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Environmental Engineering, M.S.

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Environmental Engineering is a diverse field that focuses on the sustainable use and preservation of natural resources anthropogenic interactions in an increasingly urbanized world. It is a career field in high demand and it was recently ranked as the fifth most valuable college major (Forbes, May 2012). At the School of Engineering, our program has an urban environmental systems emphasis and it is unique in concentrating on many challenges that New York City and major cities of the world face.

The MS in Environmental Engineering prepares graduates to plan, functionally design, control, operate and manage municipal and industrial pollution-prevention systems. Students are exposed to a learning atmosphere that provides a mix of theory and practical problem-solving approaches. The flexible course options and student research projects offer a variety of opportunities. Areas of research and scholarly activities supported by some of the best faculty in NYC include environmental systems management, monitoring, sensing, and visualization, water security, flood risk management, conflict resolution, river water quality modeling, groundwater modeling, solid and hazardous waste management, contamination remediation, climate change studies, and development of decision support systems and GIS based applications.


To earn an MS in Environmental Engineering, you must complete 30 credits as described below, with a 3.0 GPA or better in all graduate courses and in all guided studies (readings, projects, theses, dissertations). Averages are computed separately for courses and guided studies. Transfer credits from other institutions are not included in this average.

For the most recent program curriculum, view the Bulletin.


3 Credits Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology CE-GY7373
The course introduces the chemistry and microbiology of polluted and natural waters, including applications of principles developed.
3 Credits Water & Wastewater Treatment CE-GY7423
The course covers the physical, chemical and biological principles of process design and treatment of water and wastewater. Topics include aeration, filtration, softening, chemical treatment, coagulation, occulation, desalination, and taste and odor control.
Co-requisite: CE-GY 7373.

Select 2 of the Following

3 Credits Hydrology CE-GY7223
This course covers: Hydraulic cycle; meteorological considerations; analysis of precipitation, runoff, unit hydrographs, flood routing and reservoir storage; principles of groundwater hydrology; and an introduction to frequency analysis of floods and droughts.
Prerequisite: adviser's approval.
3 Credits Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution CE-GY7233
This course looks at the characteristics of confined and unconfined flow of water through porous media; groundwater and well hydraulics; quality of groundwater; environmental influences; groundwater pollution; management aspects of groundwater and groundwater modeling.
Prerequisites: CE-UY 2214 (Fluid Mechanics) or equivalent or instructor's permission.
3 Credits Environmental Systems Management CE-GY7753
This course provides an overview of information technologies as applied to the remote sensing of environmental infrastructure systems, and includes the development of infrastructure system databases to assist complex decision-making on environmental infrastructures.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Environmental Impact Assessment CE-GY7673
The course examines legal and technical requirements in preparing environmental-impact statements. Considerations include legal and technical requirements, the procedure and the interdisciplinary nature of the analysis. Topics include overall impact evaluation, categories of impacts, problem definition, quantification of impact, methods used in analysis, field evaluations, mitigations, hearing procedures and management. Practical examples and case studies are used.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Select 3 of the Following

3 Credits Advanced Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology CE-GY7393
This course explores advanced topics in chemistry and microbiology of polluted and natural wastewater treatment.
Prerequisite: CE-GY 7373 or equivalent.
3 Credits Advanced Water & Wastewater Treatment CE-GY7433
This course covers further the processes discussed in CE-GY 7423. Topics include sedimentation, adsorption, aerobic and anaerobic biological treatment, sludge treatment and disposal.
Prerequisite: CE-GY 7423. Co-requisite: CE-GY 7393.
3 Credits Modeling Fate and Transport of Surface Water Pollution CE-GY7473
The course covers dispersal and decay of contaminants introduced into lakes, streams, estuaries and oceans, and the effects of pollutants on chemical quality and ecology of receiving waters.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Environmental Geotechnology CE-GY8493
The course covers: Clay mineralogy; soil-water interaction processes; chemical transport through soils; hydraulic conductivity, diffusion and attenuation mechanisms; water-disposal systems; design of land-fills, seepage barriers and cut-off walls; geo-environmental site characterization techniques; and soil-remediation techniques.
Prerequisite: undergraduate soil mechanics, CE-UY 3153 or equivalent.
3 Credits Solid Waste Management CE-GY7703
The course covers engineering aspects of solid waste collection, transport and disposal, including incineration, sanitary landfill, composting, recovery and reutilization. Also covered is the economic evaluation of factors affecting selection of disposal methods.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Selected Topics in Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering I CE-GY7353
This course examines topics of current interest in water resources and hydraulic engineering. Topics vary with each offering and are disseminated before the semester of offering.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
3 Credits Air Pollution CE-GY7523
This course discussed the causes and effects of air pollution, methods of sampling, interpretation of data, meteorological aspects, and methods of air-pollution control.
3 Credits Selected Topics in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering I CE-GY7723
This course examines topics of current interest in environmental and water resources
engineering. Topics vary with each offering and are disseminated before the semester of offering.

CE-GY 9996 Project, Credits: 3.00
CE-GY 9997 Master's Thesis, Credits: 6.00

3-6 credits of approved engineering and science electives

To be granted admission to the MS. in Environmental Engineering degree program at Tandon School of Engineering, an applicant should holds a B.S. degree in a related engineering discipline (e.g., environmental, civil, chemical, mechanical, etc.) from an accredited college in the United States or a recognized institution of higher learning abroad and has attained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0/4.0. Students holding B.S. degrees in another engineering discipline, or a physical, chemical or biological science, may be admitted if they have achieved the technical background necessary to pursue advanced work in Environmental Engineering. This background includes:

  • Three semesters of calculus, ordinary differential equations
  • A semester of college statistics
  • A semester of calculus-based physics
  • A semester of college chemistry
  • A semester of fluid mechanics
  • A semester of water resources engineering or hydrology
  • Problem-solving work using computers
  • Background in environmental process engineering

Students should have completed these requirements prior to applying. However, the requirements of fluid mechanics, water resources engineering or hydrology and exposure to environmental process engineering can be completed by taking the courses below in the first offering of the course after enrollment for the MS. degree.

  • CE-UY 2213, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • CE-UY 3223, Environmental Engineering
  • CE-UY 3243, Water Resources Engineering

It is necessary to obtain a grade of “B” or better in each of these courses. None of the courses listed above may be used for graduate credit. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted for

Find out more about Admission Requirements.