Doctoral Programs – Environmental

Environmental Engineering Ph.D.

The field of Environmental Engineering, as partial preparation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, focuses on the understanding and management of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the environmental and in engineered systems. Fundamentals taught in this program enable students to identify important issues, evaluate available information, organize and implement original research, and apply the results of research toward the solution of environmental problems.

Minimum Undergraduate Preparation

The following courses, normally completed at the undergraduate level, are considered prerequisite material for this field of study. Students are responsible for the material covered in these courses.

Chem 11A/B/B/BL: General Chemistry & General Chemistry Laboratory
C&EE 150: Engineering Hydrology or C&EE 151: Introduction to Water Resources Engineering
C&EE 153: Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science
Math 33A: Matrices and Differential Equations
Math 33B: Infinite Series
MAE 103: Elementary Fluid Mechanics
MAE 105A: Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics

Major Field Requirements

Courses taken by students in the Environmental Engineering major field fall into three categories:
(1) Core Courses,
(2) Major Field Elective Courses, and
(3) Minor Field Elective Courses.
The written portion of the Preliminary Qualifying Examination is composed of two parts. In the first part, questions are drawn from material covered in the Core Courses; students must answer questions on subjects represented by four of the Core Courses. In the second part, questions are drawn from material covered in the Core Courses and/or in the Major Field Elective Courses; students must answer questions on subjects represented by six of these courses. Between these two parts of the written examination, students must answer questions on subjects represented by eight different courses.

The Preliminary Qualifying Examination also includes an orgal examination taken after successful completion of the written examination. Minor Field Elective courses may be taken to satisfy the Minor Field Requirement. Enrollment in the seminar course C&EE259A, Selected Topics in Environmental Engineering, is strongly recommended for students in the major field who have not completed their Preliminary Qualifying Examinations.

Core Courses

C&EE 253: Mathematical Modeling in Environmental Engineering
C&EE 254A: Aquatic Chemistry
C&EE 255A: Physical & Chemical Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
C&EE 255B: Biological Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
C&EE 265: Geohydrochemical Engineering Major Field Elective Courses
C&EE 155: Unit Operations & Processes for Water & Wastewater Treatment
C&EE 157B: Design of Water Treatment Plants
C&EE 157C: Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants
C&EE 163: Air Pollution Control C&EE 164: Waste & Hazardous Waste Management
C&EE 254B: Chemical Kinetics & Process Dynamics in Aquatic Systems
C&EE 254C: Aquatic Surface Chemistry
C&EE 258A: Membrane Separations in Aquatic Systems
C&EE 261: Colloidal Phenomena in Aquatic Systems

Minor Fields

Students majoring in Environmental engineering will be expected to complete two minor fields, composed of three courses each (with at least two at the graduate level) or one minor field composed of five courses (with at least three at the graduate level). Note that these are the minimum requirements for completion of the minor field.

Minor fields may be either established or ad hoc. Established minor field programs (corresponding to established fields of study) must be approved by the appropriate field chair. If the department administering the minor field has requirements exceeding the minimum requirements stated above, the student will be expected to complete the requirements of that department.

Ad hoc minor field programs must consist of a coherent set of courses that do not overlap the Major Field Core or Elective courses. Courses taken to fulfill the minor field requirement will generally be chosen from those lsited below. These courses are listed to provide guidance for the students; other courses may be substituted subject to approval. Ad hoc minor field programs must be approved by two faculty representing the ad hoc minor field and the chair of the environmental Engineering PhD Field

Minor Field Elective Courses

Civil & Environmental Engineering

C&EE 175: Introduction to Elements of Decision Making
C&EE 275: Multiattribute Decision Making with Conflicting Objects
C&EE 276: Perspectives of System Representation
C&EE 220: Shear Strength of Soil & Stability of Slopes
C&EE 221: Foundation Engineering
C&EE 222: Soil Dynamics
C&EE 250A: Surface Water Hydrology
C&EE 250B: Groundwater Hydrology
C&EE 250C: Mathematical Modeling of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater
C&EE 251: Water Resources Systems Engineering
C&EE 252: Engineering Economic analysis of Water & Environmental Planning
C&EE 260: Advanced Topics in Hydrology & Water Resources
C&EE M262A: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
C&EE M262B: Atmospheric Diffusion & Air Pollution

