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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
Graduate Studies

ERE trains graduate students to lead the development and application of knowledge in environmental resources engineering, including ecological, geospatial and water resources engineering.

ERE graduate applicants select an Option Area that guides coursework and research.

Our five Option Areas are:

Graduate application note

Prospective ERE graduate students are encouraged to reach out to faculty members whose research areas align with their interests to discuss their application. Details of the process for applying to ESF graduate programs are provided on the Graduate School webpage. Applicants to the ERE program may request a waiver of the GRE scores by directly emailing the ERE faculty member whom they intend to identify as a major professor. The body of the email should provide justification for the GRE waiver, with CV, transcripts, and application statement attached.

Research Topics

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.

Research Environment

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.

ESF College Catalog Text

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.