Environmental Science and Engineering, MS, PhD

 

Program Summary

Format: On-site


Locations: Potsdam


Credit Hours:

MSPhD
3090


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

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.

MS Description
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.

PhD Description
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.

Curriculum

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.

M.S. Degree
University Requirements:

  • 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.

Ph.D. Degree
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.

 

Degree Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

MS Pre-Requisites
Applicants are expected to have completed at least one year of calculus, physics, and chemistry, have some background in Fluid Mechanics, and have obtained a B.S., B.E. or equivalent degree from an engineering or science program. No minimum grade point average is required for admission, however in general a GPA > 3.25 for BS degree in a related field is expected in combination with a superior record of academic achievement. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of ALL applicants.International applicants must submit a TOEFL score; a minimum of 550 (CBT score of 213 or IBT score of 80) or IELTS score of 6.5.

MS Exceptions
Up to 10 credits  (grade B or better) of graduate work from another institution may be transferred in, with the approval of the Director. Entrance exams will be waived for recent Clarkson alumni.

PhD Pre-Requisites
No minimum grade point average is required for admission, however in general a GPA > 3.25 for MS degree in a related field is expected in combination with a superior record of academic achievement. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of ALL applicants (GMAT okay for EPG). International applicants must submit a TOEFL score; a minimum of 550 (CBT score of 213 or IBT score of 80) or IELTS score of 6.5.

PhD Exceptions
Up to 30 credits (grade B or better) of graduate work from previous MS degree may be transferred in, with the approval of the Director. Entrance exams will be waived for recent Clarkson alumni. Direct admittance to the PhD program with a BS degree is possible for exceptional students.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

 

Career Opportunities

Student completing the Environmental Science and Engineering, MS or PhD program often go on to find positions in environmental consulting, state or federal agencies (regulations, research); industry (engineering or Env. Health and Safety role).

 

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator
graduate@clarkson.edu
518/631-9910

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