Environmental Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.


Areas of Study
  • Agricultural Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Non-point Source Pollution Control
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Supply
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Contacts for Environmental Engineering

Graduate Chair

Dr. Bruce Dvorak



Campus Address

N104 Scott Engineering Center

Lincoln NE 68588-6105

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Environmental Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Domestic Applicants:  None
    - International Applicants:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Environmental Engineering
International Applicants and for Financial ConsiderationFall: February 15 Spring: July 1 Summer: December 1
OtherwiseRolling admissions with a deadline of one month before the next term. Contact the department for more information.


The Departments of Civil Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, and Chemical Engineering jointly administer an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science in environmental engineering. The program is closely coupled to other areas, particularly in the water environment and natural resources areas. Faculty members in the three departments offer a balance of expertise covering the four major areas of environmental engineering, as sanctioned by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. These include: water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, hazardous waste management engineering, and solid waste management engineering. A fifth area of emphasis in diffuse (non-point) and agricultural waste management engineering is also available.

For program admission, a student must have completed an accredited undergraduate degree in engineering. Students with a bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences can be admitted but must complete specified deficiency courses in mathematics and engineering science.

Courses and More

Students in Environmental Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

David Admiraal
Environmental and Fluvial Hydraulics; Physics of Sediment Transport
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Contaminant Fate and Transport; Engineering Properties of Solid Waste
Steven Comfort
Soil and Water Chemistry; Environmental Soil Analysis; Organic Chemicals
Mohamed Dahab
Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment; Risk Management
Bruce Dvorak
Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention
Dean Eisenhauer
Hydrologic and Irrigation Engineering; Infiltration; Overland and Vadose Zone Flow
Thomas Franti
Surface Water Quality Engineering; Surface Water Management
John Gilley
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering; Land Application of Manure; Surface Hydrology and Water Quality
Junke Guo
Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling
Derek Heeren
Variable Rate Irrigation; Deficit Irrigation Strategies; Solute Fate and Transport in Soil and Shallow Squifers
Xu Li
Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology
Yusong Li
Fate and Transport of Contaminants; Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Groundwater Remediation
Adam Liska
Biofuels; Life Cycle Assessment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Soil Carbon Modeling
Amy Millmier Schmidt
Livestock Manure Management; Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants
Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Hydroinformatics; Integrated Hydrology; Water Resources; Hydrometeorological and Climate Forecast
John Stansbury
Risk Analysis; Hazardous Waste; Water Resources Engineering
Richard Stowell
Animal Housing Systems; Odor and Gas Emissions; Heat Stress Abatement
Wayne Woldt
Groundwater Engineering and Management; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; Odor Management
Tian Zhang
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Technologies; Biofilm Processes; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

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