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.
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
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.
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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)
- ENV 6016 Biological Treatment
Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
Waste Treatment/Water Treatment/Industrial Treatment
- ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration (3 credit
- ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit
- ENV 5410 Water Treatment (3 credit
- EES 5318 Industrial Ecology (3 credit
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)
- Any CWR course
at the 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours)
- ENV 5636
Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis (3 credit
- ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and Remote
Sensing (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—42 Credit
- To be approved by a faculty adviser and the graduate
- 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.
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
- No more than a total of 12 credit hours of doctoral research
plus independent study will be included in a program of study.
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
Suggested elective courses include:
- EES 5318 Industrial Ecology
- ENV 5356 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
- ENV 5410 Water Treatment
- ENV 5505 Sludge Management Operations in Environmental
- ENV 5517 Engineering Chemical and Biological
- ENV 5636 Environmental and Water Resources
- ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in
- ENV 6016 Biological Treatment
Systems in Environmental Engineering
- ENV 6046 Membrane
- ENV 6055 Fate and Transport of Subsurface
- ENV 6030 Environmental
- ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and
- ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric
- ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution
- ENV 6336 Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste
- ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste
- ENV 6504L Unit Operation and Processes
- ENV 6515L Biological Unit Operations and
- ENV 6519 Aquatic Chemical
- ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment
In addition, elective courses can be chosen from any of the following
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,
Dissertation—18 Credit Hours
- ENV 7980 (18
credit hours minimum)
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
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
- Successful completion of
the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of
the written dissertation proposal.
dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate
faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
of an approved program of study.
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 LearningThe Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of the student's candidacy and dissertation defense examinations.
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.
- 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.
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