Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. All candidates are required to take core courses that provide a foundation and context for pursuing and successfully completing a master’s program in environmental engineering. The following are the required core courses (each 1 credit):

  • EPC 590 Colloquium
  • ENVE 591 Research Methods in Environmental Engineering
  • C E 592 Environmental Engineering and Science Topics

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take one course (3 or 4 credits per course) in each of the following five core areas of environmental engineering theory and design, and environmental policy:

  • Chemistry
  • Process Engineering
  • Biology
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Policy

See the list of courses meeting these core areas in the Graduate Bulletin.

Courses in the degree program may be taken at the 400 or 500 level, but a minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 level or above. All students must complete a scholarly master’s paper (3 credits). The three 1-credit courses (seminars) and the paper count toward the 500-level requirement. All students must complete a total of 30 credits to earn the degree.

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