There are two options for a graduate degree with emphasis in Environmental Engineering: A graduate degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Environmental Engineering or a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering. The description below refers to the graduate degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Environmental Engineering. For information regarding the graduate degree in Environmental Engineering, please visit the Environmental Engineering program website.

The graduate program in Environmental Engineering leads to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (see CEAE link for details about application and degree requirements). The emphasis areas and required core courses for the graduate program are:

Environmental Engineering, which focuses on the physical, chemical or biological aspects of water and wastewater treatment. Required core courses are;

  • CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry
  • CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
  • CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
  • CVEN 5554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Management
  • A treatment class (one of CVEN 5524 Drinking Water Treatment, CVEN 5534 Wastewater Treatment, CVEN 5474 Hazardous Waste Management, CVEN 5834 Reuse, CVEN 5514 Bioremediation)

Environmental/Water Engineering, which focuses on the integration of environmental engineering and water resources with the goal of understanding the chemistry and hydrology of contaminant transport in natural water. Required core courses are;

  • CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry 
  • CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
  • CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
  • CVEN 5424 Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • CVEN 5353 Groundwater Hydrology or CVEN 5333 Multiscale Hydrology

Environmental Engineering for Developing Communities, which is designed to educate globally responsible students who can offer sustainable and appropriate technology solutions to the endemic environmental problems faced by developing communities at the local, national and global levels. Required core courses are;

  • CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry
  • CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
  • CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
  • A treatment class (one of CVEN 5524 Drinking Water Treatment, CVEN 5534 Wastewater Treatment, CVEN 5474 Hazardous Waste Management, CVEN 5834 Water Reuse, CVEN 5514 Bioremediation)
  • CVEN 5919 Sustainable Community Development I
  • CVEN 5929 Sustainable Community Development II
  • CVEN 5939 Sustainable Community Development III
  • CVEN 5969 (formely CVEN 5834) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • ATLS 5250: Practitioner Fieldwork Methods

Air Quality Engineering, which focuses on issues related to air quality (both indoors and outdoors). Required core courses are;

  • CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry
  • CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
  • CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
  • CVEN 5554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Management

Select at least 2 of the following:

  • CVEN 6834 Environmental Forensics Laboratory
  • MCEN 5161 Aerosols
  • MCEN 5131 Air Pollution Control
  • MCEN 5228 Air Quality Measurements
  • MCEN 5141 Indoor Air Quality
  • CHEM / ATOC 5151 Atmospheric Chemistry

The undergraduate pre-requisites for the graduate program are:

  • Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations (four semesters);
equivalents of APPM 1350, APPM 1360, APPM 2350, and APPM 2360
  • Physics (two semesters); equivalents of PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120/1140 (laboratory)
  • General Chemistry (two semesters); equivalents of CHEM 1211/1221 (laboratory)
  • Analytical Mechanics or "Statics" (one semester); equivalent of CVEN 2121
  • Fluid Mechanics (one semester); equivalent of CVEN 3313
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (one semester); equivalent of CVEN 3414
  • Basic Science, e.g., geology, biology (one semester)
  • Statistics