W. Micah Hale
Department Head of Civil Engineering
4190 Bell Engineering Center
Email: micah@uark.edu

Findlay G. Edwards
Coordinator of Environmental
Engineering Studies
4190 Bell Engineering Center
Email: fin@uark.edu


Degree Conferred:
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, M.S.En.E (ENEG)

Program Description:  The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is a multi-discipline degree program designed for students from a multitude of academic areas.  The objectives of the M.S.En.E. program are to prepare graduates for careers in environmental engineering practice with government agencies, engineering firms, or industries and to provide a foundation for continued study at the post-masters level.

Primary Areas of Faculty Research:Water treatment and distribution; waste-water collection and treatment; soil and groundwater remediation; surface and ground water quality; environmental and hydrologic modeling; animal waste management; non-point source pollution prevention; watershed management; reactor design and biomass energy; energy systems including heat transfer; thermodynamics and liquid-vapor phase change; bacterial tracers for evaluating movement through fractured subsurface strata.

Admission Criteria:In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the following are the minimum criteria for admission to the M.S.En.E. degree program:

  • GPA: 3.00 or higher
  • GRE Scores: No less than 302 (verbal + quantitative) and 3.5 analytical writing

Degree Requirements: Accreditation of the M.S.En.E. program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires candidates to fulfill some baccalaureate degree requirements in non-engineering and engineering undergraduate courses.  Candidates must complete the State of Arkansas Minimum Core Curriculum for baccalaureate degrees, which includes American History.Government, English Composition, Higher Mathematics, Science, Humanities & Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.  Regardless of undergraduate discipline, each candidate must complete a number of basic undergraduate engineering courses.  In general, graduates of ABET accredited engineering programs will have already completed most, if not all, of these coureses.  However, the prerequisite requirements for graduates of programs other than engineering can be quite significant  All M.S.En.E. degree candidates, regardless of previous degree status, must demonstrate completion of the Basic Engineering Education and Environmental Engineering breadth requirements listed below.  The cumulative grade-point average on basic engineering education and environmental engineering breadth courses must be at least 2.70. 

Candidates who do not possess a degree from a program accredited by ABET must also satisfy the basic level ABET accreditation requirement.  These include completion of no less than 32 credit hours of university-level mathematics and science, and 48 credit hours of approved engineering topics.  Candidates must also demonstrate to the satisfaction of the student's graduate study committee, that he/she possess the abilities and characteristics required of graduates from ABET accredited engineering programs.  This shall include the completion of a course that concentrates on a major design project which results in the production of a design report or other design product as appropriate. The design project must build on and require engineering knowledge and skills from previous course work and must incorporate engineering standards and realistic constraints. The course selected to satisfy this requirement is subject to the approval of the student’s graduate study committee.

Exceptions to these degree requirements may be requested by means of a petition outlining the reasons for the exceptions and presenting an alternate plan for completing the program. The petition shall be subject to the approval of the student’s graduate study committee, program faculty, and the Director of the M.S.En.E. program.  Credit for courses taken at another institution is subject to the approval of the Director of the M.S.En.E. program. In particular, advanced engineering courses (3000, 4000, and 5000-level at the University of Arkansas) normally will not be accepted for transfer from institutions or degree programs that are not accredited by ABET.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

I. Basic Engineering Education Requirements 

General Education Recommended Courses 24
Humanities/Social Science (15 hours)
Acceptable to Undergraduate Program
American History or American Government (3 hours)
History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa)
American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Sp, Su, Fa)
English Composition (6 hours)
Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mathematics and Basic Science Recommended Courses35
Calculus Through Differential Equations (15 hours)
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Statistics and Probability (3 hours)
Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers I (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Probability (Sp, Su, Fa)
General Chemistry (3 hours)
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
University Physics (calculus based) (4 hours)
University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Microbiology (4 hours)
General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Organic Chemistry (4 hours)
Physical Chemistry I (Fa)
Organic Chemistry I (Su, Fa)
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Su, Fa)
Earth Science (2 hours)
General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Soil Science (Sp, Fa)
General Engineering Education 20-21
Required Topics and Recommended Courses
Statics & Mechanics of Materials (5-6 hours)
Statics (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Mechanics of Materials (Sp, Su, Fa) (&)
Fundamentals of Mechanics for Civil Engineers (Sp, Fa)
Hydraulics or Fluid Mechanics (3 hours)
Hydraulics (Sp, Fa)
Fluid Mechanics (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mechanics of Fluids (Su, Fa)
Engineering Economics (3 hours)
Engineering Economic Analysis (Sp, Fa)
Thermodynamics (3 hours)
Heat and Mass Transfer (Sp, Fa)
Thermodynamics (Sp, Su, Fa)
Environmental Engineering (3 hours)
Environmental Engineering (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Engineering Design (3 hours)
Environmental Engineering Design (Sp, Fa)
Total Hours79-80

II. Environmental Engineering Breadth Requirements (18 hours) 

Required Topics and Recommended Courses
Unit Operations in Biological Engineering (Sp)
Sustainable Watershed Engineering (Fa)
Chemical Engineering Reactor Design (Sp, Fa)
Chemical Process Safety (Fa)
Soil Mechanics (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Regulations and Permits (Fa)
Environmental Engineering Design (Sp, Fa)
Hydrology (Sp, Fa)
Construction Management (Sp, Fa)
Open Channel Flow (Sp)
Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Irregular)
Total Hours18

III. Environmental Engineering (M.S.En.E) Graduate Degree Requirements

The M.S.En.E. program requirements for graduate-level work include the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and requirements that are specific to the M.S.En.E. program:

  1. No more than nine graduate credit hours presented for the M.S.En.E. degree may be 4000-level.
  2. The minimum acceptable grade for each course presented for the degree is a "C" (2.0 grade points).
  3. The cumulative grade-point average on all graduate courses presented for the degree must be at least 3.00.
  4. A comprehensive examination that will include either a defense of the candidate's thesis or a presentation and discussion of the candidate's master's report.
  5. Required courses listed below.
Required Courses
CVEG 5203Water Chemistry (Sp)3
CVEG 5213Water Treatment & Distribution System Design (Sp)3
CVEG 5214Advanced Wastewater Process Design and Analysis (Fa)4
CVEG 5233Microbiology for Environmental Engineers (Irregular)3
CVEG 5273Open Channel Flow (Irregular)3

Thesis Option:30 hours of graduate-level course work, approved by the student's graduate adviser, including satisfactorily completing a total of 24 hours of graded graduate course work and six hours of research resulting in a written master's thesis.

Non-Thesis Option:33 hours of graduate-level course work, which must be approved by the student's graduate adviser, including satisfactorily completing a total of 30 hours of graded graduate course work and three hours of independent study resulting in a written master's report. 

Robert R. Beitle Jr., Professor
Ed Clausen, Professor
Thomas A. Costello, Associate Professor
Findlay Edwards, Associate Professor
Julian Fairey, Associate Professor
Brian Edward Haggard, Professor
Marty D. Matlock, Professor
Darin W. Nutter, Professor
Greg Thoma, Professor, Bates Teaching Professorship in Chemical Engineering
Rodney D. Williams, Assistant Professor
Wen Zhang, Assistant Professor