Carnegie Mellon University

Water Quality Engineering and Science Concentration

This MS concentration gives students skills and experience with issues and approaches in water quality engineering from fundamental physical, chemical and biological perspectives, with applications to both natural and engineered systems. Students gain knowledge and skills to address modern challenges in water quality protection and restoration, including:

  • Chemistry of natural waters
  • Fate processes for organic contaminants in waters
  • Physical-chemical and biological processes
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Environmental quality modeling

Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for this concentration, but the MS program is flexible and students should work with their academic advisors to tailor coursework towards their own individual interests and career goals.

  • 12-702 Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering (if not previously taken)
  • 12-720 Water Resources Chemistry
  • 12-724 Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • 12-725 Fate, Transport, and Physicochemical Processes of Organic Contaminants in Aquatic Systems
  • 12-726 Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems
  • 12-729 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers

Additional Courses

The following crosscutting courses relate to this concentration and may be of interest for additional course work, depending on individual student goals.

  • 12-657 Water Resources Engineering
  • 12-658 Hydraulic Structures
  • 12-704 Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems
  • 12-706 Civil Systems Investment Planning and Pricing
  • 12-712 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
  • 12-714 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • 12-718 Sustainable Engineering Project
  • 12-728 Remediation Engineering
  • 12-749 Special Topic: Climate Change Adaptation
  • 12-750 Infrastructure Management
  • 19-688 Innovation for Energy and the Environment
  • 48-569 GIS/CAFM

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