Graduate Degree Programs in Environmental Engineering Science

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   Environmental Engineering Science
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Degrees Offered
    Environmental Engineering
M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  16
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required*
   *Waived for applicants to the Executive
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  155
   Average GRE Verbal  156
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.76
   Percent applicants accepted  56%

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The programs of study are interdisciplinary in scope and designed to prepare you to investigate and analyze environmental systems, as well as evaluate and design natural and engineered solutions to protect, preserve and benefit from the earth's resources. CEE prides itself in the diversity of faculty, staff and students within the program and the strong interaction that occurs, encompassing both intellectual and social aspects of the university educational experience.

If you are seeking financial support please indicate such on the admission application. Support may be in the form of teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RAs) or fellowships. Most assistantships will cover tuition, fees and provide a monthly stipend for students enrolled full-time. Awarding of all fellowships and assistantships is handled by the degree program in conjunction with the admissions review process. Since competition for financial support is high you are encouraged to apply by the deadline to receive thorough consideration for funding.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering Science


Field investigations, lab and field experimental studies, and modeling studies are carried out by teams of ESE researchers covering topics such as:

  • Membrane technologies for water treatment and reuse; onsite and decentralized wastewater systems; treatment of emerging organic chemicals and pathogens in water
  • Watershed systems analysis and modeling; fate and transport of contaminants in soil and water systems groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Molecular analysis of microbial communities; geobiology and life in extreme environments; biofuels and renewable energy generation; applications of biological processes in treatment technologies; biotreatment of metal- and radionuclide- wastes
  • Environmental sensors and monitoring systems; bioavailability and toxicity of metals; bacterial source tracking
  • Remediation of soil and groundwater; reclamation of mining sites; and restoration of disturbed lands.

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Environmental Engineering Science degree program at Mines is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to enroll in the degree program at resident tuition rates. Applicants do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by Mines. All students who indicate residency of one of these states on the admission application will automatically be included in this program.


Tim VanHaverbeke, Program Manager
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3427
FAX: 303-273-3875


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