Montana State University

Paths to an M.S. in Enviromental Engineering

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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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