residency is required for the Ph.D.  Click here for additional information for graduate students with undergraduate degrees from programs that are not accredited engineering programs, including students with undergraduate degrees in science and mathematics.

Master's Degree

At the MS level, the program of study is designed to develop a fundamental knowledge of environmental chemistry and microbiology and its application in natural environmental systems, water supply and pollution control processes and in solid and hazardous waste management. A core program of courses plus electives and thesis research or a report is required.

NOTE:  CEE:2150 "Natural Environmental Systems" and CEE:3155 "Environmental Engineering: Engineered Systems" may not be taken by graduate students for credit. Graduate students who have not had a course or courses with similar content to CEE:2150 are considered to have a deficiency. Students with this deficiency are required to take CEE:2150 for zero credit after consultation with their advisors.

Environmental Engineering and Science Core

Course Number Course Title Course Hours
CEE:4151 Biological Treatment Processes 3
CEE:5152 Environmental Chemistry I 3
CEE:4153 Environmental Chemistry Lab 3
CEE:3154 Environmental Microbiology 3
CEE:5156 Physical-Chemical Process Fundamentals 3
CEE:4159 Air Pollution Control Technology 3
XX:XXX Program Director approved substitution* (optional) (3)
Total   18

*Substitutions must be approved before classes start in any given semester

Engineering Major (Required) 

CEE:4157** Environmental Engineering Design 3
Electives Normally all electives will be selected from Environmental Engineering and Science Course offerings (CEE:XXXX).  One 3 s.h. course may be selected from outside the Environmental Engineering course offerings if it is closely related to this degree program or the student's thesis research or report investigation.  Approval of the advisor is required.  
Seminar All students are required to participate in CEE:5092 Environmental Engineering Seminar and register for it when they are registered for a full fee course registration.  Each student is required to present one seminar during their MS degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic.  

**CEE:4157 is only required for students seeking the Environmental Engineering designation on their MS or PhD (not required for students seeking the Environmental Science designation).

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D. degree programs require the development of a high level of competence in environmental engineering and science through a combination of course work and research. The degree programs are more individualized to emphasis a specific environmental area and also develop special expertise in a related science or engineering area. Typical outside areas are modeling, chemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering, hydrology and water resources, and environmental health and toxicology. The degree requirements are described as follows:

A student must satisfy the MS Core Course Requirement - 18 s.h.

Electives: Elective courses may be chosen from any area.  However the focus should be to strengthen the student's knowledge of environmental engineering and science and provide needed research topic background coursework.  See a suggested course listing at the end of this section.  Plans of study are to be approved by the advisor and/or advisory committee.

Seminars: All Ph.D. students are required to participate in CEE:5092 Environmental Engineering Seminar and register for it when they are registered for a full fee course registration.  Each student is required to present two seminars during their Ph.D. degree program.  The last seminar should be on their Ph.D. dissertation topic.

Special Registration

Ph.D. students may take one non-CEE listed course on a S-U grade basis with the approval of their advisor.

Prior Coursework

Some students will have completed course work at the undergraduate level that satisfies some of our Core Course requirements. The program Graduate Advisor will approve acceptable substitutions. This will permit those students to have a greater elective course selection.

Elective Course Offerings

Several course listings are provided to assist MS and Ph.D. students in elective course selection. There also are additional courses available throughout the University that may be suitable elective options. All elective course selections are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and/or advisory committee.