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Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Paul Tratnyek

Program length: 2-3 years M.S., 5-7 years Ph.D.

Admit by cohort: No

Authorized Award(s): M.S. (Thesis and Non-Thesis) and Ph.D.

Minimum number graded credit hours: 45 for M.S., 135 for Ph.D.

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA

Program Purpose Statement

The mission of the M.S. track of the ESE degree offered by the EBS Division is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities for careers in the field of environmental science/engineering.

The mission of the Ph.D. track of the ESE degree offered by the EBS Division is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and personal qualities to advance basic and applied aspects of the field of environmental science/engineering through research and/or teaching.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core facts, concepts, and principles that is broad across the degree field (and deep in the student’s specialty field [Ph.D. track only]). (Domain: Cognitive; Levels: Knowledge, Comprehension)

2. Critically analyze technical subject matter (written or oral) for scientific merit. (Domain: Cognitive; Level: Analysis)

3. Apply learned knowledge and understanding to solve technical/research problems in new contexts. (Domain: Cognitive; Level: Application)  

4. [M.S. Thesis and Ph.D. tracks only] Create new knowledge and understanding through application of learned knowledge/understanding, critical analysis, and interpretation/evaluation of results. (Domain: Cognitive; Levels: Synthesis)  

[THESIS TRACK ONLY] Create new knowledge and understanding through application of learned knowledge/understanding, critical analysis, and interpretation/evaluation of results. (Domain: Cognitive; Levels: Synthesis) 

5. Evaluate technical subject matter (e.g., manuscripts, proposals) for technical significance, potential impact, and priority relative to comparable material. (Domain: Cognitive; Levels: Synthesis, Evaluation)

6. Plan and execute research: including experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis and modeling, and interpretation of results (Domain: “Psychomotor” Skills)

 7. [M.S. Thesis and Ph.D. Tracks Only] Formulate and prepare proposals for research: including problem identification, assessment of background, formulation of hypotheses, design of work plan, and articulation of expected results and broader impacts. (Domain: “Psychomotor” Skills) 

8. Prepare and publish written documentation of research results (for the peer-reviewed literature [Ph.D. Track Only]): including outlining, writing, graphing/fitting data, appropriate citation of prior work, acknowledgement of contributors or conflicts of interest, and responding for reviewer comments. (Domain: “Psychomotor” Skills)

9. Prepare and present research results as talks and posters at professional meeting: including planning, preparation of graphics, delivery, and responding to reviewer comments. (Domain: “Psychomotor” Skills)

10. Interact with others in a manner that fosters a constructive and collaborative working environmental for all. (Domain: Affective) 

11. Comply with and promote standards for responsible conduct in research. (Domain: Affective) 

12. Comply with and promote best practices for laboratory safety. (Domain: Affective)