Master of Science in Engineering Concentration in Contaminant Fate and Transport (MSE)
This concentration emphasizes understanding of physical, chemical and biological phenomena that affect the movement and transformation of pollutants in the environment.
Degree Program Requirements
- A minimum of 30 credits including no more than 1 credit of seminar, 1 credit of intersession course work, 1.5 credits of Center for Leadership Education (with adviser approval) and 6 credits of independent research counting toward the 30 credits.
- At least 50 percent of the required 30 credits must come from courses within the department.
- Students are permitted to apply up to two classes with a grade of “C” toward their degree. No classes with “D” or “F” can be applied.
- Five to six required courses and four to five recommended elective courses depending on concentration (Note: In order to substitute an alternate course for a recommended elective, students must receive written approval from their adviser).
- Prerequisites (required) for the MSE program includes mathematics through differential equations and computing skills.
- AAP (Advanced Academic Programs) or EP (Engineering for Professionals) courses can be taken and counted to receive a master’s degree as long as there is sufficient rigor as deemed by the adviser. Students must have written consent from adviser (an email will suffice) prior to signing up for the course.
- The Whiting School of Engineering strongly discourages Master's students from using 300-level courses to count towards the required number of Master's graduation credits. Exceptions to this rule should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department. No more than two 300-level courses can be used to count towards the 30 Master's-level credits required for graduation. Advisers must provide an email:
- Indicating the 300 course has been reviewed and deemed to have acceptable rigor, and
- Where applicable, identifying the name and course number of the class that the 300-level course will replace.
The MSE program is typically a two-semester program based on course work alone. However, MSE students have the option to complete an independent research project, submitted as a formal essay or group project report. An MSE degree with significant research components will usually require three to four semesters for completion and is generally intended for those students planning to work in engineering practice. Each individual’s program of study is planned by the student in consultation with department faculty and must be approved by the faculty adviser. MSE students select from the concentrations below.
Recommended Electives Note: Students should select elective courses from the list of recommended electives appropriate for each concentration. Students may substitute an alternate course for a recommended elective and should seek approval from their faculty adviser before registering for the substituted course.
Course Program Requirements
- EN.570.610 Engineering Microbiology
- EN.570.441 Environmental Inorganic Chemistry
- EN.570.642 Environmental Organic Chemistry
- EN.570.643 Aquatic and Biofluid Chemistry
- EN.570.452 (grads should choose the 600 level equivalent -TBA) Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering Chemistry
One course in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, or engineering mathematics, such as:
- EN.570.695 Optimization Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design
- EN.570.697 Risk and Decision Analysis
- EN.530.661 Applied Mathematics for Engineering
- EN.570.693 Economic Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design
Recommended electives include:
- EN.570.446 Biological Process of Wastewater Treatment
- EN.570.657 Air Pollution
- EN.570.619 Methods in Microbial Community Analysis
- EN.570.647 Hydrologic Transport in the Environment
- AS.270.641 Present and Future Climate
*Note that EN.570.676 Stochastic Programming will not be offered in the Spring 2016 Semester. Approved replacements for this course for the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 academic year include:
- EN.560.348 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
- EN.560.442 Equilibrium Models in Systems Engineering
- EN.550.439 Time Series Analysis
- EN.550.453 Mathematical Game Theory
- EN.520.601 Introduction to Linear Systems Theory