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Environmental Engineering at MSU

A collaborative effort

Environmental Engineering is a cooperative effort between the Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering departments. Faculty and students from both departments collaborate on research and in classes that integrate engineering principles with scientific fundamentals in chemistry, microbiology, environmental science, and other fields to develop solutions of regional and national importance.

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Graduate students Kara DeLeon, left, and Kristen Brileya prepare soil samples in a CBE laboratory led by Matthew Fields (center) for transport to a research site. (MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham)

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At MSU, our unique strengths in these areas have led to strong and successful research and education programs that include the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE). The CBE is an internationally recognized program where multidisciplinary research teams find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems, as well as beneficial uses for microbial biotechnology.

Master's of Science Degree Options through Civil Engineering

M.S. Environmental Engineering – Thesis Option (Plan A)

This summary is intended to assist students in planning their program of study and presents commonly needed information in this regard.   General University degree requirements are fully enumerated in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures.  The information presented here is a combination of the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific departmental requirements.

General Graduate School Requirements

  • Minimum 30 credits total (including thesis credits)
  • Minimum 20 credits coursework (4xx or 5xx-level)
  • Minimum 10 credits: Master’s Thesis (EENV 590)
  • A maximum of 9 credits may be taken at the 4xx level
  • Courses graded below C- cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements
  • Three credits (minimum) registration required during term of:
    • Comprehensive examination and thesis defense
    • Graduation (or 1 credit with in absentia on file)

CE Department Requirements

  • 1 credit of ECIV 594, Graduate Seminar, to be taken during the students final semester

The courses listed below are often considered when establishing the program of study for a particular student. There are also many other courses offered at MSU that may support a student’s academic goals. Each student‘s program is unique and should reflect the student’s interest and goals as guided by their graduate committee.

EENV 534 ENVIRON ENG INVESTIGATIONS 3
EENV 540 WATER CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS 3
EENV 561 ENVIRON ENG REACTOR THEORY 2
EENV 562 WATER TREATMENT PROCESS/DESIGN  3
EENV 563 WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROCESS/DESIGN 3
EENV 565 CHEM SENS/INSTR ENVIR BIOTECH 3
EENV 590 MASTER’S THESIS 10
EENV 591 SPECIAL TOPICS  
EENV 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY  
EENV 598 INTERNSHIP  
ECIV 594  SEMINAR* 1
ECIV 529 GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION 3
EBIO 566 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOFILM ENGINEERING  3
ECHM 503 THERMODYNAMICS 3
ECHM 510 REACTION ENGINEERING/MODELING 3
ECHM 533 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA  3

*CE Department requirement for all graduate students. Must be taken in addition to the required 30 credit minimum.

Each student’s graduate adviser and committee are to work with the student to prepare a Program of Study listing the courses the student will take. The program will be submitted to the Graduate School before the end of the second semester of study.

M.S. Environmental Engineering – Non-Thesis Option (Plan B)

This summary is intended to assist students in planning their program of study and presents commonly needed information in this regard.  General University degree requirements are fully enumerated in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures. The information presented here is a combination of general requirements of the Graduate School and specific departmental requirements

General Graduate School Requirements

  • Minimum 30 credits total (4xx or 5xx level)
  • A maximum of 9 credits may be taken at the 4xx level
  • Courses graded below C- cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements
  • Three credits (minimum) registration required during term of:
    • Comprehensive examination and thesis defense
    • Graduation (or 1 credit with in absentia on file)

CE Department Requirements

  • At least 1 credit of EENV 575
  • At least 1 credit of EENV 575 must be taken during the student’s final semester
  • 1 credit of ECIV 594, Graduate Seminar, to be taken during the student’s final semester

The courses listed below are often considered when establishing the program of study for a particular student. There are also many other courses offered at MSU that may support  a student’s academic goals. Each student‘s program is unique and should reflect the student’s interest and goals as guided by their graduate committee.

EENV 534 ENVIRON ENG INVESTIGATIONS  3
EENV 540 WATER CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS 3
EENV 561 ENVIRON ENG REACTOR THEORY 2
EENV 562 WATER TREATMENT PROCESS/DESIGN 3
EENV 563  WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROCESS/DESIGN 3
EENV 565 CHEM SENS/INSTR ENVIR BIOTECH 3
EENV 575 RESEARCH OR PROF PAPER/PROJECT 1-5
EENV 591 SPECIAL TOPICS  
EENV 592 INDEPENDENT  STUDY  
EENV 598 INTERNSHIP  
ECIV 529 GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION 3
ECIV 594 SEMINAR 1
EBIO 566 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOFILM ENGINEERING 3
ECHM 503 THERMODYNAMICS 3
ECHM 510 REACTION ENGINEERING/MODELING 3
ECHM 533 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA 3

*CE Department requirement for all graduate students. Must be taken in addition to the required 30 cr minimum.
 
Each student’s graduate adviser and committee are to work with the student to prepare a Program of Study listing the courses the student will take. The program will be submitted to the Graduate School before the end of the second semester of study.

Be competitive in a tough economy

While employment opportunities for engineers still abound, the tightening financial situation makes it more important than ever to have an edge when seeking your first job. In Civil and Environmental Engineering, increasing pressure from ASCE for the “BS+30” type of plan – 30 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree – will make the M.S. the preferred entry-level degree.

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