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The University of Texas at El Paso presents both an extraordinary setting and excellent capabilities for the multi-disciplinary doctoral program in Environmental Science and Engineering. Located on the U.S.-Mexico border and one of the most environmentally-impacted areas of North America, UTEP has established itself as a center of environmental research and development activity, with support from the EPA, the NSF, the Department of Energy, private foundations, and state agencies. With support and coordination from the Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM), faculty and students from several departments conduct research often in collaboration with local agencies and national laboratories. With the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the establishment of a new EPA regional office in El Paso and of the joint U.S. and Mexico Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and UTEP's already established base of collaborations with Mexico on environmental problems, UTEP and El Paso have become an internationally recognized source of cutting-edge research, technology, and education. The newly established Center for Inland Desalination Systems also works closely with this program.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to Graduate School requirements, students entering the program must have a Master of Science degree or equivalent study in an environmentally related scientific or engineering field. Such fields include but are not limited to Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering. Students are expected to have superior graduate records (GPA > 3.5/4.0) and, for students from countries where English is not the principal language, a minimum TOEFL score of 550. Students must submit at least two letters of reference from individuals qualified to judge their capability to do doctoral-level work. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

Specific course requirements for each student will be determined by the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee; however, each student must complete at least 60 hours beyond the master's degree. At least 30 hours are organized coursework, which must include certain ESE core courses, including ESE 6306 Prin Experimental & Eng Design and ESE 6307 Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv. The balance of the required 30 semester hours of organized coursework will be fulfilled by a selection of elective courses. Enrollment of the candidate in research and dissertation courses will complete the remainder of the 60 semester hours.

Prior to taking ESE core courses, all students are generally expected to have had the equivalent of basic courses in biology, chemistry, physical geology, and calculus, including differential equations. All full- time students are required to enroll in ESE 6107 during the fall and spring semesters. All students must complete a minimum of two (2) hours of ESE 6107. A maximum of six (6) hours of ESE 6107 will count towards fulfilling the requirements of the degree.

Note: All degree requirements must be completed within eight years.

Students are required to pass a qualifying examination based on material from the ESE core courses and any leveling courses they might have taken during the first two semesters of residence. Students are eligible to sit for the qualifying examination a maximum of two times.

All of the core classes are required and the student must obtain a grade of B or better in each of the core courses.

Students are encouraged to begin research germane to their dissertation topic early in the course of study. The student must identify a dissertation supervisor during the first two semesters of full-time or part-time participation in the ESE program. Within this same period, a Doctoral Committee must be formed, a dissertation proposal prepared for review and approval by the student’s committee, and an abstract of the proposal distributed to the ESE faculty for comment. Students will not be allowed to register for additional coursework until these requirements have been met.

Prior to enrolling in the dissertation courses, each student will take a comprehensive examination administered by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee. The examination can be written, oral, or both. Students are eligible to sit for the comprehensive exam a maximum of two times.

The dissertation must demonstrate the ability to perform independent research and the competence for scholarly exposition. It should present original investigation at an advanced level of a significant problem in Environmental Science and Engineering and should provide the basis for a publishable contribution to the research literature in the field. Students should enroll in ESE 6398 during the first term of dissertation work and ESE 6399 each term thereafter. Each doctoral candidate must successfully defend the dissertation before the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be submitted to the Graduate School for format check prior to the scheduled defense date. The dissertation, including an abstract not to exceed 350 words, must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation guidelines available at the Graduate School Web site. The student will receive email confirmation from the Graduate School after the format has been approved. The final Graduate School approved dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School in PDF electronic format on a CD in a case by the deadline as published in the Class Schedule along with a hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members. The signature page must be included in the PDF file but it should not be signed.

Doctoral candidates are also required to submit the Graduate School approved dissertation at the University Microfilms International Web site for on-line publication, http://dissertations.umi.com/utep. Dissertations are regarded as publications and will be made public once they are approved and submitted. Online publication does not preclude subsequent publication of the dissertation, in whole or in part, as a monograph or in a journal. Copyright at the author’s expense can be arranged through University Microfilms International. To protect patent or any other rights, the Graduate School can be requested to delay publication for a period of one year. This request must be supported by a written recommendation of the supervising professor.

