The Environmental Engineering and Science (GES) program was developed considering guidelines established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and subject areas from the Professional Engineering Exam for Environmental Engineering. The master's degree program in this program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org). Students matriculating with an ABET accredited undergraduate degree will receive the degree Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science upon successful completion of all graduation requirements. Those students who do not have an ABET accredited undergraduate degree will receive the degree Master of Science.
The GES program was also developed in coordination with an Industrial Hygiene Degree previously offered at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD and now offered at AFIT. Both programs were motivated by a request from the AF Bioenvironmental Engineering (BEE) career field. This program was offered for the first time in the Fall of 2003 and capitalizes on existing coursework and research thrusts present in several AFIT departments. The core curriculum includes course offerings in statistics, chemistry, risk assessment, chemical fate and transport in the environment, and environmental sampling, along with design classes in air, water, and solid waste pollution control.