EES Graduate Courses & Curriculum

  • Course Descriptions
  • Graduate Catalog
  • Graduate Research & Education Areas

    Graduate programs at the University of Florida are very flexible and represent independent mastery of a field of knowledge. Our program and faculty are quite diverse with opportunities for classes and research in both the sciences and engineering.

  • Certificate Program

    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
    The College of Engineering at the University of Florida announces a graduate-level Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM). Administered by the Environmental Policy Center of the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, the program includes courses offered by the College of Law and the Food and Resource Economics Department of the College of Agriculture. The CEPM is offered entirely online and is available to on-campus students as well. Individuals working in, or interested in learning more about, environmental policy and management can become certified in a body of knowledge in these specializations without formally pursuing graduate degrees if they so desire.

    The CEPM emphasizes scientific, technologic, economic, legal, political, and social dimensions of policy formation and implementation, and environmental management. The distance learning delivery mode allows students in remote locations to complete course assignments and communicate with faculty and other students anywhere and in their own time. The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida.

    ELIGIBILITY
    Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree. They may apply for admission to the UF Graduate School, may be admitted as post-baccalaureate (6-EG) students, or they may be admitted as non-degree seeking students (0-EG). It is not necessary to be admitted to the Graduate School to earn a certificate, but students who are admitted under the 6-EG classification, and later enroll in a graduate program, may petition to transfer up to 15 credit hours to their graduate degree program. To qualify for a certificate, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better for the entire program. A grade of C in one course only will be accepted, providing the overall 3.0 average is maintained. No grade below C will be accepted. Prospective students should contact the following:
    For more information about the Certificate, contact:

    Mark T. Brown, Director
    University of Florida
    Center for Environmental Policy
    P.O. Box 116350 - Phelps Lab
    Gainesville, FL 32611-6350
    Tel: (352) 392-2425
    Fax: (352) 392-3624
    mtb@ufl.edu

    Course enrollment information for distance learning students:

    Visit the UF Edge website for tuition rates, critical dates, admissions information, registration information, etc: UF EDGE (Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering) information for prospective students.

    contact:
    Ms. Ruth E. Bryant
    UF EDGE
    University of Florida
    E117 CSE Building
    P.O. Box 112024
    Gainesville, FL 32611-2024
    Tel: (352) 392-9670
    Fax: (352) 846-2255
    Rbrya@eng.ufl.edu

    Prerequisites
    Prior to enrolling in any course, the student must ensure that either the prerequisites for the course, if any, have been met, or he or she must obtain approval to waive the requirement.

    Computer Requirements
    Students must have a PC with access to the Web and e-mail. High speed connections to the web are preferred. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 or higher should also be available, but can be downloaded through the course web site.

    The Program
    The CEPM program includes a total of 15 semester hours of credit. There are 4 core requirements. The 5th course is an elective. The core requirements are specified below. The elective may be chosen from one of the courses shown below which was not taken as part of the core.

    Program requirements:

    Course

    Instructor

    EES 5075—Environmental Policy (3 cr) [Fall]
    -- or --
    ENV 6441—Water Res. Planning and Management (3 cr) [Fall]

    Staff

    Staff

    EES 6932—Natural Res. and Envir. Policy (3 cr) [Spring]
    --or --
    ENV 6932P – Env. Institutions and Regulations (3 cr) [Spring]

    Carriker

    Carriker

    EES 6318 – Principles Industrial Ecology (3cr) [Spring]
    -- or --
    EES 5307 – Ecological Engineering (3cr) [Spring]

    Delfino

    Brown

    EES 6051 – Advance Env. Planning and Design (3 cr) [Fall]
    -- or --
    ENV 6932 – Restoration Planning [Fall]

    Brown

    Brown

    Electives
    ENV 6441 – Water Resources Planning and Management (3cr)
    EES 5245—Water Quality Analysis (3 cr)
    EES 5305—Ecological & General Systems (3 cr)
    EES 6932—Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr)
    EES 5306—Energy Analysis (3 cr)
    EES 6932 – Spring Systems (3 cr)
    ENV 6932A—Global Environment- Policies & Institutions (3 cr)
    ENV 6932—Adv. Environmental Resources Management (3 cr)
    EES 5415—Environmental Health (3 cr)
    ENV 6511—Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)
    EES 6007—Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr)
    SOS 5246—Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr)
    ENV 6932Q - Green Engineering Design & Sustainability (3 cr)
    EES 6308C - Wetlands Ecology (3 cr)

     


    REQUIRED Course Descriptions

    ENV 5075 - Environmental Policy (3) Policy analysis, policymaking, and policy implementation. Analytical methods for evaluating alternative policies. Legal, social, political, and economic patterns and processes which shape the climate within which environmental policy is made.

