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Curriculum Guide

The mission of the Energy and Environmental Systems PhD program is to prepare students for successful careers in research, teaching, and consulting in industry, government and service organizations, and colleges. Graduates will be able to conceive, develop, and conduct original research that helps to provide solutions for local, national, and global problems related to energy and environmental issues.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree in a science, engineering, technology, or economics discipline with a GPA≥3.5/4.0 or a master’s degree in a science, engineering, technology, or economics discipline with a GPA≥3.25/4.0  from a college or university recognized by a regional or general accrediting agency
  • GRE or GMAT verbal and quantitative scores

Program Outcomes:

Communication Skills - Students completing this degree program will exhibit effective communication skills (written, oral, and interpersonal) appropriate for professionals in this field of study.

Critical Thinking Skills - Students completing this degree program will effectively use quantitative and qualitative analytical problem-solving skills appropriate for professionals in this field of study.

Disciplinary Expertise - Students completing this degree program will demonstrate a level of discipline-specific expertise (knowledge, skills, and professionalism) appropriate for professionals in this field of study.

Research/Creative Engagement - Students completing this degree program will demonstrate ability to engage productively in the review and conduct of disciplinary research appropriate for professionals in this field of study.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Total credit hours: 70 (post baccalaureate)

  • Take core courses (10 credits): EES 800, 812, 813, 830
  • Supervised Teaching (EES 993: 3 credits)
  • Select 3 credits from EES 984 or 985 with approval of advisor
  • Seminar (EES 992: 6 credits): Take EES 992 six times in six semesters
  • Dissertation (EES 997: 15 credits)
  • Pass qualifying exam, preliminary exam, and dissertation defense
  • Take 33 credit hours as specified below within a concentration:

CONCENTRATIONS

o   Energy and Environmental Systems

  • Select 33 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Atmospheric Sciences

  • Select 18 credit hours from EES 850-859, 885 with approval of advisor
  • Select 15 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Sustainable Bioproducts

  • Select 9 credit hours from EES 841- 844, 885
  • Select 24 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Energy & Environmental Science & Economics

  • Select 15 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AGEC; ECON with approval of advisor
  • Select 18 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

Total credit hours: 46 (post master’s)

  • Take core courses (10 credits): EES 800, 812, 813, 830
  • Supervised Teaching (EES 993: 3 credits)
  • Select 3 credits from EES 984 or 985 with approval of advisor
  • Seminar (EES 992: 3 credits): Take EES 992 three times in three semesters
  • Dissertation (EES 997: 15 credits)
  • Pass qualifying exam, preliminary exam, and dissertation defense
  • Take 12 credit hours as specified below within a concentration:

o   Energy and Environmental Systems

·      Select 12 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Atmospheric Sciences

·      Select 12 credit hours from EES 850-859, 885 and other 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Sustainable Bioproducts

·      Select 12 credit hours from EES 841-844, 885 and other 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

o   Energy & Environmental Science & Economics

·      Select 12 credit hours of 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AGEC; ECON and other 700 and 800 level courses from: EES; AET; AGEC; AGRI; ANSC; BIOL; BMEN; CHEM; CHEN; CIEN; CM; COMP; CSE; ECEN; ECON; ECEN; ENVS; FCS; HORT; ISEN; LAND; MATH; MEEN; NANO; NARS; PHYS; PLSC; SLSC with approval of advisor

TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICY

The Energy & Environmental Systems Chair with approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies is responsible for determining the applicability of transferred credits to program requirements as presented in the general School of Graduate Studies Transfer of Credit Policies.  The amount of credit transferred to an Energy & Environmental Systems degree may never be more than 30% of the required doctoral degree semester hours.

 Ph.D. COMMITTEE AND PLAN OF GRADUATE WORK

Initially, the Department Chair will serve as the academic advisor for all new students entering the program. Each student in the Energy & Environmental Systems Department is expected to select a research advisor by the beginning of the second year with the approval of the Chair. The research advisor must hold a tenure or tenure-track, full-time faculty position at the university.  However, a co-advisor may have non-tenure-track/adjunct status. The Ph.D. Committee will consist of a minimum of four (4) graduate faculty members with the research advisor as its chairperson and a School of Graduate Studies representative.  The Ph.D. Committee will be recommended by the research advisor, with input from the student, to the Chair of the Energy & Environmental Systems Department, for approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.                         

