ERE participates in graduate education leading to the master of professional studies, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in environmental resources engineering. Graduate studies and research are primarily concerned with environmental and resource-related problems. ERE graduate students apply science and engineering to the conservation, restoration, holistic development, and improved utilization of the natural environment and its related resources.
Applicants to all programs of study are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and are expected to have completed at least one 3-credit course in physics, one 3-credit course in statistics, and two 3-credit courses in calculus. Students admitted without necessary background are required to take additional prerequisite courses required by the department.
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For the M.S. degree, the graduate student typically tests established theory as part of a research thesis. For the Ph.D. degree, the graduate student typically tests and advances established theory as part of a research dissertation. For the M.P.S. degree, the graduate student typically completes a comprehensive project or practicum. Coursework supports the research. Research topics are selected by the student in consultation with their major professor and steering committee.
Facility support for graduate study and research in these areas is both internal and external. We have exceptional laboratories, instrumentation, and staff in the ERE Department and College. We have extensive properties owned and used by the College at which research may be conducted.
External support comes from several active sources, including industrial, commercial and governmental. Over the past two decades, close cooperation has developed special study and research opportunities with these sources.