2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    
    Oct 05, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Engineering Science, MS


Department Chair:

Dr. Ossama “Sam” Salem, 151 Link Hall, omsalem@syr.edu, 315-443-2311

Program Director:

Dr. Cliff I. Davidson, 151 Link Hall, davidson@syr.edu, 315-443-2311.

Environmental Engineering Faculty

Douglas F. Call, David G. Chandler, Ruth Chen, Andria Costello Staniec, Cliff I Davidson, Charles T. Driscoll Jr., Chris E. Johnson, Lashun K. Thomas

Program Description

The graduate program in environmental engineering science at Syracuse has earned a reputation for superior quality. Degree recipients working in government, industry, and education have made important contributions to the profession. The environmental engineering faculty provide coursework and research opportunities in environmental chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, applied microbiology, hydrology and water resources, sustainability, groundwater remediation, and green water infrastructure.

In addition to these focus areas, the students and faculty in environmental engineering science engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research, expanding the opportunities available to graduate students. The Department is home to the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering, which serves faculty in environmental, chemical, and mechanical engineering with a shared interest in environmental systems. We also engage in joint teaching with faculty in the School of Architecture and SUNY-ESF.

Admission Requirements

  1. B.S. in engineering, mathematics or a natural science from an accredited institution. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in other fields must have their programs evaluated to determine if additional undergraduate courses are to be included in their program of study.
  2. At least a 3.0 in a 4.0 rating system or equivalent in B.S. program coursework.
  3. Satisfactory scores on all required graduate entrance examinations. A TOEFL score of 80 or higher is required for international students.
  4. Departmental approval.

Program Requirements


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.

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 6 credits from other institutions. They are expected to complete their entire program within five calendar years of their admission.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available


Students anticipating further graduate study at the doctoral level should pursue the thesis option.

Requirements with Thesis (30 credits)


2. Elective Coursework Satisfying Distributional Requirements


Elective coursework satisfying distributional requirements, as specified in the Graduate Program Profile, available in the department office.

3. Master’s Thesis for 6 Credits


4. Defense of thesis


5. Participation in the Faculty/Student Seminar Program


Requirements without Thesis (30 credits)


2. Elective Coursework Satisfying Distributional Requirements


Elective coursework satisfying distributional requirements, as specified in the Graduate Program Profile, available in the department office.

3. Complete one of the following:


  • CIE 600 - Environmental Assessment (3 credits)
  • 3 credit(s) The Master’s project must address a topic in environmental engineering or environmental science and be approved by the advisor and at least one additional reader.
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  • 0 credit(s) and
  • One additional elective course (3 credits)
Additional Information

The exit paper must address a topic in environmental engineering or environmental science. The paper can be original research work or it can be a critical review of a published journal article. The paper has a minimum length of 2000 words and requires approval of the student’s advisor.

4. Participation in the Faculty/Student Seminar Program


Current Research Areas in Environmental Engineering Science


  • Aquatic chemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water quality modeling
  • Natural organic matter
  • Environmental geostatistics
  • Solid-liquid separation processes
  • Potable water supply
  • Applied surface chemistry
  • Applied environmental microbiology
  • Bioremediation
  • Global biogeochemical cycles
  • Changes in microbial communities in response to anthropogenic disturbance
  • Applications of molecular biology to environmental engineering
  • Application of geosynthetics in dewatering and containment
  • Natural and polymeric fibers in soil erosion mitigation
  • Microstructure of soil and geosynthetics
  • Slurry wall containment systems and movement of organics in soil/rock systems
  • Resource recovery from wastewater
  • Decentralized treatment processes
  • Microbial fuel cell technologies
  • Renewable hydrogen production