Environmental and Water Resources Science

Doctoral students in environmental science pursue coursework and research in a wide variety of areas, which include:

  • Air quality
  • Water quality
  • Water treatment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solid and hazardous waste
  • Bioremediation
  • Stormwater treatment
  • Wetlands management

Students may start their graduate studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. A bachelor’s degree in a field of science is required for admission to the PhD degree program in environmental engineering.

Exceptionally well-qualified baccalaureate degree holders may be accepted directly into the fast-track PhD degree program without prior completion of a master’s degree.  Students in the fast-track PhD program are not required to write a master’s thesis or complete the MS degree en route to the PhD.


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