University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Civil and Environmental Engineering (Master of Science)


Graduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering that lead to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered. The curricular and research programs emphasize engineering related to environmental issues, sustainable transportation systems, geotechnical, geoenvironmental and structural analysis. Graduate students of CEE can concurrently pursue certificates of graduate education in: 1) sustainable transportation systems and mobility; 2) complex systems; and 3) ecological economics.

Research includes: groundwater contamination, modeling and remediation including optimal remediation design; environmental restoration and ecological engineering; hydrological processes; air pollution and related health effects; modeling of contaminant fate and transport in the environment; pathogenesis in human and environmental systems; geotechnical earthquake engineering; dynamic behavior of structures and structural health monitoring; and sustainable transportation systems.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized University. A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering is preferred, but applicants with a B.S. degree in one of the sciences are often accepted. The latter, however, should have a minimum of the following math and science coursework prior to admission: three semesters of calculus, one semester of differential equations, one semester of calculus-based physics and one semester of chemistry. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general (aptitude) section are also required. International students whose native language is not English or who have not received their education in English are required to submit satisfactory results from the TOEFL examination. Completed applications are due February 1.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Specific course work may be required of those who lack a sufficiently strong engineering background.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The above requirements for advancement to candidacy must be supplemented in either of the two following ways:

Thesis Option: Completion of advanced courses in civil and environmental engineering, mathematics, and other approved disciplines and the completion of an acceptable master's thesis. At least thirty credits must be accumulated, six to nine of them in thesis research.

Non-Thesis Option: Completion of 36 credits of advanced courses in civil and environmental engineering, mathematics, and other approved disciplines.

Students must declare which option they intend to pursue at the beginning of their program.



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