Environmental Engineering

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSENE): 45.0 quarter credits
Doctor of Philosophy: 90.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Programs in environmental engineering are available with specializations in air pollution, hazardous and solid waste, subsurface contaminant hydrology, water resources, water and wastewater, and sustainability treatment.

Environmental engineering is concerned with protecting human, animal, and plant populations from the effects of adverse environmental factors, including toxic chemicals and wastes, pathogenic bacteria, and global warming.

Environmental engineers also try to minimize the effect of human activities on the physical and living environment so that we can all live more healthy and sustainable lives. This field builds on other branches of engineering, especially civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering. It also builds on information from many of the sciences, such as chemistry, physics, hydrology, geology, atmospheric science, and several specializations of biology (ecology, microbiology) and public health. Students who elect to study environmental engineering will become familiar with many of these areas because maintaining and improving the environment requires that problems be evaluated and solutions found using a multidisciplinary approach.

For more information about this program, visit the MS in Environmental Engineering web page.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements for all environmental engineering applicants, entrance to the MS in Environmental Engineering program requires an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-approved institution. Students lacking this credential will be required to complete additional undergraduate courses to incorporate related elements of the functional equivalent of the ABET engineering BS degree. Typically, courses must be taken in computer programming, differential equations, linear algebra and fluid mechanics.

For additional information on how to apply, visit Drexel's Admissions page for Environmental Engineering.

Degree Requirements: MS in Environmental Engineering

The MS in Environmental Engineering program requires 45.0 credits of coursework. Both a theses and a non-thesis option are available. It is possible to finish the MS degree on either a part-time or full-basis. The degree consists of a set  of core courses, a sequence in one of several areas of emphasis (treatment process, human risks, water resources, environmental modeling, and air quality) and completion of cognate and elective sequences. After the first term of study, a detailed plan of study is developed with the student's graduate advisor.

Core Courses
ENVE 660Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Engineering3.0
ENVS 501Chemistry of the Environment3.0
ENVS 516Sanitary Microbiology3.0
Statistics Course (for example, ENVS 506 Biostatistics)3.0
Environmental Policy Course3.0
Additional Sequence Courses, Electives, and/or Thesis course30.0
Total Credits45.0

Degree Requirements: PhD in Environmental Engineering

Applicants to the doctoral program are judged on the basis of academic excellence and the alignment of their research interests with those of the faculty in the School. To be awarded the PhD, students must complete a major research project publishable in peer-reviewed journals. The degree requires a total of 90 credits; credits earned toward a master's degree may apply toward the 90. There is no prescribed coursework—students must take courses needed to complete their research under guidance of an academic advisor. There is a one-year residency requirement. Students must successfully pass the candidacy examination, the proposal defense, and a PhD dissertation and oral defense.

Prospective PhD student are welcome to contact the Department to discuss their research interests.

Dual Degree

Dual MS Degree

The university encourages students with broad interest to consider a dual-master's option. Students can simultaneously work on two master's degree, applying to both programs a limited number of credits (a maximum of 15 to each). Applicants interested in a dual degree should apply for just one program; once enrolled at Drexel, the student may then request admission to the second program. The graduate advisors from both degree programs must approve the student's enrollment, and they must approve the transfer of credits from one program to another. Applicants considering two degrees are encouraged to contact the appropriate academic departments.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

The BS/MS dual degree is an accelerated program providing the academically qualified student an opportunity to simultaneously earn both BS and MS degrees (two diplomas are awarded) in program areas of his/her choice in five years, the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone. Because both degrees are completed in the time usually required for the bachelor's degree, both degrees may be completed at the undergraduate tuition rate.

The five-year completion period is possible because fewer undergraduate credits are required for the combined degrees (180 instead of 192). Also, co-op experience may be adjusted (two co-op periods instead of three) giving the BS/MS student two additional quarters to take courses. If needed, students may also take evening courses while on co-op.

The program combines the practical work experience of Drexel undergraduate cooperative education with the graduate credentials of an advanced degree. Students may earn both degrees in the same major, or may complete their master's degree in a different field. With both an undergraduate and graduate degree and practical work experience, BS/MS graduates enter the work force with specialized knowledge and training.

Students interested in the Environmental Engineering BS/MS program, may contact Dr. Charles N. Haas at haas@drexel.edu for more information.

