Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management

Students entering the ENSM program are required to obtain interdisciplinary admission into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and one other academic discipline (emphasis). Admission requirements vary between academic units, and there may be departmental requirements beyond those of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering that the student must fulfill to gain departmental admission. At least 30 credits are required for the degree, of which at least 15 must be at the 6600 level. At least 10 credits must be completed within the academic emphasis, with the remainder of the course work representing ENSM course work. No more than 9 credits may be transferred from another university, with the exception of courses from the University of Idaho, which will be accepted as resident credits. Students must have completed coursework equivalent to Idaho State University’s MATH 1160 and Idaho State University’s CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1112 with grades of “C” or better. Students with prerequisite course deficiencies may be admitted as Classified with Performance Requirements with the understanding that these requirements must be satisfied prior to graduation, and such efforts may not necessarily count toward graduation. Classified with Performance Requirements (w/PR) admission into the ENSM program is the prerogative of individual departments. 

Thesis and non-thesis options are available for the ENSM degree. For the thesis option, a maximum of ten thesis credits may be counted toward the degree. For the non-thesis option, a maximum of three “Special Project” credits may be counted toward the degree. These credits may apply toward the requirement of 15 credits at the 6600 level. There are program-wide and department-specific requirements for the thesis and non-thesis options, and students must create a program of study in conjunction with their advisory committee. Students will register for thesis credits or non-thesis project credits in the home department of the thesis/project advisor. Some departments’ “Special Project” courses may have a different title and/or course number. 

Within the framework of the basic degree requirements, an advisory committee is chosen to work with the student to create an individualized program of study. The advisory committee consists of two faculty advisors: one from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and one from the student’s other academic discipline (emphasis). The student’s major advisor provides direction to the student regarding all relevant aspects of the program. All courses selected for fulfillment of the  program of study must be approved by the advisory committee. The initial program of study must be submitted to the ENSM program director no later than the second semester of enrollment. Changes in the initial program of study may only be made with the approval of the student’s advisory committee. The final program of study is submitted to the Graduate School for graduation clearance in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Required Courses

The following courses are required for every student receiving the M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management.

ENVE 5510Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
ENGR 6655Environmental Topics Seminar 11
ENGR 6650Thesis 21-9
or ENGR 6660 Special Project

Course must be completed two times in order to satisfy requirement. A student may select a seminar other than ENGR 6655 offered in his/her interdisciplinary discipline with approval of the advisory committee.


Students will register for thesis or non-thesis "Special Project" credits in the home department of the thesis/non-thesis project advisor. Some departments' "Special Project" courses may have a different title and/or course number.

In addition, the following courses are required for students choosing chemistry, environmental engineering, or mathematics as the second academic emphasis. Coursework in other emphasis areas will be selected from elective courses with the approval of the advisory committee.

Chemistry Emphasis

CHEM 5533Environmental Chemistry2
CHEM 5537Environmental Chemistry Laboratory1

Environmental Engineering Emphasis

ENVE 5508Water and Waste Water Quality3
ENVE 5509Water and Waste Water Lab1
ENVE 5504Environmental Risk Assessment3

 Mathematics Emphasis

MATH 5521Advanced Engineering Mathematics I3
MATH 5522Advanced Engineering Mathematics II3
MATH 5565Partial Differential Equations3
Methods of Applied Mathematics I
Methods of Applied Mathematics II

Elective Courses

Students will select a core of courses from the following list. (Students may select one or more courses not on this list, with the approval of the advisory committee, for the purpose of focusing students in a particular direction not covered by this abbreviated list.)

Chemistry Electives

CHEM 5507Inorganic Chemistry II2
CHEM 6601Seminar1
CHEM 6609Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 6630Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 6621Organic Reactions3
CHEM 6655Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 6671Advanced Organic Chemistry3

Environmental Engineering Electives

ENVE 5508Water and Waste Water Quality3
ENVE 5509Water and Waste Water Lab1
ENVE 5530Air Pollution and Solid Waste3
ENVE 6610Introduction to Radioactive Waste Management3
ENVE 6611Treatment Systems for Environmental Engineering3
ENVE 6615Water Quality Modeling and Control3
ENVE 6617Environmental Systems Engineering and Design3
ENVE 6629Physical and Chemical Treatment of Water and Waste Water3
ENVE 6630Air Pollution and Control3
ENGR 6606Environmental Law and Regulations3
CE 5599Experimental Course (Open Channel Flow)3
CE 5535Hydraulic Design3
CE 5554Basic Engineering Geology3
CE 5555Geologic Data Methods3
NSEN 6618Radioactive Waste Management3
NSEN 6619Materials Science of Radwaste3

 Geosciences Electives

GEOL 5504Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 5509Remote Sensing3
GEOL 5515Quaternary Global Change4
GEOL 5516Global Environmental Change3
GEOL 5520Principles of Geochemistry3
GEOL 5530Principles of Hydrogeology3
GEOL 5554Basic Engineering Geology3
GEOL 5583Earthquake Engineering3
GEOL 6602Advanced Geomorphology3
GEOL 6608Geostatistics Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling3
GEOL 6617Environmental Geochemistry3
GEOL 6625Quantitative Geochemistry Lab3
GEOL 6630Advanced Hydrogeology3

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science

A doctoral program in Engineering and Applied Science, administered through the College of Science and Engineering, is available to engineering students. The complete program description is provided in the Engineering and Applied Science section of the Graduate Catalog.