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Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate Program

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Environmental engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field characterized by the application of science and engineering principles to understanding, controlling, and enhancing the environment at the personal, local, regional, and global levels. It involves the study and remediation of problems involving any phenomenon through which humans interact with their surroundings, including water supply and treatment, air quality management, waste removal, recycling and disposal, noise control, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, and alternative energy sources. Environmental engineers usually have backgrounds in the traditional chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering disciplines.

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering offers a graduate certificate program in environmental engineering open to students enrolled in the M.Eng., M.Sc., or Ph.D. programs in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. Graduate certificate programs at the University of Louisville provide institutional recognition of curricular specialization in an academic area that is either interdisciplinary, or or a subset of a broader discipline.

Requirements and Constraints

To qualify for the award of an Environmental Engineering Certificate, a mechanical engineering graduate student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved courses at the 500 and 600 level, with at least 6 hours at 600 level.
  2. Fill out the Environmental Engineering Certificate program application form and submit it to the Speed School Academic Services office (room 216, J.B. Speed Hall) during the semester when graduation with a mechanical engineering graduate degree is expected.
  3. Satisfy the requirements for an M.Eng., M.Sc., or Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering.

Note that steps two and three are mandatory. Completion of the coursework does not automatically result in the award of the certificate. Likewise, the certificate is awarded only upon completion of the graduate degree. Students are eligible for only environmental certificate, but may earn graduate certificates in other areas. For M.Eng. students only, up to six hours of the prescribed may be courses may be taken while an undergraduate student.

Approved Mechanical Engineering Courses

Five mechanical engineering courses are approved for the certificate program:

  • ME 560, Nuclear Engineering (fall semester)
  • ME 570, Sustainable Energy Systems (spring semester)
  • ME 580, Air Pollution Control (spring semester)
  • ME 614, Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (fall semester)
  • ME 667, Solar Energy Applications (spring semester)

Together, these four courses satisfy the EECP coursework requirement. Students may also satisfy the requirements using courses from other departments (listed on the EECP application form), but will be required to satisfy all prerequisites and the courses may not satisfy M.E. academic program requirements. See your academic advisor for approval prior to registering for any non-ME elective course.

Updated July 2009

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