Curriculum

Semester-Hour Requirements
Foundation/Leveling CoursesAs needed
ESE Core Course18
Environmental Project6
Elective Courses *6-12
Research18-24
Dissertation6
Total Hours54-66
*

Can include six (6) hours of ESE 6107  and additional core courses, if approved by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Core Courses
ESE 6107Graduate Seminar1
ESE 6301Environmental Law and Policy3
ESE 6303Transport/Treat/Contaminants3
ESE 6402Environmental Chemistry4
ESE 6404Environmental Biology4
ESE 6405Environmental Geoscience4
Environmental Projects
ESE 6306Prin Experimental & Eng Design3
ESE 6307Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv3
Elective Courses
Select two to four elective courses with the approval of the graduate coordinator.6-12
Research and Dissertation
ESE 6396Doctoral Research3
ESE 6398Dissertation3
ESE 6399Dissertation3

Note: All students will take elective courses to fulfill the 60 semester-credit-hour requirement for this doctoral degree program. Only elective classes approved by the student’s committee qualify for this requirement.

Energy Science and Engineering Track

Core Courses
Select six of the following courses, including at least four from the Energy Engineering block:
ESE 6107Graduate Seminar1
ESE 6301Environmental Law and Policy3
ESE 6303Transport/Treat/Contaminants3
ESE 6402Environmental Chemistry4
ESE 6404Environmental Biology4
ESE 6405Environmental Geoscience4
Energy Science and Engineering Track-Specific Core Courses
ESE 6312Enrgy Policy Anal & Econ Model3
ESE 6314Energy Systems Engineering3
ESE 6316Sustainable Energy3
ESE 6318Energy Use & Climate Change3
ESE 6320Adv Topics in Energy Engr3
Environment Projects
ESE 6306Prin Experimental & Eng Design3
ESE 6307Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv3
Elective Courses
Select two to four of the following courses, or suitable alternatives, with approval of the graduate coordinator.6-12
MECH 5328Fracture Mechanics3
ESE 6396Doctoral Research3
Research and Dissertation
ESE 6396Doctoral Research3
ESE 6398Dissertation3
ESE 6399Dissertation3

Note: All students will take elective courses to fulfill the 60 semester-credit-hour requirement for this doctoral degree program. Only elective classes approved by the student’s committee qualify for this requirement. The list below is only a sample of course offerings.

