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    The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership. In 2015, the Civil Engineering undergraduate program was ranked 15th by U.S. News and World Report, the graduate program in Civil Engineering was ranked 21st, and the graduate program in Environmental Engineering was ranked 20th. More than 400 juniors and seniors are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and approximately 210 students in the graduate program, with about half pursuing doctoral degrees. Penn State is a large research university, and the CEE Department, with its 26 tenure track faculty members and five full time instructors, performs over $7,000,000 of research annually, and 33,000 peer reviewed paper citations indexed by Thomson’s Web of Science. The Department’s faculty has received a number of prestigious honors including NAE membership and 7 NSF CAREER awards.

    The CEE graduate program offers six graduate degrees: Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in either Civil Engineering or in Environmental Engineering. Within Civil Engineering, graduate students can specialize in one of four areas: Geotechnical and Materials Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or Water Resources Engineering. Students with interests in both Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Engineering may choose either the Civil or Environmental degree options. To earn each of graduate degree requires the student to meet specific requirements of both the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School and the Department of CEE. This handbook describes the departmental programs and requirements for each degree. 

    In Environmental Engineering, a minimum of 21 credits of graduate course work (400 level and above) is required beyond the Master’s degree or beyond the 24 required credits for those in the Direct Entry program. For Ph.D. candidates who have completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Penn State, a minimum of 15 credits of graduate course work (400 level and above) is required.

    Course Nbr Course Title Typically Offered

    301

    Environmental Microbiology

     

    401

    Occupational Safety and Environmental Health

    Spring Only

    411

    Water Supply and Pollution Control

    Fall Only

    413

    Operation and Control of Treatment Systems

     

    415

    Hydrology

    Spring Only

    416

    Treatment Plant Design

    Spring Only

    417

    Hydraulic Design

    Fall & Spring

    424

    Solid Waste Management

    Fall Only

    425

    Hazardous Waste Management

    Spring Only

    430

    Sustainable Engineering

    Fall Only

    460

    Environmental Law

    Spring Only

    460

    Environmental Law

    Summer Only

    470

    Air Quality

    Fall & Spring

    494

    Research Project

    Spring Only

    494H

    Research Project

     

    540

    Biodegradation and Bioremediation

    Spring Only

    550

    Chemical Fate and Transport

    Fall Only

    569

    Environmental Risk Assessment

    Spring Only

    591

    Research Methods in Environmental Engineering

    Spring Only

    594

    Research Topics

    All Semesters

    596

    Individual Studies

    Fall & Spring

    5097

    Water Trtmnt Plant Oper Vol 1

     

    5098

    Water Trtment Plant Oper Vol 2

     

    5100

    Principles Of Health & Safety Program

     

    5101

    Principles Of Environ Mgmt/Iso 14001

     

    5102

    Environmental/Safety Certificate Program

     

    5103

    Basic Regulatory Survival

     

    5104

    Total Compliance Workshop

     

    5106

    Environmental Compliance

     

    5195

    Pilot Plant Workshop

     

    5287

    Water Analysis

     

    5288

    Water Analysis Volume 1

     

    5289

    Water Analysis Volume 2

     

    5300

    Drinking Water Treatment Symposium

     

    5401

    Recycling 401

     

    5893

    Basic Math For Water Operators

     

    5979

    Water Filtration Pilot Plant Instrumenta

     

    5981

    Chemical Feed Pump Workshop

     

    5998

    It'S Not Easy Being Green

     

    6000

    Operations & Maintenance: Tools & Tech

     

    6001

    Recycling Professional Certificate

     

    6002

    Maintenance Management Workshop

     

    6003

    Best Practices Recycling

     

    6004

    Cross Connection

     

    6005

    Data Management Workshop

     

    6010

    Disinfectants & Byproducts

     

    6020

    Water Filtration Solutions

     

    6025

    Alternative Disinfectants

     

    6030

    Taste And Odor In Drinking Water

     

    6078

    Recycling Practice & Theory

     

    6100

    Introduction To Recycling And Composting

     

    6100A

    Introduction To Recycling & Composting

     

    6105

    Establishing & Enhancing A Program

     

    6106

    Innovative & Successful Program

     

    6110

    Recycling And The Law

     

    6115

    Recycling And Public Policy

     

    6120

    Recycling 120

     

    6123

    Valve Workshop

     

    6130

    Recycling_130

     

    6131

    Recycling 131

     

    6135

    Recycling 135

     

    6150

    Recycling 150

     

    6151

    Recycling-Analyzing The Economics

     

    6200

    Backyard Composting Basics

     

    6201

    Recycling 201

     

    6210

    Recycling 210

     

    6220

    Advanced Composting

     

    6221

    Compost Equipment Safety

     

    6222

    On-Site Institutional Composting

     

    6223

    Organic Composting Using Forced Aeration

     

    6224

    Incorporating Food Waste/Compost Ops

     

    6225

    Compost Use For Turf Management

     

    6226

    Erosion And Sedimentation Control

     

    6227

    Homeowner'S Conservation Practices

     

    6228

    Soils 101: The Basics

     

    6229

    Organics Recycling System

     

    6230

    Organics Collection

     

    6231

    Recycling Videoconference

     

    6232

    Strategies For Managing Organics

     

    6235

    Compost Marketing

     

    6237

    Composting Business And Economics

     

    6238

    Composting For Fruit, Vegetable & Field

     

    6240

    Grassroots Recycling

     

