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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Environmental Engineering (EVE)

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Master of Environmental Engineering (M.E.V.E.)
CIP Code: 14.1401
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (EGX)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB 118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Sarina Ergas
Phone: 813-974-1119


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The M.E.V.E. degree provides a student with the opportunity to earn the advanced degree by coursework only. Students must have an accredited first degree in engineering or complete a list of makeup engineering coursework. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers with governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or private industry and firms involved in planning, design, research and development, or policy.

Major Research Areas:
W ater quality engineering; air quality engineering; fate and transport of contaminants in the environment; environmental biotechnology and nanotechnology; waste management; sustainability and ecological engineering; surface water hydrology and hydraulics; groundwater hydrology; water reuse; green engineering; renewable energy; fate of emerging contaminants; and humanitarian engineering with a focus on the developing world.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 preferred .
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 145 (25 th percentile), Q 155 (6 0 th percentile), AW 3.0 (15 th percentile) ; or valid F undamentals of E ngineering (FE) certificate . Verification of FE certification should be obtained from the professional engineering (PE) board where the FE certification was obtained. See the CEE department website for more information:
  • TOEFL (international applicants only) 79 (550 paper-based exam); or IELTS 6.5.
  • Two Letters of Reference provided at the time of application.
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application.
  • Resume provided at the time of application.
  • Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis where warranted.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Program Minimum Hours - 30 hours

The minimum coursework requirement for the Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering degrees is 30 credit hours. No research thesis is required. All students must take three “principles” courses ( Physical/ Chemical Principles; Biological Principles; Aquatic Chemistry), at least one “ sustainability” course, and at least two environmental engineering “process” elective courses.

Core Courses (required) - 12 hours minimum
ENV 6002 (3) Physical & Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
EES 6107 (3) Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
ENV 6666 (3) Aquatic Chemistry

And at least one of the following:
CGN 6933 (3) Green Engineering for Sustainability or
CGN 6933 (3) Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities or
ENV 6510 (3) Sustainable Development Engineering

Elective Courses-18 hours minimum
(?18 hours, at least two courses must be from this list)
ENV 6105 (3) Air Pollution Fundamentals
ENV 6438 (3) Phys & Chemical Processes for Treatment of Drinking Water
ENV 6519 (3) Phys & Chemical Processes for Groundwater Remediation
ENV 6564 (3) Environmental Engineering Design
ENV 6667 (3) Environmental Biotechnology

Comprehensive Exam
Portfolio and oral interview are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam . The purpose of the portfolio and interview is for students to demonstrate that they have achieved a minimum level of proficiency in stipulated competencies. Specifically, by the time they graduate, students will demonstrate

  • an ability to plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences, and
  • an ability to formulate and solve complex problems in Environmental Engineering using relevant data and techniques.

Additional details regarding portfolio requirements will be provided to students by the Department.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ENV6002, CGN6933, ENV6666, CGN6933, CGN6933, CGN6933, ENV6519, CGN6933, CGN6933,