Environmental Engineering Doctoral Program Curriculum Overview

The environmental engineering doctoral program is an advanced graduate program designed to develop the student’s capability to perform research or high-level design in environmental engineering. The program is excellent preparation for PE (Professional Engineering) certification.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Conduct research (experimental and analytical work)
  • Use analytical instruments for measurement of chemical and physical properties of water, soil and air
  • Design water treatment and environmental remediation systems
  • Write technical reports or papers

Degree Requirements

Eighty-four credits of graduate work in an approved program of study beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for completion of the doctoral program. Up to 30 credits obtained in a master’s program can be included in this program. Of the remaining 54 credits, 15 to 30 credit hours of coursework, as well as 30 to 45 credit hours of dissertation work, are required. The preliminary requirements for the doctorate are regarded not as ends in themselves, but rather as preparation for the dissertation in which the student demonstrates ability.

If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, please contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.

Qualifying Examination

Within two years from the time of admission, a student must take a qualifying examination that tests his/her basic knowledge and ability to critically analyze the research literature. Upon satisfactory performance in the qualifying examination, and completion of the required course work, (s)he must take an oral preliminary examination. This examination is primarily intended to evaluate the student’s aptitude for advanced research and examine his/her understanding of the subjects associated specifically with the dissertation topics.

Doctoral Dissertation and Advisory Committee

Upon satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination and all course work, a student will become a doctoral candidate and start his/her dissertation research. Doctoral research work must be based on an original investigation and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, and must be worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, a student must defend his/her thesis in a public presentation.

For additional information about courses, please review the academic catalog.