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Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kumar Ganesan

Phone: (406) 496-4239
Location: S&E 316B

Department Overview

This rapidly growing interdisciplinary field allows students to pursue their area of environmental interest. Generally research projects at Montana Tech relate to the environmental challenges facing the minerals industry. However, the research results and coursework have general application to the solution of environmental engineering problems worldwide.

There are opportunities for graduate research in the areas of air, water quality and pollution control; hazardous waste minimization, treatment, and control; and waste cleanup. Specific areas of current research include the water chemistry of heavy metals, and hazardous organics; ground and surface water modeling; air emission inventories; biosorption of heavy metals; wetland research, land reclamation, atmospheric diffusion processes; and cleanup of "RCRA" and "super-fund" sites.

Admission generally requires a B.S. in an engineering field. Students from science backgrounds are also encouraged to apply with the understanding that a background "engineering core" will become part of the overall graduate program. A research thesis is required.


Environmental Engineering majors at Montana Tech generally have the opportunity to obtain work experience prior to graduation. Companies such as Phelps Dodge, Kennecott, Marathon Oil, ARCO, EG&G Idaho, Carter Mining, Envirocon, Special Resource Management, and others hire our students during the summer. In these jobs, students work with professionals in challenging and stimulating situations while following an individualized course of study.

Career opportunities for graduates in Environmental Engineering are expanding rapidly. National concerns such as cleanup and disposal of hazardous wastes, air toxins, indoor air quality, ground water contamination, and reclamation of disturbed lands are contributing to the growth in environmental engineering careers. Past placement of graduates has been 100 percent.

Graduate Curriculum

Students must complete all courses in the Core Curriculum and at least two courses from one of the three emphasis areas - Air, Soil, or Water. In addition, two more elective courses must be taken to meet the minimum requirement of 31 credit hours.

Core Curriculum
Course No. Course Title Credits
ENVE 5210 Risk Analysis 3
ENVE 5400 Pollution Prevention 3
TC 5150 OR TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar OR Technical Writing & Publishing 1
ENVE 5900 Thesis Research 8
ENVE 5170 Graduate Seminar/Environ Statistics 1
ENVE 5180 Graduate Seminar 1

Air Emphasis
Course No. Course Title Credits
ENVE 5190 Air Pollution Engineering II 3
ENVE 5620 Adv Industrial Water Pollution Control 3
ENVE 5630 Advanced Air Diffusion Modeling 3
ENVE 5640 Toxic Emissions & Pollution Preventing Eng 3
ENVE 5650 Combustion of Hazardous & Hospital Wastes 3

Water Emphasis
Course No. Course Title Credits
ENVE 5030 Water Quality Engineering II 3
ENVE 5240 Surface Water Modeling 3
ENVE 5290 Hazardous Waste Engineering 3
ENVE 5390 Bioremediation 3
ENVE 5610 Advanced Water Quality 3
ENVE 5620 Adv. Industrial Water Pollution Control 3

Soils Emphasis
Course No. Course Title Credits
ENVE 4140 Land Reclamation 3
ENVE 5290 Hazardous Waste Engineering 3
ENVE 5300 Subsurface Remediation 3
ENVE 5390 Bioremediation 3
ENVE 5550 Landfill and Impoundment Design 3
ENVE 5620 Adv. Industrial Water Pollution Control 3