Environmental Engineering PhD
The Environmental Engineering PhD is a doctoral program in the College of Engineering that gives you the knowledge and the credentials to design large-scale solutions to widespread environmental threats to human health and habitations. Devise the biological, chemical and physical strategies to combat the ravages wrought by climate change and daily ecological damage.
This customizable doctorate allows you to pursue in-depth research in your preferred area of interest. You can choose from current faculty research projects or design your own. Faculty members are currently researching
- advanced treatments for drinking water and wastewater,
- emerging contaminants in the environment,
- environmental biotechnology,
- fate and transformation of environmental contaminants,
- floodplain delineation,
- industrial waste treatment, and
- surface and subsurface hydrology.
Use your knowledge to devise original solutions to persisting environmental problems, while developing the credentials to teach environmental engineering at the university level. Small classes held in the evening will provide you with a great amount of flexibility. Department course offerings are scheduled through 2020, allowing you to arrange an uninterrupted plan of study.
You’ll leave the program steeped in diverse approaches to engineering that will make you a well-rounded academic, industry engineer or researcher. You’ll also form close relationships with your cohort, a dynamic student body representing a wide range of ethnic, national and racial identities.
Completion requirements depend on whether you enter the program with a master’s degree.
- If you have a master’s degree, you must complete 15 credits of PhD-level didactic coursework and 15 credits of PhD exams and dissertation research, for a total of 30 credits.
- If you only have a bachelor’s degree, you must complete 45 credits of master’s- and PhD-level didactic coursework and 15 credits of PhD exams and dissertation research, for a total of 60 credits. See the Admissions section below for more information.
Between didactic coursework, dissertation research and examinations, the PhD can take four or five years, depending on your trajectory and project interests. You have up to seven years to complete your degree.
There are three major pieces of culminating work.
- Preliminary examination: This exam evaluates your communication, information-synthesis and research skills.
- Dissertation proposal: Research and write your proposal, and present it at an open college seminar.
- Dissertation writing and defense: Present and defend your dissertation in front of a dissertation committee.