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UMBC Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Graduate Students
M.S., Environmental Engineering

A minimum of 30 credit hours with thesis option or 33 credit hours with a project option. There is no course-only option, all students MUST do either a thesis or a project.

Within five years of admission, the student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours with thesis option or 33 credit hours with a project option (there is no course-only option, all students MUST do either a thesis or a project). The student must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty and attend the Department’s Graduate Seminar. Each student must complete either a thesis or a scholarly paper. The thesis option in the student’s field requires a minimum of 8 graduate-level courses and six credit-hours of thesis (ENCE 799). The thesis must be defended with an oral exam and accepted with the approval of the student’s M.S. thesis committee. Upon completion of the thesis research, the thesis must be defended in a public presentation. The project option in the student’s field requires a minimum of 10 graduate-level courses as described below and three credit hours of ENCE 798 research project work resulting in a technical paper which must be approved by the advisor. No more than six credits may be transferred from another university. Credit transfer and/or exceptions to the 6-credit transfer limit must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Full-time students are encouraged to take the thesis option. The thesis option will be used most often by students who are funded through external grants thus, the thesis committee will be made up of faculty who are involved with the funded research project with a CEE faculty member serving as Committee Chair. Part-time students may find it more befitting their personal situation to pursue the non-thesis option that is particularly designed for working students. 

Five core courses are required for all students in the environmental engineering area. An example curriculum for the thesis option is presented in Table 1; a sample curriculum for the non-thesis option can be found in Table 2.

Table 1. Example Curriculum: M.S. in CE - Environmental Engineering Track – Thesis Option

Course Number Course Title Offerings
Required
ENCE 610 Environmental Chemistry [3 cr] Fall 1
ENCE 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes [3cr] Fall 1
ENCE 614 Environmental Biological Processes [3 cr] Spring 1
ENCE 621 Groundwater Hydrology [3 cr] Fall 1
MATH/STAT Advanced Math or Statistics [3 cr] Spring 1
Elective
ENCE 616 Environmental Engineering Laboratory [3 cr] Spring 1
ENCE 651 Water Resource Systems Analysis [3 cr] Fall 2
ENCE 646/ENCH 676 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants [3 cr] Spring 2
Thesis (ENCE 799) M.S. Thesis [6 cr] Fall/Spring 2


Table 2. Example Curriculum: M.S. in CE - Environmental Engineering Track – Non-Thesis Option 

Course Number Course Title
Required
ENCE 610 Environmental Chemistry [3 cr]
MATH/STAT Advanced Math or Statistics [3 cr]
ENCE 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes [3 cr]
ENCE 614 Environmental Biological Processes [3cr]
ENCE 621 Groundwater Hydrology [3 cr]
Elective
ENCE 648 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation [3cr]
ENCE 642 /ENCH 672 Water Resource Systems Analysis [3 cr]
ENCE 644/ENCH 674 Industrial Air Pollution [3cr]
ENCE 646/ENCH 676 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants [3 cr]
ENCE 616 Environmental Engineering Laboratory [3 cr]
Research Non-Thesis MS Research Project [3cr]


M.S., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering