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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Environmental Engineering (EVE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.1401
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 78
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 48

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
Email: sergas@usf.edu

Website: http://ce.eng.usf.edu/


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Program Information

The Ph.D. degree is awarded in recognition of demonstrated scholarly competence and ability to conduct and report original and significant research in Environmental Engineering.

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.

Major Research Areas:
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.

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 Colleges and Schools

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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 than3.3 preferred;
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 150 (45th percentile) , Q 159 (75th percentile) AW 4.0 (55th percentile) .
  • TOEFL (International applicants only) 79 (550 paper based exam) or IELTS 6.5
  • Resume provided at the time of application
  • Three (3) letters of reference provided at the time of application
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application
  • Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis where warranted.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

Total Program Hours:78 hours minimum post-bachelors
48 hours minimum post-masters

Core course requirements 13 credit hours
Other courses 36 credit hours minimum
Dissertation - 20 credit hours minimum
Directed Research/Dissertation/Other 9 credit hours minimum

Coursework requirements - 49 hours minimum

Core Courses 13 hours
CGN 6945 (1) Graduate Research Methods
ENV 6002 (3) Physical & Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering
EES 6107 (3) Biological Principles
ENV 6666 (3) Aquatic Chemistry

1 course (3 credits) from the following list of sustainability courses:
CGN 6933 (3) Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933 (3) Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities
ENV 6510 (3) Sustainable Development Engineering

Additional Courses 36 hours
36 additional credits of coursework in Environmental Engineering or related areas, of which at least 3 credits must be structured coursework in Environmental Engineering specifically. These 36 credits may include up to 9 credits of Independent Study and/or 6 units of Masters Thesis, pending the approval of the Department, the College, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Directed research and/or dissertation credits may not be counted towards this coursework requirement.

Qualifying Exam
Doctoral students are expected to pass a qualifying examination no later than the semester following the completion of 48 credits of coursework beyond a bachelors degree. At minimum, the Exam will include a written dissertation proposal and oral defense by the Dissertation Committee. A written exam in the area of concentration may also be required. Poor performance on the Qualifying Exam based on the judgment of the Committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the Exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed by the Program.

Dissertation Requirements - 20 hours minimum
CGN 7980 (20) Dissertation
A minimum of 20 credits of dissertation, an approved PhD dissertation, and a dissertation defense are required. Students may not sign up for dissertation credits until they have defended their proposal and advanced to candidacy (see Qualifying Exam, above).

Additional Requirements - 9 hours minimum
Nine (9) credits of additional coursework, dissertation, or directed research are required.

Publication Requirement
Students must have at least one paper accepted to a peer- reviewed journal or peer- reviewed conference based on their research carried out during their doctoral studies at USF.


College Degree Requirements

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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