Master of Science Concentration in Environmental Science (MS)
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.
- 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.
- No more than two 300-level courses can be used to count towards the 30 Masters'-level credits required for graduation. The Whiting School of Engineering strongly discourages Master's students from using 300-level courses to count towards the required number of Masters' graduation credits. Exceptions to this rule should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Department. 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.
MS students have the option to complete an independent research project, submitted as a formal essay. A minimum of two semesters is required to complete the MS degree without the research project option. Three to four semesters are typically required to complete the degree with a research project.
MS students are strongly recommended to take the following as prerequisites for the MS program: Mathematics through Differential Equations and Computing Skills. Additionally, MS students who choose to follow Contaminate Fate and Transport, Environmental Process Engineering and Water Resources Engineering concentrations are encouraged to take an introductory fluid mechanics course. Whether introductory fluid mechanics will count towards an MS student’s graduation credits is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Department. Each individual’s program of study is planned by the student in consultation with department faculty and must be approved by the faculty adviser.
Degree Course Requirements
This concentration provides a broad yet rigorous background for environmental professionals. Using the department’s areas of interest, study and research as guides and in consultation with their advisers, MS students can construct their own concentration that complements and expands their interests and professional goals. Additionally, MS students can choose to follow or pull from the MSE concentration tracks: Contaminant Fate & Transport, Environmental Management and Economics, Environmental Process Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.
Four courses are recommended in environmental science, including the following:
- EN.570.644 Physical and Chemical Processes I
- EN.570.446 (grads should choose the 600 level equivalent - TBA) Biological Process of Wastewater Treatment
- EN.570.448 (grads should choose the 600 level equivalent - TBA) Physical and Chemical Processes II
Other recommended courses:
- EN.570.610 Engineering Microbiology
- EN.570.642 Environmental Organic Chemistry
- EN.570.643 Aquatic and Biofluid Chemistry
- EN.570.491 (grads should choose the 600 level equivalent - TBA) Hazardous Waste Engineering and Management
The final courses will be a project or electives in environmental science that are appropriate to the student’s goals and approved by a faculty adviser.