Graduate Programs

Environmental Studies


This interdisciplinary program offers a Master of Science in Environmental Studies (Environmental Engineering Sciences Concentration) with a thesis or a non-thesis track option.  Enrollment in the program is open to individuals with a baccalaureate degree in science (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics).  Others may be admitted with the approval of the graduate coordinator.  Undergraduate course prerequisites must be satisfied. Students may make up course prerequisite deficiencies while in the program, although these credits will not count toward the total required for the master's degree.  Frequently students entering the program are required to take additional undergraduate courses to develop analytical skills and to prepare for advanced level course work.  Undergraduate courses may include calculus, statistics, chemistry, computer programming or courses designed to develop problem-solving skills. 

The thesis track requires completion of an approved program of study involving a minimum of 24 credits of core courses and electives, and six credits of thesis, consisting of laboratory research or scholarly investigation for a total of 30 credits.  Students may only register for thesis research with the prior approval of a thesis advisor.  The thesis work is to be guided by a principal advisor who is a member of the University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty and by two additional committee members, at least one of whom must be a member of the faculty.  Committee selection and the thesis topic are subject to the approval of the graduate coordinator. The non-thesis track requires completion of an approved program of study involving 30 credits of core courses and electives.  All individual programs of study must include the core courses listed below.

Core Courses

18.510 Water Resources Management 
14.573 Solid Waste Engineering 
18.523 Air Pollution Control or 18.571 Air Pollution Phenomenology 

Elective Courses

14.509 Environmental Engineering Geology 
14.561 Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes 
14.562 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology 
14.567 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 
14.568 Environmental Fate and Transport 
14.570 Small and Alternative Waste-water Treatment 
14.572 Marine and Coastal Processes 
14.574 Air Quality Modeling 
14.575 Ground Water Modeling 
14.576 GIS Applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering 
14.577 Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering Systems 
14.578 Biological Wastewater Treatment 
14.595 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 
18.501 Wetlands Ecology 
18.502 Limnology 
18.503 Toxicology and Risk Assessment 
18.505 Glacial Geology 
18.506 Regional Hydrogeology 
18.519 Environmental Microbiology 
18.527 Environmental Law 
18.535 Global Environmental Science 
18.572 Energy and the Environment 
18.575 Physical Chemistry for Environmental Studies 
18.576 Boundary Layer Meteorology 
18.577 Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere 
18.578 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology 
18.580 Implementation of Environmental Policy 
18.581 Understanding the Massachusetts Contingency Plan 
84.519 Environmental Chemistry (Marine Chemistry)  

See the graduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.