Graduate Degrees

Environmental Engineering at USC

For more information about the Environmental Engineering program, please read our brochure.

The Program Requirements for the ENE MS degree vary depending on when a student started the program.  If you started prior to fall 2019, click the button below to see course requirements. If not, see the information posted below.

Program Requirements For Students Enrolling Fall 2019 or later

Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering

28 units (7 courses)

The MS Environmental Engineering degree requires the completion of 28 units. Two-thirds of the courses must be at 500-level or higher. All students are require to complete the two core courses listed and choose a concentration. The remaining 4 units may be selected from the suggested electives OR another advisor-approved elective.

CORE (2 courses)


ENE 505 Energy and the Environment (Sanders, Spring 2023)  4 units

ENE 512 Environmental Fluid Mechanics (de Barros, Spring 2023)  4 units




ENE 426

Particulate Air Pollutants: Properties/Behavior/ Measurement (Sioutas, Spring)  4 units

ENE 562

Aquatic and Environmental Chemistry (McCurry, Every Other Fall - ie fall 2022, fall 2024)  4 units

ENE 527

Climate Change and Atmospheric Aerosols (Ban-Weiss, Fall)  4 units

CE 523

Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering (Childress, Fall)  4 units

ENE 535

Air Pollution Management: Exposure, Health Effects and Risk (Sioutas, Spring)  4 units

CE 553

Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering (Smith, Spring)  4 units

Water choice

Pick one: ENE 562*, CE 523, CE 553

Air choice

Pick one: ENE 428, 426, 527, or 535

Note: Air Concentration students must take ENE 428 Air Pollution Fundamentals in lieu of the elective if they have not already taken the course, or its equivalent, as an undergraduate.

ENE 562 is offered every other fall (Fall 2020, Fall 2022, et. al.)

Note: Water Concentration students must take CE 485 Water and Wastewater Treatment Design in lieu of the elective if they have not already taken the course, or its equivalent, as an undergraduate.



CE 451 Water Resources Engineering (Spring)

CE 485 Water and Wastewater Treatment Design (Fall)

CE 503 Microbiology for Environmental Engineers (Spring)

CE 516 Geohydrology (offered spring 2021 - though normally offered in Fall)

CE 599 Complex Systems Safety and Resiliency (offered intermittently)

ENE 428 Air Pollution Fundamentals (Spring)

ENE 502 Environmental and Regulatory Compliance (Spring)

ENE 510 Water Quality Management and Practice (Spring)

Other electives approved by advisor

NOTE: At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above.

Published on July 30th, 2020

Last updated on April 26th, 2022