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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major 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 major 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:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, listed below. Undergraduate GPA ? 3.3 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 applicationThree (3) letters of reference provided at the time of applicationStatement of Purpose provided at the time of application

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Major Requirements

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.

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 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.

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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Registration Process

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

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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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