QUALIFYING  EXAMINATION

The qualifying examination is a written examination administered after the core courses are completed by a student. The examination covers the core course content.  It is prepared and graded by the Energy & Environmental Systems Chair and core course instructors.  A 75%  mark  is required to pass the qualifying examination.  A student may retake the exam only once if it is failed. The second attempt at passing the examination must be no earlier than two months after the first attempt. Failure of a student to pass the examination on the second try terminates their work in the program.

 PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

After passing the qualifying examination, a student submits their written dissertation proposal at least ten days before its oral defense to their research advisor, the Chair of the Energy & Environmental Systems Department, and the Dissertation Committee for review.  Generally, the preliminary exam should be scheduled during a student’s third semester in the program. Dissertation proposals are expected to include a thorough literature review and a detailed research plan with a timeline and anticipated results.  The proposal must be orally defended by the candidate before the Dissertation Committee.  Approval by a majority vote of the Dissertation Committee is required to pass the preliminary examination.  Approval may be conditioned, however, on the student's meeting specific requirements described by the Dissertation Committee.  Failure of a student to pass the examination terminates their work toward the Energy & Environmental Systems degree unless the Ph.D. Committee recommends a reexamination.  No reexamination is given until one full semester has elapsed and only one reexamination is permitted. Passing the preliminary examination constitutes approval to proceed with the dissertation research.           

ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY

Admission to candidacy for the Energy & Environmental Ph.D. degree will require compliance with the following:

a) Completion of all core and elective courses approved for the student's program of study,

b) A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and

c) Successful completion of the preliminary examination.

 

FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION

The final oral examination is scheduled after the dissertation is determined to be complete by the research advisor and the Chair of theEnergy & Environmental Systems Department and at least two refereed journal articles have either been accepted by the journals or have been approved by the Ph.D. Committee as likely to be accepted.  The examination is conducted by the student's Dissertation Committee and consists of the candidate's defense of methodology used and the conclusions reached in the research.  Approval by a majority vote of the Dissertation Committee is required to pass the final oral examination.  Approval may be conditioned, however, on the student's meeting specific requirements described by the Ph.D. Committee.  Failure of a student to pass the examination terminates their work in the program unless the Ph.D. Committee recommends a reexamination.  No reexamination is given until one full semester has elapsed and only one reexamination is permitted.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EES 800               Introduction to Research Ethics

EES 812               Environmental Chemistry

EES 814                Life Cycle Analysis

EES 821                Energy & Environmental Economics I         

EES 822                Energy & Environmental Economics II

EES 820                Sustainable Energy Systems

EES 830                Research Proposal Writing

EES 841                Biomaterials Characterization  

EES 842                Biomass Thermal Conversion Processes  

EES 843                Biomass Biological Conversion Processes  

EES 844                Environmental and Policy Studies of Biomass Use  

EES 850                Physical Meteorology

EES 851                Dynamic Meteorology  

EES 852                Climatology

EES 853                Numerical Weather Prediction  

EES 854                Advanced Weather Analysis  

EES 855                Principles of Air Quality 

EES 856                Atmospheric Aerosols

EES 857                Advanced Remote Sensing

EES 858                Tropical Meteorology

EES859                 Advanced Mesoscale Analysis

EES 885                Doctoral Special Topics

 

 Ph.D. Level Pass/Fail Courses

EES 984                Laboratory Internship

EES 985                Doctoral Supervised Practicum

EES 992                Doctoral Seminar

EES 993                Doctoral Supervised Teaching

EES 994                Doctoral Supervised Research

EES 997                Doctoral Dissertation

EES 999                Continuation of Doctoral Degree


EES 800.   Introduction to Research Ethics                                       Credit 1(1-0)

This course will cover the policies regulating research at land grant universities and the ethical principles on which these policies are based.  Topics covered include use of humans in research; use of animals in research; research misconduct; authorship and peer review; intellectual property; proper experimental design, data collection, and statistical interpretation; and discipline-specific issues. Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

EES 812.       Environmental Chemistry                                               Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the chemical aspects of applied environmental science. Topics covered include the sources, reactions, transport, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, and air along with the analytical techniques used to study the chemicals.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 813.       Sustainable Energy Systems                                          Credit 3(3-0)

