Master of Science in Environmental Science

Program Director: Roger Dickey, Ph.D.

The M.S. in Environmental Science emphasizes the fundamental science and regulatory framework of the environmental field, while broadly addressing analysis and design of both technological and management-oriented solutions to environmental problems. A minimum of 30 term-credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. For full-time graduate students, 6 term-credit hours may involve research and completion of a Master's thesis, with approval from the student's advisor, with an additional 24 term-credit hours of course work. The program also has the flexibility to meet the needs of part-time students, already working in industry, who typically take the non-thesis route requiring 30 term-credit hours of course work. All environmental graduate courses are offered with evening class times, and via distance learning, to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics, or in one of the engineering disciplines.
  • G.P.A. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A minimum of one year of college-level calculus. An additional half-year of differential equations is desirable.
  • A minimum of one year of college-level chemistry. An additional half-year of organic chemistry is desirable.
  • Satisfy Lyle School of Engineering GRE score guidelines.

Degree Requirements

30 term-credit hours, with a minimum graduate G.P.A. of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Additional articulation courses may be required for students without an environmental, or closely related quantitative science or engineering, undergraduate degree.

Degree Plan

Recommended Degree Plan (PDF

Core Courses (15 Term-credit Hours)

CEE 7312 Risk Assessment and Health Effects
CEE 7313 Environmental Chemistry and Biology
CEE 7322 Biological Waste Treatment
CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7354 Environmental Engineering Principles and Processes

Group I Specialization Electives (9 Term-credit Hours)

CEE 7311 Environmental and Hazardous Waste Law
CEE 7351 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
CEE 7353 Environmental Epidemiology
BIOL (CHEM) 5110 Biological Chemistry Lab
BIOL (CHEM) 5310 Biol. Chem.: Macromolecular Struc. & Func.
BIOL 5311 Biological Chemistry: Metabolism
BIOL 5364 Endocrine Physiology
CHEM 5486 Instrumental Analysis
GEOL 5370 Global Change
GEOL 5384 Hydrogeology
GEOL 5386 Geochemistry
GEOL 6369 Advanced Geochemistry
GEOL 6370 Aquatic & Mineral-Water Interface Geochemistry

Group II Breadth Electives (6 Term-credit Hours)

CEE 7314 Environmental Regulations and Compliance
CEE 7315 Integrated Waste Management
CEE 7321 Physical and Chemical Waste Treatment
CEE 7323 Project Management
CEE 7325 Disaster Management
CEE 7332 Groundwater Hydrology and Contamination
CEE 7334 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
CEE 7335 Aerosol Mechanics
CEE 7350 Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7352 Management of Radioactive Hazards
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models
EMIS 8361 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
EMIS 8362 Engineering Accounting
EMIS 8363 Engineering Finance
EMIS 8364 Engineering Management
EMIS 8378 Optimization Models for Decision Support