Montana State University

Locate where you are on a path to an M.S. in Enviromental Engineering

from high school to an M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 5 years
I haven't started college, and I want to get a bachelor's and master's degree in Environmental Engineering in 5 years.

Many employers value the extra level of preparation a master’s degree provides as a student moves from their academic program into the workplace.  Therefore, we have developed an option within our curriculum that specifically allows you to move efficiently forward after receiving your undergraduate degree to obtain a masters degree with just one additional year of study.  The master’s program builds on the ChBE and CE/BREN undergraduate programs, and provides synergy in chemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, and environmental engineering classes. You will focus your graduate work in relevant course areas with emphasis on a professional project in either traditional or exciting new areas of environmental biotechnology.

A flow chart for this program is available at this undergrad to Masters flow chart.  Features of the program include:

Junior Year:  In your junior year you begin to specialize in the environmental field with a course in microbiology.

Senior Year: The program gains intensity during your senior year when you and your classmates will take two key courses. First, you'll take an in-depth assessment of aquatic chemistry that covers processes important in both physical chemistry and thermodynamics to bioenergetics and redox considerations. Next, you'll take a course in biochemical engineering that provides a firm foundation in process analysis and biochemical transformations in industrial and environmental scenarios.

After Your Bachelor's Degree: Following application to, and acceptance into the graduate school, you can begin developing  your professional paper and conducting your literature review with frequent input from a faculty advisor.
The year of graduate course work is designed so you can specialize in environmental and biological engineering aspects that support your individual goals and finalize work on your professional paper, which students typically complete the summer following the graduate year of coursework.


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I have a related bachelor's degree (in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or in Chemical and Biological Engineering) and I want a master's degree in Environmental Engineering.

If you have a Civil Engineering degree, you will supplement environmental engineering work with courses and further study in subjects such as hydraulics, hydrology, groundwater and soil mechanics, and often cross over to material in biochemical engineering, mass transfer and reactor design.

If you have a Chemical and Biological Engineering degree, you will supplement your environmental engineering courses with thermodynamics, reactor analysis and transport phenomena, and cross over to hydraulics and groundwater contamination in civil engineering.

Regardless of your bachelor's degree, you are likely to find supplementary coursework in microbiology and biochemistry to be of value.

Degree Options

Plan A: Research-Based
• Thesis Required
• 21 Credits Coursework
• Typical Length of Study: 2 Years

Plan B: Professional Practice
• Professional Paper
• 31 Credits Coursework
• Typical Length of Study: 1 - 1.5 Years

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I have a non-engineering degree, and I want a master's degree in Environmental Engineering.

If you have a non-engineering degree, you are likely to need to build a foundation that you will need to attain your master's degree in Environmental Engineering by taking the following courses:

Calculus and Differential Equations

  • Calculus I (4 cr)
  • Calculus II (4 cr)
  • Multivariable Calculus (4 cr)
  • Introduction to Differential Equations (4 cr)

University Chemistry

  • College Chemistry I (4 cr)

One of the Following Science Courses

  • General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • Elements of Organic Chemistry (5 cr)
  • Microbiology in Today's World (4 cr)

Engineering Mechanics Courses

  • Statics (3 cr)
  • Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)
  • Fluid Mechanics (3 cr)

Five of the Following Topic Area Courses

  • Geotechnical Engineering (3 cr)
  • Engineering Hydrology (2 cr)
  • Engineering Hydraulics (2 cr)
  • Principles of Environmental Engr. (3 cr)
  • Applied Engineering Data Analysis (2 cr)
  • Engineering Economy (3 cr)
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (3 cr)


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