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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Environmental Engineering (EVE)
with a Concentration in Engineering for International Development (EFD)

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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
Email: sergas@usf.edu

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


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major 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 Environmental 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 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.

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 ? 3.0 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: http://www2.eng.usf.edu/cee/graduate/apply.htm.
  • 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.

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Major Requirements

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.

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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Financial Assistance


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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.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

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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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,