Environmental Engineering

Be the change that you want to see in the world. —Mohandas Gandhi

Environmental Engineering—MS

Fast Facts

  • Michigan Tech's environmental engineering graduate program is ranked in the top 20 in the nation by US News & World Report.
  • Michigan Tech has one of the few Peace Corps Master's International Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The department maintains its own research vessel, the Agassiz, which allows researchers to take advantage of the largest freshwater laboratory in the world, Lake Superior.
  • Michigan Tech scientists in Environmental Engineering are helping NASA optimize a new space station water system by making pee potable.
  • Research funding of $4.5 million per year: Engineering News Record ranked the C&EE department as one of the top ten (out of 250) in the US based on the percentage of departmental income from research.

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Graduate Programs in Environmental Engineering

Michigan Tech offers a full complement of graduate programs in environmental engineering and environmental engineering science. Sustainability is integrated throughout the whole curriculum so that students naturally address it with every decision that they make. 

Graduate students develop a deeper understanding of how engineered systems impact the natural environment. Research areas include air quality engineering, atmospheric sciences,drinking water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology and chemistry, groundwater and subsurface remediation, hydrology and water resources, international development, surface water quality, sustainability, and pollution prevention. Research highlights include global and regional atmospheric impacts; photochemical formation of ozone in remote troposphere; environmental organic chemistry and reductive dehalogenation; surface water quality modeling; algal ecology; fate and transport of chemicals in lakes and rivers; biogeochemistry of trace metals; wetlands biological processes; industrial ecology and pollution prevention; and physical and chemical treatment processes.

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Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits