Environmental Science and Engineering, MS, PhD
Cost: per credit hour
Master’s and Ph.D. degrees span the science and engineering disciplines. The programs investigate how science or engineering impact and are affected by the environment in a broader context.
The environment comprises complex, interacting biological, chemical, physical, and social systems. It is essential to apply an interdisciplinary framework to understand how these systems function and the many ways environmental factors should be integrated into a comprehensive decision-making process.
The unusually broad background of ES&E graduates will enable them to better understand how engineering and science impact and inform policy decisions.
ES&E is administered by Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment, whose mission is to develop, foster, and enhance innovative, cross-disciplinary research and educational activities at the forefront of environmental investigation. Interdisciplinary groups of faculty affiliates associated with the institute will advise students.
The ISE degree programs provide a flexible framework for students to develop course combinations and pursue research projects that fit their individual interests and needs.
The MS degree in Environmental Science and Engineering provides an opportunity to complete a directed research thesis or project. Research completed under the direction of one of the over 60 faculty members from across campus who are affiliated with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment provides a wide range of potential thesis/project topics.
The PhD degree in Environmental Science and Engineering is research-oriented opportunity for students to contribute original scholarly insight into specific ESE issues within a culture that values interdisciplinary and systems-based perspectives on the particular problem and or solution. Publication of these scholarly results is expected. The research effort is completed with the advising support of one of more of the over 60 faculty members from across campus who are affiliated with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment to provide a wide range of research areas.
University requirements dictate 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree and 90 credit hours for the Ph.D. degree.
The ISE Graduate Handbook is intended to assist faculty members and graduate students with operating procedures, policies, and degree requirements for the ISE graduate degrees.
- 30 Credit Hours
- at least 18 credits of graduate course work
- at least 2 credits of seminar
- at least 6 credits of thesis
- ≥ 3.0 cumulative GPA in coursework contributing to degree requirements
- At least two seminars in residence
- All accepted international students, for whom English is a second language, are required to take an English-as-a-Second-Language placement exam (LA005) upon their arrival on campus. Recommended ESL courses must be completed.
- The ESE degree typically takes 1½-2 years.
University Requirements (complete details found in the Clarkson Catalog):
- 90 credit hours minimum (beyond the B.S.), corresponding to a minimum to three academic years of full-time study, a minimum of nine course credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
- A master’s degree may be acceptable in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours of transfer credit. Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
- A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework
- A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
- All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
- All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the Ph.D. program. A student may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure. If a student fails in the first attempt, he/she has two months to make a second attempt. A student who does not complete the candidacy procedure within the time allowed will be dropped from the graduate program.
- A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one member from outside the department of the Thesis Advisor.
- A student in the Ph.D. program who has not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called a Ph.D. student. After the procedure has been completed, the student will be called a Ph.D. candidate.
MS Required Courses
The master’s candidate must complete 30 credit hours, including 2 credits of seminar; at least 6 credits of research; one course selected from the following list (EV 532 (Risk Analysis), EC 660 (Environmental Economics), CE 586 (Introduction to Industrial Ecology) or CE 582 (Environmental Systems Analysis)); two elective courses from one of the sub-areas of ESE; and three other elective courses. At least 3 of the courses must having an engineering designator. The remaining credits can be additional thesis or elective class credits.
PhD Required Courses
The PhD candidate must complete 90 credit hours, including 6 credits of seminar; at least 60 credits of research; and at least 24 credits coursework. Course requirements one course selected from the following list (EV 532 (Risk Analysis), EC 660 (Environmental Economics), CE 586 (Introduction to Industrial Ecology) or CE 582 (Environmental Systems Analysis)); two elective courses from each of two of the sub-areas of ESE; and two other elective courses. At least three of the courses (9 credits) must be Clarkson courses.
Example Courses & Concentrations
- BY 520 Microbiology
- BY 525 Biological Systems &Global Environmental Change
- BY 531/CE 589 Limnology
- BY 620 Evolution
- BY 659 Systems Biology
- EHS 518 Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology
- CE 577 Atmospheric Chemistry
- CE 580 Environmental Chemistry
- CE 581 Hazardous Waste Management Engineering
- CE 681 Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes
- CE 682 Environmental Biological Processes
- EHS 506 Industrial Hygiene Control Methods
- EHS 581 Advanced Topic in Environmental and Occupational Health
- CM 552 Aerosol Chemistry
- EV 535/CE 535 Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry
- CE 570 Advanced Hydrology
- CE 572 Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
- CE 573 Sediment Transport
- CE 584 Chemodynamics
- ME 637 Particle Transport and Deposition
- ES 533 Human Exposure Analysis