Environmental and Water

The field of environmental engineering deals with environmental issues from the nanoscale to the global scale. Contamination caused by the activities and waste products of our modern society affect the water, air, soil, and ecosystems around us in complex ways that must be clearly understood if we are to successfully address these problems. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of these issues, our program provides students with a broad foundation in the fundamentals of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Advanced coursework and research in our graduate program is focused on the following areas:

  • Contaminant Movement and Treatment in Soil and Groundwater
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Green, Sustainable, and Global Environmental Technologies
  • Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Water Quality and Wastewater Engineering

The environmental engineering program is designed not only for those with undergraduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and other engineering disciplines, but also related non-engineering fields such as Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and many others.


  • Herbert E. Allen (Prof. Emeritus) – Environmental chemistry; fate and effects of pollutants in water, sediment, and soil; bioavailability of trace metals; development of environmental standards; ecological risk assessment; analytical chemistry
  • Daniel K. Cha – Biotransformation of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered systems; design and operation of wastewater treatment facilities; population dynamics of biological wastewater treatment processes
  • Pei C. Chiu – Kinetics and mechanisms of pollutant degradation; chemical and microbial reduction of organic compounds; elemental iron technologies for groundwater remediation and water and wastewater treatment
  • Dominic M. Di Toro – Water quality modeling, eutrophication and sediment flux models; water quality and sediment quality criteria models for organic chemicals, metals, mixtures; organic chemical and metal sorption models; statistical models
  • Chin-Pao Huang – Hazardous wastewater management; aquatic chemistry; soil and groundwater remediation; sustainable engineering; environmental applications and implications of nanotechnoloy
  • Paul T. Imhoff – Transport of fluids and contaminants in multiphase systems; mass transfer processes in soil and groundwater; sustainable landfilling; minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from engineered facilities; mathematical modeling
  • Julia Anne Maresca – Microbial contributions to greenhouse gas emissions; microbial secondary metabolites in mixed populations; microbial populations in contaminated environments

MCE/MAS Course Requirements

See the Master’s Degree Requirements in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements. In addition, the Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Applied Science in the field of Environmental Engineering requires three core courses and five electives taken from a variety of fields. Students electing to receive the non-thesis degree must take a total of 30 credits of course work, which typically translates to seven electives beyond the three core courses. Electives should be selected based on approval from your advisor.

Core Courses: (9 credits from the following core courses)

Suggested electives include:

In addition, classes from other departments can be selected in consultation with the advisor. These include graduate-level courses offered by Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Studies, Geography, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, or Plant and Soil Sciences. Each semester students are also expected to register for CIEG865 – Environmental Engineering Seminar.

PhD Requirements

PhD degrees are also offered in the Environmental Engineering field. The courses listed above serve as a foundation for the PhD degree. PhD students work with their advisor to develop a program of study that provides appropriate breadth and depth. See the PhD in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements.