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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Engineering Science


Programs are planned by the students in consultation with their advisors. At least half of the coursework must be at or above the 600 level. Students who have taken the lower level of a double-numbered course (e.g., a course offered at the 400 and 600 levels) may not take the higher level of the same course for credit.

M.S. candidates may transfer a maximum of six credits from other institutions and are expected to complete their entire program within five calendar years of admission.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.  Students anticipating further graduate study at the doctoral level should pursue the thesis option.

The M.S. in Environmental Engineering is intended for students with undergraduate engineering degrees. Students without an undergraduate degree appropriate to their chosen M.S. program will be required to complete undergraduate courses to prepare themselves for M.S. coursework. These courses will be specified in the student’s letter of admission and may not carry credit toward the M.S. degree.

The M.S. in Environmental Engineering Science is intended for students with science-based undergraduate degrees in fields other than engineering. Students with undergraduate degrees in other professional and liberal arts disciplines may be required to complete undergraduate courses to prepare themselves for M.S. coursework. These courses will be specified in the student’s letter of admission and may not carry credit toward the M.S. degree.

We encourage you to become familiar with the research areas in the Department, to reach out to our faculty for support, and to become actively engaged in the Department community. One way we encourage our students to become involved is by attending the seminar series we hold throughout the academic year. This is an opportunity to learn about advances in the academic community and to network with faculty and students from across campus.

Academic Integrity

Syracuse University aspires to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all endeavors. The Academic Integrity Policy is designed to make integrity and honesty central to the Syracuse University experience by:

  • setting forth clear ethical expectations for students in their academic endeavors;
  • promoting consistency of standards and practices across colleges, schools and programs;
  • encouraging reporting of suspected violations; and
  • facilitating the resolution of cases as promptly as possible while providing thorough and fair consideration for students and instructors.

Education is a central goal of the policy, including affording students an opportunity to discuss and learn from academic integrity violations.

Students must fully inform themselves of their responsibilities in the conduct of their academic work and should familiarize themselves with Syracuse University’s policy on Academic Integrity.


Environmental Engineering MS - Program of Study

Group 1 – Core Courses

Three courses in Group 1 are required for a total of 9 or 10 Credit Hours. Select three from the group. Only one course can come from the Hydrology Group, and only one course can come from the Statistics Group. Courses include:

  • CEE 642 Treatment Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 671 Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
  • CEE 672 Applied Environmental Microbiology

 

Statistics Courses (only one can count as a core course)

 

  • APM 595 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • CEE 687 Environmental Geostatistics

 

Hydrology Courses (only one can count as a core course)

  • CEE 659 Advanced Hydrology
  • EAR 601 Hydrogeology
  • ERE 645 Hydrologic Modeling

 

Group 2 – Electives

  • Any CEE graduate course, no more than 15 credits of 500-level coursework. Other graduate courses can be used as Group 2 electives if approved by the student's advisor.
  • Advisor approval is required before a student can take courses from this group.
  • For the MS with Thesis – In addition to the three courses taken in Group 1, five additional elective courses, upon advisor's approval, one of which can be CEE 690 - Independent study should be taken for a total of 15 credit hours. Students will also enroll in CEE 997 - Master's Thesis for 6 credit hours.
  • For the MS without Thesis - In addition to the three courses taken in Group 1, seven additional elective courses, upon advisor's approval, one of which can be CEE 690 - Independent Study should be taken for a total of 21 credit hours. Students will also enroll in CEE 995 - Master's Exit Paper (0 credit hour). The exit paper must address a topic relevant to environmental engineering. The paper can be an original work or it can be a critical review of a published journal article. The paper has a minimum length requirement of 2000 words and requires approval of the student's advisor.
  • All Full-Time MS candidates must enroll and participate in CEE 660-CEE Seminar.



Environmental Engineering Science MS – Program of Study

Group 1 – Core Courses

Both courses in Group 1 are required for a total of 6 Credit Hours. Required Courses include:

  • CEE 671 Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
  • CEE 672 Applied Environmental Microbiology


Group 2 – Advanced Fundamentals

At least two courses from Group 2 (6 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

CEE 577

Urban Stormwater Management

CEE 613

Physical Hydrology

CEE 630

Environmental Organic Chemistry

CEE 642

Treatment Processes in Env Eng

CEE 650

Environmental Risk Assessment & Toxicology

CEE 653

Applied Aquatic Chemistry

CEE 657

Biogeochemistry

CEE 659

Advanced Hydrology

CEE 662

Chemistry of Soils and Natural Surfaces

CEE 663

Introduction to Sustainable Engineering

Group 3 – Advanced Tools

At least one course from Group 3 (3 credit hours) must be selected. Courses in probability and statistics and/or regression analysis may be accepted with advisor approval.

Course

Description

MAT 521

Introduction to Probability

ECS 525

Probability for Engineers

ECS 526

Statistics for Engineers

APM 595

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

CEE 571

Water Quality Monitoring

CEE 600

Data Science for Environmental Systems Research

EAR 602

Numerical Methods in Geosciences

GEO 683

Geographic Information Systems


Group 4 – Electives (15 credit hours)

  • Advisor approval is required before a student can take courses from this group.
  • Some suggested elective courses can be selected from Law and Public Policy, Management, Computer Programming, and other CEE graduate courses not listed above.
  • For the MS with Thesis - Three additional courses from Groups II through IV, upon advisor's approval, or CEE 690 - Independent study should be taken for a total of 9 credit hours. Students will also enroll in CEE 997 - Master's Thesis for 6 credit hours. 
  • For the MS without Thesis - Four additional courses from Groups II through IV upon advisor's approval, should be taken for a total of 12 credit hours. One of these can be CEE 690 - Independent study for 3 credit hours. Students will also either enroll in (a) CEE 600 Environmental Assessment (3 Credit hours); or (b) CEE 995 - Master's Exit Paper (0 credit hours) and one additional course from Groups II through IV (3 credit hours). The exit paper must address a topic relevant to environmental engineering. The paper can be an original work or it can be a critical review of published journal articles. The paper has a minimum length requirement of 2000 words and requires approval of the student's advisor.
  • All Full-Time MS candidates must enroll and participate in CEE 660-CEE Seminar.



Electives

Graduate students at Syracuse University are able to take courses at both SUNY ESF and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Students may register for SUNY Upstate Medical University coursework using the Inter-Institutional Graduate Course Registration Form, which is available from the department’s administrative assistant. All coursework taken at SUNY Upstate Medical University must be approved by petition.

Students may register for SUNY ESF coursework normally using MySlice.

Please contact the department if you are interested in an elective that is not included on one of the approved lists below.

Additional coursework at Syracuse University or SUNY ESF may be approved by petition. CEE Master’s Degree Programs require at least 15 Credits of Coursework be CEE Prefixed.

·        Approved by Prefix and Level

Unless otherwise noted, all courses offered by either Syracuse University or SUNY ESF that are numbered 600:996 with one of the following prefixes are approved as electives for all MS & PhD programs of study.

Prefix

Department

APM

Applied Mathematics

ARC

Architecture

BCM

Biochemistry

BEN

Bioengineering

BIO

Biology

BPE

Bioprocess Engineering

BTC

Biotechnology

CEN

Chemical Engineering

CHE

Chemistry

CME

Construction Management Engineering

CIS

Computer and Information Science

CPS

Computational Science

CSE

Computer Engineering

EAR

Earth Sciences

ECS

Engineering and Computer Science

EGR

Engineering

FCH

Chemistry

IST

Information Studies

MAE

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAT

Mathematics

MEE

Mechanical Engineering

MFE

Manufacturing Engineering

MTS

Materials Science

PHY

Physics

SCM

Supply Chain Management

·        Approved by Course, Syracuse University

Additionally, the following specific courses offered by Syracuse University are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.

