Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Environmental Engineering and Science (GES)
Current as of: 10/22/2014

Degree Type: MS

CURRICULUM GUIDE: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE

 

The Environmental Engineering and Science program offers two options; one ABET-accredited and one not. While the two options are similar, the ABET-accredited option places a bit more emphasis on science and engineering principles while the non-ABET option has more emphasis on environmental management and decision making.
 
Program Educational Objective: The Environmental Engineering and Science Program is designed to provide DoD career professionals with relevant graduate education in the principles of environmental engineering and science. The educational objective of the environmental engineering and science program is that within a few years of program completion, graduates, who would be serving as DoD officers and career professionals, will demonstrate that they can apply the principles of environmental engineering and science (encompassing air, water, and soil media) to successfully accomplish their duties across the spectrum of DoD environmental consulting and management duties. These abilities may be validated through voluntary professional certification, as appropriate (e.g., PE, CEM, BCEEM, QEP).
 
Student Outcomes: Upon graduation, students in the ABET-accredited program will be able to:
 
1.   Apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry, earth science, biological science, and fluid mechanics;
 
2.   Formulate material and energy balances;
 
3.   Analyze the fate and transport of substances in and between air, water, and soil phases;
 
4.   Conduct laboratory experiments, and analyze and interpret the resulting data in more than one major environmental engineering focus area (e.g., air, water, land, environmental health);
 
5.   Design environmental engineering systems that include considerations of risk, uncertainty, sustainability, life-cycle principles, and environmental impacts;
 
6.   Demonstrate understanding of concepts of professional practice, project management, and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental policy and regulation;
 
7.   Apply advanced principles and practice relevant to the program educational objectives.
 
Student Outcomes: Upon graduation, students in the non-ABET accredited program will be able to:
 
 
1.   Apply knowledge of mathematics, probability and statistics, physics, chemistry, and biology to solve environmental problems;
 
2.  Formulate material and energy balances;
 
3.  Analyze the fate and transport of substances in and between air, water, and soil phases;
 
4.   Conduct laboratory experiments, and analyze and interpret the resulting data in more than one major environmental engineering focus area (e.g., air, water, land, environmental health);
 
5.   Consider risk, uncertainty, sustainability, life-cycle principles, and environmental impacts when making decisions;
 
6.   Demonstrate understanding of concepts of professional practice, project management, and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental policy and regulation;
 
7.   Apply advanced principles and practice relevant to the program educational objectives.
 
This 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, as well as input from DoD organizations that employ our graduates. Yearly, these DoD organizations review and validate the program educational objectives while also providing guidance and feedback to help the faculty improve the program.
 
The Environmental Engineering and Science 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. The Environmental Engineering and Science 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 curriculum includes department core course offerings in statistics, risk analysis, and sustainable design along with program courses in chemical fate and transport in the environment, environmental sampling, air resource management, project management, and ecology and natural resources management. In addition, students take a three-course speciality sequence intended to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area of enviornmental engineering and science.  

Admission Standards and Procedures

 
The general requirements for admission to the Master of Science program in Environmental
Engineering and Science are:
 
1. A Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited engineering program (for the ABET-accredited option)
-or-
     A B.S. degree in a science related to environmental science, such as physics, biology, chemistry or industrial hygiene or an undergraduate degree in a management area, such as business, economics, or cost analysis (for the non ABET-accredited option). 
 
2. Introductory statistics course*
 
3. Calculus through ordinary differential equations (for the ABET-accredited option).
-or-
    Two semesters of Calculus (for the non-ABET accredited option)
 
4. An introductory environmental engineering course*.
 
5. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and minimum GRE scores of
153 verbal and 148 quantitative (or 500 verbal and 600 quantitative for GREs taken prior to 1 Aug 2011).
 
*Courses can be taken in first quarter if not yet completed
 
NOTE: Deficiencies in the above areas may be waived or corrected through additional coursework on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Systems Engineering and Management.
 
