ERE Graduate Option Curriculum

The Environmental Resource Engineering (ERE) option is part of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program at Humboldt State University. The option focuses on the analysis and modeling of land, water, and renewable energy systems. Career possibilities include work in environmental engineering, water quality engineering, renewable energy engineering, and water resources engineering.

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Recommended Program Prerequisites:

Applicants should have an undergraduate major in engineering (civil, mechanical, agricultural, chemical, industrial, environmental, or other) or a related physical science. Students with deficiencies in core competencies associated with Environmental Resources Engineering may be required to take prerequisite coursework.

Program Requirements:

Course requirements for the program include a set of classes that are common to the Environmental Systems Graduate Program, one of two courses that are specific to the ERE option, and an approved set of upper division and graduate elective courses. Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of coursework to receive a master's degree in Environmental Systems. Each student must also complete a master's project.

Core Requirements

Core program requirements include a graduate colloquium, a resource economics course, and a policy course with an energy or water focus.

  • Colloquium (1 unit): The colloquium will emphasize the development of communication skills for academic and professional work, including proposal writing, oral presentations, and poster presentations. The curriculum will include direct instruction for conducting ethical research.

  • Economics and Policy Courses (8 units): The economics and policy course requirements are designed to provide students with foundational tools for the analysis of energy and water related resource issues. They are also intended to provide students with knowledge about the broader policy context for their respective professional fields.
  • Summer Internship: Professional partners and Environmental Resources Engineering Professional Master's of Science (PERE-MS) students will be paired based on interest and ability. The internship is expected to be the focus of the PERE-MS master’s project. Students will begin preparation for their internship in the second semester and then finish their project in the third semester, with support from courses described in later sections. We anticipate students will receive compensation for the summer internship in most cases.
  • Professional Preparation & Master’s Project (4 units): Two new courses will be developed for the PERE-MS program to leverage the maximum benefit from the students’ summer internship with a professional partner. The first course will occur before the internship and provide direct instruction on professional skills such as professional ethics, client interactions and literature review methods. Professional partners will provide guest lectures and will assist in the development of the new curriculum. After the summer internship, the second course will provide writing and technical guidance for completing the Master’s project.
Engineering Design Course Requirements (9 units)

Students will be required to complete at least three graduate level engineering design courses (see Table 1). These courses are intended to allow students to develop engineering design skills in an area of specialization (renewable energy systems, water resources, water quality, and energy conservation).

Table 1. List of Approved Graduate Level Engineering Courses*

Course Description Total Units
ENGR 501 Environmetal Systems Analysis I 4
ENGR 518 Applied Hydraulics 3
ENGR 521 Advanced Numerical Methods for Engineers 3
ENGR 531 Air Quality Managememt 3
ENGR 541 Hydrology II 3
ENGR 543 Groundwater Systems 3
ENGR 545 Water Resources Planning and Management 3
ENGR 548 River Hydraulics 3
ENGR 551 Water and Wastewater Design 4
ENGR 555 Engineered Natural Treatment Systems 3
ENGR 571 Advanced Thermo and Energy Systems 3
ENGR 573 Building Energy Analysis 3
ENGR 575 Renewable Energy Power Systems 3
ENGR 577 Solar Thermal Engineering 3

*Most of these courses are cross listed with the BS senior engineering design electives to ensure sufficient student enrollments. Graduate students enroll in a 500-level course and undergraduates enroll in a 400-level course. Additional course assignments and a higher performance level are required for graduate enrollees.

*Engineering design electives are taught on a two-year rotation. Not all courses are taught each year.  Check department website for design course rotation.

*ECON 550: Econ of Energy and Climate Policy is offered every other fall

*Students taking ECON 423 should also take ECON 423 D

*All course descriptions for the classes listed in the above table are located at the HSU Office of Registrar Catalog webpage under the Course Description section for each respective subject.

Elective Courses (9 units)

Students must choose three upper division or graduate level elective courses in consultation with their academic adviser. The courses should be in engineering or natural science disciplines. In general, these courses will be used to complement the engineering design coursework in each student’s area of specialization.

