Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering

The doctoral degree in environmental engineering is awarded upon demonstration of an ability to make substantial creative contributions to knowledge in environmental engineering. The full-time doctoral program generally consists of at least two complete years of academic preparation, followed by at least one year of full-time research in residence at the university. The coursework must include the core environmental engineering courses listed in the section describing the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

To be admitted to candidacy, students must pass a qualifying examination, which involves an oral presentation of two research papers selected by the student's adviser. The qualifying examination is administered by a research committee approved by the chairperson. The exam is diagnostic in nature. The results of the exam will determine the student's potential for success in the Ph.D. program. The department may waive this requirement for students who hold an M.S. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in the same field. This examination should be completed within three semesters of entry into the program.

Next, candidates must complete a comprehensive examination, which is an oral examination that is administered by a research committee approved by the chairperson. The candidate presents the research proposal and answers questions of a general professional nature. The research project must be in harmony with the interests of the faculty and with the facilities of the department. The candidate should pass the comprehensive examination at least one year prior to the date of graduation. 

Although doctoral research can begin upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the major portion of the research should take place after the qualifying examination is passed and the research proposal (comprehensive exam) is approved by the research committee. Research will be conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and students should work to involve all members of their research committee.

The preliminary thesis draft must meet the approval of all members of the research committee. An oral examination in defense of the thesis is given as an open university seminar. The thesis defense must meet with the approval of the research committee; if it does not, the committee has the authority to determine whether or not to grant a re-examination.


Minimum Credits Required 84
Maximum 400-Level Credit 9
Maximum Transfer Credit 32
Required Courses (12)
ENVE 501Environmental Chemistry3
ENVE 506Chemodynamics3
ENVE 542Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
CAE 523Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data3
or MATH 474 Probability and Statistics
or MATH 564 Regression
or MMAE 500 Data Driven Modeling
or BME 533 Biostatistics
or STAT 514 Applied Computational Statistics for Analytics
Major Electives (15)
Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of major electives from the list below:15
Introduction to Air Pollution Control3
Environmental Capstone Design3
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety3
Biotechnological Processes in Environmental Engineering3
Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Analysis3
Geoenvironmental Engineering3
Modeling of Environmental Systems3
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage3
Design of Environmental Engineering Processes3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Design of Air Pollution Control Devices3
Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning3
Hazardous Waste Engineering3
Special Problems1-20
General Electives (21-33)
Select 21 to 33 credit hours of electives21-33
Ph.D. Research (24-36)
ENVE 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24-36

Transfer credit may include a maximum of 32 credit hours from a completed master's degree


General elective coursework can included courses from CAE, CHE, CHEM, CS, EG, ENVE, EMGT,  MATH, MMAE, SAM or others are acceptable with advisor approval