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Program/Degree
Environmental Engineering (PHD) 
Program Description

The Environmental Engineering Program is one of the top ranked graduate engineering programs at UA, and highly ranked nationally. The program has long-standing strengths in water and wastewater treatment science and technology as well as technology transfer, hazardous waste treatment, development of environmentally-friendly technologies for industry, and atmospheric research. Owing to the multidisciplinary strengths of Environmental Engineering, students participate in research collaborations with numerous other programs such as Chemical Engineering, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mining and Geological Engineering, and Soil, Water and Environmental Science.

This department’s environmental research contributes to the UA being one of the top ranked world programs in environmental science research.

Departmental research takes advantage of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center (http://west.arizona.edu/), the BIO5 Institute (http://www.bio5.org/), the Micro/Nan Fabrication Center (http://mfc.engr.arizona.edu/), and various facilities associated with the Institute for Energy Solutions (https://energy.arizona.edu/).

Students in this program have a good track record of receiving financial aid from both university and federal fellowships. Environmental Engineering is a rapidly-growing field with promising job prospects in public and private sectors. Graduates of this program most commonly obtain jobs in industry, government organizations, consulting, and continue on to advanced education to enter academia.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Chemical and Environmental Engineering -

 
College
College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Michelle Wik
520-621-1897
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michelle Wik
520-621-1897
Director of Graduate Studies
James Farrell
520-621-2465
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
520-621-9227
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GRE required for Domestic and International Applicants
Transcripts
3 letters of recommendation
Resume
Statement of Purpose

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):  GRE
Minimum GRE Verbal: -- no minimum
Minimum GRE Quantitative:  -- no minimum
Minumum GRE Written:  --- no minimum
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum iBT: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1001 - CHE

 

 
Financial Aid

Research and Teaching Assistantships
Fellowships

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: September 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Chemical Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

With Prior MS: If an approved MS degree is completed (at the UA or elsewhere) prior to entering the doctoral program, a minimum of 12 units of coursework must be completed beyond the MS degree requirements. An approved minor must be completed. The required coursework in the minor may be included in the 12 unit requirement. In addition, 18 units of dissertation and 8 units of seminar must be completed.

Without Prior MS: A minimum of 25 units of approved coursework in the major area and 12 units of approved electives must be completed. An approved minor must be completed. Coursework for the minor may be included in the 12 unit electives requirement. In addition, 18 units of dissertation and 8 units of seminar experience must be completed. All Environmental Engineering PhD students are required to take the following core courses at the UA or an approved equivalent elsewhere:

CHEE 500R, Water Chemistry for Engineers (3 units)

CHEE 500A, Environmental Engineering Laboratory (1 unit)

CHEE 574, Environmental Transport Processes (3 units)

CHEE 576A, Water Treatment System Design (3 units)

CHEE 576B, Wastewater Treatment System Design (3 units)

CHEE 577R, Microbiology for Engineers (3 units)

CHEE 676, Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 units)

 
Minor Requirements

All Ph.D. students must fulfill the requirements for a minor in a program approved by the candidate and their dissertation advisor. Minor requirements are administered and approved by the minor department. They typically consist of 9 to 12 units of course work.

Minor in Environmental Engineering

The minor in environmental engineering consists of 12 units of environmental engineering coursework.

At least 9 units must be selected from the following courses:

CHEE 500R, Water Chemistry for Engineers (3 units)

CHEE 576A, Water Treatment System Design (3 units)

CHEE 576B, Wastewater Treatment System Design (3 units)

CHEE 577R, Microbiology for Engineers (3 units)

CHEE 578, Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management (3 units)

CHEE 676, Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 units)

The additional 3 units may correspond to other graduate environmental engineering courses upon approval of the minor advisor. Depending on the student’s background, the minor advisor might recommend preparatory undergraduate courses to be taken to cover prerequisite deficiencies. A member from the environmental engineering graduate faculty will serve as minor committee member.

 
Student Handbook
http://www.che.arizona.edu/graduates-student-handbook  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 23%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.50
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 66%
Enrollment Percent Female 34%
Enrollment Percent International 69%
Enrollment Percent URM 9%

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Last revised 20 Jul 2017