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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Environmental Engineering (EVE)

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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (M.S.E.V.)
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.S.E.V. degree provides a student with the opportunity to earn the advanced degree with coursework and a required research thesis. Students must have an accredited first degree in engineering or complete a list of makeup engineering coursework. An optional concentration in Engineering for International Development allows students to combine their graduate education and research with engineering service in the Peace Corps. The M.S.E.V. is a research-oriented degree in which the student writes, as a major part of the degree requirements, a thesis that defines, examines, and reports in depth on a subject area relevant to E nvironmental Engineering.

Major Research Areas:
The field of Environmental Engineering has long been known for its breadth and ability to adapt to the new technological, societal, and global problems facing the environment. Major research areas include water 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. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in academia, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or private industry and firms involved in planning, design, research and development, or policy.

The environmental engineering laboratories provide state-of-the-art analytical and experimental equipment for chemical and biological research. Equipment includes an ion chromatograph, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, several gas chromatrographs (including with mass spectometry), HPLC, TOC machine, and environmental chambers. Field research sites are available locally and in several international settings that include developing world communities.

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 (25th percentile), Q 155 (60th percentile), AW 3.0 (15th percentile); or valid Fundamentals of Engineering (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 (2) Letters of Reference provided at the time of application. EFD students must submit 3 Letters of Reference.
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application.
  • Resume provided at the time of application.
  • Exceptions made on a case-bay-case basis where warranted.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Program Minimum Hours - 30 hours
The program consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. All students must take three “principles” courses (Physical/Chemical Principles; Biological Principles; Aquatic Chemistry), and at least one “sustainability” course. Students should consult their research advisors for guidance in selecting other coursework.

Core Courses (required) - 12 hours minimum
ENV 6002 Physical Chemical Principles (3)
EES 6107 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering(3)
ENV 6666 Aquatic Chemistry (3)
And at least one of the following:
CGN 6933 Green Engineering for Sustainability or (3)
CGN 6933 Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities) or
ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering(3)

Concentration Requirements (optional) - 12 hours

Engineering for International Development (EFD)
This optional concentration acknowledges coursework and international field experience in the area of engineering for international development that considers issues of sustainability, environment, health, gender, and society. Students must take the following four courses, and must engage in an extended international engineering field experience, which in most cases will form the basis of the Master’s thesis.

ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering
A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following anthropology courses:
ANG 6766 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology
ANG 6730 Socio-cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS
ANG 6469 Health, Illness and Culture
A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764 Global Health Principles & Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761 Global Health Assessment Strategies
3 additional credit hours of coursework in international development engineering or closely related areas.

Students engaged in full-time global training and service as part of the EFD concentration (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps or equivalent) may register for CST 6990 for 0 credit hours while in their country of service.

Elective Courses - 12 hours minimum
Beyond the core coursework, 12 additional credit hours are required, based on approval of the student’s graduate committee. Students in the EFD Concentration complete the concentration requirements in lieu of elective courses.

Thesis 6 hours minimum
Students pursuing the M.S.E.V. are required to complete at least six (6) credits of Thesis. Students must conduct a suitable research project under the guidance of their thesis advisor, write an original thesis based upon the results of the research project, and defend the thesis to a committee that must subsequently approve the completed thesis. For students in the EFD Concentration, the thesis must be associated with research in a developing-world context.

Comprehensive Exam
The thesis and defense are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

College Degree Requirements

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


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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,