ENVE Graduate Program

The New Mexico Tech Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Environmental Engineering. The department does not yet offer a graduate degree in civil engineering.

For general enquiries, send e-mail to: graduate@admin.nmt.edu

For program specific enquiries, send e-mail to: enveeng@nmt.edu


In order to be considered for admission or for financial aid, students must apply to the program. The Department will not speculate on these items before an application has been received.


Departmental Requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Environmental Engineering

Please note: GRE Exam scores are not required for admission to this program.

The Environmental Engineering graduate program at New Mexico Tech provides a unique educational and research experience in the engineering and science of the natural environment and environmental protection. The plan of study and research is suited to each individual, drawing upon the strengths of the student, taking advantage of program capabilities, and complementing research activities within and outside New Mexico. A thesis or independent study project is required to complete the degree. General requirements common to all Master of Science degree curricula also apply.


Admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering program requires competence in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering science comparable to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. The department chair, or an advisory committee, will evaluate the scholastic record of every entering student to determine whether any deficiencies exist in their educational background. For example, students entering the program without an engineering degree may be required to take additional course work in such areas as fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and differential equations before being granted a M.S. in Environmental Engineering. It is up to the student and his or her graduate committee to determine the specific plan of study for the student after the first semester of graduate work. Transfer credit for courses taken at another institution will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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Graduate Program Objective

To graduate students who are in demand by employers and doctoral programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their ability to:

Assess environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and their accompanying human health and ecological impacts.

Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems of professional interest and importance.

Demonstrate the technical and communication skills needed to be successful in their professional practice.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental Engineering MS Program will be able to:

Identify, formulate, and solve complex environmental engineering problems in water and wastewater, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and related areas by selecting and applying appropriate tools and techniques.

Specify or design unit processes or systems associated with traditional areas of environmental engineering.

Synthesize advanced technical knowledge in a traditional or emerging specialization area of environmental engineering.

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Thesis Option

A total of 30 credit hours are required for a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, which must include a minimum of 18 credit hours of Environmental Engineering coursework, and 6 credit hours of ENVE 591 (thesis). All students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours of 500-level Environmental Engineering courses.

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Independent Study Option

A student may petition the department with the approval of the Department Chair to pursue a Master of Science degree with an independent study option. Candidates for the non-thesis Master of Science option must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 3 credit hours must be independent study (ENVE 590). All students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours of 500-level Environmental Engineering courses, and an additional 3 credits of 400- or 500-level Environmental Engineering courses (18 credits total). The student’s course of study must be approved by the student’s advisory committee, and it must fulfill the other requirements of the M.S. in Environmental Engineering degree program with the exception of 6 credit hours of thesis (ENVE 591).

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Graduate Courses

ENVE 501, Physicochemical and Biological Processes, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Fundamentals of physical, chemical, and microbial processes in natural and engineered remedial systems. Phase interactions, chemical transformations, transport phenomena, and separation processes in the natural and engineered systems. Characteristics of microorganisms, microbial ecology, biokinetics, and nutrient requirements. The role of microorganisms in treatment processes and the monitoring and enhancement of in-situ activity.

ENVE 503, Environmental Risk Assessment, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Multi-disciplinary approaches required to develop credible risk analysis within the U.S. regulatory and social framework. Philosophical contexts, regulatory framework, and economic implications. Components of risk and performance assessments, including source term, contaminant transport, exposure, and consequences. Computer models and case studies.

ENVE 510, Advanced Water Chemistry, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Advanced study of physical and organic chemistry as applicable to natural water bodies and water and wastewater treatment. Chemical cycles, equilibrium chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, precipitation and dissolution, oxidation and reduction, colloidal and surface chemistry, complexation phenomena, electroneutrality, mass balances, and transport and fate of chemical species. Relevance of these topics to water quality control are discussed.

ENVE 511, Water Quality Management and Control, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Fundamentals of water quality, including water bodies and their natural setting, water uses and waste input, and water quality cause-effect relationships. Water quality parameters, criteria, and standards; principles of water quality systems analysis, both in the formulation and application of water quality models; engineering controls and socio-economic concepts of water quality management and control, including cost/benefit analysis and management modeling.

ENVE 512, Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Advanced study of treatment unit operations and processes within industry-specific water and wastewater situations. Process design, specifications, and costing of physical, chemical, or biological technology to meet a particular treatment objective. Subject matter is developed through references to current practice, critique of completed designs, design exercises, and field trips.

ENVE 513, Air Resources Engineering, 4 cr, 3 cl, 3 lab hrs
Sources, behavior, and fate of gaseous and particulate air pollutants. Principles of meteorology and atmospheric diffusion in relation to modeling pollutant transport and dispersion. Design of air pollution control equipment for removal of gases and particles from air streams. Unit operations examined include cyclones, electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters, wet scrubbers, incinerators, biofiltration, adsorbers, and absorbers. In the laboratory section, students will develop an air permit, and complete projects using dispersion modeling and air pollution engineering software. Graduate students complete an additional project and a classroom presentation. Graduate work is graded separately. Lectures are shared with ENVE 413.

ENVE 520, Hazardous Waste Site Remediation, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Design and specification of various physical, chemical, thermal, and biological technologies commonly used in the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Special emphasis on innovative and emerging technologies for site remediation. Proper sampling and monitoring procedures. Emergency technology in hazardous waste management.

ENVE 521, Green Engineering, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Evaluating the full range of environmental effects associated with products and services from raw materials acquisition and manufacturing to use and disposal. Industrial processes, potential waste minimization procedures, relevant regulations as well as life-cycle analysis. ENVE 421 and 521 share lectures, but 521 is graded separately and additional graduate-level work is required.

ENVE 522, Geotechnical Waste Containment Design, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Design procedures consisting of waste disposal methods, various containment systems, and associated remediation techniques. Waste characterization and soil-waste interactions, contaminant transport in low permeability soils, geosynthetics and soil materials use in waste containment, remedial issues of solidification and stabilization and barrier design, and landfill- and surface impoundment-related design, including liners, leachate and gas collection and removal, final covers, static and seismic slope stability, and settlement analysis. Geotechnical problem definition, application of field and laboratory test data, use of computer models for analysis and design.

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