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Concurrent B.S./M.S. Degrees

The Environmental Engineering Program is cooperating with the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department to offer concurrent EVEN BS/CVEN MS degrees in a five-year curriculum (currently, this is the only concurrent BS/MS degree that includes the EVEN BS degree). The purpose of the concurrent EVEN BS/CVEN MS degrees is to allow capable students to gain greater depth of knowledge in environmental engineering by jointly pursuing BS and MS degrees. The concurrent degree program offers students greater flexibility in scheduling technical electives and graduate courses and to enable them to obtain BS and MS degrees in five years.

To fit the BS and MS degrees in only five years, students are allowed to count two technical elective courses (6 credit hours) taken at the graduate level (5000-level and above) for both the EVEN BS and CVEN MS degrees. Students must first complete the four-year Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science curriculum; they then complete the requirements of the CVEN MS degree. Typically, the MS degree would be pursued in the graduate programs of either Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department.

Students seeking to pursue the concurrent EVEN BS/CVEN MS degrees must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.25 when they submit an application for admission to the program. Students are expected to submit an application during the sixth or seventh semester of their undergraduate program in EVEN (75 to 110 credit hours). Applications are made to the Graduate Committee of the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department. The following items are needed to complete an application:

  • Concurrent EVEN BS/CVEN MS Degrees application form (available from the EVEN Program Coordinator)
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • University of Colorado Application for Graduate Admission form, Part II only
  • Certification by the EVEN Program that the required number of coursework hours have been completed
  • Copy of internal transcript
The application deadlines are April 30 for admission to the program for the following fall and October 30 for admission for the following spring semester. No fee is required for the application.

Once accepted into the EVEN BS/CVEN MS program, students must maintain full-time status with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to remain in the program. In addition, to count the two graduate courses (6 credit hours) for both the EVEN BS and CVEN MS degrees, the student must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the 24 credit hours taken immediately after admission to the program. For the CVEN MS, students may complete the requirements for either the Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (course work only) Master of Science degrees.

Students admitted to the concurrent EVEN BS/CVEN MS degrees program who do not meet the requirements for completing the concurrent degrees or who elect not to complete the concurrent degrees may count appropriate graduate courses toward the technical elective (up to 9 credit hours) and option course (up to 12 credit hours) requirements for the EVEN BS.

Students pursuing the EVEN BS/CVEN BS dual degrees are encouraged to seek advice from one of the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering faculty participating in the Environmental Engineering Program (see the faculty list).