Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals focuses on how today's scientists can better treat waste and pollution in the air, water, and soil.

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Degrees & Pathways

Interdivisional Options
  • Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health / Master of Environmental Engineering
Focus Areas/Tracks
Environmental and Occupational Health
Pathways

About

Students in the Environmental Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals strengthen their backgrounds in quantitative engineering principles while learning about the latest technologies used in the design of collection and treatment processes. Through the use of interactive learning tools and online course delivery, experienced instructors delve into the concepts underlying biological, physical, and chemical treatment, preparing students to design and lead projects in real-world settings.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Apply engineering and management solutions to municipal solid waste problems utilizing knowledge of contemporary technologies for the design and operation of landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, and processing facilities.
  2. Apply the basic principles of water and wastewater treatment to the design of major components of drinking water treatment systems, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and wastewater treatment processes.
  3. Develop knowledge of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.
  4. Evaluate environmental and public health hazards, recommending technologies and approaches to cost effectively eliminate waste and pollution while reducing energy consumption.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • In order to be admitted into the Master of Environmental Engineering program, applicants need to hold a degree issued by a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The applicant’s prior education must also include successful completion of mathematics courses that include a calculus sequence and differential equations.
  • Successful completion of a course in fluid mechanics or hydraulics is strongly recommended.
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. Missing prerequisites may be completed with Johns Hopkins Engineering or at another regionally accredited institution.
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in natural sciences may be admitted as provisional students to complete additional undergraduate coursework in engineering fundamentals and design prior to full admission to the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of five courses from the Environmental Engineering program and five electives.
  • Electives may be selected from any of the three environmental areas of study: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Science, or Environmental Planning and Management, subject to prerequisite restrictions.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master's degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • The Principles of Environmental Engineering (575.604) course is required of all degree students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management or a related discipline.
  • Any deviation from this program, including transfer of courses and any other requisites specified in the student's admission letter, will not be approved by the program chair.
  • Electives might also include up to 9 "term" credits from the list of approved Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) courses provided at the end of this section, that is equivalent of two EP semester courses. Please note that 1 EP semester credit equals 1.5 BSPH term credits.

Environmental and Occupational Health Focus Area

This focus area is offered within the master's degree program. It is offered in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, which is hosted jointly in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Focus Area Requirements
  • You must take at least 14 term credits from the list of BSPH courses below to substitute for an equivalent of nine EP semester credits (i.e., three semester courses) of the elective courses required for the 30-credit EP master's degree program.
  • Please note that one EP semester credit equals 1.5 BSPH term credits.

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all post-master's certificate candidates.
  • If the student should decide to pursue the full master's degree, all courses will apply to the master's degree provided they meet program requirements and fall within a five-year time limit. Students must declare their intention prior to completing the certificate.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the graduate certificate.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • Any deviation from these requirements, including transfer of courses and any other requisites specified in the student’s admission letter, will not be approved by the program chair.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • At least three of the six courses must be taken within the Environmental Engineering program and at least three at the 700-level or higher.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the post-master's certificate.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • Any deviation from this program, including transfer of courses and any other requisites specified in the student's admission letter, will not be approved by the program chair.

Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health / Master of Environmental Engineering

This is a dual certificate and degree program. It is offered in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, which is hosted jointly in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • You must complete at least 18 BSPH term credits (including the 14 BSPH term credits applied to the master's degree) from the list of BSPH courses below. This is to substitute an equivalent of 9 EP semester credits (three semester courses) of their elective courses required for the designated 30-credit EP master’s degree program.
  • Three or more of the BSPH courses must come from those that are indicated by an asterisk and must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Other courses can be taken pass/fail, and you must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all certificate coursework.

Courses

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

COURSES

SELECT A MINIMUM OF FIVE COURSES

Plus select a maximum of five courses from the list above, Environmental Engineering and Science, or Environmental Planning and Management, including BSPH focus/certificate courses.

* Required only for students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering, Science, Management, or a related discipline.

BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COURSES

* To earn the Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health as part of the dual certificate and degree program, students must complete three or more of these courses.

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