Environmental Engineering - Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering at New Mexico State University provides unique educational and research opportunities at the graduate level in the fields of water quality, water treatment, water pollution control, wastewater treatment reclamation and reuse, industrial, hazardous and solid waste management, groundwater treatment, air pollution control; waste minimization and pollution prevention. Therefore, course offerings have been developed to emphasize basic engineering and scientific principles, as well as design and application of environmental engineering unit operations and processes. Special problem and thesis research are closely matched with faculty expertise and the programs and professional goals of the graduate students. Study and research programs are specifically designed for individual students, taking advantage of not only the program capabilities, but complementing activities of the university as a whole, the student’s professional experience and work environment.

Graduate students satisfy degree requirements in environmental engineering by completing specific core course work. Course work in the graduate program includes:

  • water and wastewater treatment,
  • solid and hazardous waste systems design,
  • environmental chemistry,
  • environmental microbiology,
  • environmental contaminant analysis,
  • industrial pollution control,
  • fate and transport of pollutants in engineered and natural systems and water quality in surface water and groundwater systems.

Additional topics of interest to the students are covered through special topics classes and by courses taught outside of the College of Engineering.

The MS program requires either a thesis or a non-thesis practice oriented experience. The non-thesis option is designed for students that are working full time in engineering practice, but is also available to other students interested in pursuing a non-thesis option. The thesis option consists of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, including 6 credit hours of thesis. Students who are working full time in engineering practice may apply for the non-thesis option. This option consists of 30 semester credit hours of which up to 3 credit hours can be awarded for a professional engineering design experience and up to 6 credit hours can be awarded for an engineering practicum (ENVE 598 Special Research Programs). Transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere is evaluated on an individual basis. Up to six semester hours of graduate level courses taken may be used to satisfy MS degree requirements provided that the credits were not used toward another degree.

Required Curriculum

The graduate environmental engineering program of the Civil Engineering Department expects all MS and Ph.D. students to meet certain requirements in pursuit of an advanced degree. Some of these requirements are related to the quantity, level and quality of coursework. This Graduate Catalog details what is expected as a minimum for graduation, but it is up to the student and his/her advisor and graduate committee to determine the plan of study for the student. The student and his/her advisor will create this program of study in the first semester of graduate work.

Students desiring to work toward an advanced degree in environmental engineering must have completed undergraduate preparation similar to that required for a Bachelor of Science degree in an ABET accredited engineering program or must have adequate background, as determined by the graduate faculty of the program. The program administrator will approve exceptions to these requirements.

The environmental engineering faculty will form a committee for every entering student. The faculty will evaluate the student's record and determine which deficiencies and/or core courses, if any, are needed by the student. For all professional non-thesis programs, the department head will review the committee's decision. In order to provide consistency among plans of study for graduate students and to set a minimum set of core or pertinent courses, it is the policy of the graduate environmental engineering program that each graduate student will fulfill the following course requirements (or equivalent).

Required Background Courses

The following courses may be required if the student did not take a similar course at the undergraduate level, as negotiated with the general faculty committee.

Background Courses
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering3
Environmental Engineering Design3
Core Courses12
Aquatic Chemistry3
Unit Processes/Operation of Water Treatment3
Unit Processes/Operation of Wastewater Treatment3
Surface Water Quality Modeling3
Thesis or Professional Experience for MS students6
Special Research Programs 16
Master's Thesis
Dissertation, Research Tools for Ph.D. Students0
Select a minimum from two research tools (3 credits each)
Total Credits18

ENVE 598 Special Research Programs: practicum for students pursuing the non-thesis option. ENVE 599 Master's Thesis: required for students pursuing the thesis option.

Professional Development Electives for the Non-Thesis Option (Outside the College of Engineering)

MS program: A minimum of six credits hours in graduate-level communications, management, economics and/or other relevant disciplines. These courses will be selected by the student and must be approved by the environmental engineering faculty (6 credits).

Elective Courses
Select one from the following:3
Design of Water Wells/Pumping Systems3
Water Resources Development3
Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants3
Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants3
Total Credits3