Engineers are needed worldwide to find novel solutions providing access to clean water.

Sustainable Water Engineering

UPON APPLYING, PLEASE SELECT “ENGINEERING – ONLINE” AS THE MAJOR. THEREAFTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SELECT ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER RESOURCES AS A SPECIALIZATION.

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Water Engineering

Area Director: Professor Jennifer 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.

Important Note:
Core courses in this area are not offered during the summer term.  Alternative courses may be substituted with approval of the Area Director.

*Program Statistics

*Data accounts for students in the following programs: Data Science Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanics of Structures, Sustainable Water Engineering, and Systems Engineering

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 list:

Core Courses in Sustainable Water Engineering 

  • C&EE 154 – Chemical Fate and Transport – Prof. Jay
  • C&EE 250A – Surface Hydrology – Prof. Gebremichael 
  • C&EE 250B – Groundwater Hydrology – Prof. Kendall 
  • C&EE 250C – Hydro Climatology – Prof. Margulis
  • C&EE 254A –  Aquatic Chemistry – Prof. Jay
  • C&EE 255A – Physical and Chemical Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment – Prof. Jassby
  • C&EE 266 – Environmental Biotechnology- Prof. Mahendra

Recommended Electives:

  • C&EE M165 – Environmental Nanotechnology – Prof. Mahendra
  • C&EE 267 – Geochemical Modeling – Prof. Jay
  • C&EE 251C – Remote Sensing with Hydrological Applications (Pre-Req 250A) Prof. Gebremichael 
  • C&EE 258A – Membrane Separation in Aquatic Systems – Prof. Hoek
  • C&EE 252 – Engineering Economic Analysis of Water and Environmental Planning – Prof. Kendall

Please visit the Registrar’s webpage for Civil & Environmental Engineering course descriptions.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENT

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement by choosing ONE option below:

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

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.  Please note: Students may not apply electives towards earning a certificate.  Certificate programs are intended for non-matriculating students and are categorized as separate programs.

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.