The Environmental Engineering Program offers four types of graduate degrees:
Detailed information on all programs is available in the Environmental Engineering Graduate Handbook.
The Graduate Certificate and M.Eng. degrees are offered as distance learning courses through the School of Engineering Continuing Education program (cdee.engr.uconn.edu). Additional information on both degrees is available on the website https://engineeringcertificates.uconn.edu/contaminated-site-remediation-certificate/.
The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in one of three areas of concentration, as described below. It should be noted that the list of courses is indicative; depending on the research focus of a particular student, it is possible that courses from several areas or other programs are used towards the degree. Students should consult with their graduate advisor on course selection. However, it should be demonstrated in the Plan of Study that the selected courses are relevant to the Environmental Engineering discipline. Descriptions for all graduate courses are available in the Graduate Catalog (https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/academic-programs/environmental-engineering/).
Students completing this track will gain knowledge in meteorology and atmospheric science, will be able to quantify how species move in the atmosphere, understand climate and its forcings; be able to make atmospheric measurements (meteorological and sampling for gaseous and aerosol pollutants); and obtain knowledge of atmospheric chemical processes. Entering students should have basic quantitative skills (math and statistics) and completed courses in introductory hydrology (large-scale fluid motion) and chemistry. Students that lack sufficient science background may take one of the following undergraduate courses:
Graduate-level courses in this track include
Students completing this track will gain knowledge and skills in measurement and modeling of primary hydrologic processes taking place at the atmosphere-surface interface (precipitation, energy balance), related to overland flows and sediment transport, and to vadose zone and groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Students will acquire experience in hydrologic site characterization and monitoring methods. Entering students should have basic quantitative skills (physics, math and statistics) and completed courses in introductory hydrology and geology.
Graduate-level courses in this track include
The focus of this track is on the characterization and measurement of chemical, biological, physical and climatological processes that control the fate of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Such processes also form the basis of technologies for the treatment and remediation of contaminants in aquatic systems and prevent contaminants from harming human health. In addition, such processes may constitute the basis for technologies that minimize human impact on the environment, including resource recovery and energy production. Students completing this track will gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to identify, quantify, and ultimately control, the biological, geological and chemical reactive processes in the environment in order to restore/maintain soil and water quality, protect human health and minimize resource utilization. Graduate level courses in this track include
Detailed information is available on the Graduate School website https://registrar.uconn.edu/registration/. Students should consult with their major advisor prior to the beginning of the semester with respect to course selection. Registration then is facilitated online through the Student Administration System (Peoplesoft). The NetID and associated password are necessary to log into the system. Registration is possible through the tenth day of the Fall and Spring semesters; however, students are advised to enroll in courses before the first day of classes.
Students on graduate assistantships MUST enroll in a minimum of 6 credits; for international students, 9 credits are necessary to maintain full-time status. If students are enrolled in 3 or 6 credits of coursework, they may use GRAD 5950 (Master’s Thesis Research for plan A students) or GRAD 6950 (Doctoral Dissertation Research for Ph.D. students) to reach the necessary 9 credits. For students that have completed all coursework, they may use GRAD 5960 Full-time Master’s research or GRAD 6960 Full time Doctoral Research to maintain full time status until they complete their thesis/dissertation.