Chemical Engineering

ChE 101C: Mass Transfer -or (not both)- MAE 105D: Transport Phenomena ChE 106: Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 210: Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 240: Fundamentals of Aerosol Technology

Computer Science

CS 270A: Computer Methodology: Advanced Numerical Methods
CS 271A: Modeling & Simulation of Lumped Parameter Systems
CS 271B: Modeling & Simulation of Distributed Parameter Systems

Electrical Engineering

EE 236A: Linear Programming
EE 236B: Nonlinear Programming
EE 236C: Optimization Methods for Large-Scale Systems

Environmental Health Sciences

EHS 225: Atmospheric Transport & Transformations of Airborne Chemicals
EHS 240: Environmental Toxicology
EHS 241: Environmental Toxicology: Trace Contaminants
EHS 252D: Properties & Measurement of Airborne Particles
EHS 255: Transport & Fate of Organic Contaminants in the Environment
EHS 262: Control of Airborne Contaminants in Industry
EHS 264: Environmental Microbiology
EHS 410: Instrumental Methods in Environmental Sciences

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

MAE 105D: Transport Phenomena -or (not both) ChE 101C: Mass Transfer
MAE 175: Applications of Probabilistic Risk Analysis
MAE 274: Methods of Probabilistic Risk Assessment
MAE 275: Methods for Risk Management

Minimum Preparation for Minor Field Students

Students wishing to minor in Environmental Engineering will be expected to complete
C&EE 254A, C&EE 255A, and C&EE 255B.
Students electing Environmental Engineering as a minor field will be given a written examination on their preparation. Minor field students will be exempted from this examination if they obtain a grade point average of at least 3.33 in their minor field courses.


Atmospheric Environment

Critical Reviews in Environmental Control

Environmental Science & Technology

Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry

Hazardous Waste & Hazardous Materials

Journal of Air & Waste Management Association

Journal American Water Words Association

Journal of Contaminant Hydrology

Journal of Environmental Engineering

ASCE Journal of Environmental Quality

Journal of Hydraulic Engineering

ASCE Water Environment Research (previously Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation)

Water Research Water Resources Research


American Water Works Association, Water Quality Control & Treatment, McGraw Hill, 1990. (C&EE 255A)

Cussler, Diffusion-Mass Transfer in Fluid Systems, Cambridge Press, 1984. (C&EE265)

Flagan, F. and Seinfeld, J.H, Fundamentals of Air Pollution Engineerings, Prentice Hall, 1988. (C&EE163)

Freeze and Cherry, Groundwater, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1979. (C&EE 265)

Lapidus, L. and Pinder, G., Numerical Solutions of Partial Differential Equations in Science & Engineering, Wiley, New York 1982. (C&EE 253)

Metcalf & Eddy,Wastewater Engineering: Treatment, Disposal, & Reuse, ed., McGraw Hill, 1991 (C&EE 157B)

Montgomery Consulting Engineers, Water Treatment Principles & Design, Wiley-Interscience, 1985. (C&EE 157B)

Morel, F.M.M. and Hering, J.G., Principles & Applications of Aquatic Chemistry, Wiley-Interscience, 1993. (C&EE 254A, C&EE 254B)

Reynolds, T.D., Unit Operations & Processes in Environmental Engineering, Brooks/Cole, 1982. (C&EE 254C)

Stumm, W., Chemistry of the Solid-Water Interface, Wiley-Interscience, 1992. (C&EE 254C)

Wenta, C.A., Hazardous Waste Management, McGraw Hill, 1989, (C&EE 164)