Environmental Engineering and Science

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Environmental Engineering and Science program focuses on how physics, chemistry, biology, and geology play a role in today's most pressing environmental challenges.

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Degrees & Pathways

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

About

While refreshing their knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering and natural sciences, students in the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals learn cutting-edge methods for treating and responding to modern environmental threats. Instructors, who are experienced professionals from organizations and government agencies nationwide, utilize interactive learning tools and online course delivery to teach students all over the world.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Recognize the principles of continuity, momentum, and energy as applied to fluid motions and apply these concepts (with appropriate assumptions) to solve and analyze practical fluid mechanics problems.
  2. Quantify components of the hydrological cycle in terms of a water balance and apply hydrological concepts and mathematical equations to describe the movement of water within a watershed including groundwater, surface water, and unsaturated zones.
  3. Establish a core understanding in the principles of toxicology, dosimetry, and exposure assessment; demonstrate mastery of the risk assessment process and risk management options; construct and evaluate environmental health risk assessments.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in environmental project management concepts, principles, techniques, and knowledge areas; establish a core understanding of the unique aspects of environmental project management.
  5. Apply knowledge about water science, institutions, decision-making, and financial matters to the investigation and analysis of multi-objective water quantity and quality management needs; apply theoretical principles and knowledge of historical experiences to envision how water resource management policies and activities should evolve in response to regional climatic trends and extreme events that are anticipated to result from global climate change.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include (1) an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and (2) successful completion of a calculus sequence through differential equations. Successful completion of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and statistics is recommended.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of five courses from the Environmental Engineering and Science program and five electives.
  • At least four courses at the 700-level or above.
  • 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 grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • The Principles of Environmental Engineering (575.404) 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.

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 you 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. The student must declare their intention prior to the 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 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.

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 and Science 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.
  • 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.

REQUIRED COURSE

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

COURSES

SELECT FIVE

Plus five courses from the list above, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Planning and Management, or four courses plus 575.404 if required.

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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During a faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on March 16, we honored twelve Johns Hopkins Engineering instructors for their dedication and innovation in the classroom.

Balancing teaching with their own careers, our instructors work tirelessly to provide an educational experience that is both challenging and highly relevant for today's students.

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