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Environmental Engineering

 

Master | Environmental Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

The Master of Environmental Engineering (MENE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree.

The Master of Environmental Engineering (MENE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or construction engineering and management may have to complete additional course work prior to being accepted into the program. Areas of concentration include air quality and air pollution prevention and control, groundwater hydrology, contamination and remediation, geoenvironmental engineering, environmental exposure and risk assessment, solid waste management, water and water treatment, and water resources. No thesis is required. The GRE admission requirement may be waived in some cases.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State. Contact Mr. Richard Shryock, 919-513-3815, associate director of EOL, for general information about engineering and computer science master's programs offered online.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisites for admission to the MENE degree include an undergraduate degree in civil or environmental engineering from an accredited institution or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 3.0. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is automatically waived for applicants who have an engineering degree from a US institution. The TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old) are required for international applicants unless they have completed one year of full-time study at a U.S. university. You must apply for admissions to the MENE program online. When completing the online application, please be sure to select the “Distance Track” version of the degree.

 

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Completion of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses at the 400, 500 or 700 level with an overall grade point average of 3.0. At least 24 hours must be at the 500 level or above and 400 level courses must be outside of civil engineering.
  • Students are assigned an academic advisor and must work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work.
  • At least one half (15) of all credit hours must be in environmental engineering.
  • Students have the option of completing a 3-credit hour project as part of their degree program.
  • The remaining credit hours can be civil engineering courses or related courses from other departments.
  •  No thesis or on-campus residency requirement.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course approved in the Plan of Graduate Work. Students must comply with the Graduate School regulations for continuous enrollment or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.
Full-time employed individuals can only enroll in two online courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in one online course during their first semester. Completion of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses at the 400, 500 or 700 level with an overall grade point average of 3.0. At least 24 hours must be at the 500 level or above and 400 level courses must be outside of civil engineering.

The following environmental engineering courses will be available in various semesters.

CE 536 - Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers

Units: 3

Introduction to widely-used numerical methods through application to civil and environmental engineering problems. Emphasis will be on implementation and application rather than the mathematical theory behind the numerical methods.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

CE 573 - Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering

Units: 3

Concepts in environmental microbiology including cell structure and function, phylogeny, survey of environmentally relevant microbial groups, metabolism under different redox conditions, catabolism of macromolecules, methods in microbial ecology. Relationships to engineering processes and systems will be emphasized.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

CE 574 - Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering

Units: 3

Inorganic and organic environmental chemistry including acid-base equilibria, precipitation, complexation, redox reactions, and natural organic matter. The role of these factors in controlling the fate of contaminants in engineered treatment systems and natural environments.

Offered in Fall Only

CE 576 - Engineering Principles Of Air Pollution Control

Units: 3

Introduction to air pollution control fundamentals and design. Fundamentals including physics, chemistry and thermodynamics of pollutant formation, prevention and control. Design including gas treatment and process and feedstock modification. Addressed pollutants including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, hydrocarbons and air toxins. Investigation of current research. Credit for both CE 476 and CE 576 is not allowed.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

CE 577 - Engineering Principles Of Solid Waste Management

Units: 3

Solid waste management including generation, storage, transportation, processing, land disposal and regulation. Processing alternatives including incineration and composting. Integration of policy alternatives with evaluation of engineering decisions. Investigation of current research. Credit is only allowed for one of CE 477 and CE 577.

Offered in Spring Only

CE 579 - Principles of Air Quality Engineering

Units: 3

Introduction to: risk assessment, health effects, and regulation of air pollutants; air pollution statistics; estimation of emissions; air quality meteorology; dispersion modeling for non-reactive pollutants; chemistry and models for tropospheric ozone formation; aqueous-phase chemistry, including the "acid rain" problem; integrated assessment of air quality problems; and the fundamentals and practical aspects of commonly used air quality models. Credit is allowed only for one of CE/MEA 479 or CE/MEA 579.

Offered in Spring Only

CE 584 - Hydraulics Of Ground Water

Units: 3

Introduction to ground water hydraulics and hydrology. Hydrologic cycle, basic ground water hydraulics, numerical solution of governing equations, ground water hydrology of North Carolina, well design and construction, flow net development, and ground water contamination sources.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

CE 586 - Engineering Hydrology

Units: 3

Hydrologic principles underlying procedures for surface water modeling; applications of common hydrologic models to actual watersheds.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

CE 588 - Water Resources Engineering

Units: 3

Extension of concepts of fluid mechanics and hydraulics to applications in water supply, water transmission, water distribution networks and open channels to include water-supply reservoirs, pump and pipe selection, determinate and indeterminate pipe networks, and analysis of open channels with appurtenances.

Offered in Fall Only

CE 596 - Special Topics in Water Resource and Environmental Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

New or special course on recent developments in some phase of civil engineering. Specific topics and prerequisites identified for each section and varied from term to term.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term

CE 771 - Physical-Chemical Water Treatment Processes

Units: 3

Physical-chemical treatment processes for the treatment of water, including sedimentation, flotation, filtration, coagulation, oxidation, disinfection, precipitation, adsorption, and membrane treatment processes. Current issues in drinking water quality and treatment are discussed.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

CE 772 - Environmental Exposure and Risk Analysis

Units: 3

Course covers the identification, transport, and fate of hazardious substances in the environment; quantification of human exposures to such substances; dose-response analysis; and uncertainty and variability analysis. The general risk assessment framework, study design aspects for exposure assessment, and quantitative methods for estimating the consequences and probablity of adverse health outcomes are emphasized.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

CE 774 - Environmental Bioprocess Technology

Units: 3

Principles of microbiological, biochemical, and biophysical processes used in environmental waste treatment and remediation processes, with particular emphasis on water quality control processes.

Offered in Spring Only

Tuition Level: Graduate - Engineering

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $445.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,369.80

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,041.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,249.80

Approximate cost per semester: $4,010.94 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
Summer 1Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Dr. Ranji S. Ranjithan

Director of Graduate Programs

919-515-6979
ranji@ncsu.edu