Environmental Engineering Master’s Degree Curriculum Overview

The environmental engineering master’s degree program prepares students to develop solutions to the challenges of treating and protecting the world’s natural resources. Through three core courses, a concentration and electives, the master’s curriculum immerses students in engineering processes across a range of the sciences. The program offers three concentrations and four areas of focus.

Concentrations Include:


Environmental Control 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.


Environmental Management equips environmental engineering students with knowledge and tools to holistically analyze environmental problems that require a thorough understanding of the complex interrelationships between science, technology, policy, and management. A mix of design, technical, and contextual courses, this concentration prepares students for careers in the environmental industry that increasingly has to work in close collaboration with state, federal, and international regulatory agencies.

Areas of Focus:

  • Inland and Coastal Environmental Hydrodynamics
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Sustainability

A full list of concentrations and specific courses are available in the academic catalog.

By the end of this program, students will be:

  • Prepared for entry-level positions in environmental engineering if they only have an engineering background coming into the program
  • Educated to serve in positions in the environmental engineering field requiring advanced and specialized knowledge and ability
  • Able to practice environmental engineering at an advanced level, and to perform independent research in the field

Below are some of the typical courses available in this program.

Core Courses Include:

  • Numerical Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants
  • Environmental Chemistry

Electives Include:

  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Oceanography
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stormwater Management
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Air Pollution Principles and Control
  • Environmental Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes
  • Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology
  • Environmental Impact Analysis and Planning
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Environmental Compatibility in Design and Manufacturing

Concentration Courses Include:


  • 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


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


  • EN 510/SM 510 Perspectives in Environmental Management
  • EN 531/SM 531 Sustainable Development
  • EN 517/SM 520 Environmental Assessment

Plus, one of the following options: 

  • EN 586 Hazardous Waste Management
  • EN 571 Physiochemical Processes for Environmental Control
  • EN 573 Biological Processes for Environmental Control


  • CE 535 Stormwater Management
  • EN553 Groundwater Engineering
  • CE 525 Engineering Hydrology or EN 686 Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution

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