Graduate Studies in Environmental Engineering Sciences - Total Credit Hour Requirement

Graduate Studies in Environmental Engineering and Science


The Environmental Engineering department offers both masters and Ph.D. degree programs.

The MS degree may be earned on either a thesis or a non-thesis basis. Thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of credit; 24 semester hours of course work plus 6 semester hours of thesis research credit. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work that may include up to 3 semester hours of credit for a major report. Doctoral students who have completed 30 hours of graduate credit, have presented their research in EES seminar and have passed the Ph.D. written qualifying exams may also apply for a non-thesis MS.

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 72 hours of credit beyond the basic undergraduate degree. Up to 24 semester hours of this work may be applied to thesis research. A minimum of one year of on-campus residency is required for the Ph.D.  Click here for additional information for graduate students with undergraduate degrees from programs that are not accredited engineering programs, including students with undergraduate degrees in science and mathematics.


At the MS level, the program of study is designed to develop a fundamental knowledge of environmental chemistry and microbiology and its application in natural environmental systems, water supply and pollution control processes and in solid and hazardous waste management. A core program of courses plus electives and thesis research or a report is required.

NOTE:  CEE:2150 (53:050) "Natural Environmental Systems" and CEE:3155 (53:055) "Environmental Engineering: Engineered Systems" may not be taken by graduate students for credit. Graduate students who have not had a course or courses with similar content to CEE:2150 (53:050) are considered to have a deficiency. Students with this deficiency are required to take CEE:2150 (53:050) for zero credit after consultation with their advisors.

Environmental Engineering and Science Core


53:15 (CEE:4151)

Biological Treatment Processes


53:15 (CEE:5152)

Environmental Chemistry I


53:15 (CEE:4153)

Environmental Chemistry Lab


53:15 (CEE:5154)

Environmental Microbiology


53:15 (CEE:5156)

Physical-Chemical Process Fundamentals


53:15 (CEE:4159)

Air Pollution Control Technology



Program Director approved substitution* (optional)




*Substitutions must be approved before classes start in any given semester

Engineering Major: (Required)


53:157 (CEE:4157)

Environmental Engineering Design



Normally all electives will be selected from Environmental Engineering and Science Course offerings (53:XXX).  One 3 s.h. course may be selected from outside the Environmental Engineering course offerings if it is closely related to this degree program or the student's thesis research or report investigation.  Approval of the advisor is required.


All students are required to participate in 53:192 (CEE:5092) Environmental Engineering Seminar and register for it when they are registered for a full fee course registration.  Each student is required to present one seminar during their MS degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic.


Ph.D. degree programs require the development of a high level of competence in environmental engineering and science through a combination of course work and research. The degree programs are more individualized to emphasis a specific environmental area and also develop special expertise in a related science or engineering area. Typical outside areas are modeling, chemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering, hydrology and water resources, and environmental health and toxicology. The degree requirements are described as follows:

A student must satisfy the MS Core Course Requirement - 18 s.h.


Elective courses may be chosen from any area.  However the focus should be to strengthen the student's knowledge of environmental engineering and science and provide needed research topic background coursework.  See a suggested course listing at the end of this section.  Plans of study are to be approved by the advisor and/or advisory committee.


All Ph.D. students are required to participate in 53:192 (CEE:5092) Environmental Engineering Seminar and register for it when they are registered for a full fee course registration.  Each student is required to present two seminars during their Ph.D. degree program.  The last seminar should be on their Ph.D. dissertation topic. 

Special Registration

Ph.D. students may take one non-CEE listed course on a S-U grade basis with the approval of their advisor.

Prior Coursework

Some students will have completed course work at the undergraduate level that satisfies some of our Core Course requirements. The program Graduate Advisor will approve acceptable substitutions. This will permit those students to have a greater elective course selection.

Elective Course Offerings

Several course listings are provided to assist MS and Ph.D. students in elective course selection. There also are additional courses available throughout the University that may be suitable elective options. All elective course selections are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and/or advisory committee.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

