M.S. Humanitarian Engineering and Science: Environmental Engineering

Broadly defined, Humanitarian Environmental Engineering focuses on applying the principles of environmental engineering to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities and the natural environments in which they live.

Humanitarian Environmental Engineering spans a wide range of topics including

  • Effective sanitation
  • Air quality management
  • Sustainability
  • Safe drinking water
  • Water resource management
  • Environmental remediation and monitoring

Practitioners work to develop sustainable socio-technical solutions to these challenges in collaboration with local scientists, communities and government stakeholders.

Application Requirements
  • A BS degree in a science or engineering discipline is required. Pre-requisites include two semesters of college calculus, one semester of college physics, two semesters of college chemistry and one semester of college statistics. Candidates will need to have completed the necessary prerequisites for the Environmental Engineering and Science degree, also found in the Mines graduate catalog.
  • Statement of purpose, updated curriculum vitae or resume and transcripts for post-secondary degrees are required for all students.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and three letters of recommendation are required for students pursuing the MS thesis option.
  • Non-native English speakers must meet one of the following minimum requirements: TOEFL iBT score of 79; TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL computer-based test score of 213; IELTS score of 6.5 or have received a prior degree from an English-speaking university.
  • Mines undergraduate students may count up to six credits from their undergraduate program toward a combined BS/MS degree. External applicants may substitute approved electives with courses brought from elsewhere with written permission from the HES program director.
Required Courses

Engineering, Design and Society courses

  • EDNS 577: Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (3 credits)
  • EDNS 479: Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • EDNS 580: HES Capstone Practicum (3 credits) — only required for non-thesis/professional master’s degree
  • EDNS 590: Risks in Humanitarian Engineering and Science (3 credits)
  • One elective, such as Introduction to Engineering & Society.

Required Environmental Engineering courses for professional (non-thesis) students:

  • GPGN 577 Humanitarian Geoscience (3 credits)
  • CEEN 550 Principles of Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CEEN 580 Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • CEEN 560 Molecular Microbial Ecology and the Environment (3 credits)
    • CEEN 562 Environmental Geomicrobiology (3 credits)
    • CEEN 566 Microbial Process Analysis and Modeling (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • CEEN 472 Onsite Water Treatment (3 credits)
    • CEEN 570 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credits)

Required courses for thesis students:

  • GPGN 577 Humanitarian Geoscience (3 credits)
  • Choose three of the following four options:
    • CEEN 550 Principles of Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CEEN 580 Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment (3 credits)
    • One of the following:
      • CEEN 560 Molecular Microbial Ecology and the Environment (3 credits)
      • CEEN 562 Environmental Geomicrobiology (3 credits)
      • CEEN 566 Microbial Process Analysis and Modeling (3 credits)
    • One of the following:
      • CEEN 472 Onsite Water Treatment (3 credits)
      • CEEN 570 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credits)

Electives for all students: The following courses can be substituted for required track courses if incoming students have already taken some of the required courses:

  • CEEN 477 Sustainable Engineering Design
  • CEEN 479 Air Pollution
  • CEEN 501 Life Cycle Assessment
  • CEEN 556 Mining and the Environment (cross-listed as Mining, Water & Environment)
  • CEEN 573 Reclamation of Disturbed Lands
  • CEEN 575 Site Remediation
  • CEEN 576 Pollution Prevention: Fundamentals and Practice
  • CEEN 581 Watershed Systems Modeling
  • CEEN 592 Environmental Law
  • Other CEEN 500- or 600-level courses as approved by the CEEN Program Coordinator