Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Degrees Offered

The Environmental Engineering Program offers graduate study leading either to a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Engineering or to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering.

Master of Science

The high level of research activity present in the department reflects our philosophy of providing graduate students with direct, first-hand experience within each specialty. Because of the extent of externally funded research, graduate students are thrust into the solution of problems of national and international importance.At the Master's level, thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Required Courses for the Air Group

  • CE 502 - Applied Meteorology
  • CE 503 - Air Quality Management
  • CE 515 - Environmental Measurements


Required Courses for the Water Group

  • CE 541 - Physicochemical Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 542 - Biochemical Wastewater Treatment
  • Either CE 518 - Hazardous Waste Engineering, or
    CE 583 - Aquatic Chemistry

Ph.D Program

The Doctorate program in civil engineering with an environmental engineering emphasis is individually tailored to each student's needs and interest. Normally, a Master's degree in engineering is required for entrance to the Ph.D. program.

The department encourages applications from students with civil or other engineering backgrounds as well as from students with backgrounds in the physical, chemical, or biological sciences. In the latter case, certain math and engineering deficiencies must be satisfied for proper progress through the program. Admission to Washington State University is granted without regard to age, sex, race, religion, color, creed, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or marital status.


Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE)

Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy.

Financial Assistance

Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships. These can include resident and non-resident fee waivers. Special $5000 per year fellowships are also available, which are awarded (in addition to the normal assistantships) to highly qualified Ph.D. students. Financial aid is also available in the form of scholarships from the Department and the University. Finally, loans are available through the University's financial aid office.

Research Program

The environmental engineering faculty is involved in a broad range of research that exhibits excellence in both fundamental and applied areas. A significant and unique strength of the group is its wide range of research expertise and, more importantly, the utilization of this expertise in concept development and application. Current research encompasses the sub disciplines of air, soil, surface water, and groundwater. Current research projects include:

  • Soil and groundwater contamination
  • Hazardous and solid wastes treatment and disposal
  • Municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment
  • Tropospheric ozone
  • Particulate matter and carbon monoxide issues
  • Air pollutant transport
  • Global climate change


Students pursuing advanced degrees through the Environmental Program come from all over the USA and the world. Many of our students are returning from practice and industry to pursue their graduate degree.

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