Facilities

The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities:

  • Analytical instrumentation for measuring biological and chemical contaminants in air, water and land
  • Field sampling equipment for water and air measurements
  • Molecular biology capability
  • Computational facilities including access to multi-processor clusters, and advanced simulation and data analysis software

Courses

ENVE 516 Fundamentals of Environmental Biotechnology 3.0 Credits

This is an introductory course in environmental biotechnology for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in engineering. The fundamentals of microbiology and molecular biology important to environmental engineering applications will be emphasized.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 529 Environmental Noise 3.0 Credits

Covers the fundamentals of acoustic propagation, instrumentation, noise descriptors, hearing damage and other health effects, occupational noise, noise abatement techniques, modeling the noise near highways and airports, and EPA strategy for reducing environmental noise exposure.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 534 Industrial Ventilation 3.0 Credits

Covers principles of air movement related to ventilation and air-conditioning facilities for the maintenance of suitable environmental conditions in work areas. Includes principles of industrial processes and air pollution abatement equipment, including air flow, ducts, fans, motors, and hoods.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 535 Industrial Safety 3.0 Credits

Examines the impact of accidents, liability considerations, legislation and regulation of safety, osha codes and standards, hazards and their analysis and control, risk assessment, major types of accidents and their impacts, and accident investigation.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 546 Solid Waste Systems 3.0 Credits

Analyzes the public health, economic, and political aspects in the operation and design of storage, collection, and disposal of solid waste materials.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 550 Recycling of Materials 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the selection criteria for recycling component materials. Recycling involves both reusing materials for energy applications and reprocessing materials into new products.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 555 Geographic Information Systems 3.0 Credits

The course provides grounding in fundamental principles of GIS, and achieves understanding through hands on practical laboratories. Course topics include: spatial reference systems, geographic data theory and structures, structures, spatial analysis tools, functions and algorithms, GIS data sources, compilation and quality, and GIS project design and planning.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 560 Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control 3.0 Credits

Fundamental topics with regard to the formation and control of air pollutants are studied. This course provides strong foundation for engineers who will be involved in the development of engineering solutions for industrial air pollution prevention and design, development or selection of air pollution control devices and systems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 570 Industrial Ecology 3.0 Credits

Industrial Ecology (IE) is an evolving view of industrial operations which seeks to design processes and manufacture products in such a way to minimize and optimize their environmental interactions. IE borrows the analogy from nature that “waste” from one organism is “food” for another. Within the “technosphere”, the organization in which economic processes and activities are conducted by humans, IE uses the evolving tools life cycle assessment (LCA), material flow analysis (MFA), and economic valuation, to explore novel approaches to minimizing waste stocks and flows at both micro and macro levels.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CIVE 240 [Min Grade: B-] and ENVE 300 [Min Grade: B-]

ENVE 571 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment 3.0 Credits

This course provides graduate engineering students with an enhanced skill set to permit them to cooperate more fully in the sustainable design and planning of engineering systems. Students will be introduced to the systems analysis modeling approaches life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA), and will explore research-oriented aspects of the methods and their application in engineering design, decisions, and public policy.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 300 [Min Grade: B-] and CIVE 240 [Min Grade: B-]

ENVE 602 Water Quality Control Lab 3.0 Credits

Introduces analytical procedures in the assessment of water quality as applied to the analysis of natural waters and wastewaters, and to the control of water and waste treatment processes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 603 Hazardous Waste Analysis Lab 3.0 Credits

Introduces methods of sampling and analysis of hazardous environmental pollutants. Emphasizes inorganic and organic pollutants found at hazardous waste disposal sites. Includes application of leachability and extraction tests.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 604 Solid Waste Analysis 3.0 Credits

Uses chemical and physical techniques to analyze the composition of solid waste material. Emphasizes combustible, organic, and toxic fractions of solid wastes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 607 Environmental Systems Analysis 3.0 Credits

Surveys system concepts, theories, and analytical techniques, and their application to urban and environmental problems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 642 Control of Gas and Vapor Pollutants From Industrial and Mobile Sources 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will learn how different physical and chemical mechanisms can be used to prevent, separate, recover or destroy the gas/vapor air pollutants. The control mechanisms are studied in detail. Students then learn how to apply those mechanisms in the design of conventional, or new, devices and systems for control of gas/vapor air pollutants.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is PhD or Senior.
Prerequisites: ENVE 460 [Min Grade: D]

ENVE 644 Design of Particulate Control Devices 3.0 Credits

Students will learn how different mechanisms can control characteristics, formation, transport, separation and destruction of airborne particulate pollutants. Students learn how to apply the studied material in the first part of this course to design conventional or new devices and systems for control of particulate air pollutants.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 460 [Min Grade: D]

ENVE 646 Advanced Solid Waste Systems 3.0 Credits

Introduces and analyzes the newest advances in solid waste technology, with an emphasis on design, treatment, and processing techniques.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C] and ENVR 546 [Min Grade: C] and ENVR 636 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 657 Incineration 3.0 Credits

