Master of Science in Environmental Pollution Control

School of Science, Engineering, and Technology

The Environmental Pollution Control (EPC) program is interdisciplinary, dealing with all aspects of preventing and controlling air, water, and solid-waste pollution and disposal.

The Environmental Pollution Control program is directed toward undergraduates from various majors with appropriate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Courses are structured so that a degree can be earned on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities available due to the advanced technical competence they can gain through the program.

The Master of Science degree (M.S.) is for full-time students desiring to carry out extensive research and prepare a thesis. The related Master of Environmental Pollution Control degree (M.E.P.C.) program is for those with science or non-technical backgrounds and builds skills for professional practice.

Students may try a few courses on a space-available basis as non-degree students. If a student decides to apply for the master’s program, he or she may count up to 15 recent Penn State graduate credits or 10 non-Penn State graduate credits toward the degree.

Degree Conferred: M.S.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA A junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, along with a good math/science background. Exceptions may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, or interests.
Education Mathematics through integral calculus (usually calculus I and II), plus two courses each in both general physics and chemistry. See Prerequisite Courses.
Supporting Materials

 

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, that is, no specific deadline. Note that it may take 4-6 weeks to receive transcripts and process an application.

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

Resources

First and foremost, the best resource is the faculty. The graduate faculty have teaching and research interests in the field of environmental pollution control. They are available to help answer specific questions and problems students encounter during course work.

The facilities include: the library; teaching, pilot, and research laboratories (where space is available to graduate students to work on projects); and computer labs. Environmental laboratories for wet chemistry and microbiology are fully equipped for state-of-the-art training and research. Instrumental analysis labs include atomic absorption spectrophotometry, total organic carbon analysis, gas and ion chromatography, and mass, infrared, and ultraviolet spectrophotometry. Neighboring industrial, government, and consulting laboratories and facilities also have been made available for certain types of research. Advanced computer facilities, labs, and software are also available.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants who are not engineers or have no experience with environmental engineering, either through course work or job-related experience, may want to take CE 370, Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Engineering, or a similar introductory environmental course prior to entering any of these programs. Check with the program for other suitable courses.

Prerequisite Courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Physics I, and Physics II.

The Curriculum

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. All candidates are required to take a core course in each of the four environmental areas: air, water, solid waste management, and policy/risk. The program suggests that students take the following courses to meet the first three area requirements. Please note that the graduate standing may be considered in lieu of prerequisites.

  • ENVE 470 AIR QUALITY (3). Prerequisite: CHEM 301
  • ENVE 411 WATER SUPPLY AND POLLUTION CONTROL (3). Prerequisite: CHEM 301, ENVE 301W
  • ENVE 424 SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT (3). Prerequisite: seventh semester standing

The college regularly offers several courses which meet the fourth area requirement of policy/risk, including ENVE 460 Environmental Law (prerequisite: senior standing, graduate standing, or permisson of the program), ENVE 569 Environmental Risk Assessment, and P ADM 531 Environmental Policy.

Courses in the degree program may be taken at the 400 or above level, but a minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 or above level. All students must take at least 1 credit of EPC 590 Seminar and complete a scholarly master's paper (3 credits) or thesis (6 credits). The seminar and the paper/thesis count toward the 500-level requirement. All students must complete a total of 30 credits to earn the degree.

Please note that not all courses are offered at the Harrisburg campus. Students should consult with their adviser on the appropriate courses to take consistent with their educational goals.

For course descriptions: http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/university_course_descriptions.cfm.

CIVIL ENGINEERING (CE)

  • CE 451 HYDROLOGY ANALYSIS
  • CE 462 OPEN CHANNEL HYDRAULICS
  • CE 471 ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION. Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing, 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry
  • CE 472W ENVIRONMENTAL CAPSTONE DESIGN. Prerequisite: CE 370, CE 371
  • CE 473 WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT. Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing
  • CE 475 WATER QUALITY CHEMISTRY. Prerequisite: CE 370, CHEM 110, CHEM 111
  • CE 476 SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTES. Prerequisite: CE 370, CE 371
  • CE 479 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY. Prerequisite: MICRB 400, seventh-semester standing
  • CE 497 SPECIAL TOPICS
  • CE 570 ENVIRONMENTAL AQUATIC CHEMISTRY. Prerequisite: CE 475
  • CE 571 PHYSICAL CHEMICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES. Prerequisite: CE 472, C E 475
  • CE 572 BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES. Prerequisite or concurrent: CE 475, MICRB 400
  • CE 573 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Prerequisite: CE 475
  • CE 574 LABORATORY ANALYSIS IN WATER QUALITY CONTROL. Prerequisite: CE 475
  • CE 575 INDUSTRIAL WASTE MANAGEMENT. Prerequisite: CE 472
  • CE 577 TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN (WATER). Prerequisite: CE 472, 3 credits in hydraulics
  • CE 579 ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION MICROBIOLOGY. Prerequisite: MICRB 400
  • CE 580 HYDRODYNAMIC MIXING PROCESSES
  • CE 597 SPECIAL TOPICS–GROUNDWATER I: POROUS MEDIA FLOW
  • CE 597 SPECIAL TOPICS–GROUNDWATER II: CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
  • CE 597 SPECIAL TOPICS–HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

