Environmental Engineering

Master of Engineering - Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering graduate program is divided into three areas of concentration: Environmental Processes, Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control, and Inland and Coastal Environmental Hydrodynamics.

  • The Environmental Processes concentration addresses the treatment of industrial and domestic water and wastewater and hazardous wastes. Process fundamentals are integrated with a design approach to meeting treatment objectives. Students will be prepared for careers in both design and operation of facilities for pollution control.
  • The Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control concentration emphasizes the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface environment and on engineering processes to mitigate their adverse environmental impact. Some specific areas of study in this option are the modeling of contaminant transport in local or regional geohydrologic systems, the impact of contamination in the subsurface environment, the management of municipal and industrial waste disposal, and the remediation of groundwater and soil.
  • The Modeling of Environmental Systems concentration addresses the circulation and mixing processes in surface waters and the effect of such processes on the fate and transport of contaminants. Deterministic, stochastic and experimental techniques are emphasized.

Major areas of current faculty research include groundwater hydrology and pollution, water and wastewater treatment processes, design of waste disposal management, and environmental processes in coastal and estuarine waters. Master's candidates without a previous engineering degree may, on a case-by-case basis, be allowed to enroll for the Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering if they have a bachelor's degree in a relevant science discipline. These students must also take CE 503, CE 504, and EN 505, or their equivalent, not for credit towards a degree. All applicants must have at least two years of calculus and one year of chemistry.

Core Courses

  • CE 565 Numerical Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • EN 541 Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants
  • EN 570 Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Engineering Concentrations

Environmental Control Processes

  • EN 570 Environmental Chemistry
  • EN 571 Physicochemical Processes for Environmental Control
  • EN 573 Biological Processes for Environmental Control
  • EN 575 Environmental Biology
  • EN 637 Environmental Control Laboratory
  • EN 751 Design of Wastewater Facilities

Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control

  • EN 520 Soil Behavior and its Role in Environmental Applications
  • EN 551 Environmental Chemistry of Soils and Natural Surfaces
  • EN 553 Groundwater Engineering
  • EN 654 Environmental Geotechnology
  • EN 686 Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution
  • EN 690 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technologies

Modeling of Environmental Systems

  • CE 679 Regression and Stochastic Methods
  • CE 684 Mixing Processes in Inland and Coastal Waters
  • EN 680 Modeling of Environmental Systems
  • EN 780 Nonlinear Correlation and System Identification

The remaining courses are electives, which are selected in consultation with the academic adviser. Electives may be concentrated in specific areas, such as:

Inland and Coastal Environmental Hydrodynamics

  • CE 525 Engineering Hydrology
  • OE 501 Oceanography
  • OE 616 Sediment Transport

Water Resources

  • CE 535 Stormwater Management
  • CE 685 Advanced Hydraulics

Air Pollution Control

  • EN 505 Environmental Engineering
  • EN 550 Environmental Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes
  • OE 591 Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology

Environmental Sustainability

  • EN 545 Environmental Impact Analysis and Planning
  • EN 547 Project Life Cycle Management
  • EN 548 Environmental Compatibility in Design and Manufacturing

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