Degree Plan

Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Required Credits: 60

PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering Core (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
ESE 6301Environmental Law and Policy3
ESE 6303Transport/Treat/Contaminants3
ESE 6306Prin Experimental & Eng Design3
ESE 6307Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv3
ESE 6402Environmental Chemistry4
ESE 6404Environmental Biology4
ESE 6405Environmental Geoscience4
PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering Major (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Graduate Seminar:
ESE 6107Graduate Seminar (Complete two semesters)2
Elective Courses:
Select ten hours from the following:10
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Resrch Biological Science
Biology of the Pleistocene
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Biogeography
Biosystematics
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Ultrastructure
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Synthesis/Degrad Macromolecule
Mechanisms-Cellular Toxicity
Molecular Pathogenesis
Ecosystem Toxicology
Internship in Biological Sci.
Limnology
Thesis
Thesis
Environmental Pathobiology
Gene Regulation
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Cell Physiology
Membrane Biology
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Adv Research Techniques
Biodiversity
Molecular Parasitology
Independent Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Grndwtr Hydro & Polltn
Engineering Analysis
Adv Design of Struct Systms
Advanced Structural Analysis
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Structural Buckling/Stability
Environmental Processes
Water Reclamation & Reuse
Stats Methods for Civil Eng
Bridge Engineering
Civil & Environmental Syst Eng
Advanced Geotechnical Eng.
Wastes Management (3-0)
Prestressed Concrete
Construction Management
Design for Dynamic Loads
Air Pollution Control
Air Pollution Modeling
Methods Engineering Computatio
Plates and Shells
Surface Water Hydrology
Hydraulic Computer Application
Biol Unit Operations/Processes
Adv Phy-Chem Water Treat
Design-Filtrat'n/Membrane Proc
Mech Pavement Design/Analysis
Foundation Design II
Geotech. Site Investigation
Advanced Civil Eng. Materials
Sustainable Engr Design
Structural Loads Models
Traffic Engineering
Foundation Design I
Highway Geometric Design
Traffic Flow/Simulat Modeling
Urban Transportation Planning
Adv Travel & Infra Demand Anal
Infrastrct Ntwk Flow Anal/Opti
Infrastrct Syst Design & Eval
Construction Dispute Resolutn
Temporary Construction Methods
Constr Cost Analysis & Bidding
Engl-Span for Const Managers I
Engl-Span for Const Mangrs II
Construction Internship
Construction Law and Ethics
Construction Scheduling
Construction Safety
Construction Methods
Special Topics Civil Engr
Individual Studies
Earth Construction
Residential Construction
Graduate Research
Construction Claims
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Environmental Eng Chemistry
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Civil Engineering Seminar
Doctoral Research
Infrastructure Management
Engineering Analysis (3-0)
Infrastructure Engineering
Water Resources Mgmt
Adv Traffic Engineering
Infrastructure Planning
Intermodal Transportation Sys
Mod Methods/Engr Computation
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Modern General Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Teaching Practicum - Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contemp Topics in Analyt Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Organic Chem
Advanced Biochemistry
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Phys Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Dissertation
Dissertation
Logical Foundations of CS
Computer Networks
Artificial Intelligence I
Theory of Computation
Human-Computer Interaction
Topics in Language Processing
Topics in Adv Database Systems
Parallel & Concurrent Program
Secured Web-Based Systems
Advanced Operating Systems
Advanced Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Interval Computations
Computer Security
Topics/Emerg.Comput Paradigms
Topics/Intelligent Computing
Ethical & Legal Issues in Tech
Software Safety & Risk Anlysis
Spec. & Desgn of Real-Time Sys
Graduate Student Internship
Software Construction
Software Reverse Engineering
Comp. Dec Making & Risk Anal
Cyber-Sec for Critical Op Tech
Software Engineering
Topics in Software Engineering
Model-Based Software Devlpmnt
Topics in Software Assurance
Software Requirements Engr
Software Architecture & Design
Software Integration and V&V
Software Project Management
Software Engineering Practicum
Special Topic Computer Science
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Master's Thesis
Master's Thesis
Graduate Research
Doctoral Research
Doctoral Research
Logical Foundations of CS
Theory of Computation
Adv Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Doctoral Research
EE 5095
Laboratory for EE 5318
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Research
EE 5195
Medical Device Practicum
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Probability & Random Processes
Computational Methods for EE
Linear Systems Analysis
Antenna Theory
Semiconductor Device Physics
Advanced Optoelectronic Device
Modern Semiconductor Devices
Electronic Material Processing
Nanoelectronics
BME for Global Health
Adv Digital Communications
Statistical Detection/Estimate
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Data Communications
Coding and Error Correction
Data Compression
Adv Fiber Optic Communications
Systems Engineering Fundamtls
Systems Engineering Mgmt
Requirements Engineering
Integratn, Verifictn, Validatn
Practicum in Elect & Comp Eng
Physiological Systms Measurmts
Med Diag & Theraptc Instrmtn
Biomed Signal & Image Process
Tomographic Imaging
Contmp Topics in Bioelectmgntm
EE 5356
Biomechatronics
Computer Vision
Fuzzy Logic & Engineering
CMOS Digital Circuit Design
Operating Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Image Processing
Advanced Digital Syst Design I
ASIC Design and Test
Computer Architecture I
Computer Architecture II
Advanced VLSI Design
Network Protocols
Energy Sustainability
Smart Grid Fundamentals
Control of Electric Power
High Frequency Power Converter
Power System Operations
Radar Signal Processing
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Doctoral Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Doctoral Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Semiconductor Device Physics
Modern Semiconductor Devices
BME for Global Health
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Physiological Sys & Meas
Medical Diag & Therap Devices
EE 6356
Biomechatronics
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Arid Lands
Climate Science
