Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours
Core courses 12 hours
Concentration/Electives 12 hours
Thesis 6 hours
The major 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 -12 hours minimum
ENV 6002 (3) Physical Chemical Principles
EES 6107 (3) Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
ENV 6666 (3) Aquatic Chemistry
And at least one of the following:
ENV 6617 (3) Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933 (3) Selected Topics: Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities)
ENV 6510 (3) Sustainable Development Engineering
Engineering for International Development (EFD) Concentration (Optional) - 9 hours
This concentration acknowledges coursework and international field experience in the area of engineering for international development that considers issues of sustainable development, water, sanitation, and health (WaSH), gender, and society. This graduate concentration requires: 1) coursework in global health, applied anthropology (medical, environmental, and development), and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WaSH) engineering, 2) a development-focused research component, and 3) a long-term overseas field experience in sustainable development as a WaSH engineer, which in most cases will form the basis of the student’s master’s thesis. The international field experience allows a student to remain enrolled as a full-time student (with zero tuition/fees) and gain development experience serving with Peace Corps and Nongovernmental Development Organizations. Graduates are competitive for employment in the global WaSH development field.
ENV 6510(3) Sustainable Development Engineering
A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following applied anthropology courses:
ANG 6766(3) Research Methods in Applied Anthropology
ANG 6730(3) Selected Topics in Medical Sciences: Socio-cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS
ANG 6469(3) Health, Illness and Culture
A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764 (3) Global Health Principles & Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761 (3) Global Health Assessment Strategies
Students engaged in full-time global training and service as part of the EFD concentration (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps, with a nongovernmental organization, UNESCO-IHE, 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 and then one elective course.
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.
The thesis and defense are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.