Jun 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog

Environmental Engineering, M.S.

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Department Chair:

Dr. Ossama “Sam” Salem, 151 Link Hall, omsalem@syr.edu, 315-443-2311

Program Director:

Dr. Cliff I. Davidson, 151 Link Hall, davidson@syr.edu, 315-443-2311


David G. Chandler, Ruth Chen, Laura E. Condon, Andria Costello Staniec, Cliff I. Davidson, Charles T. Driscoll Jr., Chris E. Johnson, Christa Kelleher, Laura J. Steinberg, Svetoslava Todorova, Teng Zeng

Program Description

The graduate program in environmental engineering at Syracuse has earned a reputation for superior quality. Degree recipients working in government, industry, and education have made important contributions to the profession. The environmental engineering program provides coursework and research opportunities in environmental chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, applied microbiology, hydrology and water resources, sustainability, groundwater remediation, and green infrastructure.

In addition to these focus areas, the students and faculty in environmental engineering engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research, expanding the opportunities available to graduate students. The Department is home to the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering, which serves faculty in environmental, chemical, and mechanical engineering with a shared interest in environmental systems. We also have a collaborative degree program with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and we engage in joint teaching with faculty in the Whitman School of Management, and SUNY-ESF. Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS) programs are available in Environmental Health and Sustainable Enterprise.

Admission Requirements

  1. B.S. in an engineering discipline or the equivalent from an accredited institution. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in another field must have their programs evaluated to determine if additional undergraduate courses are to be included in their program of study.
  2. At least a 3.0 in a 4.0 rating system or equivalent in the B.S. program coursework.
  3. Satisfactory scores on all required graduate entrance examinations. A TOEFL score of 80 or higher is required for international students.
  4. Departmental approval.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Formulate and solve problems in the fundamentals of Environmental Engineering.

2. Formulate and solve specialized problems in advanced fundamentals.

3. Use computer programs as well as codes and standards to do analysis and design.  

4. Use productivity tools in solving engineering problems.

5. Solve engineering problems in evolving complementary specialties.   

6. Do independent research and communicate findings.

Program Requirements

The M.S. in environmental engineering is intended for students with undergraduate engineering degrees. Students without an undergraduate degree appropriate to their chosen M.S. program will be required to complete undergraduate courses to prepare themselves for M.S. coursework. These courses will be specified in the student’s letter of admission and may not carry credit toward the M.S. degree.

Programs are planned by the students in consultation with their advisors. At least half of the coursework must be at or above the 600 level. Students who have taken the lower level of a double-numbered course (e.g., a course offered at the 400 and 600 levels) may not take the higher level of the same course for credit.

M.S. candidates may transfer a maximum of 6 credits from other institutions. They are expected to complete their entire program within five calendar years of their admission.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students anticipating further graduate study at the doctoral level should pursue the thesis option.

Requirements with Thesis (30 credits)

1. Completion of:

2. Elective coursework satisfying distributional requirements, as specified in the Graduate Program Profile.

3. Complete CIE 997 - Masters Thesis  (6 credits)

4. Defense of thesis

5. Participation in the Faculty/Student Seminar Program (CIE 660 )

Requirements without Thesis (30 credits)

1. Completion of:

2. Elective coursework satisfying distributional requirements, as specified in the Graduate Program Profile.

3. Complete one of the following:

4. Participation in the Faculty/Student Seminar Program (CIE 660 )

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