CIVIL ENGINEERING (C ENG)

  • C ENG 450 LAW AND TECHNOLOGY
  • C ENG 455 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS). Prerequisite: seventh-semester engineering or engineering technology student

ENGINEERING (ENGR)

  • ENGR 594 MASTER'S PAPER RESEARCH

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (ENVE)

  • ENVE 411 WATER SUPPLY AND POLLUTION CONTROL. Prerequisite: CHEM 301, ENVE 301W
  • ENVE 415 HYDROLOGY. Prerequisite: ENVE 361, MATH 446
  • ENVE 417 HYDRAULIC DESIGN. Prerequisite: ENVE 415
  • ENVE 430 SUBSTAINABLE ENGINEERING. Prerequisite: permission of program
  • ENVE 460 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. Prerequisite: senior standing, graduate standing, or permission of the program
  • ENVE 497 SPECIAL TOPICS–Sustainable Engineering Principles
  • ENVE 497 SPECIAL TOPICS–Municipal Waste Recycling
  • ENVE 497 SPECIAL TOPICS–Applied Ecology
  • ENVE 497 SPECIAL TOPICS–Aquatic Toxicology
  • ENVE 550 CHEMICAL FATE AND TRANSPORT
  • ENVE 569 ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT
  • ENVE 597 SPECIAL TOPICS

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION CONTROL (EPC)

  • EPC 590 COLLOQUIUM
  • EPC 600 THESIS RESEARCH

MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS COURSES

  • MNGMT 510 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (or P ADM 510, but not both). Prerequisite: admission to graduate degree candidacy
  • MNGMT 522 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT. Prerequisite: BUS 505
  • BUS 548 QUANTITATIVE METHODS. Prerequisite: MNGMT 522 or MNGMT 523
  • BUS 584 BUSINESS IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY. Prerequisite: MNGMT 510
  • ACCT 501 FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS. Prerequisite: admission to MBA or MS/IS program
  • FINAN 521 CORPORATE FINANCE. Prerequisite: P ACC 501

MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, AND COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES

  • COMP 401 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I. Prerequisite: CSE 120, MATH 430, COMP 351, COMP 408, COMP 430, COMP 432, or COMP 440
  • COMP 414 SYSTEMS SIMULATION. Prerequisite: MATH 446, STAT 451, COMP 408, COMP 430, COMP 432, or COMP 440
  • COMP 415 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II. Prerequisite: COMP 401
  • MATH 444 MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS AND APPLICATIONS I. Prerequisite: MATH 141
  • MATH 445 MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS AND APPLICATIONS II. Prerequisite: MATH 444
  • MATH 446 INTRO TO APPLIED STATISTICS I. Prerequisite: MATH 022 or MATH 040
  • MATH 447 INTRO TO STATISTICS II. Prerequisite: MATH 401
  • MATH 425 INTRO TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH. Prerequisite: MATH 141
  • MATH 448 SAMPLING METHODS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. Prerequisite: MATH 444, MATH 445
  • MATH 450 MATHEMATICAL MODELING. Prerequisite: MATH 315 and MATH 430 or MATH 405 or MATH 412
  • MATH 412 FOURIER SERIES AND PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS. Prerequisite: MATH 230 or MATH 231; MATH 250 or MATH 251

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (ME)

  • ME 405 INDOOR AIR QUALITY. Prerequisite: ME 320 or equivalent
  • ME 433 FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR POLLUTION. Prerequisite: ME 201 or ME 300
  • ME 505 DESIGN OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEMS. Prerequisite: ME 405

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (P ADM)

  • P ADM 500 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
  • P ADM 502 GOVERNMENT FISCAL DECISION MAKING. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 505 HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT SECTORS. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 510 (H ADM) ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
  • P ADM 511 ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT. Prerequisite: H ADM 510 or P ADM 510
  • P ADM 515 LABOR MANAGEMENT RELATIONS. Prerequisite: P ADM 505
  • P ADM 524 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 531 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
  • P ADM 532 URBAN GOVERNMENT
  • P ADM 533 LOCAL PLANNING LAW AND ADMINISTRATION. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 550 POLICY AND PROGRAM EVALUATION. Prerequisite: P ADM 503
  • P ADM 557 FEDERALISM AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 558 LEGISLATION PROCESSES. Prerequisite: P ADM 500
  • P ADM 560 STRATEGIC PLANNING. Prerequisite: P ADM 500

PUBLIC POLICY (PUB PL)

  • PUBPL 480 SEMINAR IN URBAN POLICY. Prerequisite: seventh semester standing
  • PUBPL 490 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY. Prerequisite: seventh semester standing

Time Limit

Students have eight years or nine consecutive summers from the date of admission to complete all the requirements needed to earn the master’s degree. Students who are not taking at least one course a semester (except summer) must contact Enrollment Services to resume study.

Supporting Courses

The program maintains a list of supporting courses and a tentative multi-year schedule of when those courses are to be offered:

Graduate Course Tentative Schedule

The graduate student should consult with their adviser on the appropriate courses to take consistent with their educational goals.

For a complete list of courses, visit the Whitebook.


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