An Interdisciplinary Perspective With an Eye on Results

Clarkson University offers interdisciplinary master's and doctoral degrees in environmental science and engineering (ESE). The programs span natural science and engineering fields while giving you opportunities to engage with the social sciences and policy-making. You will investigate interrelationships between the natural and human systems that affect environmental outcomes on a local and global scale.

We create leaders who apply engineering and science with an interdisciplinary perspective and understand policies necessary to solve complex environmental problems.

You will work closely with faculty across a range of disciplines to positively impact environmental outcomes. Clarkson's world-class laboratory facilities enable research at the frontiers of human understanding.

Why Clarkson?
The ESE program is housed within Clarkson's interdisciplinary Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) — a hub for faculty and students across the social sciences, humanities, engineering and natural sciences that offers you an unparalleled diversity of views and expertise. We promote and support campus-wide environmental education, sustainability efforts and collaborative research initiatives.

 

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Environmental Science and Engineering Curriculum

Master's Degree Curriculum

The master's degree in ES&E consists of 30 credit hours including a research thesis or project. This degree can usually be completed in 18 to 24 months.

Environmental Science & Engineering MS Curriculum

University Requirements:

  • Thirty credit hours
    • at least 18 credits of graduate course work
    • at least 2 credits of seminar
    • at least 6 credits of thesis
  • At least a 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 ES&E degree typically takes one and a half to two years.

Degree Requirements:

Environmental Science & Engineering MS Required Courses

The master’s candidate must complete 30 credit hours, including 2 credits of seminar; and at least 6 credits of research (or 4 credits towards a Project).  Additionally the master’s candidate must take:

  • EV 532 (Risk Analysis)
  • POL 570 (Environmental Policy) or POL 571 (Energy Policy)
  • CE 586 (Industrial Ecology) or CE 582 (Environmental Systems Analysis & Design)
  • Two credits of seminar credit (EV610)
  • Three (3) additional electives (9 credits) following a selected “Theme”
  • At least three (3) of the above set of courses must be Engineering courses
  • Choice of completing Thesis or Project

SUGGESTED ELECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING THEMES:

Engineering and Policy:

  • EC660 (Environmental Economics)
  • POL571 (Energy Policy)
  • CE586 (Industrial Ecology)
  • EV536 (Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering, and Policy)
  • ANTH570 (Environment, Technology, and Society)
  • POL592 (Environmental Political Theory)
  • POL575 (Environmental Law)

Air Quality and Environmental Assessment:

  • CE577 (Atmospheric Chemistry)
  • CM532 (Particle Size Analysis in Dispersions and Other Colloids)
  • CM552 (Aerosol Chemistry)
  • EHS505 (Methods and Analysis)
  • CE533 (Human Exposure Analysis)

Sustainable Systems:

  • BY659 (Systems Biology)
  • BY520 (Microbiology)
  • BY525 (Biological Systems & Global Environmental Change)
  • CE586 (Industrial Ecology)
  • CE534 (Sustainable Development Engineering)
  • CE569 (Watershed Analysis)
  • PHIL510 (Sustainability Theory & Practice: A Critical Assessment)

Environmental Chemistry:

  • BY531/CE589 (Limnology)
  • CE535 (Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry)
  • CE577 (Atmospheric Chemistry)
  • CE580 (Environmental Chemistry)
  • CM530 (Colloids and Interfaces)
  • CM532 (Particle Size Analysis in Dispersions and Other Colloids)
  • CM552 (Aerosol Chemistry)
  • EHS505 (Methods and Analysis)

Environmental Quality and Treatment:

  • CE579 (Water and Wastewater Treatment and Design)
  • CE581 (Hazardous Waste Management Engineering)
  • CE584 (Chemodynamics)
  • CE681 (Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes)
  • CE682 (Environmental Biological Processes)
PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering

The institute also offers a PhD in ES&E that culminates in a research dissertation.

Environmental Science & Engineering PhD Curriculum

PhD Degree
University Requirements:

  • Ninety credit hours minimum (beyond the BS), corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study; a minimum of 9 credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
    • 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.
    • minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework
    • minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work is 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 PhD program. Students may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure. If they fail in the first attempt, they have two months to make a second attempt. Students who do 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.
  • Students in the PhD program who have not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called PhD students. After the procedure has been completed, the students will be called PhD candidates.

Degree Requirements

Environmental Science & Engineering PhD Required Courses:

The PhD candidates must complete 90 credit hours, including 6 credits of seminar and at least 24 credits of graduate coursework.  Additionally, the PhD candidate must take:

  • EV 532 (Risk Analysis)
  • POL 570 (Environmental Policy) or POL 571 (Energy Policy)
  • CE 586 (Industrial Ecology) or CE 582 (Environmental Systems Analysis and Design)
  • Five (5) additional electives (15 credits) following a selected “Theme”
  • At least three (3) of the above set of courses must be Engineering courses
  • Completion of a Dissertation
  • Six credits of seminar credit (EV610 or related seminar credits)

(Programs of study will be developed for each PhD candidate in conjunction with a Faculty Advisor based on research direction and should provide sufficient breadth and depth to allow for the student’s future intellectual development. For many this will require completing more than 24 course credits)

SUGGESTED ELECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING THEMES:

Engineering and Policy:

  • EC660 (Environmental Economics)
  • POL571 (Energy Policy)
  • CE586 (Industrial Ecology)
  • EV536 (Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering, and Policy)
  • ANTH570 (Environment, Technology, and Society)
  • POL592 (Environmental Political Theory)
  • POL575 (Environmental Law)

Air Quality and Environmental Assessment:

  • CE577 (Atmospheric Chemistry)
  • CM532 (Particle Size Analysis in Dispersions and Other Colloids)
  • CM552 (Aerosol Chemistry)
  • EHS505 (Methods and Analysis)
  • CE533 (Human Exposure Analysis)

Sustainable Systems:

  • BY659 (Systems Biology)
  • BY520 (Microbiology)
  • BY525 (Biological Systems & Global Environmental Change)
  • CE586 (Industrial Ecology)
  • CE534 (Sustainable Development Engineering)
  • CE569 (Watershed Analysis)
  • PHIL510 (Sustainability Theory & Practice: A Critical Assessment)

Environmental Chemistry:

  • BY531/CE589 (Limnology)
  • CE535 (Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry)
  • CE577 (Atmospheric Chemistry)
  • CE580 (Environmental Chemistry)
  • CM530 (Colloids and Interfaces)
  • CM532 (Particle Size Analysis in Dispersions and Other Colloids)
  • CM552 (Aerosol Chemistry)
  • EHS505 (Methods and Analysis)

Environmental Quality and Treatment:

  • CE579 (Water and Wastewater Treatment and Design)
  • CE581 (Hazardous Waste Management Engineering)
  • CE584 (Chemodynamics)
  • CE681 (Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes)
  • CE682 (Environmental Biological Processes)
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Admission

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

MS Prerequisites:
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 BS, BE or equivalent degree from an engineering or science program. No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required for admission; however, in general, a GPA > 3.25 for a 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 of 550 minimum (CBT score of 213 or IBT score of 80) or IELTS score of 6.5.
Up to 10 credits (grade B or better) of graduate work from another institution may be transferred into the program with the approval of the director. Entrance exams will be waived for recent Clarkson alumni.

PhD Prerequisites:
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.
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.

Scholarships

A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting the Engineering Department via email enggrad@clarkson.edu.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact

Graduate Admissions Team
graduate@clarkson.edu
518-631-9831