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University Bulletin

Graduate Degree Programs

Environmental Engineering (ENVE)

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THOMAS H. EBERLEIN, Coordinator, Environmental Programs
Penn State Harrisburg
TL 177 Science and Technology Building
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898

Degree Conferred:


The Graduate Faculty:

  • Katherine A. Baker, Ph.D. (Delaware) Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology
  • Yen-Chih (David) Chen, Ph.D. (Purdue) Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Balwant Chohan, Ph.D. (Massachusetts) Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Shirley Clark, Ph.D. (Alabama, Birmingham) Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Thomas H. Eberlein, Ph.D. (Wisconsin) Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Sairam Rudrabhatla, Ph.D. (Osmania, India) Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Howard G. Sachs, Ph.D. (Clark) Professor of Biology
  • Yuefeng Xie, Ph.D. (Tsinghua) Professor of Environmental Engineering

This program, offered at the Harrisburg campus, is intended for the engineer who desires a part-time graduate environmental engineering program. Prospective students who do not have an undergraduate engineering degree, but rather hold a baccalaureate degree in a related scientific field (such as chemistry, microbiology, environmental science) may be admitted to the program but may need to take some prerequisite undergraduate engineering courses. This degree program complements the Environmental Pollution Control graduate programs (M.E.P.C. and M.S. in EPC) offered by the same faculty.

A variety of civil and environmental engineering courses are regularly offered, as well as specialty courses in environmental policy, other engineering areas, computer science, and other policy-related areas.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to present an undergraduate degree in engineering from an accredited program. However, those who possess an undergraduate degree in a related scientific field may be considered for admission; those students will need to take additional engineering courses in order to be adequately prepared.

All students are expected to have an undergraduate junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-point system. Exceptions to this minimum may be made for students with special backgrounds or abilities, or other qualifications.

All applicants must provide two copies of all official transcripts of all their previous course work. In addition, applicants must supply a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation.

For those students for whom English is not their native language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required; an acceptable score of 560 on the paper-based version or 220 on the computer-based test is required.

International applicants should be aware that processing of transcripts and other application-related information may take considerable time. Applicants must ensure that materials arrive at least three months prior to the start of the semester they first intend to begin studies.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. All candidates are required to take a core course in each of the four environmental areas: air, water, solid waste management, and policy/risk. The program suggests that students take the following courses to meet the first three area requirements:


  • M E 433 Air Pollution Control (3)


  • CE 472 Water Pollution Control (3)
  • CE 476 Solid Waste Management (3)

The college regularly offers several courses that meet the policy/risk area requirement, including:
ENVE 487 Environmental Law, ENVE 569 Environmental Risk Assessment, and P ADM 531 Environmental Policy.

Courses in the degree program may be taken at the 400 or 500 level, but a minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 level. All students must take at least 1 credit of EPC 590 Seminar and complete a scholarly master's paper. The seminar and the paper count toward the 500-level requirement. All students must complete a total of 30 credits in order to earn the degree.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.







Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-04-132

Review Date: 1/14/03

UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

Date last updated by Publications: 5/23/11