MS in Environmental Engineering Program

The MS in Environmental Engineering program will provide students with practical information and technical knowledge on contemporary environmental topics and issues including potable water treatment, wastewater treatment and disposal, water reclamation and reuse, storm water runoff management and treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, remediation of contaminated groundwater and soil, landfill design, air pollution control engineering, global warming issues, and sustainable development. Students will be trained for consulting companies, industries, or as officials for local governments as well as state or federal regulatory agencies.

Program Structure

The structure of the program is based on a cohort model in which students move through the 2-year curriculum as a group. The Course Schedule will be based on four 16-week semesters and one summer session. The online format creates an environment where much learning occurs through completion of individual and team projects and analysis of case studies. During the four semesters, students will take the same courses as their fellow cohort members (two courses per semester). The coursework in the first year solidifies the students’ foundation in environmental engineering. The second year’s coursework offers more specialized topics in environmental remediation and design. The capstone experience during their final year will be a team-based applied project similar to what might be encountered in a professional environment. In addition, students will be required to attend and complete a mandatory virtual initial orientation prior to the beginning of the program and a virtual mid-point symposium for review of their progress toward completing the final project and for continued authentication of their work. It is anticipated that, after this program has been established and becomes a stable part of the engineering curriculum, elective courses for other specialized topics of environmental engineering would be added to the cohort design. There is a student distance fee of $33 per unit for all the online courses offered by the CEE department. Below is the semester-wise list of courses offered:

  • Semester 1
    • EGCE 570 Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 571 Hydraulics and Hydrology for Environmental Engineers (3 units, required)
  • Semester 2
    • EGCE 515 Solid Waste Management, System Design, and Sustainability (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 573 Environmental Engineering Practices and Project Management (3 units, required)
  • Summer Session
    • EGCE 481 Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 482 Wastewater Treatment and Water Reclamation (3 units, required)
  • Semester 3
    • EGCE 572 Water Supply, Treatment, and System Design (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 597 Graduate Project (3 units, required)
  • Semester 4
    • EGCE 546 Surface Water Pollution and Control (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 583 Air Pollution Control Engineering (3 units, required)

Program Goals

The primary goal of the MS_ENVE program is to train engineers as professionals in the field of environmental engineering. The online nature of the program should be attractive to working professionals who might have difficulty scheduling a traditional Masters program with their work commitments. This program should establish a presence for Cal State Fullerton in this engineering discipline as it fills a need that is not currently being met by other neighboring institutions. As the program matures, it should also develop natural partnerships with corporations and governmental organizations in the environmentally-related fields. The curriculum of the program is designed to cover the major topic areas identified by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) as critical to principles and practices of environmental engineering. The curriculum is also designed to provide students with needed information to work in the areas identified by Department of Labor (Ramey, 2009; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009).