University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Civil and Environmental Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)


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 Doctor of Philosophy

An undergraduate degree in an appropriate field of study and demonstrated academic performance as measured by grades and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general (aptitude) section. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received their education in English must present satisfactory results from the TOEFL examination. Completed applications are due February 1.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

It is ordinarily expected that a student will complete the following requirements for advancement to candidacy prior to the end of the second year in the program: (1) one year of residency at UVM; (2) teaching experience in one course; (3) at least twelve credits of research; (4) at least fifteen credits of course work at the graduate level acceptable to the student’s Studies Committee; (5) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination that includes a written part and an oral part; and (6) satisfactory record of performance in courses and in teaching and research assignments.

Minimum Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to advancement to candidacy, the student must (1) present at least seventy-five credits in approved course work and research (including those required for advancement to candidacy), of which at least thirty-five credits are in research and six credits are in course work in disciplines ancillary to Civil and Environmental Engineering; and (2) write and successfully defend an acceptable dissertation.



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