Grant funding for this research has come from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation, among others. Take this opportunity to complete your Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering within the following research areas:
- Tracking and treatment of pharmaceuticals
- Emerging contaminants in the environment
- Ultrasonic techniques to break down hazardous chemicals
- Development of molecular biology techniques for the optimization of environmental engineering systems
- Usage of microorganisms to remediate acid mine damage
- Floodplain delineation
- Instrumentation and sensor technology
- Industrial waste treatment
The Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 semester hours of Ph.D.-level didactic coursework, and 15 semester hours associated with Ph.D. examinations and dissertation research.
Because the Ph.D. is an individualized program, you will meet with the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator in the first semester to discuss the plan of study which outlining all required courses and the program requirement sequence.
- Qualifying Exam: If you are entering the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree you are required to take the qualifying exam. This exam evaluates the breadth of knowledge in Environmental Engineering and consists of an oral exam with a supporting written document.
- Preliminary Exam: All are required to take a preliminary exam after the completion of their coursework. This exam evaluates communication, research and information-synthesis skills.
- Dissertation Proposal: Within one year of passing the preliminary exam, you must develop a written research proposal and present it at an open college seminar and are considered doctoral candidates after the dissertation proposal has been approved.
- Dissertation: The Ph.D. program culminates with the dissertation and dissertation defense. The defense is an open university seminar where you will present the concept and results of your research followed by examination from the Dissertation Committee.
If your interests span across more than one engineering area, then the Ph.D. in Engineering may be appropriate for you. While the program is completed within a specific department, it offers more interdisciplinary study.