Total Hours: 78 hours minimum post-bachelors
48 hours minimum post-masters
Core course requirements 14 credit hours
Concentration- 9 credit hours
Other courses 36 credit hours minimum
Dissertation - 20 credit hours minimum
Directed Research/Dissertation/Other 8 credit hours minimum
Coursework requirements - 50 hours minimum
Core Courses 14 hours
CGN 6945(2) 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:
ENV 6617(3) Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933(3) Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities
ENV 6510(3) Sustainable Development Engineering
Students may opt to complete the concentration, or an additional 9 hours of coursework as noted below.
Concentration Requirements - 9 hours minimum
The Department supports Ph.D. concentration area in Engineering for International Development (EFD)
Engineering for International Development (EFD)
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 part of the basis of the students dissertation. 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 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) 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/or 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/research.
Additional Courses 27- 36 hours
Students complete an additional 27 credits of coursework if in the Concentration, or an additional 36 credits of coursework if not in the Concentration, in Environmental Engineering or related areas, of which at least 3 credits must be structured coursework in Environmental Engineering specifically. These 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.
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 Major.
Dissertation Requirements - 20 hours minimum
CGN 7980 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 - 8 hours minimum
Eight (8) credits of additional coursework, dissertation, or directed research are required.
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.