Requirements for the M.C.E.E. Degree in the Environmental Engineering track
Students pursuing the M.C.E.E. degree in the field of Environmental Engineering must complete:
A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses in one area of specialization: Civil Engineering or Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design, including one semester of graduate seminar.
(CEVE 601/CEVE 602) and a final project (CEVE 590). All courses must be in the relevant field.
A minimum of 24 credit hours at Rice (a maximum of six credit hours of graduate-level coursework from transfer credit is allowed).
A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in required coursework.
The minimum residency, which is one fall or spring semester in full-time or part-time graduate study.
Prerequisites: Two years of calculus including differential equations, one year of chemistry, one semester of physics, and one semester of biology, fluid mechanics.
The Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.C.E.E.) is a professional non-thesis degree requiring 30 semester hours of approved course work. Students who have a B.S. or B.A. degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply.
They will complete 30 hours of graduate-level courses (24 semester hours must be at Rice University) in our Civil Engineering or Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design sub-tracks, including the required final project.
Graduate courses from other departments might count towards the M.C.E.E. degree, but need prior approval by a CEE faculty adviser and must be in the relevant field. Depending on their background, some students may need to fulfill pre-requisites or take remedial engineering courses in addition to the required 30 semester hours to earn the M.C.E.E. degree. Students can transfer up to six credits of graduate-level courses equivalent to the required courses and must fulfill the minimum residency, which is one fall or spring semester in full-time or part-time graduate study.
For the final project, students must choose an adviser to work with in the first semester, and register for CEVE 590 with the adviser’s approval to conduct the project in the second semester. In the second semester or semester which the final project will be completed, students are required to meet with their adviser to discuss final project details and timeline by the end of the first week of class.
Core Courses: students must complete the following (18 credits)
CEVE 501 Chemistry for Environmental Engineering and Science
CEVE 502 Sustainable Engineering Design
CEVE 509 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
CEVE 511 Atmospheric Processes
CEVE 534 Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment
CEVE 536 Environmental Biotechnology
Seminar: Select one of the following (one credit)
CEVE 601 Seminar
CEVE 602 Seminar
Engineering Science and Technology: students must complete a total of two courses from the following (six credits)
CEVE 504 Atmospheric Particulate Matter
CEVE 508 Introduction to Air Pollution Control
CEVE 510 Principals of Environmental Engineering
CEVE 518 Contamination Hydrology
CEVE 520 Environmental Remediation Restoration
CEVE 533 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
CEVE 535 Physical Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control
CEVE 544 Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
CEVE 550 Environmental Organic Chemistry
CEVE 592 Analysis of Urban Systems
STAT 485 Quantitative Environmental Decision Making
Sustainable Resource Management:
students must complete 1 course from the following (three credits)
ANTH 532 The Social Life of Clean Energy
CEVE 507 Energy and the Environment
CEVE 528 Engineering Economics
CEVE 529 Engineering Leadership and Ethics
EBIO 580 Sustainability Development
ECON 437 Energy Economics (pre-requisites ECON 301 OR ECON 370)
NSCI 511 Science Policy and Ethics
NSCI 610 Management for Science/Engineering
MCEE Final Project: (Two credits)
CEVE 590 M.C.E.E. Special Study
*If a required course or equivalent has been taken, it can be replaced with an Engineering Science and Technology elective.