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Ph.D Environmental Engineering
The Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program contributes to economic growth through research and technology transfer in the areas of responsible environmental stewardship including air quality; greenhouse gas capture and sequestration; ground water; flaring of stranded gas and in general, the responsible and economical use of natural resources. The program offers a platform for businesses, industry, and communities to seek training, information, technology transfer, and solutions to their relevant infrastructure-related problems. Our in-depth dedicated Ph.D. is designed so students are prepared to compete for top research careers in industry, government and academia.
- Graduates will have mastered fundamental topics in environmental engineering and be able to apply them to research problems of practical significance.
- Graduates will be proficient researchers, having the skills required to formulate, assess, and document a hypothesis.
- Graduates will be proficient at designing, conducting, and managing an independent research project
- Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry, government, or academia in the field of environmental engineering.
The Environmental Engineering Ph.D. program is closely linked with the Ph.D. and Master’s graduate programs in other disciplines of engineering in the CEM, particularly those in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Petroleum, Geological Engineering, and Energy Engineering. The Environmental Engineering program also has excellent working relationships with the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC). In addition, the Institute for Energy Studies and faculty associated with the Environmental Engineering program have well-established working relationships with the departments and graduate programs in Geology, Geography, Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences and Public Health. These relationships provide the opportunity to work on research projects or recommend student course work requiring or complementing a multi-disciplinary team approach.
Research Interests : There is a great need for development of new energy resources and for environmental stewardship. There are many existing challenges and more challenges are bound to come in the future as more environmental development takes place. There are great needs associated with greenhouse gas control and reuse, drilling efficiencies of gas and oil wells, hydraulic fracturing, flaring, air pollution, solid waste management, infrastructure security, and oil field production and brine waters reclamation and disposal and land reclamation. The proposed program helps finds solutions to these and other environmental problems and reduce the present practice of outsourcing to find the solutions. Collaborative multi-disciplinary research and problem solving with the Energy and Environmental Research Center, CEM engineering departments, UND science departments, and other universities and agencies and with ND communities, consulting firms and agencies should be the norm, rather than the exception.
Broad-based training : Students develop oral and written communication skills, proposal writing, preparing a budget for a project, and project management skills. A major part of graduate research in Environmental Engineering is related to the state-of-the-art technology development which is directly related to types of jobs Ph.D. graduates will be doing in industry. The opportunity for Ph.D. students to work with full-time researchers from the Institute for Energy Studies and the Energy & Environmental Research Center enriches the student’s skills in performing research, managing projects and expanding their network of experts in the field.
On-campus and asynchronous delivery: The Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program will capitalize on the availability of the CEM asynchronous online delivery mode of graduate courses. While, the Ph.D. program still requires research and publication efforts by the degree candidates, asynchronous online course delivery makes it possible for students to be part-time and off-campus for a portion of their program of study. Typically only on-campus students are eligible to receive financial aid.
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Additional requirements include:
1. B.S. degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a M.S. degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering-related field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
2. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the Graduate School. The following requirements are in addition to the UND graduate school general requirements for the Ph.D.:
1. A minimum of 90 semester credits, including acceptable master’s degree work and credits granted for the dissertation and the research leading to the dissertation. These 90 credits should include:
• 30 to 48 semester credits of coursework taken from the approved list published by the Environmental Engineering program. Other courses may be accepted with approval of the student’s faculty advisor and the graduate director.
• 30 to 48 semester credits of research.
• 12 credits of dissertation.
2. Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam when at least 45 post baccalaureate credits have been completed. This exam will be based on core courses taken for this degree and their application to the student’s research. The exam will be administered by at least three graduate faculty members from the Institute for Environmental Studies and its Faculty Affiliates. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial exam attempt.
3. Students must present to their advisory committee an annual oral progress report describing research progress.
4. Preparation and defense of a dissertation documenting original and independent research on a topic related to environmental engineering.
5. Scholarly Tools: Engineering and mathematics courses required to fulfill the requirements for those students admitted under Qualified Status. Scholarly tools courses taken for graduate credit after a student has enrolled in a graduate program at UND may be counted to fulfill requirements listed in Item 1.
6. There is no residency requirement for this program.
Dr. Michael Mann, Graduate Director
Apply ONLINE at http://graduateschool.und.edu
Courses are chosen in concert with the student’s research advisor to provide a program tailored to meet the special interests and career goals of the students. The courses listed below are available and applicable to this degree. Additional courses can be included based upon consensual agreement between the student and her/his advisor.