53:102 (CEE:4102) Groundwater
53:103 (CEE:4103) Water Quality
53:107 (CEE:4107) Sustainable Systems
53:111 (CEE:4511) Numerical Calculations
53:115 (CEE:4515) Computer Aided Engineering
53:116 (CEE:4116) Computer Aided Design for CEE
53:118 (CEE:4118) Probablistic Methods in Hydroscience
53:120 (CEE:4120) Water Resources Sustainability
53:141 (CEE:4141) Design for the Developing World
53:157 (CEE:4157) Environmental Engineering Design
53:158 (CEE:4158) Solid and Hazardous Wastes
53:161 (CEE:5115) Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics
53:170 (CEE:4370) Flow in Open Channels
53:171 (CEE:4371) Water Resources Engineering
53:174 (CEE:4374) Water Resource Design
53:175 (CEE:5375) Environmental Fluid Dynamics
53:178 (CEE:4378) Hydrometeorology
53:204 (CEE:4220) Environmental Health Policy
53:251 (CEE:6151) Environmental Systems Modeling
53:252 (CEE:????) Environmental Chemistry II
53:254 (CEE:????) Environmental Toxicology
53:255 (CEE:????) Environmental Processes of Organic Compounds
53:272 (CEE:6372) Environmental Dispersion Processes
53:273 (CEE:????) Computational Hydraulics
53:274 (CEE:????) Foundations in Bioremediation


61:157 (MICR:2157) General Microbiology
61:160 (MICR:3160) Microbial Physiology
61:168 (MICR:3168) Introduction to Animal Viruses
61:179 (MICR:3179) Bacterial Diversity 
61:218 (MICR:5218) Microscopy for Biomedical Research 


99:110 (BIOC:3110) Biochemistry
99:120 (BIOC:3120) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 
99:140 (BIOC:3140) Experimental Biochemistry


4:121 (CHEM:2210) Organic Chemistry I
4:122 (CHEM:2220) Organic Chemistry II
4:111 (CHEM:3110) Analytical Chemistry I
4:112 (CHEM:3120) Analytical Chemistry II
4:131 (CHEM:4431) Physical Chemistry I
4:132 (CHEM:4432) Physical Chemistry II
4:209 (CHEM:5109) Separations
4:211 (CHEM:????) Analytical Spectroscopy
4:235 (CHEM:5435) Chemical Kinetics

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

52:145 (CBE:????) Intermediate Chemical Reaction Kinetics
52:146 (CBE:????) Biochemical Engineering
52:147 (CBE:????) Modeling Analysis

Occupational and Environmental Health

175:111 (OEH:4210) International Health
175:182 (OEH:4540) Statistics for Experimenters
175:195 (OEH:5230) Environmental Health
175:260 (OEH:6710) Environmental Toxicology
175:221 (OEH:6450) Aerosol Technology


171:161 (BIOS:5110) Introduction to Biostatistics
171:162 (BIOS:5120) Design and Analysis of Biostatistical Studies


173:140 (EPID:5400) Principles of Epidemiology


44:101 (GEOG:3330) Climatology
44:102 (GEOG:????) Earth Surface Processes
44:103 (GEOG:2374) Biogeography
44:109 (GEOG:3540) Introduction to Geographic Visualization 
44:111 (GEOG:2930) Water Resources
44:121 (GEOG:????) Natural Resources Policy
44:125 (GEOG:4750) Environmental Impact Analysis
44:126 (GEOG:4310) Wetlands: Function, Geography, and Management 
44:128 (GEOG:4520) GIS for Environment Studies: Applications
44:129 (GEOG:????) Water Resource Management
44:145 (GEOG:4500) Applications in Environmental Remote Sensing
44:175 (GEOG:3760) Hazards and Vulnerability
44:179 (GEOG:3340) Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence
44:191 (GEOG:????) Energy in Contemporary Society
44:225 (GEOG:????) Water Resources Systems Analysis
44:228 (GEOG:????) Drainage Basin: Forms and Process
44:229 (GEOG:????) Water Resources Management


12:108 (GEOS:3080) Introduction to Oceanography
12:110 (GEOS:3100) Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing
12:179 (GEOS:4790) Engineering Geology


2:114 (BIOL:2723) Cell Biology


22M:171 (MATHL5810) Numerical Analysis: Differential Equations & Linear Algebra
22M:180 (MATH:????) Topics in Applied Analysis I

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

56:156 (IE:????) Engineering Economic Decisions
56:171 (IE:3700) Operations Research
56:176 (IE:3760) Applied Linear Regression
56:270 (IE:6600) Linear Programming
56:271 (IE:????) Nonlinear Optimization 

Policy and Planning

 102:101 (URP:3001) Planning Livable Cities 
102:205 (URP:6205) Economics for Policy Analysis
102:242 (URP:6252) Planning for Sustainable City-Regions 
102:243 (URP:6253) Healthy Cities and the Environment 
101:248 (PTRS:6250) Research in PT

College of Law

91:255 (LAW:8433) Environmental Law
91:323 (LAW:????) Natural Resource Law
91:359 (LAW:8891) Water Law