    ENV 6441 – Water Resources Planning and Management (3) Principles and practice of water resources planning and management. Protocols employed at local, state, federal, regional and international levels. Plan formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Stakeholder involvement in planning processes. Analytical tools. Case studies.

    ENV 6932 - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3) Prereq: Introductory economics course or consent of instructor. A study of the role of government in natural resource and environmental management. Discusses the rationale for government role. Includes historical perspective on the evolution of natural resource and environmental policies and programs. Surveys current public policies and programs at the state and federal government levels, and identifies institutions which address international and global and environmental issues. Considers the role of economist as policy analyst, providing information on likely consequences of policy options.

    ENV 6932 - Environmental Institutions and Regulations (3) The purpose of this course is to show how history and policy have shaped institutions and regulations as they pertain to natural resources and the environment. This course addresses the premise that environmental land managers need to understand the legal context of their work. Awareness of law as it relates to these functions permits greater efficiency and lower costs in environmental, natural resource, and land management. This course provides an introductory overview of U.S. public policy, institutions and regulations pertaining to the environment and natural resources.

    EES 6318 - Industrial Ecology (3) The linkage of industrial activity with environmental and social sciences. Corporate environmental management and environmental ethics. Resources, laws and economics. Environmental accounting. Industrial products and processes, and life cycle assessments. Case studies of corporate environmental policies.

    EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3) Principles and practices in design and management of environment with society; systems concepts for organization of organization of humanity, technology, and nature.

    EES 6051 - Advanced Environmental Planning and Design (3) Sustainable communities and regions. Quantitative methods for evaluation of environmental impacts and carrying capacity. Theories of spatial and temporal organization of systems of humanity and nature.

    ENV 6932R - Restoration Planning (3) This course provides a synthesis and overview of the principles and practices of adaptive restoration planning. The objective of the course is to provide students with a broad understanding of planning considerations of restoration ecology organized using a systems perspective. Adaptive resource planning can be described as planning for and designing ecosystems and landscapes using principles of "design with nature" and "ecological engineering" while developing adaptive management strategies to enhance perpetual ecosystem self-design. Quantitative methods for the evaluation of restoration alternatives and theories of spatial and temporal organization of ecosystems will be explored.

    ELECTIVE Course Descriptions

    ENV 6441 – Water Resources Planning and Management (3). Principles and practice of water resources planning and management. Protocols employed at local, state, federal, regional and international levels. Plan formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Stakeholder involvement in planning processes. Analytical tools. Case studies.

    EES 5245—Water Quality Analysis (3) Prereq: CHM 2046, EES 4201, or 6208, or consent of instructor. Principles of analytical chemistry applied to the determination of chemical composition of natural waters and wastewaters. Emphasis on methods used in routine determinations of water and wastewater quality and interpretation of data.

    EES 5305—Ecological and General Systems (3). Systems ecology, including examples, languages, theoretical formulations and models for design, synthesis and prediction of systems of man and nature.

    EES 6932— Wetland Treatment Systems (3). Applied and theoretical aspects of wetland use for water quality improvement; natural and constructed treatment wetlands, ecological and engineering design of wetland systems for sustainability and ancillary  benefits.

    EES 5306—Energy Analysis (3). Energetics of systems of environments and economics; energy analysis of environmental systems, agroecosystems, regional and national economies; energy evaluation of public policy.

    EES 6932— Spring Systems (3). Occurrence and importance of Florida artisan springs, their flora and fauna; structure, function, organization,  and ecological significance; water quality issues, human uses, development threats.

    ENV 6932A - The Global Environment Policies and Institutions (3) A study of global environmental policies, laws, and institutions. Issues of coordinating environmental policies among international governing bodies, nations, and state and local governments. Links between global environmental policy and sustainable development.

    ENV 6932—Adv. Environmental Resources Management (3 cr)

    EES 6318—Principles of Industrial Ecology (3). The linkage of industrial activity with environmental and social sciences. Corporate environmental management and environmental ethics. Resources, laws and economics. Environmental accounting. Industrial products and processes, and life cycle assessments. Case studies of corporate environmental policies.

