Program Information

General Information regarding the online MS in environmental engineering program


The MS in Environmental Engineering program provides 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
  • Sustainable development


Students will be trained for consulting companies, industries, or as officials for local governments as well as state or federal regulatory agencies.


  • The program is based on a cohort model in which students move through the 2-year curriculum (four 16-week semesters and one summer session) as a group.


  • Online learning occurs through completion of individual and team projects and analysis of case studies.


  • The capstone experience during the 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.

NOTE: 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 581 Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater (3 units, required)
    • EGCE 582 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)


The above semester breakdown is that of a typical study plan and may vary depending on the student. Depending on your academic background, additional deficiency coursesOpens in new window  may be required to graduate.

  • PROGRAM GOALS & Mission

  • The primary goal of the 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).