Topics in Environmental Sci.
Thesis Research I
Thesis Research II (0-0-3)
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geology
Graduate Seminar
Transport/Treat/Contaminants
Prin Experimental & Eng Design
Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv
Population Ecology
Enrgy Policy Anal & Econ Model
Energy Systems Engineering
Sustainable Energy
Energy Use & Climate Change
Adv Topics in Energy Engr
Graduate Seminar
Geology of the Southwest
Selected Topics in Geol Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Directed Study in Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
Studies in Oceanography
Paleobiology
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Intro Entrepreneurial Geosci
Adv Entrepreneurial G.S.
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Hydrogeology
Petroleum Geology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Isotope Geology
Advanced Petrology
Environmental Geochemistry
Electron Probe Microanalysis
Directed Study in Geology
Sandstone Petrography
Sedimentary Depositional Envir
Basin Analysis
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Low Temperature Geochemistry
Global Biochemical Cycles
Petroleum Geochemistry
Paleoclimatology
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Applied Quaternary Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Environmental Risk Assessment
Geol/Mineral Resources Mexico
Thesis
Thesis
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Dissertation
Dissertation
Advanced Structural Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Sandstone Petrography
Carbonate Petrogrph & Dep. Env
Sedimentary Depositional Env
Sequence Stratigraphy
Hydrogeology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Groundwater in Geological Proc
Planetary Science
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Atmospheric Processes
Digital Image Processing
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Reflection Seismic Data Proces
Seismology
Topics in Geophysics
Well Logging
Plate Tectonics
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Directed Study in Geophysics
North Amer Geophysical Framewk
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Advanced Seismology
Advanced Seismic Methods
Applications of Potential Thry
Graduate Seminar
Comprehensive Integrat of IE
Advanced Work Design
Industrial Statistics
Adv Concepts in Safety Eng
Adv Production/Inven Control
Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth
Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt
Advanced Engineering Economy
Computer Simulation Appli
Adv Ergonomics/Process Design
Advanced Quality Control
Quality Engineering
Green Energy Manufacturing
Special Topics Industrial Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
International Mfg. Internship
International Mfg. Internship
Graduate Seminar
Elemnts of Applied Functl Anal
Applied Mathematics
Partial Differential Equations
Finite Element Methods I
Principles of Analysis
Principles of Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Comp Methods of Linear Algebra
Real Variables
Techniques in Optimization
General Topology
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Numerical Optimization
Interior-Point Methods for Lin
Complex Variables
MATH 5360
MATH 5361
MATH 5364
MATH 5365
Seminar
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Multivariate Data Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
Thesis
Thesis
Topics in Applied Mathematics
Topics in Optimization
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Mathl Methods for Mech Eng
Solid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer I
Heat Transfer II
Comp. Fluid Dynamics
Fluid Dynamics
Adv Mechanical Design
Structural Dynamics
Thermodynamics
Adv Finite Element Analysis
Solid Mechanics II
Mech of Composite Materials
Analytical Dynamics
Space Systems Design
Aerospace Propulsion
Aerospace Structures
Aero Dynamics and Controls
Special Topics Mechanical Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Matls Extraction & Synthesis
Phase Transformations & Micros
Mechanical Behavior of Matrls
BME for Global Health
Advanced Matrls & Composites
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Biomaterials
Biofabrication
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Microstruc & Microchem Charac
Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics I
Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics II
Introduction to Health Physics
Intro to Medical Physics
Physics of Radiation Therapy
Physics of Diagnostic Imaging
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrodynamics
Wave Phenomena and Optics
Quantum Mechanics
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Research Problems in Physics
Special Topics in Physics
Graduate Research in Physics
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research in Physics
Systems Engr Fundamentals
Systems Engr Management
Systems Requirements Analysis
Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn
Sys Engr Project Practicum
Systems Architecture & Design
Systems Engr Processes
Systems Modeling & Simulation
Systems Engr Special Topics
Individual Studies
Thesis I
Thesis II
Graduate Seminar
Statistical Programming
Applied Experimental Design
Categorical Data Analysis
Post-Genomic Analysis
Special Topics
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Stochastic Processes
Multivariate Data Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
MS Thesis
MS Thesis
Intro to Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Data Mining
Statistical Data Mining
Doctoral Research:
ESE 6396Doctoral Research (Complete six semesters)18
Thesis:
ESE 6398
ESE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours60

Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a Concentration in Energy Science & Engineering

Required Credits: 60

Energy Science & Engineering Core (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Specific Core Courses:
Select four courses from the following:12
Enrgy Policy Anal & Econ Model
Energy Systems Engineering
Sustainable Energy
Energy Use & Climate Change
Adv Topics in Energy Engr
Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Environmental Law and Policy
Transport/Treat/Contaminants
Enrgy Policy Anal & Econ Model
Energy Systems Engineering
Sustainable Energy
Energy Use & Climate Change
Adv Topics in Energy Engr
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geoscience
Energy Science and Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Env & Energy Projects:
ESE 6306
ESE 6307
Prin Experimental & Eng Design
and Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv
6
Doctoral Research:
ESE 6396Doctoral Research (Complete six semesters)18
Thesis:
ESE 6398
ESE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours48
1

ESE 6396 Doctoral Research may be substituted up to two times.