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Generic 3 Semester Graduation Schedule:

Table 2. Generic PERE-MS Program 3 Semester Course Schedule*

Semester/Class Units
Semester 1
 
Graduate Colloquium (SCI 698) 1
Economics Course #1 4
Engineering Design Course #1 3
Elective Course #1 3
Semester 1 Total Units 11
Semester 2
Policy Course #1 4
Engineering Design Course #2 3
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 1
Elective Course #2 3
Semester 2 Total Units 11
Summer  
Internship Work Experience
Semester 3
 
Engineering Design Course #3 3
Elective Course #3 3
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 3
Semester 3 Total Units 9
Program Total Units 31

*The generic 3 semester schedule and ERE option graduate requirements can be downloaded here.

*All course descriptions for the classes listed in the above tables are located at the HSU Office of Registrar Catalog webpage under the Course Description section for each respective subject.

 

Graduation Schedule for Selected Interests:

The ERE option allows for individual selected subjects of interest in Water Quality, Water Resources, and Renewable Energy Resources. Each emphasis has a preferred 3-semester schedule to graduate in the program.

Water Resources/Water Quality Focused Students:

Table 3. Example PERE-MS Program 3-semester course schedule for a student interested in Water Resources/Water Quality

Semester/Class Units
Semester 1
 
Graduate Colloquium (SCI 698) 1
Econ Course (ECON 423/423D: Natural Resource Economics) 4
Engineering Design Course #1 (ENGR 551: Water and Wastewater Design) 3
Elective Course #1 (WSHD 458: Climate Change & Land Use) 3
Semester 1 Total Units 11
Semester 2
Policy Course (ENGR 535: Development Technology) 4
Engineering Design Course #2 (ENGR 555: Engineered Natural Treatment Systems) 3
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 1
Elective Course #2 (ENGR 548: River Hydraulics) 3
Semester 2 Total Units 11
Summer  
Internship Work Experience
Semester 3
 
Engineering Design Course #3 (ENGR 555: Engineered Natural Treatment Systems) 3
Elective Course 3 (CHEM 328: Brief Organic Chemistry) 4
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 3
Semester 3 Total Units 10
Program Total Units 32

*The 3 semester schedule for the Water Quality and Water Resources options with ERE graduate requirements can be downloaded here   

*All course descriptions for the classes listed in the above tables are located at the HSU Office of Registrar Catalog webpage under the Course Description section for each respective subject.

 

Renewable Energy Focused Students:

Table 4. Example PERE-MS Program 3-semester course schedule for a student interested in Energy*

Semester/Class Units
Semester 1
 
Graduate Colloquium (SCI 698) 1
Policy Course #1 (ENGR 532: Energy, Environment, and Society) 4
Engineering Design Course #1 (ENGR 577 – Solar Thermal Engineering) 3
Elective Course #1 (WSHD 458: Climate Change & Land Use) 3
Semester 1 Total Units 11
Semester 2
Policy Course #2 (ENGR 535: Development Technology) 4
Engineering Design Course #2 (ENGR 571: Thermodynamics and Energy Systems II) 3
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 1
Elective Course #2 (PHYX 316: Electronic Instrumentation) 4
Semester 2 Total Units 12
Summer  
Internship Work Experience
Semester 3
 
Econ Course (ECON 550: Energy and Climate Economics) 4
Engineering Design Course #3 (ENGR 575: Renewable Energy Power Systems) 3
Elective Course #3 (ENGR 421: Computational Methods for ERE IV) 3
Professional Development in Engineering (ENGR 700) 3
Semester 3 Total Units 13
Program Total Units 36

*The 3 semester schedule for the Renewable Energy option with ERE graduate requirements can be downloaded here

*All course descriptions for the classes listed in the above tables are located at the HSU Office of Registrar Catalog webpage under the Course Description section for each respective subject.

 

Additional Information

International Students can obtain additional information about graduate studies at Humboldt State University at the International Student Website.

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