Course

Description

ARC 555

Introduction to Building Information Modeling*

ARC 558

Advanced Building Information Modeling and 3D Design

COM 600

Multimedia Reporting: Climate Change

EAR 600

Water Energy Field Course

EAR 601

Hydrogeology

EAR 665

Groundwater Modeling

ECS 526

Statistics for Engineers

ECS 651

Strategic Management & The Natural Environment

ECS 759

Sustainability Driven Enterprise

GEO 683

Geographic Information Systems

IST 687

Introduction to Data Science

IST 719

Information Visualization

MAE 548

Engineering Economics and Technology Valuation

MAE 573

Application of Finite Element Analysis

MAE 587

Design of Solar Energy System

MAE 626

Vibration of Mechanical Systems

MAE 658

Built in Environmental Modeling

MBC 616

Operations Management

MBC 617

Supply Chain Management

PAI 734

Public Budgeting

PAI 895

Managerial Leadership

SCM 656

Project Management

SCM 701

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

SCM 702

Principles of Management Science


*Note that CEE 520 - Building Information Modeling and ARC 555 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling can only be counted once towards a program of study. If a student has taken either CEE 520 or ARC 555 and used it towards any program of study, they cannot take the other course for program credit.


·        Approved by Course, SUNY ESF

Additionally, the following specific courses offered by SUNY ESF are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.

Course

Description

APM 595

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

APM 620

Experimental Design and ANOVA

CME 531

Construction Safety

CME 535

Cost Engineering

CME 543

Construction Estimating

ERE 527

Stormwater Management

ERE 551

GIS for Engineers

ERE 645

Hydrologic Modeling

ERE 693

GIS-Based Modeling

ENS 607

Wetland Practicum

EST 695

Environmental Journalism

EST 770

Ecological Economics & Policy


Exit Requirements

  • No fewer than 30 total credits of graduate-level coursework;
  • completion of all coursework group requirements in a selected concentration;
  • minimum 3.000 GPA for all coursework used toward the completion of degree;
  • minimum 2.800 GPA cumulative for all coursework taken at SU;
  • no more than 15 credits of 500-level coursework;
  • at least 15 credits must be CEE prefixed graduate level courses; and
  • satisfactory completion of either a thesis or an exit paper.

·        Thesis

The Oral Thesis Defense and submission of the thesis document to the Syracuse University Graduate School are the final requirements for students in a thesis plan.

Defense paperwork must comply with the Graduate School’s guidelines, including formatting.

The candidate must complete 24 credit hours of coursework, which include a set of core courses in the student's chosen area of specialization and a cohesive program of elective coursework approved by the student's advisor, as outlined in the attached programs of study. All Full-Time M.S. candidates are expected to participate in faculty/student seminar series (CEE 660) each year. In addition, the student must register for six credits of CEE 997-Master's Thesis, culminating in the defense of the thesis administered by the student's thesis committee.

Deadlines

The official Request for Examination form must be signed and submitted to the Graduate School at least three full weeks prior to the oral defense date.

A copy of the thesis document must be delivered to all members of the defense committee at least two full weeks prior to the oral defense date.

Defense Committee

The thesis defense committee will consist of four members, including

  • the thesis advisor;
  • two faculty members from the department or other specialists in the subject area; and
  • the Chair of the Oral Examination Committee

The Chair of the Oral Examination Committee must be a Syracuse University tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Two of the four-committee members must be CEE faculty members.

A committee member from outside Syracuse University may be allowed by petition.

·        Exit Paper

Students not completing a Master’s Thesis must instead complete a Master’s Exit Paper. To complete the degree requirement, a student must also take CEE 995-Master's Exit Paper for zero credit. The exit paper must be an original work that address issues related to their specialty approved by the advisor and have a minimum length of 2,000 words. The academic advisor determines the formatting and requirements for the exit paper.


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