Graduate Calendar Archives: 2004 / 2005
Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental EngineeringCarleton University
Minto Centre, Rm. 3091
Director of the Institute: S. Sridhar
Established in 2000, the Institute combines the research strengths and resources of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University and the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Programs leading to M.Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering are available through the Institute. Registration will be at the university with which the student's supervisor is affiliated. Requests for admission may be sent to the Director of the Institute. Related fields of study and research in environmental engineering are also available through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Civil Engineering (which offers graduate degrees in Civil Engineering) and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa (which offers graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering).
Members of the Institute
Members of the Institute are listed below. The "home" department of each member is indicated by (C) for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, (CVG) for the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and (CHG) for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa.
The normal requirement for admission to the master's program in Environmental Engineering is a four-year bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, other related engineering disciplines (Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, etc.), or Environmental Science disciplines.
All students entering the program are required to have courses in mathematics, probability and statistics equivalent to courses required in undergraduate engineering programs. Students admitted without full equivalency in these areas are expected to take appropriate undergraduate courses early in their studies. These courses will be additional to the normal degree requirements.
All students entering the program are also required to have taken undergraduate courses equivalent to the following:
MECH 2300 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
ENVE 3001 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations
ENVE 3002 Environmental Engineering Systems Modeling
These courses are considered to provide the minimum background in fluid mechanics, and in physical, chemical, and biochemical treatment principles, necessary to adequately follow environmental engineering courses at the graduate level. Depending on their background, students may have been exposed to these principles through a different combination of courses in their undergraduate curriculum. Students entering the program without an equivalent background in these topics are expected to take these courses early in their studies and they are considered additional to those normally required for the degree.
Study at the master's level can be pursued through either a thesis or a project option. The requirements for course work are specified in terms of credits. At Carleton University, 1.0 credit typically comp rises three hours of lectures or seminars a week for two terms, or the equivalent. At the University of Ottawa, 1.0 course credit is one hour of instruction per week for one term. Thus 1.0 credit in Carleton University notation is equivalent to 6 course credits in the University of Ottawa notation.
The requirements for the master's degree by thesis are as follows:
The requirements for students who pursue the project option are participation in the graduate seminar and the completion of 6 credits, including (4.5) course credits, and a project equivalent to the remaining (1.5) credits.
In keeping with the objective of ensuring a breadth of knowledge for graduates of the program, students in the master's program are expected to take at least one graduate level course from each of at least three of the following areas of study:
This requirement serves the objectives of educating graduate professionals who are not only specialized in one area but who are sufficiently familiar with problems and different approaches in the other areas to enable them to interact readily at a technical level with colle agues working in those areas. In addition to the courses associated with the individual areas, students will be encouraged to select courses from fundamental areas such as chemistry, numerical modeling, and applied statistics.
Master's or Ph.D. candidates transferring from another university must take at least half their courses at the Institute.
The normal requirement for admission into the Ph.D. Program in Environmental Engineering is completion of either:
Students wishing to enter the program who do not have either of these backgrounds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional course requirements may be specified in some cases.
The requirements for the Ph.D. program (from a Master's degree) are as follows:
Master's students with outstanding performance in the master's courses may request transfer into the Ph.D. program without completing the master's degree. Students who are permitted to do so require 4.5 credits for a Ph.D., including any credits transferred from the Master's degree program.
Candidates in the Ph.D. program are expected to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the areas within environmental eng ineering (see «Breadth Requirement» under «Master's Program» above). Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations indicates that a candidate has acquired this knowledge. The comprehensive examinations, which normally should be completed within twelve months of registration, consist of at least three written exams in areas that are determined by the advisory committee and the candidate, and the defense of a written research proposal. One of the written exams is within the specific area of research of the candidate and serves to assess the depth of the candidate's background in this area. The remaining two exams serve to satisfy the objective of assessing the candidate's breadth of fundamental knowledge in two other areas of environmental engineering. These exams are selected by the candidate from a list that is proposed by the advisory committee. Upon completion of the written exams, an oral exam is held if requested by one or more of the committee members. The thesis proposal normally should be defended within 4 months of completion of the written exams.
Course selection is subject to the approval of the adviser or the Advisory committee. Students may choose courses offered at either university from among those listed below.
The courses listed below are grouped by area of study. Master's students must complete at least one course in three of the five areas. The Director will decide when a course offered under a Special Topics or Directed Studies heading can be considered to meet the requirements of a given area. Course descriptions may be found in the departmental sections of the calendars concerned. Course codes in parentheses are for University of Ottawa (CHG and CVG), and those that begin with the prefix "ENVE" or "CIVE" are offered at Carleton. Only a selection of courses is given in a particular academic year.
Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management, and Contaminant Transport
Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste and Pollution Prevention
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Environmental Impact Assessment
To fulfil the requirements beyond the 1.5 credits of area courses, students may choose from the following:
Students may also, subject to approval, select courses from the graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences, Geography and Public Policy and Administration at both universities.
Seminars, Directed Studies and Special Topics
Projects and Theses