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In Brief

The Environmental Engineering and Science (EE&S) group within CEE at Illinois prepares students for the increasingly critical role of addressing the world’s challenges of air, land and water pollution. Sustainable engineering practices for both developed and developing societies are a primary focus of the EE&S program.

Degrees Offered

  • B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) 
  • M.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering
  • Ph.D. Degree in Environmental Engineering 

Admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in EE&S

Admission to the Graduate College as a Master of Science candidate with full status in the Environmental Engineering and Science program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering may be granted to graduates of institutions whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are nearly equivalent to those of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, if applicants have the appropriate background for advanced study in their chosen major fields and a scholastic average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A). This average is computed on the basis of the last 60 semester hours, or 110 quarter hours, of credit recorded. Exceptions to the minimum grade-point requirement may be made if it can be demonstrated that the grade-point average does not represent the applicant's ability. Under these circumstances, admission generally will be on a limited status basis. Applicants from schools with different grading systems will be admitted if documents are submitted that show the student's ability.

Admission to the Graduate College as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate with full status is granted after completion of a MS thesis and successfully passing the Ph.D. qualifying exam.

All students must have a strong quantitative orientation and should have demonstrated competence in fluid mechanics, mathematics through calculus, and the material covered by the courses listed here

If you still have questions, please see the frequently asked questions or contact the graduate admissions coordinator at civil@illinois.edu.

Please refer to Graduate Admissions for additional details, including on-line application instructions and deadlines for the graduate program.

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Learn More About the Environmental Engineering and Science Program

The Environmental Engineering and Science (EE&S) group within CEE at Illinois prepares students for the increasingly critical role of addressing the world’s challenges of air, land and water pollution. Sustainable engineering practices for both developed and developing societies are a primary focus of the EE&S program. The program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. Cooperation with other departments and programs of the University encourages the development of a coordinated approach to the solution of complex environmental problems. Each specialty area is built on required core courses and appropriate advanced and elective courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor, to meet the student’s need and graduation requirements. Course offerings, program requirements can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Handbooks.

Through cooperation with colleagues in other countries, EE&S faculty members offer their students a global perspective on environmental engineering, as well as opportunities to travel and collaborate on research projects with international relevance. Collaborative programs are ongoing with colleagues in Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Several major national initiatives and centers are located at Illinois, offering further opportunity for student participation in research and enrichment of the curriculum. For example, many EE&S faculty are involved in projects through the Water CAMPWS, a research center devoted to new materials for water purification, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Research interests of the EE&S faculty include:

  • Water disinfection
  • Environmental decision-making
  • Environmental management and policy analysis
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Aquatic ecology, aquatic ecosystem management
  • Water and air qualitysensors and modeling
  • Environmental microbiology and genomics
  • Watershed modeling
  • Water reuse
  • Environmental biotechnology and nanotechnology
  • Microbial genomics
  • Environmental systems analysis, risk and uncertainty in decision making
  • Environmentally conscious design and manufacturing
  • Groundwater contamination and remediation
  • Hazardous waste remediation
  • Antibiotic resistance and treatment
  • Interactions between regional and global-scale air pollution

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