Covers destruction of solid and liquid hazardous wastes at high temperature in a combustion device, including requirements for destruction of toxic materials and control of discharges to the atmosphere.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 660 Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Engineering 3.0 Credits

Covers chemical and biological kinetics, mass-transfer considerations and hydraulic regimes in water and wastewater treatment, and water quality management. Includes absorption and stripping of gases and volatile organics and applications to aeration and ozonation processes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 661 Env Engr Op-Chem & Phys 3.0 Credits

Provides a theoretical study of the chemical and physical unit operations of environmental engineering, including sedimentation, coagulation, precipitation, adsorption, oxidation-reduction, ion exchange, disinfection, membrane processes, and filtration.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 660 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 662 Enviro Engr Unit Oper-Bio 3.0 Credits

Provides a systematic study of the microbiological and biochemical processes for the treatment of aqueous and solid wastes, including aerobic and anaerobic processes and composting.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 660 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 665 Hazardous Waste & Groundwater Treatment 3.0 Credits

Covers principles of hazardous waste and groundwater treatment and in situ technologies. Presents application of processes, including solvent extraction, steam and air stripping, adsorption, ion exchange, oxidation, dechlorination, stabilization, wet air and supercritical oxidation, incineration, soil washing, and soil vapor extraction.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 660 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 681 Analytical and Numerical Techniques in Hydrology 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to some of the analytical and numerical methods that are widely used to solve problems in hydrology, including translating physical processes into partial differential equations and solving these problems using both analytical and numerical solution methods.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 200 [Min Grade: D] and ENGR 232 [Min Grade: D]

ENVE 682 Subsurface Contaminant Transport 3.0 Credits

This course covers principles governing contaminant movement in aquifers. It includes advection, dispersion, reactive transport, microbial and colloidal transport, matrix diffusion, density-coupled transport, and multiphase flow. It also emphasizes field-scale applications.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 681 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 683 Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology 3.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVE 682 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 684 Water Resource Systems Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course covers mathematical optimization techniques as applied to water resource systems. Example applications include water supply management, irrigation planning and operation, water quality management and ground water management.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 702 Adv Enviro Instrumentatn 3.0 Credits

Uses instrumental analysis to assess environmental quality.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 602 [Min Grade: C] and ENVR 604 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 726 Environmental Assessment 3.0 Credits

Examines the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and its implemen-tation according to the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality. Discusses air, water, noise, biological, cultural, and socioeconomic impacts. Includes methods of impact analysis and means to compare alternative actions.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 727 Risk Assessment 3.0 Credits

Covers quantitative relations between environmental exposures and effects. Includes computer methods for risk analysis and development of environmental guidelines and standards.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVE 750 Data-based Engineering Modeling 3.0 Credits

This course covers empirical methods to understand and model engineering systems. Students will learn to develop evaluate statistical models and use three common statistical software packages, Excel, SPSS, and R.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Junior or Pre-Junior or Sophomore

ENVE 761 Enviro Engr Unit Oper Lab 3.0 Credits

Covers application of unit operations including filtration, adsorption, oxidation, coagulation, and biodegradation to the treatment of potable water, wastewater, and hazardous waste.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 661 [Min Grade: C] and ENVR 662 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 766 Waste Wtr Treat Plant Des 3.0 Credits

Covers application of principles of environmental engineering unit operations to the treatment of municipal, industrial, and hazardous wastes by biological, physical, and chemical means. Includes applications of computers to the design process.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 662 [Min Grade: C] and ENVR 751 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 767 Surface Water Mixing Processes 3.0 Credits

This course covers the hydrodynamic mixing and transport processes in free-surface flows. Basic mixing processes including molecular diffusion, turbulent diffusion and dispersion are also covered. Emphasis will be on the solution of the advection-diffusion equation with various boundary conditions . Additional topics include boundary exchanges, non-ideal mixing in rivers, and analysis of jets and plumes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CIVE or major is ENVE.
Prerequisites: CIVE 664 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 768 Sediment & Contamin Trnsport 3.0 Credits

This course covers the transport of sediments and reactive solutes in surface waters as well as the classic theory for bed-load and suspended sediment transport. The interplay of stream flow, frictional resistance, and sediment transport is also covered. The biogeochemical processes that influence contaminant mobility and the integration of physical and chemical processes in contaminant transport models are also discussed.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CIVE or major is ENVE.
Prerequisites: CIVE 767 [Min Grade: C] or ENVE 767 [Min Grade: C]