    EES 5415—Environmental Health (3). Effects of environment pollution on health. Methods of evaluating, treating, and preventing pollutants of health significance.

    ENV 6511—Biological Wastewater Treatment (3). Theory and current research associated with biological treatment processes.

    EES 6007 Adv. Energy and Environment (3) Energy basis for systems of humanity and nature, including principles of systems ecology, ecological economics, and public policy.

    SOS 5245: Water Resource Sustainability (3) Quantitative description of human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes, and wetlands). Case studies show the detrimental effects of unsustainable resource use and beneficial management strategies.

    ENV 6932Q - Green Engineering Design & Sustainability (3). The design of products and processes from a "green" engineering perspective, where one of the primary objectives is minimization of environmental impacts. Three scales of pollution prevention will be covered: macroscale (life-cycle assessments), mesoscale (unit operations design), and microscale (molecular level).

    EES 6308C: Wetland Ecology (3) Prereq: BSC 2005 or EES 4103. Defining and classifying major wetland ecosystems, formation of wetlands, wetland functions and values; wetlands ecological engineering and management; and integrating wetlands into developing landscape. Emphasizes everal field trips to natural and altered wetlands.

  • Dissertation/Thesis Track Student Advising

    Congratulations on being admitted Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida! This page provides guidance regarding your degree requirements and resources/steps for course registration.

    Some important requirements you need to keep in mind for your degree as you move forward are as follows:

    PhD Dissertation
    • Minimum 12 course credits within your major (ENV/EES courses)
    • 90 course credits overall
    • 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA
    • Admission to Candidacy/Qualification Exam
    • At least one journal article accepted in a refereed journal
    • Passing Final Defense and Editorial Submission
    Master Thesis
    • Minimum 12 course credits within your major (ENV/EES courses)
    • 30 course credits overall
    • 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA
    • At least one journal article submitted in a refereed journal
    • Passing Final Defense and Editorial Submission

     

    To get started, please familiarize yourself with the websites below as you will utilize these throughout your program. Your academic advisor will work with you to choose course selections.

    When you are ready to select courses, please navigate to the UF COURSE SCHEDULE to see what courses will be offered. To find out more about a specific course, you can use UF GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, or email or phone your instructor, who is listed in the UF DIRECTORY.

    Graduate students generally take 9 credits per semester (12 on Fellowship). Graduate level courses are always ###5000 or higher. Up to 6 non-EES/ENV and non-CCE/SWS undergraduate course credits are allowed after obtaining approval from Academic Office.

    Once you decide the courses in which you would like to enroll, you will meet with your academic advisor to complete the Course Approval Form (http://www.essie.ufl.edu/forms/?document_cat_id=15). After finalizing your course selection with your advisor, submit the completed Course Approval Form to Barbi Jackson at 217a Black Hall or by email at barbi.jackson@essie.ufl.edu.

    Before you register for your final semester, be sure to submit your Degree Application online in ONE.UF and Completion Checklist to Barbi Jackson at barbi.jackson@essie.ufl.edu. Instructions for these two documents at: http://www.essie.ufl.edu/departments/environmental_engineering_sciences/ees_courses_and_curriculum/graduate/

  • General-Track on-campus Student Advising

    Congratulations on being admitted to the General-Track Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida! This page provides guidance regarding your degree requirements and resources/steps for course registration.

    Some important requirements you need to keep in mind for your degree as you move forward are as follows:

    • Minimum 15 course credits within your major (ENE/EES courses)
    • 30 course credits overall
    • 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA
    • Passing Final Exam

    To get started, please familiarize yourself with the websites below as you will utilize these throughout your program. As a General-Track student, you can make your own course selections, provided they are relevant to your program.

    When you are ready to select courses, please navigate to the UF COURSE SCHEDULE to see what courses will be offered. To find out more about a specific course, you can use UF GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, or email or phone your instructor, who is listed in the UF DIRECTORY.

    If you would like advising or suggestions, feel free to inquire with individual faculty in the area of your interest or your academic advisor. Graduate students generally take 9 credits per semester. Graduate level courses are always ###5000 or higher. Up to 6 non-EES/ENV and non-CCE/SWS undergraduate course credits are allowed after obtaining approval from Academic Office.

    Once you decide the courses in which you would like to enroll, you will meet with your academic advisor to complete the Course Approval Form (http://www.essie.ufl.edu/forms/?document_cat_id=15). After finalizing your course selection with your advisor, submit the completed Course Approval Form to Barbi Jackson at 217a Black Hall or by email at barbi.jackson@essie.ufl.edu.

