The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers students the opportunity to complete a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering within the following research areas:
Tracking and treatment of pharmaceuticals
Emerging contaminants in the environment
Ultrasonic techniques to break down hazardous chemicals
Development of molecular biology techniques for the optimization of environmental engineering systems
Usage of microorganisms to remediate acid mine damage
Instrumentation and sensor technology
Industrial waste treatment
Grant funding for this research has come from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation.
The Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 semester hours of Ph.D.-level didactic coursework, and 15 semester hours associated with Ph.D. examinations and dissertation research.
Because the Ph.D. is an individualized program, students will meet with the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator in the first semester to discuss the “Plan of Study,” which outlines all required courses and the program-requirement sequence.
Qualifying Exam: Students entering the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree are required to take the qualifying exam. This exam evaluates the breadth of knowledge in Environmental Engineering and consists of an oral exam with a supporting written document.
Preliminary Exam: All students will be required to take a preliminary exam after the completion of their coursework. This exam evaluates communication, research and information-synthesis skills.
Dissertation Proposal: Within one year of passing the preliminary exam, students must develop a written research proposal and present it at an open college seminar. Students are considered doctoral candidates after the dissertation proposal has been approved.
Dissertation: The Ph.D. program culminates with the dissertation and dissertation defense. The defense is an open university seminar in which students present the concept and results of their research, followed by examination from the Dissertation Committee.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education