Master in Environmental Pollution Control

The Environmental Pollution Control programs are interdisciplinary, focused on all aspects of preventing and controlling air, water, and solid waste pollution and disposal. Students take a broad set of four core courses and then can tailor the program to match their interests with courses available in environmental science, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, policy, management and business.

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

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.E.P.C.


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.