Curriculum Description
 
The Environmental Engineering and Science program is conducted in six academic quarters and a short term (18 total months, beginning in September) for full time students. The short term program provides an orientation to the school and curriculum, a review of basic mathematics and chemistry, an introduction to the computer systems serving AFIT, and an overview of the environmental engineering and science program.
 
The 50-quarter hour (QH) degree requirements for the Environmental Engineering and Science degree will include specified environmental engineering and department core classes plus a specialty sequence, thesis, and electives. The specialty sequence is intended to develop students’ in- depth knowledge of a specific area of environmental engineering and science. A 12 QH thesis with oral defense will also be required. The thesis must address a real-world problem in engineering or environmental science. Principal purposes of the thesis are to demonstrate the student's ability to integrate concepts and techniques acquired through course work and to demonstrate scholarly pursuit of a focused research question, all of which leads to enhanced capability of the graduate to pursue technical problems creatively and effectively across a broad spectrum of areas. Electives are offered in addition to the degree requirements in order to broaden the student’s horizons and/or provide more in-depth knowledge in a specific area of research that the student may be pursuing.


 

Course Sequence ABET - Accredited Program
 
Graduate Environmental Engineering and Science Program Guide
(Suggested 6 quarter program for full-time quota student)
 
SHORT FALL 14                                                                                                                                                    Credit Hours
ENVR 002
Excel Solver/Math Review
0
CHEM 000
Chemistry Review
0
ENVR 001
Intro to GES
0
COMM 310
Fundamentals of Written Communication
0
MATH 002
Calculus Review
0
 
FALL 14
 
 
STAT 525*
Applied Statistics for Managers I
4
ENVR 550*
Environmental Systems Engineering
4
ENVR 501
GES Seminar
0
ENVR 575 or XXXXxxx3
Applied Environmental Health
3
 
ENVR 6511
Environmental Risk Analysis
3
 
 
14
WINTER 15
 
 
ENVR 6431
Environmental Transport Processes
4
ENVR 502
Research Perspectives
0.5
XXXX xxx
Elective/Sequence2
3
ENVR 5561
Sustainable Life Cycle Design
3
STAT 5351
Applied Statistics for Managers II
4
 
 
14.5
SPRING 15
 
 
ENVR 6611
Sampling and Analysis
4
ENVR 503
GES Critical Review of Literature Seminar
0.5
ENVR 6241
Water Chemistry for Env. Engineers
4
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence2
3
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence4
3
 
 
14 .5
SUMMER 15
 
 
ENVR 6451
Water/Wastewater Treatment Design
4
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
XXXX 7991
Thesis
3
ENVR 504
GES Colloquium
1
 
 
11
FALL 15
 
 
XXXX 7991
Thesis
6
ENVR 505
GES Colloquium
0
ENVR 5321
Air Resources Management
3
 
 
                   9
 
 
 


 

 
WINTER 16
 
XXXX 7991
Thesis
3
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
XXXXxxxx
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
 
 
9
72 Total QH
 
*Required for students who have not met the introductory statistics and/or environmental engineering prerequisites
1Required for degree
2Three focus sequence classes required for degree
3  ENVR 575 is the recommended elective for BEE students.
4  SENG 610 is the recommended elective for BEE students.


 

Course Sequence – Non ABET-Accredited Program Environ Eng & Sci
(Suggested 6 quarter program for full-time quota student)
 
SHORT FALL 14                                                                                                                                                    Credit Hours
ENVR 002
Excel Solver/Math Review
0
CHEM 000
Chemistry Review
0
ENVR 001
Intro to GES
0
COMM 310
Fundamentals of Written Communication
0
 
FALL 14
 
 
STAT 525*
Applied Statistics for Managers I
4
ENVR 550*
Environmental Systems Engineering
4
ENVR 501
GES Seminar
0
ENVR 575 or XXXXxxx
Applied Environmental Health
3
ENVR 6511
    Environmental Risk Analysis
                      3
 