    6241

    Vermicomposting

     

    6278

    Electronic Data Reporting Workshop

     

    6298

    Payt Teleconference

     

    6299

    Compost Technician Training

     

    6300

    Compost Operator Cert Course

     

    6302

    Community Colletion Options

     

    6305

    Pay As You Throw

     

    6310

    Collection Techniques & Options

     

    6311

    Specifications, Negotiating & Contractin

     

    6312

    Recycling Videoconference

     

    6340

    Recycling 340

     

    6341

    Recycling Workshop On Mercury Lamps

     

    6349

    Basic Wastewater Short Course

     

    6350

    Recycling 350

     

    6351

    Recycling 351

     

    6352

    Recycling Facility Design And Operation

     

    6353

    Materials Processing Operators

     

    6353A

    The Paper Chase

     

    6354

    Program Evaluation

     

    6355

    Single Stream Collection

     

    6356

    Recycling Economics Ii

     

    6405

    Best Practices In Recycling

     

    6410

    Public Communications/Relations

     

    6411

    Recycling 411

     

    6412

    Public Communications & Relations Ii

     

    6413

    Public Speaking Made Easier

     

    6415

    Youth Education

     

    6416

    Agriculture In Our Community

     

    6421

    Recycling Officials Of Pa Advanced Train

     

    6422

    Community Advocate Training Module

     

    6423

    Reuse Sector Training Module

     

    6424

    Reuse Sector Training Module Certificate

     

    6430

    Buy Recycled-Recycling 430

     

    6431

    Barriers To Buying & Using Recycled

     

    6432

    Green Procurement Videoconference

     

    6433

    Special Materials Collection

     

    6434

    Special Materials Collection Ii

     

    6435

    Recycling Videoconference

     

    6435A

    Waste Reduction

     

    6436

    Introduction To Special Materials

     

    6437

    Plastics Summit

     

    6438

    Special Materials Recycling & Disposal

     

    6439

    Special Materials Collection Events

     

    6450

    Illegal Dumping-Remediation & Prevention

     

    6460

    Recycling Enforcement Workshop

     

    6461

    Understanding Jurisdictions & Building

     

    6462

    Investigations & Prosecution Procedures

     

    6463

    Health And Safety

     

    6464

    Commodities Marketing

     

    6501

    Recycling 501:Management & Leadership

     

    6505

    Recycling Human Resources

     

    6510

    Recycling Office Management

     

    6511

    Business Planning For Sw Professionals

     

    6530

    Recycling 530

     

    6540

    Recycling 540

     

    6550

    Specifications And Rfp'S

     

    6551

    Recycling Facility Operators Cert Course

     

    6552

    Recycling Professional Training

     

    6715

    Basic Inst/Process Cont

     

    6717

    Sanitary Survey

     

    6721

    Basic Water Purification & Sewage Treat

     

    6813

    Chlorine Safety Workshop

     

    6953

    Activated Sludge Workshop

     

    6982

    Wastewater Collection Systems Workshop

     

    6983

    Introduction To Zero Waste 100

     

    6984

    Op Of Wastewater Treatment Plants Vol 2

     

    6985

    Leading The Way To Zero Waste

     

    6986

    Zero Waste Certificatio Rating System

     

    7003

    Water Chloramination Workshop

     

    7071

    Hazardous Waste

     

    7111

    Fin Mod 2: Resp Gov Bodies

     

    7148

    Water Meters

     

    7258

    Gen Cert Acad Session 1

     

    7259

    Gen Cert Acad Session 2

     

    7297

    Fire Hydrant Workshop

     

    7319

    Turbidity Removal Optimization

     

    7391

    Day Tank

     

    7401

    Solid Modeling I And Ii Pro/Eng Wildfire

     

    7402

    Surface Design/Sheet Metal Pro/Eng

     

    7403

    Mechanica/Mechanism Design Pro/Engineer

     

    7411

    Communicating The Benefits Of Recycling

     

    7412

    General Exam Overview

     

    7418

    Dw Certification Academy Session 1

     

    7419

    Dw Certification Academy Session 2

     

    7420

    Dw Cert Acad Session 3

     

    7421

    Dw Cert Acad Session 4

     

    7437

    Confined Space I

     

    7438

    Confined Space Safety 2

     

    7471

    Advanced Wastewater Treatment

     

    7493

    Ww8: Overview Adv Ww Trtmnt

     

    7539

    Corrosion Control Treatment

     

    7540

    Corrosion Control And Sequestering

     

    7654

    Pipe Tapping Workshop

     

    7700

    Basic Electrical Principles

     

    7703

    Small System Design Implement

     

    7709

    Basic Electricity

     

    7710

    Financial Module 1: Basic Operations

     

    7711

    Rate Setting For Water Systems

     

    7712

    Fin Mod 3: Safe Drink Water Act

     

    7713

    Fin Mod 4: Dealing W/ Ext Clients

     

    7714

    Fin Mod 5: Basics Acctg

     

    7715

    Fin Mod 6: Bus Planning

     

    7716

    Fin Mod 7: Budget/Cap Imprvmt

     

    7717

    Fin Mod 8: Rate Design Ovrvw

     

    7718

    Fin Mod 9: Bidding, Purch, Leas

     

    7719

    Fin Mod 10: Proj Mgmnt

     

    7731

    Advanced Sanitary Survey Course

     

    7771

    Enhanced Coagulation Technologies