    Before you register for your final semester, be sure to submit your Degree Application online in ONE.UF and Completion Checklist to Barbi Jackson at barbi.jackson@essie.ufl.edu. Instructions for these two documents are available at http://www.essie.ufl.edu/departments/environmental_engineering_sciences/ees_courses_and_curriculum/graduate/. You will want to contact your academic advisor for your final exam at this time.

  • General-Track online Student Advising

    Congratulations on being admitted to the General-Track Online Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida! This page provides guidance regarding your degree requirement and resources/steps for course registration.

    The requirements you need to keep in mind for your degree as you move forward are as follows:

    • Minimum 15 course credits within your major (ENE/EES courses)
    • 30 course credits overall
    • 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA
    • Passing Final Exam

    To get started. please familiarize yourself with the websites below as you will utilize these throughout your program. As a General-Track student, you can make your own course selections.

    When you are ready to select courses, please navigate to the UF EDGE COURSE LIST to see what courses will be offered. To find out more about a specific course, you can use UF GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, or email or phone your instructor, who is listed in the UF DIRECTORY.

    If you would like advising or suggestions, feel free to inquire with individual faculty in the area of your interest or your academic advisor. Graduate students generally take 9 credits per semester.

    Once you decide which course(s) you would like to enroll in, go to the UF EDGE PREREGISTRATION. We suggest you read the instructions for "Newly Admitted Grad and Post-Bac Students." Log in using your Gatorlink username and password and follow the steps to pre-register. Once this is done, you will receive an automated email from UF EDGE giving you the section number(s) of the course(s) you wish to register for as well as instructions on how to register yourself in ONE.UF; registration may take up to 48 hours. Should you need assistance with registration or immunization holds, please contact Pam Simon at (352) 392-9670 or phs@ufl.edu.

    Before you register for your final semester, be sure to submit your Degree Application online in ONE.UF and Completion Checklist to Barbi Jackson at barbi.jackson@essie.ufl.edu. Instructions for these two documents are available at http://www.essie.ufl.edu/departments/environmental_engineering_sciences/ees_courses_and_curriculum/graduate/. You will want to contact your academic advisor for your final exam at this time.

Specialization Curriculum/Requirements

  • Air Resources
  • Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics

    PhD Specialization

    Overview

    As of Fall 2016, we are offering a PhD specialization in Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics. Students enrolled in this specialization will gain knowledge depth and technical skills in the fields of hydrodynamics, geotechnical engineering, and ecology. This training will prepare students to work in diverse teams on the complex problems that face coastal environments and communities worldwide. Throughout the duration of the specialization, students will interact regularly with faculty and other students with expertise in both their focal field of study and in complementary fields of study in core courses, interactions that are designed to provide students the foundation for establishing cross-disciplinary collaborations and research networks.

    Curriculum Information

    Below we outline required and recommended courses for students enrolling in the Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics PhD specialization. As new courses are being added as the specialization develops, the required curriculum in 2016 will be different from that in 2017 and beyond, and are thus separated in the lists below.

    Required Courses (students starting in 2016)

    • ENV6935 Wetlands Seminar (Fall, 1 credit)
    • ENV6932 CESD Journal Club (Spring, 1 credit)
    • ENV6932 Coastal Systems (Spring, 3 credits)

    Required Courses (students starting in Fall 2017)

    • Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics 1 (Fall, 4 credits)
    • Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics 2 (Spring, 4 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Research 1 (Fall, 2 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Research 2 (Spring, 2 credits)

    Recommended Courses (students starting in 2017)

    Hydrodynamics

    Introductory

    • EOC6196 Littoral Processes

    Advanced                 

    • OCP6165 Ocean Waves I (Linear Theory) (3 credits)
    • OCP6168 Data Analysis Techniques in Coastal Engineering (3 credits)
    • EGM5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
    • EOC6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics (3 credits)
    • EOC6850 Port & Harbor Engineering (Fall, 3 credits)
    • EOC6943 Analysis of Coastal Engineering (3 credits)

    Geotechnical Engineering

    Introductory

    • CEG6015 Advanced Soil Mechanics
    • CEG5115 Foundation Design

    Advanced

    • CEG5205C Insitu Measurement of Soil Properties
    • CEG6405 Ground Modification Design
    • CEG6515 Earth Retaining Systems and Slope Stability
    • CGN6905 Ground Modification Design
    • CGN5715 Experimentation and Instrumentation of Civil Engineering Materials

