Environmental engineering is a diverse field that examines how constructed systems impact the natural environment. The demand for highly specialized engineers, with an expertise in hazardous waste management and sustainable pollution prevention, is ever-growing. As new environmental challenges arise — overconsumption of non-renewable resources, ozone depletion, extreme weather, pollution — an expanding global network of environmental engineers are leading the charge to develop sustainable solutions.
Stevens offers a multifaceted program for students who wish to continue their study of environmental engineering and prepare for leadership roles in the industry. Located on the west bank of the Hudson river, across from one of the largest cities in the world, Stevens' campus offers a unique vantage to the study of urban systems as well as inland and coastal hydrodynamics. The master's program is divided into three areas of concentration that align with current faculty research:
- Environmental Processes addresses the treatment of industrial and domestic water, wastewater and hazardous wastes. Students prepare for careers in both design and operation of facilities for pollution control and treatment.
- Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control examines the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface environment. Students can explore 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.
- Modeling of Environmental Systems addresses the circulation and mixing processes in surface waters and their effect on the transport of contaminants. Students learn deterministic, stochastic and experimental techniques to analyze environmental models.
A degree in engineering is required, with some exceptions for related disciplines. All applicants must have successfully completed at least two years of calculus and one year of chemistry.