ENVE 865 Spec Topics Envr Engineering 12.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD, P.Eng (University of Alberta). Professor. Structural design - concrete, steel and wood; Structural failure analysis and retrofitting of existing structures; New structural systems and materials.
Emin A. Aktan, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) John Roebling Professor of Infrastructure Studies. Professor. Structural engineering; infrastructure; evaluation; intelligent systems.
Ivan Bartoli, PhD (University of California, San Diego). Assistant Professor. Non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring; dynamic identification, stress wave propagation modeling.
Robert Brehm, PhD, PE, FASCE (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. International infrastructure delivery; response to natural catastrophes; risk assessment and mitigation strategies; project management techniques.
S.C. Jonathan Cheng, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geosynthetics; probabilistic design; landfill containments.
Peter DeCarlo, PhD (University of Colorado). Assistant Professor. Outdoor air quality, particulate matter size and composition instrumentation and measurements, source apportionment of ambient particulate matter, climate impacts of particulate matter.
Patricia Gallagher, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geoenvironmental; ground improvement; sustainability.
Patrick Gurian, PhD (Carnegie-Mellon University). Associate Professor. Risk analysis of environmental and infrastructure systems, novel adsorbent materials, environmental standard setting, Bayesian statistical modeling, community outreach and environmental health.
Charles N. Haas, PhD (University of Illinois-Urbana) L. D. Betz Professor and Department Head, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Professor. Control of human exposures to and risk assessment of pathogenic organisms; water and waste treatment; homeland security.
Ahmad Hamid, PhD (McMaster University). Professor. Engineered masonry; building; cladding; prestressed concrete.
Y. Grace Hsuan, PhD (Imperial College). Professor. Polymeric and cementitioius materials; geosynthetic reliability and durability.
Joseph B. Hughes, PhD (University of Iowa) Dean of the College of Engineering. Distinguished Professor. Biological processes and applications of nanotechnology in environmental systems.
Roger Marino Associate Teaching Professor. Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources, Engineering Education, Land Development
Joseph P. Martin, PhD (Colorado State University). Professor. Geoenvironmental engineering; urban environmental hydrology; transportation.
James E. Mitchell, MArch (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Architectural engineering design; building systems.
Franco Montalto, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Professor. Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, water interventions.
Franklin Moon, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Full-scale structural testing, structural dynamics, evaluation and rehabilitation of existing structures.
Joseph V. Mullin, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Senior Lecturer. Structural material behavior, engineering economy and design.
Mira S. Olson, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Groundwater; environmental fluid mechanics; hydrology.
Anu Pradhan, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Professor. Infrastructure management, construction engineering, transportation engineering, sensing system, geographic information system, statistical machine learning.
Yared Shifferaw, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Computational and experimental mechanics, structural stability, optimization, health monitoring and hazard mitigation, sustainable structures, emerging materials, thin-walled structures and metallic structures.
Kurt Sjoblom, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Laboratory testing of geomaterials, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering.
Sabrina Spatari, PhD (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor. Research in industrial ecology; development and application of life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) methods for guiding engineering and policy decisions; specific interest in biomass and bioenergy, biofuels, and urban infrastructure.
Michael Waring, PhD (University of Texas-Austin). Assistant Professor. Indoor air quality and building sustainability; indoor particulate matter fate and transport; indoor chemistry and particle formation; secondary impacts of control technologies and strategies.
Jin Wen, PhD (University of Iowa). Associate Professor. Architectural engineering, building control systems, indoor air quality.
Aspasia Zerva, PhD (University of Illinois). Professor. Earthquake engineering; mechanics; seismicity; probabilistic analysis.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Eugenia Ellis, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic State University). Associate Professor. Registered architect; interior design, extended-care facilities design, research on spatial visualization, perception and imagination.
Bakhtier Farouk, PhD (University of Delaware) Billings Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Professor. Heat transfer; combustion; numerical methods; turbulence modeling; materials processing.
Tony H. Grubesic, PhD (The Ohio State University) Director of the Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation (CSAG). Professor. Geographic information science, spatial analysis, development, telecommunication policy, location modeling.

Emeritus Faculty

Harry G. Harris, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Structural models, dynamics of structures, plates and shells, industrialized building construction.
Robert M. Koerner, PhD (Duke University). Harry Bownam Professor Emeritus. Geosynthetic engineering; soil mechanics; water resources.
Richard Weggel, PhD (University of Illinois) Samuel S. Baxter Professor Emeritus; Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Emeritus. Coastal engineering; hydraulics engineering; hydrology.
Richard Woodring, PhD (University of Illinois) Dean of Engineering Emeritus. Professor Emeritus. Structural engineering, reinforced concrete.
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