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Environmental Engineering Program

The graduate program in Environmental Engineering leads to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Students studying toward the M.S. degree can pursue a thesis or a course work option of 30 semester hours. The Ph.D. degree requires additional course work beyond M.S. degree as well as a dissertation.  More details are available in our guide for prospective students.

Areas of Study

Acid Mine Drainage Characterization and Treatment
Air Quality Monitoring and Modeling
Aquatic Ecology in Alpine and Arctic Ecosystems
Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Biological Processes in Wastewater Treatment
Contaminant Transport in Natural Waters
Drinking Water Treatment
Photolysis and Oxidation in Water
Environmental Mass Spectrometry
Engineering in Developing Communities

Course Offerings

Graduate level courses in environmental engineering include:

CVEN 5323 Applied Stream Ecology
CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry
CVEN 5414 Water Chemistry Laboratory
CVEN 5424 Environmental Organic Chemistry
CVEN 5434 Environmental Engineering Design
CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
CVEN 5454 Quantitative Methods in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
CVEN 5474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management
CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
CVEN 5494 Surface Water Quality Modeling
CVEN 5524 Drinking Water Treatment
CVEN 5534 Wastewater Treatment
CVEN 5537 Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
CVEN 5544 Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery
CVEN 5700 Sustainability and the Built Environment
CVEN 6404 Advanced Aquatic Chemistry
CVEN 6414 Aquatic Surfaces and Particles
CVEN 5834 Water Reuse
CVEN 5834 Advanced Oxidation
CVEN 5834 Sustainable Development I
CVEN 5834 Sustainable Development II

Environmental engineering students also take many courses in Water Resources Engineering.

Undergraduate Course Prerequisites for Graduate Admission

Before taking graduate courses, the following undergraduate prerequisites must be taken.  More details are available in our guide for prospective M.S. students.

  • mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations)
  • physics (two semesters)
  • chemistry (two semesters)
  • basic science, e.g., geology, biology (one semester)
  • solid mechanics and fluid mechanics
  • fundamentals of environmental engineering

Transfer Credits

For the Master of Science program, the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department will accept up to 9 credit hours of graduate-level course work from other institutions.  For the Doctor of Philosophy program, up to 15 credit hours of graduate-level course work from another institution (or up to 21 credit hours of course work from the University of Colorado at Boulder) may be transferred.


  • Environmental Engineering Laboratories (4,000 square feet)
  • Center for Drinking Water Optimization Laboratory (1,200 square feet)
  • Student Water Quality Laboratory (700 square feet)


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