The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers curricula leading to a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. Potential study areas in Environmental Engineering include water and waste treatment processes, groundwater modeling, fate and transport of contaminants in soil/aquifer systems, hazardous waste treatment, risk assessment, hydrology, and water resource systems. Opportunities exist for students with B.S. degrees in engineering or the physical, chemical, or biological sciences. Students holding a BS degree in a non-engineering field are required to make up certain undergraduate courses that do not count for credit in the student's degree program, as specified upon admittance. MS students may follow the thesis option, which requires 24 credit hours of coursework and a six credit hour thesis. The creative component option requires 30 credit hours plus a 2 credit hour report. The faculty is strongly committed to the idea that a graduate student's degree should include an independent research component; therefore, the thesis option is vigorously promoted. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the MS degree, including the dissertation.
Recent research projects received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, Federal Highway Administration, National Science Foundation, Conoco Phillips, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium, Center for Aircraft Support/System Infrastructure, and the Oklahoma Transportation Center.
The Environmental Engineering program is offered only on the Stillwater campus.
Environmental Engineering admission requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students may be admitted to the program on academic probation if their undergraduate GPA does not meet the requirement. This admission is contingent on earning a specified GPA (a minimum of 3.0 - 3.5 out of 4.0) during the first semester enrolled.
The GRE is required. The GRE institution code is 6546 and department code for Environmental Engineering is 1103.
The minimum TOEFL score is 233 (computer test) or 575 (paper test) for admission; new international students must also take an English proficiency exam given on campus before enrolling.
The undergraduate disciplines normally admitted into Environmental Engineering are Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Geology, and Zoology. Depending upon the applicant's undergraduate degree, makeup courses or prerequisites for non-Civil Engineers entering the program may include calculus, hydraulics, fluid mechanics, and unit operations in environmental engineering.
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships from the Graduate College, fee waivers for qualified students, and research or teaching assistantships.
Graduate Faculty List
William W. Clarkson; B.S.E., MS, Ph.D., (Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, 1986) PE
Waste Management Biotechnology
Industrial Waste Treatment
Biodegradation and Remediation
William F. McTernan; BS, MS, Ph.D., (Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1980) BCEE, PE
Ground Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling
Industrial Wastewater Treatment
Risk Assessment and Environmental Decision-Making
Dee Ann Sanders; BS, MS, Ph.D., (Civil Engineering, The University of Texas, 1977) PE
Biological Waste Treatment and Bioremediation
Animal Waste Management
Groundwater/Hazardous Waste Site Investigation and Remediation
Avdhesh K. Tyagi; BS, MS, Ph.D., (Water Resources Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1971) PE
Water and Groundwater Pollution Modeling
Surface Water Hydrology and Water Quality
Environmental Infrastructure Modeling
John N. Veenstra; BS, MS, Ph.D., (Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1979) BCEE, PE
Water Supply and Treatment
Wastewater Treatment (Biological/Physical/Chemical)
Hazardous Waste Management
Air Pollution Modeling and Treatment
Gregory G. Wilber; BS, MS, Ph.D., (Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1991) PE
Biodegradation of Hazardous Wastes
Ground Water Treatment
Biological Waste Treatment