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The M.S.E. Degree

The M.S.E. degree is open to students with an ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degree or demonstrated equivalent. The M.S.E. degree is typically a 9-month program based on coursework alone. However, M.S.E. students may optionally complete an independent research project, submitted as a formal essay. The program requires a minimum of 30 credits that includes no more than 1 credit of seminar and no more than six credits of independent research. The M.S.E. degree with significant research components will usually require three to four semesters for completion.

Prerequisites for the M.S.E. program include mathematics through differential equations and computing skills. Contaminant Fate and Transport, Environmental Process Engineering, Environmental Management and Economics, and Water Resources Engineering require one course in applied mathematics, e.g. 570.495, numerical analysis, or engineering mathematics. Contaminant Fate and Transport, Environmental Process Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering require as prerequisite an introductory fluid mechanics course. The program in Contaminant Fate and Transport also requires one semester each of general and organic chemistry. If any of these prerequisites are lacking, they can be taken as part of the course of study, but the credits will not be counted toward the 30 credit requirement.

Contaminant Fate and Transport

This program emphasizes understanding of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that affect the movement and transformation of pollutants in the environment. Required and recommended courses appear below:

Required Courses:
570.411 Engineering Microbiology
570.442 Environmental Organic Chemistry
570.443 Aquatic Chemistry
570.452 Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry
570.441 Environmental Inorganic Chemistry

Recommended electives include:
270.375 Ground Water
570.460 Environmental Colloidal Phenomena
570.445 Physical and Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
570.446 Biological Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
570.644 Dynamic Environmental Systems Simulation and Decision Analysis
570.657 Air Pollution

Environmental Process Engineering

The emphasis of this program is on the analysis and design of processes of water treatment, waste treatment, and environmental remediation, and includes a solid grounding in the chemical, biological, and physical principles underlying treatment and remediation technologies.

Required Courses:
570.411 Engineering Microbiology
570.443 Aquatic Chemistry
570.445 Physical and Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering I
570.446 Biological Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
570.448 Physical and Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering II
570.452 Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Recommended electives include:
At least one course in Geomorphology, Hydrology, or Ecology
At least one course in Systems Analysis and Economics
570.442 Environmental Organic Chemistry
570.460 Environmental Colloidal Phenomena
570.491 Hazardous Waste Management

Environmental Management and Economics

This program focuses on using models of physical and economic systems to analyze and improve the design of public policies and environmental control systems.

Required Courses:
570.493 Economic Foundations for Public Decision Making
570.495 Foundations of Optimization for Planning and Policy
570.608 Uncertainty Modeling for Policy Analysis and Management
570.496 Mathematical Models for Managing Urban and Environmental Systems
570.497 Risk and Decision Analysis
570.659 Environmental Policy Analysis

Recommended electives include:
At least one courses in physical, chemical or biological processes
570.607 Energy Planning and Policy Modeling
570.618 Multiobjective Programming and Planning
570.676 Stochastic Programming
570.611 Natural Resouces Economics (or other environmental economics course)

Environmental Science and Policy

The program in Environmental Science and Policy provides a blend of courses in environmental engineering, economics and systems.

Required Courses:
Four courses are required in environmental science, including the following:
570.445 Physical and Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
570.446 Biological Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
570.448 Transport Phenomena and Advanced Physical/Chemical Processes

The other environmental science courses should be chosen from 270.375, 570.306, 570.319, 570.411, 570.442, 570.443, 570.451, and 570.491.

Four courses are required in environmental policy, including the following:
570.493 Economic Foundations for Public Decision Making
570.495 Mathematical Foundations for Public Decision Making

The remaining environmental policy courses should be chosen from 195.477-478, 195.607, 195.609, and 570.659. The final two courses would be a project or electives in environmental science, engineering, policy, or systems that are appropriate to the student's goals.

Water Resources Engineering

The water resources engineering program combines a solid grounding in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology with electives in modeling, water development planning, policy, and contaminant fate and transport.

Required Courses:

570.395 Principles of Estuarine Environment: Chesapeake Bay
570.353 Hydrology
570.375 Ground Water
570.426 Geomorphic and Ecologic Foundations of Stream Restoration
270.405 Modeling the Hydrological Cycle

Recommended electives include:
At least one course in Systems Analysis or Economics (e.g., 570.493, 570.497)
570.423 Principles of Geomorphology
570.431 Open-Channel Hydraulics
570.432 Sediment Transport and River Mechanics
570.443 Aquatic Chemistry
570.445 Physical and Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering I
570.686 Multiscale Flow and Transport in Porous Media