Environmental & Water Resources

Environmental & Water Resources Program (PDF(Pending approval)

PLEASE NOTE THAT GRADUATE DIVISION HAS NOT LISTED THE MAJOR YET ON THE APPLICATION SYSTEM: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS MAJOR, PLEASE SELECT ENGINEERING, ONLINE AS THE MAJOR AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AS THE SPECIALIZATION IN THE APPLICATION. PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABLE WATER ENGINEERING!

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering With Certificate of Sustainable Water Engineering

Area Director: Prof. Jenny Jay jjay@seas.ucla.edu

Description:
Plentiful high quality water is fundamental for society. However, drought, climate change, contamination and growing populations pose challenges for water sustainability. Engineers are needed worldwide to find novel solutions providing access to clean water. Key elements in this degree program are surface and groundwater processes, hydroclimatology, watershed response to disturbance, remote sensing for hydrologic applications, membrane separation in aqueous systems, aquatic chemistry, environmental microbiology, and the chemical fate, geochemical modeling, and transport of contaminants in the environment.

 

Course Requirements:

At least nine courses are required, of which at least five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 project course), and meet comprehensive requirement.

 

A minimum of six courses must be selected from the Following:

Core Courses in Sustainable Water Engineering

CEE 250A Surface Hydrology- Prof. Gebremichael , mekonnen@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 154 Chemical Fate and Transport- Prof. Jenny Jay, jjay@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 250B Groundwater Hydrology- Prof. Kendall drkendall@ucla.edu

CEE 254 Aquatic Chemistry- Prof Jenny Jay, jjay@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 266 Environmental Biotechnology- Prof. Mahendra, mahendra@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 250C Hydro Climatology- Prof. Margulis, margulis@seas.ucla.edu

 

Recommended Electives:

CEE 165 Environmental Nanotechnology- Prof. Mahendra, mahendra@seas.ucla.edu CEE 267 Geochemical Modeling- Prof. Jenny Jay, jjay@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 251C Remote Sensing with Hydrological Applications(Pre-Req 250A)- Prof. Gebremichael , mekonnen@seas.ucla.edu

CEE 258A Membrane Separation in Aquatic Systems- Prof. Hoek, emvhoek@ucla.edu , CEE 252 Engineering Economic Analysis of Water and Environmental Planning- Prof. Kendall drkendall@ucla.edu

 

 

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

Electives:

As long as you have met the requirements above the remaining courses may be selected from  other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary

Thesis Plan

NONE

Time-to-Degree

Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.