Graduate Degree Programs
Michigan State University offers MS and PhD degrees in environmental engineering. The MS program covers the essential advanced elements of the profession and prepares graduates for professional practice or continued study. It typically requires 2 years of study, with an option for a thesis or project. The PhD program focuses on research, and typically involves at least 3 years of study beyond the MS. Applications are due December 31 for study that begins the following Fall (end of August).
Environmental Engineering Profession
Environmental engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to assess, manage and design sustainable environmental systems for the protection of human and ecological health. (Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, www.aeesp.org)
Environmental engineers research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. State and local government concerns regarding water should lead to efforts to increase efficiency of water use. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm)
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