Environmental Engineering PhD

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :PHD
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://www.cece.ucf.edu/academics/cece_gradhome.asp

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Engineering PhD program focuses on pollution control, pollution prevention, and the correction of pollution effects on natural and man-made environments preparing students for careers in environmental engineering with consulting firms; with industry; within federal, state, and local governments; and/or in higher education.

CURRICULUM

The Environmental Engineering PhD program is research oriented and requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Thirty of the 72 credit hours can be met with either a nonthesis or thesis MS in Environmental Engineering. This leaves 42 credit hours of which 18 credit hours must be Dissertation and a minimum of 15 credit hours must be formal course work. A maximum of 9 credit hours of Doctoral Research can be used in the doctoral program, which could be replaced by additional formal course work.  

For students not having an MS degree who directly enter the PhD program (BS to PhD), there will be a minimum of 45 credit hours formal course work (i.e., 30 credit hours identical to the course work for a nonthesis MS in Environmental Engineering plus a minimum of 15 credit hours course work past the MS).  However, unlike MS students, BS to PhD students will be required to take only 4 of the 5 required courses from the nonthesis MS in Environmental Engineering requirements. In addition, these students can enroll for Doctoral Research credit hours during or after their first semester in the program. The 27 credit hours required in addition to the 45 credit hours course work will be 18 credit hours in Dissertation Research, and a maximum of 9 credit hours in Doctoral Research. Up to 9 credit hours of Doctoral Research can be replaced by additional formal course work subject to the approval of the PhD adviser and the advisory committee. 

For both MS to PhD and BS to PhD students, the program of study must be developed with an advisory committee and meet with departmental approval at the beginning of the PhD program, at which time transfer credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree
42 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

All students completing the PhD program must take one course each from 4 of the 5 technical areas listed below for a total of 12 credit hours.

Water Process Engineering
  • ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
Wastewater Process Engineering
  • ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
Waste Treatment/Water Treatment/Industrial Treatment
  • ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 5410 Water Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • EES 5318 Industrial Ecology (3 credit hours)
Air Quality Modeling/Air Pollution Control
  • ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls (3 credit hours)
Water Resources
  • Any CWR course at the 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 5636 Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis  (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—42 Credit Hours

  • To be approved by a faculty adviser and the graduate coordinator
  • At least 27 credit hours of formal course work is required, exclusive of research and independent study. For students entering the program with a completed master's degree, at least 15 of the 27 credit hours (exclusive of independent study and research) must be taken at UCF after the master's program, from approved formal courses. For students entering the program without a master's degree in Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline, at least 45 credit hours of formal course work are required.
  • Doctoral Research (XXX 7919) - 9 credit hours maximum (more than 9 research credit hours can be taken, but only a maximum of 9 credit hours will be counted toward the program of study).
  • Independent Study (XXX 6908) - 3 credit hours maximum
  • No more than a total of 12 credit hours of doctoral research plus independent study will be included in a program of study.
  • Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in a PhD program of Study.

Students can chose among the following courses with the consent of the academic adviser. Students that have no MS degree should complete the core courses for the MS degree in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Engineering Sciences. In addition, all elective courses will be 5000 or 6000 level courses.

Suggested elective courses include:

  • EES 5318 Industrial Ecology
  • ENV 5410 Water Treatment 
  • ENV 5505 Sludge Management Operations in Environmental Engineering
  • ENV 5517 Engineering Chemical and Biological Processes
  • ENV 5636 Environmental and Water Resources Systems
  • ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering
  • ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering
  • ENV 6046 Membrane Mass Transfer
  • ENV 6030 Environmental Biotechnology 
  • ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing
  • ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling
  • ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls
  • ENV 6336 Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Treatment
  • ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration
  • ENV 6515L Biological Unit Operations and Processes Laboratory 
  • ENV 6519 Aquatic Chemical Processes
  • ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment

In addition, elective courses can be chosen from any of the following disciplines:

Engineering: any 5000 or 6000 level course from any Engineering discipline. Typical electives come from Environmental Engineering (ENV courses), Water Resources Engineering (CWR courses), Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.

Non-Engineering: Statistics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, General or Inorganic Chemistry, Biology, Math, and Physics.

Dissertation—18 Credit Hours

  • ENV 7980  (18 credit hours minimum)

Examinations

Students must pass three examinations. The first is the PhD qualifying examination. This examination must be taken within the first year of admission into the PhD program. It may be attempted no more than twice. In addition to the qualifying examination, students must pass the candidacy examination and the dissertation defense examination. The candidacy examination is normally taken near the end of the course work and consists of a written and oral presentation of a research proposal, and may include additional written or oral questioning by the committee. A copy of the written examination will be kept as part of the student’s official record. The dissertation defense examination is an oral examination taken as defense of the written dissertation.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all dissertation defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the College of Graduate Studies Events Calendar at least two weeks before the defense date.

Admission to Candidacy

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours. Evidence of meeting these requirements must be received by the College of Graduate Studies by the day before the first day of classes for the semester in which a student wishes to enroll in dissertation hours.

  • Completion of all but 6 hours, or less, of course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submittal of an approved program of study.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the Environmental Engineering PhD program pay $16 per semester for equipment used in the laboratories. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of the student's candidacy and dissertation defense examinations.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • A bachelor's and/or master’s degree in Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Final articulation requirements will be determined by the department after students have been admitted and after discussions with their advisers.

Application Deadlines

Environmental Engineering PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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