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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 22, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Civil and Environmental Engineering - Sustainable Engineering Area, MSCE


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The general requirements for the option for the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Sustainable Engineering Area degree (thesis and professional) are detailed below:

Requirements


Professional Option: 30 course credits (e.g., ten, 3-credit lecture courses) minimum

Thesis Option: 24 course credits (e.g., eight, 3-credit course equivalents) minimum and 6 thesis research (CEE 2999 ) credits

All M.S. students enter the professional MS program. Students interested in the thesis option should meet with program faculty to explore project options and can transition to the thesis option if they find a thesis advisor and project.

Students pursing the thesis option must complete novel research that advances the current state of knowledge in their field, is composed in a written dissertation, and presented to their faculty committee during a thesis defense.

The professional option is not available to students supported as graduate research or teaching assistants. Students supported as graduate research assistants are required to pursue the thesis option. All full-time graduate students must enroll in the departmental seminar (CEE 2085 - GRADUATE DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR ) every semester of their full-time study.

The detailed course requirements for these two degree options are as follows:

Professional MS Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2609 - LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TOOLS  or Equivalent

b) 3 credits - CEE 2610 - ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - CEE 2620 - ADVANCED GREEN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION  or CEE 2630 - DESIGN FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY  or Equivalent

d) 3 credits - CEE 2515 - WASTEWATER COLLECTION AND TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN  or CEE 2531 - AIR POLLUTION AND CONTROL  or Equivalent

e) 18 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996 ). No more than six credits of CEE 2996  may count towards the degree program coursework requirements. 

MS Thesis Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2609 - LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TOOLS  or Equivalent

b) 3 credits - CEE 2610 - ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - CEE 2620 - ADVANCED GREEN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION  or CEE 2630 - DESIGN FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY  or Equivalent

d) 3 credits - CEE 2515 - WASTEWATER COLLECTION AND TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN  or CEE 2531 - AIR POLLUTION AND CONTROL  or Equivalent

e) 12 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996 ). No more than six credits of CEE 2996  may count towards the degree program coursework requirements.

f) 6 credits - CEE 2999 - M.S. THESIS  

Thesis Defense

Students pursuing the MS Thesis Option must pass an oral presentation and defense of their completed thesis, administered by the student’s thesis committee. The thesis examining committee will consist of the advisor as chair plus at least two other members of the faculty recommended by the major adviser and approved by the department chair or program director.

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