Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

  • Associate Professors: Cal (Chair of the Department), Huang, Richardson
  • Adjunct Faculty: Brady, Hendrickx

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. Depending upon resource availability, students may choose an area of specialization or they may pursue a broad environmental engineering education. 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 accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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 ENVE coursework, and 6 credit hours of ENVE 591 (thesis). All students, regardless of specialization, must take ENVE 501 (3) and ENVE 503 (3). In additional to the required courses, students may specialize in one of several areas (listed below). Courses for the broad ENVE track will be offered at least once within a two-year period. Courses for the other areas of specialization will be offered upon sufficient demand.

Recommended Course Sequences for Areas of Specialization:

  • Broad—ENVE 413 (4), 501 (3), 503 (3), 512 (3), 520 (3), 521 (3), 591 (6), technical electives (6)
  • Water Quality Engineering and Science—ENVE 501 (3), 503 (3), 510 (3), 511 (3), 512 (3), 591 (6), technical electives (9)
  • Hazardous Waste Engineering—ENVE 501 (3), 503 (3), 520 (3), 521 (3), 522 (3), 591 (6), technical electives (9)
  • Air Quality Engineering and Science—ENVE 413 (3), 501 (3), 503 (3), 530 (3), 535 (3), 591 (6), technical electives (9)

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), and a minimum of 18 credit hours must be 400- or 500-level Environmental Engineering lecture or laboratory courses. The student’s course of study must be approved by the student’s advisory committee, and it must fulfill the other requirement of the M.S. in Environmental Engineering degree program with the exception of 6 credit hours of thesis (ENVE 591).

Five Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

A five-year B.S. /M.S. Environmental Engineering degree can be achieved by fulfilling the separate requirements of both the undergraduate degree and graduate degree. A combined minimum of 161 credit hours is required for the dual degree with at least 15 credit hours of 500-level ENVE courses and 6 credit hours of Thesis (ENVE 591). Students in the five-year program are also required to take ENVE 581 (summer) and ENVE 510 (spring semester) before the end of their senior year. A B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering will be granted after the five-year student has completed the 134 credit-hour undergraduate requirement. For the M.S. degree, the 6 credit hours of required graduate electives must be non-ENVE courses of 300-level and above. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for the admission to the graduate program after the first semester of their junior year. Once admitted to the graduate program, the five-year student will spend his/her senior year as a dual registered student and all rules for graduate student status apply. A sample curriculum for the five-year B.S. /M.S. Environmental Engineering degree is listed below.


  • 3 ENVE 581

Semester 7

  • 4 ENVE 411
  • 4 ENVE 413
  • 4 ERTH 440
  • 3 Social Science
15 Total credit hours

Semester 8*

  • 3 ENVE 406
  • 3 ENVE 490
  • 3 ENVE 510
  • 3 Humanities/Social Science

12 Total credit hours

*B.S. degree is granted


  • 3 ENVE 591

Semester 9

  • 3 ENVE 501
  • 3 ENVE 503
  • 3 ENVE 512
  • 3 ENVE 591

12 Total credit hours

Semester 10

  • 3 ENVE 520
  • 3 Elective
  • 3 Elective
  • 3 ENVE 591 (optional)

12 Total credit hours


  • 3 ENVE 591 (optional)