Water and the Environment

EXPLORE A FOCUS AREA

The Water and the Environment graduate program focuses on both fundamental and applied aspects of environmental systems and processes across a range of scales.  The Water and the Environment program offers unique opportunities for students to participate actively in the research, analysis, and design aspects of real-world problems. Within Water and the Environment, there are three areas of specialization: Environmental Engineering and Science (EES), Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Water Resources (HWR), and Sustainable Water Development (SWD).  Click on each link above to learn about each focus area.

Environmental Engineering Science

Provides comprehensive course work and research in the areas of air- and water-quality management, environmental chemistry and microbiology, natural systems modeling, processes for water supply, pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management.

Hydraulics and Water Resources

Curriculum, in association with world-renowned research institute IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, provides opportunities in laboratory and field-scale experimentation as well as mathematical modeling with IIHR’s high-speed computer facilities.

Sustainable Water Development

Training interdisciplinary professional engineers, researchers, educators, and more to meet water resource challenges of communities most in need. Community service and professional development complement innovative research at food, energy, water nexus.

Water and the Environment Curriculum

PhD (72 SH)
    14 classes = 4 Core + 1 communication + 9 electives = 42 SH
    Research = 30 SH

MS Thesis (30 SH)
    8 classes = 4 Core + 1 communication + 3 electives = 24 SH
    Research = 6 SH

MS Non-Thesis (30 SH)
    10 classes = 5 Core + 5 electives = 30 SH

Required Courses & Seminars

  • Technical Communication Course (CEE:6225 or approved 3 SH course).  Approved courses include Public Speaking for Academics (RHET 7940), Science Communication in the Digital Age (RHET:7500); Writing in the Disciplines (RHET 7930). Others will be considered and should be submitted to the CEE Director of Graduate Studies for approval.  Not required for MS non-thesis.
  • Engineering Ethics Seminar (ENGR:7270 – 1 SH).  First fall semester only, not required for MS non-thesis students.                                
  • Coaching Seminar on Communicating Water Science (CEE:5097 – 0 SH).  MS thesis students are required to take 2 semesters and PhD students are required to take 4 semesters.  We recommend MS thesis students take it during their second and third semesters and that PhD students take it any semesters that work best for their schedules and research.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure these requirements are met before applying to graduate.
  • Water, Energy, Food Nexus Seminar (CEE:5096 – 0 SH).  Required every semester.

Core Classes
Pick 4 (offer every year, note NRT funded students and MS nonthesis required to do all 5)

  • Politics and Economics of FEWS (CEE:5410 / Fall)                                            
  • Fluid Flows in Environmental Systems (CEE:5380 / Fall)                                
  • Foundations of Env. Chem and Microbiology (CEE:5440 / Fall)                      
  • Informatics for Sustainable Systems (CEE:5310 / Spring)                               
  • Watershed Hydrology and Ecosystem Process (CEE:5350 /Spring)               

Water Electives
Three offered each year; students choose how many and which ones to take in consultation with their advisors. 

  • Flow in Open Channels (CEE:4270)                                                         
  • Advanced Hydrology                                                                                     
  • Risk Quantification in Hydroscience                                                         
  • Physical & Chemical Processes (CEE:5156)                                                                           
  • Biological Treatment Processes (CEE:5155)
  • Water Quality & Flow (CEE:5460)                                            

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