Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design Track
Breakneck human development and globalization have seriously damaged the physical environment and have led to unintended inequalities in global social structures. Engineers have a special responsibility to develop solutions for these dilemmas. We must ensure that in every sphere of business and industry, choices are guided by the principles of sustainable development. We must ensure that the life-cycle impact of those choices is correctly assessed and factored into the decisions made at every level. The Master in Civil & Environmental Engineering in the Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design focus area at the George R. Brown School of Engineering will prepare you for any role, job or career in which awareness and understanding of the environmental impact of our actions will be an important factor in your success.
We train you for a leadership role that goes beyond the historical norms of technical proficiency to include creative thinking, innovation, communication, and being adept with the tools and techniques that influence decision-making. This program is designed to help managers, practicing engineers and consultants in technical fields become more effective practitioners in environmental engineering. Our pedagogical approach is to:
- enhance your technical and problem-solving skills
- understand and integrate the tenets of sustainable development in engineering, and
- develop leadership skills that foster the change process.
- Can be completed within one year (2 semesters)
- Transfer up to 6 credits of relevant graduate-level courses (earned beyond B.S. requirements)
- MCEE facilitates Professional Engineer registration (upcoming BS+30 credit requirement)
- Regular professional seminars with industrial leaders and potential employers
- Professional non-thesis orientation
- Infusion of the latest concepts from leadership and sustainability
Potential Benefits for Students
This program is geared for students whose interests and abilities lie at the interface between traditional environmental engineering and a desire for enhanced skills necessary to tackle complex and multi-disciplinary challenges of the future, Sustainable development concepts and approaches are woven into the fabric of our program. After one year of study, you will gain the competitive edge of an industry-relevant Master’s degree and be positioned to benefit in many ways, including:
- Combination of technical strength, vision for sustainable development, and leadership skills
- Stronger and broader professional network
- Higher starting salary
Admission criteria: Minimum 3.0 GPA, minimum 301 (verbal + quantitative) GRE (exempt from Rice graduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher).
Prerequisites: 2 years of calculus including differential equations, 1 year of chemistry, 1 semester of physics, and 1 semester of biology, fluid mechanics.
Course Requirements: The MCEE with a focus on Sustainable Environmental Engineering will require ten 3-credit courses and a final project as well as attendance at a professional seminar series. Up to 6 credits (earned beyond the BS requirement) can be transferred from another school to replace some of the courses below. A total of 30 credits are required, achievable in one year. See handbook regarding degree requirements here.
Required Courses* (Total 19 credits)
CEVE 501 Chemistry for Environmental Engineering and Science
CEVE 502 Sustainable Engineering Design
CEVE 509 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
CEVE 511 Atmospheric Processes
CEVE 534 Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment
CEVE 536 Environmental Biotechnology
CEVE 601/602 Professional Seminar (monthly lunch speaker on current topics)
Electives. Four Courses from the list below (integration of sustainability and engineering):
A. Engineering Science and Technology (choose at least 2) (all are 3 credits each)
CEVE 450 Remote Sensing
CEVE 504 Atmospheric Particulate Matter
CEVE 505 Engineering Project Development & Management
CEVE 508 Introduction to Air Pollution Control
CEVE 510 Principals of Environmental Engineering
CEVE 518 Contamination Hydrology
CEVE 520 Environmental Remediation Restoration
CEVE 533 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
CEVE 535 Physical Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control
CEVE 544 Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
CEVE 550 Environmental Organic Chemistry
CEVE 592 Analysis of Urban Systems
STAT 485 Quantitative Environmental Decision Making
B. Sustainable Resource Management (choose 1) (all are 3 credits each)
ANTH 532 The Social Life of Clean Energy
CEVE 406 Global Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
CEVE 507 Energy and the Environment
CEVE 528 Engineering Economics
CEVE 529 Engineering Leadership and Ethics
EBIO 580 Sustainability Development
ECON 437 Energy Economics (pre-requisites ECON 301 OR ECON 370)
NSCI 511 Science Policy and Ethics
NSCI 610 Management for Science/Engineering
Additional requirements: All MCEE students are required to take one semester of CEVE 601/602 Seminar
MCEE Final Project
All MCEE students must complete a 2-credit final project with a faculty member in the CEE department. Through the final project, MCEE students must demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills:
A. Students write-well organized, coherent papers with few grammatical errors
B. Students demonstrate ability to describe scientific issues and techniques in writing and in presentation
C. Students deliver a professional presentation on par with a solid conference presentation
Student responses to questions demonstrate a facility with the issues and techniques immediately relevant to the topic.
*If a required course or equivalent has been taken, it can be replaced with an Engineering Science and Technology elective.
** Project experience is available in the form of research projects and industrial collaboration.