Montana State University

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Participating Faculty

Civil Engineering

    • J. E. Cahoon; hydraulics, river engineering, soil physics, porus media and overland flow.
    • A. K. Camper; water treatment and distribution.
    • A.B. Cunningham; groundwater contamination.
    • W.L. Jones; biological treatment process, hazardous waste.
    • Z. Lewandowski; water/wastewater treatment, instrumentation.
    • O.R. Stein; water quality management, hydraulics, erosion and sedimentation.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

    • R.P. Carlson; biochemical engr., systems biology, metabolic engr., biofilm physiology and control
    • B.M. Peyton; extremophile bioprocessing, biofilms, bioremediation
    • R. Gerlach; biofilm barriers, bioremediation, bacterial transport in porous media, extremophilic biofilms, biofuels
    • D.L. Shaffer; hazardous waste.
    • P.S. Stewart; biofilm process engineering.
    • B. Tyler; biomaterials.
    • J. Duffy; water chemistry, remediation of hazardous waste.
    • J.T. Sears; biofilms, remediation.

Degree Offered

M.S. in Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program is an integrated effort of the Departments of Civil and Chemical and Biological Engineering. The vision of the program is to educate students who will develop solutions to environmental and industrial needs for physical/chemical/ biological treatment, environmental restoration, and waste management using a cross-disciplinary approach.

The degree of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is awarded through either the Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering departments, depending on the student’s background, academic program and research work. Areas of specialty within the program include water quality management, design of water and waste water facilities, and chemical/microbial process analysis and design. Environmental Engineering is also one of the options for the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering.


Students entering the Environmental Engineering program must meet the admission requirements for either Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering. Generally, students with undergraduate degrees in Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering will apply to the department of their undergraduate discipline. Students with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be admitted to the program through either department, but may be required to complete remedial coursework. Successful applicants are accepted into both the department and Division of Graduate Education. For further information, refer to the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering must meet the degree requirements of either Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering, depending on the focus of the student’s program, as well as the requirements of the Division of Graduate Education.

The coursework carrying the Environmental Engineering rubric (ENVE) is listed in the Course Description section of this Bulletin. Additional courses in Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, and other disciplines may form part of the student’s academic program.

Curriculum requirements for the M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering in the Civil Engineering Department are highly individualized and established in consultation with and approved by the student's graduate committee.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree requirements through the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department are:

CHBE 500 Graduate Seminar 1 cr. (may be taken twice)

CHBE 503 Thermodynamics 3 cr.

CHBE 530 Transport Phenomena 3 cr.

ENVE 560 Environmental Engr Processes

ENVE 561 Environmental Engr Reactor Theory 3 cr. or CHBE 510 Reaction Engineering & Reaction Modeling 3 cr.

ENVE 562 Water Treatment Theory Processes & Design 3 cr. or ENVE 563 Wastewater Treatment Processes & Design 3 cr. *

CHBE 590 Masters Thesis credits (10 cr.)

(*Substitution for this course requirement may be approved by the committeee after carefully considering the professional goals of the student.)

Additional Recommended Courses:

CE 529 Groundwater Contamination 3 cr.

ENVE 534 Environmental Engineering Investigations 3 cr.

Research - Please delete or Update Research opportunities

Research is considered a vital part of the Environmental Engineering program. Many of the students do their research work through the Center for Biofilm Engineering, although avenues through Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering are also available. Research is used as the basis for a thesis or professional paper, one of which is required for graduation. Current research within the program focuses on both the fundamentals and application of chemical and biological processes relating to water quality management, water and wastewater treatment processes, the remediation of contaminated soils, and groundwater and biofilm processes of industrial relevance.

Financial Assistance

A number of teaching and research assistantships are available in both the Civil and Chemical and Biological Engineering Departments. Additionally, research assistantships are available in the Center for Biofilm Engineering. Students should apply directly to the appropriate department and/or to the Center for Biofilm Engineering for financial assistance. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for more information.

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