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Environmental Management


Environmental Management combines environmental engineering with environmental and business management to provide breadth and perspective for the student aspiring to managerial responsibility in public or private employment. Student coursework is designed to enhance technical and problem-solving skills to meet contemporary needs of environmental managers.

Illustrative areas in this option include, but are not limited to:

  • Engineering management
  • Sustainable development
  • Hazardous and solid waste management
  • Energy resources management
  • Water resource management
Program Requirements

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least three 3-credit undergraduate courses from at least three of the following fields: chemistry, geographic measurements, engineering mechanics, ecology, computer science, and economics.

Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of the three areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).

  • Project Management (e.g. cost engineering, principles of management, engineering economics, resource economics, engineering management, systems engineering)
  • Environmental Policy (e.g. environmental law, environmental impact analysis)
  • Environmental Resources Management (e.g., solid or hazardous waste management, watershed management, sustainable design, sustainable development)

Study programs are flexible and are tailored to the interests and strengths of individuals.


  • Full- and part-time study programs are available.
  • Master of Professional Studies is a non-thesis option to the MS well-suited for students intending to enter, or already engaged in, professional practice.


  • Suited for professional development activities
  • Satisfies continuing education requirements for professionals
  • Considering a change in your career path
  • Projects can be within your current discipline or place of employment

Representative M.P.S. Projects

  • Design of a Stormwater Management System for a Yard Waste Composting Facility
  • Determination of Soil Water Characteristic Curve for Chemical Process waste following amendment with wastewater treatment plant sludge
  • Characterization of Heavy Metal Distribution in Biosolids-amended Soil and in Vegetation
  • Design of Process Controls for a Small Scale continuous flow biodiesel Production System

Participating Faculty

  • Douglas J. Daley; djdaley@esf.edu
    water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
  • Theodore A. Endreny; te@esf.edu
    water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
  • Charles N. Kroll; cnkroll@esf.edu
    stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systems
  • Lindi J. Quackenbush; ljquack@esf.edu
    geospatial information systems, spatial measurements, remote sensing and image processing, particularly focused on spatial techniques for both urban and forest classification, spatial analysis
  • Wendong Tao; wtao@esf.edu
    Ecological engineering and sustainable wastewater treatment (Constructed wetland, gravel biofilter, anammox-based nitrogen removal processes); Resource recovery from bioresidues (anaerobic digestion, solid-liquid separation, struvite recovery, ammonia recovery)

Current Graduate Students in Environmental Management


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Fred Agyeman

Fred Agyeman

Environmental Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

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Personal Statement
I want to be an innovative person in all fields practicable and accessible to me for self development as well as making a meaningful impact to the agenda of environmental management.

Graduate Research Topic
Nutrient dynamics of fecal sludge as soil conditioner.

Favorite Quote
Every man has the right to decide his own destiny. (Bob Marley)

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