    Ecology

    Introductory

    • EES5305 Ecological and General Systems
    • EES5307 Advanced Ecological Engineering
    • ENV6932 Coastal Systems
    • ENV6935 Systems Seminar
    • ENV6935 Wetlands Seminar

    Advanced

    • EES6932 Advanced Environmental Hydrology
    • EES6308 Advanced Wetlands Ecology

    Professional Preparation

    • ENV6932 Engineering Fellowship Prep

    Student Committees

    Student committees must include at least one CESD faculty member from each of the 3 focal areas (hydrodynamics, geotechnical engineering, ecology) as well as one faculty member from outside of ESSIE. 

    Questions About Curriculum

    Please contact the Curriculum Developer, Dr. Christine Angelini (christine.angelini@essie.ufl.edu), with questions regarding this specialization.

     

  • Environmental Nanotechnology

    Recommended graduate curriculum information coming soon.

  • Systems Ecology and Ecological Engineering

    The following courses are required/recommended if these or their equivalent have not been taken before (credits are listed in parentheses). You will develop an in-depth plan of study with your advisor based on your background and intended research topics.

    1. Required Courses:
      1. EES 5305 Ecological and General Systems (3)
      2. EES 5307 Advanced Ecological Engineering (3)
        or EES 6309 Wetland Restoration and Design (3)
      3. EES 6051 Advanced Environmental Planning (3)
    2. Regional Systems, Economics, and Planning (1 course):
      1. FOR 6934 Natural Resource Policy and Economics (3)
      2. EES 6007 Advanced Energy and Environment (3)
      3. FOR 6934 Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystems
      4. SWS 5721 GIS and Land Resource Management (3)
    3. Hydrology (1 course):
      1. Groundwater
        1. CWR 5125 Groundwater Flow I (3)
        2. CWR 6525 Groundwater Flow II (3)
        3. CWR6537 Contaminant Subsurface Hydrology (3)
        4. GLY5247 Surface Water-Groundwater Interactions (3)
        5. GLY 5827 Groundwater Geology (3)
      2. Surface Water
        1. ENV 6932 Advanced Environmental Hydrology (3)
        2. ENV 6508 Wetland Hydrology (3)
        3. CWR6115 Surface Hydrology
        4. FOR 6934 Watershed Management and Restoration (3)
        5. ABE6254 Simulation of Agricultural Watersheds (3)
        6. EOC 6196 Littoral Processes (3)
    4. Aquatic Systems (2 courses):
      1. Freshwater Systems
        1. FAS 6171 Applied Phycology
        2. FAS 6932 Algal Biology and Ecology
        3. PCB 5307 Limnology (4)
        4. PCB 6496 Stream Ecology (4)
        5. FAS 5267C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (3)
        6. FAS 5203C Biology of Fishes
        7. FAS 6154 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology and Physiology
      2. Marine Systems
        1. EES 6356 Estuarine Systems (3)/li>
        2. ENV 6932 Coastal Systems (3)/li>
        3. FAS 6932 Marine Ecological Processes/li>
        4. FAS 6932 UF and Cuba: Tropical Marine and Coastal Ecology/li>
        5. GEO 6932 Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems (3)/li>
        6. GLY 5705 Coastal Morphology and Processes/li>
    5. Terrestrial Systems (1 course):
      1. EES 6308 Advanced Wetlands Ecology (3)
      2. FNR 6564 Ecohydrology (3)
      3. BOT 5695 Ecosystems of Florida (3)
      4. PCB 6447 Community Ecology (3)
      5. PLS 6623 Invasion Ecology (3)
      6. SWS 5248 Wetland Ecology
      7. WIS 6934 Wetlands Management and Research Techniques
    6. Electives: Select electives from previous listings or with approval of full committee.
    7. Research credits as appropriate for degree:
      1. ENV 6916 Non-thesis Research
      2. ENV 6971 Masters Research
      3. ENV 7979 Advanced Research
      4. ENV 7980 Doctoral Research
    8. Seminars
      1. ENV 6935 Departmental Seminar (1)
      2. ENV 6935 Systems Seminar (1)
      3. ENV 6935 Wetlands Seminar (1)
        *Normally all students in the program attend these seminars every semester, since they are our primary venue for generating common discussion in the Department and Program.
  • Water Systems

    Recommended graduate curriculum information coming soon.