National University




Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Lead Faculty: Dr. Hassan Badkoobehi

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSENE) program is designed to provide students with the requisite mathematical foundations and environmental processing skills for solving real world problems. Environmental engineers are the technical professionals who identify and design solutions for environmental problems. They are responsible for safe drinking water, treatment and proper disposal of wastes, maintaining air quality, controlling water pollution, and re-mediating contaminated sites. Environmental engineers also develop new and improved means to protect the environment.

This program involves traditional engineering components such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering design. In addition, it also includes disciplines such as biology, microbiology, ecology, public health, geology, meteorology, economics, and political science. To address the spectrum of issues facing the environment, environmental engineers are broadly educated as well as technically trained.

The following subjects are now considered essential in the background of an environmental engineer: ecology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, ground water, solid waste, environmental impact assessment, environmental legislation and modeling, and remediation of site contamination with spills or improper disposal of hazardous materials.

Environmental engineers are employed by engineering consulting firms, industries that need to comply with pollution emission and discharge regulation, private and municipal agencies that supply drinking water and treat and dispose wastes, government agencies that monitor and regulate waste discharges and air emissions, private and government laboratories, universities that conduct environmental research, international agencies that transfer knowledge to developing countries, and public-interest groups that advocate environmental protection.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the program must possess a baccalaureate degree in any one of the area such as in science, chemistry, engineering, microbiology from a regionally accredited institution. The non-engineering/non-science student will find the technical focus of many courses challenging. These students should fulfill the program prerequisites or waive them through a course challenge exam. Students considering this program should contact the program lead faculty prior to enrollment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the economical, social, legal, ethical, global and political aspects of sound and sustainable environmental solutions.
  2. Analyze water, air, and land resource problems relative to environmental standards.
  3. Utilize critical thinking skills to solve air, water and hazardous waste problems to meet environmental standards.
  4. Evaluate the potential impact of product, processes and activities through life cycle assessment.
  5. Evaluate water, waste water, air pollutant and hazardous waste quality using physical, biological and chemical treatment methods.
  6. Develop environmental project plans that include risk management strategies.
  7. Provide a methodology to determine and control the hazardous air pollutants from industrial/commercial sources.
  8. Communicate through oral and written skills appropriate for this profession.
  9. Collaborate with other professionals in analyzing, designing, and evaluating environmental projects.

Requirements

(12 courses; 54 quarter units)

To receive a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, students must complete 54 quarter units of graduate coursework. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution , as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Program Prerequisites (6 courses; 21 quarter units)
Students who have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field are exempt from the prerequisites. All other applicants with a non-engineering bachelor’s degree must make up the deficiencies with the following prerequisites:
Core Requirements (12 courses; 54 quarter units)
Students who have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field are exempt from the prerequisites. All other applicants with a non-engineering bachelor’s degree must make up the deficiencies with the following prerequisites:
Core Requisite(s):