 
14
WINTER 15
 
 
ENVR 6431
Environmental Transport Processes
4
ENVR 502
Research Perspectives
0.5
XXXX xxx
Elective/Sequence2
3
ENVR 5561
Sustainable Life Cycle Design
3
STAT 5351
Applied Statistics for Managers II
4
 
 
14.5
SPRING 15
 
 
ENVR 6611
Sampling and Analysis
4
ENVR 503
GES Critical Review of Literature Seminar
0.5
SENG 6101
Project Management
4
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence2
3
XXXXxxx
Elective
3
 
 
14 .5
SUMMER 15
 
 
ENVR 536A1
Ecology and Natural Resources Management
3
ENVR 535 or XXXXxxx3
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
XXXX 7991
Thesis
3
ENVR 504
GES Colloquium
1
 
 
10
FALL 15
 
 
XXXX 7991
Thesis
6
ENVR 505
GES Colloquium
0
ENVR 5321
Air Resources Management
3
              
 
9
 
WINTER 16
 
 
 
XXXX 7991
Thesis
3
 
XXXXxxx
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
 
XXXXxxxx
Elective/Sequence/Research2
3
 
 
 
9
 
72 Total QH
*Required for students who have not met the introductory statistics and/or environmental engineering prerequisites
1Required for degree
2Three focus sequence classes required for degree
3  ENVR 535 is the required elective for USMC students
 
 
 
Below are some example specialty sequences.  In conjunction with your academic and research advisor, you may develop other sequences that are more appropriate to meet your research and career goals.
 
 
Water Specialty Sequence
 
This Water Specialty sequence would provide depth for students in water resource related areas such as groundwater remediation, constructed wetlands, and water or wastewater treatment.
 
Credit Hours
ENVR 625
Environmental Microbiology (Summer)
4
ENVR 640
Groundwater Hydrology and Contam Xport (Spring)
3
ENVR 646A
Water Treatment in Rural and Austere Conditions (Fall)
3
 
Atmospheric Science Specialty Sequence
 
The atmospheric science sequence prepares the student for more in depth analysis of air pollution and air pollution control through examination of the physico-chemical interactions in the atmosphere.
 
Credit Hours
ENVR 511
Environmental Management & Policy (Winter)
3
METG 650
Atmospheric Modeling for Engineers (Summer)
4
METG 511
Atmospheric Physics for Engineers (Winter)
4


 

Environmental Planning Specialty Sequence
 
The Environmental Planning Specialty Sequence would prepare students in areas related to environmental planning such as sustainable energy, land use, species protection, ecosystem modeling, and environmental management.
 
Credit Hours
ENVR 511
Environmental Management & Policy (Winter)
3
EMGT 550
Engineering Econ Decision Analysis (Summer)
3
EMGT 642
System Dynamics Modeling (Winter)
4
 
 
Remediation Management Sequence
 
The Remediation Management Sequence would provide students with an understanding of the processes that impact the fate and transport of subsurface contaminants, as well as the physical, chemical, and biological processes implemented by engineered remedial technologies, in order to manage contaminated soil and groundwater remediation under economic and regulatory constraints.
 
Credit Hours
ENVR 640
Groundwater Hydrology and Contam Xport (Spring)
3
EMGT 550
Engineering Econ Decision Analysis (Summer)
3
ENVR 772
Remediation Design and Management (Fall)
3
 

 

 
Biological Weapons Effects
 
The Biological Weapons Effects Sequence would provide students with an understanding of the underlying science and technology in biological weapons design and deployment, human effects from exposure to biological agents and current issues regarding terrorism to include the legal framework of response within CONUS and current treatment and prophylaxis concerns for both military and civilian responders and victims.
 
Credit Hours
BIOL 597
Biological Weapons Technology (Fall)
4
CWMD 596
Physiologic Effects of WMD (Fall)