Environmental Related Engineering Courses
ChE 501 Advanced Transport Phenomena
ChE 504 Air Pollution Control
ChE 505 Biochemical Engineering
ChE 507 Advanced Unit Operations
ChE 509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 510 Advanced Chemical Process Control
ChE 511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics
ChE 512 Advanced Separation Processes
ChE 515 Design of Engineering Experiments
ChE 530 Combustion Theory and Modeling
CIEN 531 Environmental Engineering III
CIEN 532 Environmental Engineering IV
CIEN 533 Industrial Wastes
CIEN 535 Hazardous Waste Management
Engr 501 Energy, Resources and Policy
Engr 502 Alternative Energy Systems
GeoE 417 Hydrogeology (3)
GeoE 419 Groundwater Monitoring (3)
GeoE 427 Groundwater Modeling (3)
Geol 500 Sedimentary Geology
Geol 505 Isotope Geology
Geol 509 Advanced Mineralogy
Geol 530 Advanced Physical Hydrogeology
Geol 531 Hydrogeochemistry
Geol 532 Contaminant Hydrogeology
Geol 540 Water Sampling & Analysis
*All students must take at least one of the following ChE courses (ChE 501, ChE 504, or ChE 512), at least one of the following Civil Engineering courses (CIEN 531, CIEN 532, CIEN 535), and at least one of the following Geological Engineering courses (GeoE 417 or Geol 540)
Other Acceptable Departmental Courses
All Other Chemical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Civil Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Electrical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Geology and Geological Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Mechanical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Chemistry Graduate Courses
All Mathematics Graduate Courses
All Physics Graduate Courses
All Computer Science Graduate Courses
Environmental & Ecology Related Courses
AtSc505 Adv’d Atmospheric Dynamics (3)
AtSc510 General Circulation (3)
AtSc515 Adv’d Climatology (3)
AtSc520 Atmospheric Chemistry (3)
AtSc525 Atmospheric Radiation (3)
AtSc528 Atmospheric Data Analysis (3)
AtSc530 Numerical Weather Prediction (3)
AtSc535 Measurement Systems (3)
AtSc540 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sci (3)
Avia512 Aviation Environmental Concerns (3)
Biol 533 Grassland Ecology (2)
Biol534 Quantitative Ecology (2)
Biol540 Waterfowl biology and management (2)
ESSP501 Earth System Science & Policy I (10)
ESSP502 Earth System Science & Policy II (10)
ESSP506 Ecosystems Services (3)
ESSP520 Earth Systems Modeling (3)
ESSP540 Adv’d Topics in Geospatial Technology (3)
ESSP562 Environmental Economics (3)
SpSt501 Survey of Space Studies (3)
SpSt520 Asteroids (3)
Business/Management/Economics Related Courses
Econ505 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (3)
Econ509 Macroeconomic Decision-Making (3)
Econ 511 Advanced Business and Economic Forecasting (3)
Econ516 Advanced Managerial Economics (3)
Econ 524 Applied Economic Analysis I (3)
Econ 530 Seminar in International Economics (3)
Econ 534 Applied Economic Analysis II (3)
Econ 550 Economics of Regulation (3)
Econ 580 Economic Development (3)
Fin 501 Managerial Finance (3)
Mktg 510 Strategic Market Planning
Pols 501 Political and Public Policy Analysis (3)
Pols 502 Seminar: Problems in State and Local Governments (3)
Pols 531 Seminar: Public Administration (3)
Pols 532 Public Policy (3)
Pols 533 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3)
Soc 407 Political Sociology (3)
Automation and Process Control Related Courses
Acct510 Industrial Quantitative Controls (3)
Mgmt501 Quantitative Analysis for Management Decisions (3)
Geog574 Adv’d Techniques in Geographical Information Systems (3)
Geog575 Seminar in Remote Sensing (3)
Comm 507 Communication, Technology, and Media (3)
Comm 509 Media and Mass Communication Theory (3)
Comm 512 Law and Ethics in Communications (3)
Comm 530 Gender, Culture, and Communications (3)
SpSt525 Technical Issues in Space (3)
IT560 Qualitative Planning and Analysis (3)
IT565 Product Safety and Liability (3)
Soc 435 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)