The course will cover the thermodynamic, mass and energy balance, economic, and environmental considerations of sustainable energy systems.  Alternative energy technologies and conventional energy technologies will be compared.  Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 814.       Life Cycle Analysis                                                              Credit 3(2-2)

The course introduces the life cycle assessment (LCA) process with the aid of an LCA software package. Topics covered include life cycle goal and scope definition, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and reporting and interpretation.  Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 821.       Environmental & Energy Economics I                          Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents theories of natural resource utilization and allocation. Topics covered include externalities, public goods, environmental quality, planning natural resource use and environmental quality, evolution of energy industries, and current energy and environmental regulatory systems. Prerequisites:  Doctoral Standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 822.       Environmental & Energy Economics II                          Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents interrelationships of natural resource use and the environment. Topics covered include applied welfare and benefit-cost analysis, externalities and pollution abatement, and quantitative methodologies for analyzing energy, natural resource, and environmental problems. Prerequisites: EES 711.

 

EES 830.    Research Proposal Writing                                                  Credit 3(3-0)

This course will guide the student to prepare a written research proposal that contains a thorough literature review, a clear hypothesis about an issue that has not been resolved in the literature, and appropriate methodologies for determining whether or not the hypothesis is correct.  Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking and technical writing skills.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 841.    Biomaterials Characterization                                           Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the analytical and spectroscopic techniques and tools available for examining molecular and macroscopic structural features of naturally occurring materials with emphasis on the lignocellulosic substrate.  Topics covered will provide an appreciation for the fundamental principles behind the available techniques.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 842.    Biomass Thermal Conversion Processes                           Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the available chemical and thermal methods and processes that are available to convert biomass into commodity chemicals and energy as part of a biorefinery concept. Topics covered include the conversion of biomass to specific end products or to complex mixtures of materials such as syngas and pyrolysis oils.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 843.    Biomass Biological Conversion Processes                         Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the available biological conversion methods and processes that are available to convert biomass into commodity chemicals and energy as part of a biorefinery concept.  Topics covered will highlight the challenges of bioconversions in terms of cost, dewatering, and limited thermal and pH ranges.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 844.    Environmental and Policy Studies of Biomass Use             Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the ways in which biomass technological principles impinge upon policy issues.  Topics covered include lifecycle analysis, management issues, public policy development, and principles of green engineering and sustainability.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 850.    Physical Meteorology                                                                  Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents physical principles related to atmospheric environmental systems, processes, and measurements. Topics covered include atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric radiation transfer, and cloud microphysical processes.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 851.    Dynamic Meteorology                                                                 Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents classical and physical hydrodynamics.  Topics covered include perturbation theory, scale analysis of dynamic equations, atmospheric boundary layers, atmospheric wave motions, the general circulation model, dynamics of tropical convections, middle atmosphere dynamics, atmospheric instabilities, and numerical weather forecasting.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 852.    Climatology                                                                                    Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents physical and chemical principles that influence climate. Topics covered include earth climate history and present-day climate, climate equilibrium, earth energy budget, climate in middle and high latitudes, climate change detection, and future climate scenarios.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 853.    Numerical Weather Prediction                                                  Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the physical and mathematical basis for numerical weather prediction with computer experiments to demonstrate principles and techniques. Topics covered include derivation of sets of prediction equations consistent with scale analysis and dynamical constraints, atmospheric waves and filtered equations, numerical methods and computational instabilities, filtered and primitive equation models, and National Weather Service operational models.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 854.    Advanced Synoptic Weather Analysis                                    Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents advanced analysis of synoptic weather systems, such as extratropical cyclones and their associated fronts and jet streams. Topics covered include the quasigeostrophic theory, isentropic analysis, potential vorticity dynamics, baoclinic instability, fronts and frontogenesis, and cyclones and cyclogenesis.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 855.    Principles of Air Quality                                                             Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the chemical interactions, transport, and monitoring of trace gas, aerosol, and particulate pollutants in the atmosphere. Topics covered include geochemical cycles, biogeochemical cycles, climate effects, health effects, regulations, and air quality meteorology.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 856.    Atmospheric Aerosols                                                               Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the physics and chemistry of particles and droplets in the atmosphere. Topics covered include optical properties and particle absorption and scattering, solutions of radiative transfer equation in multiple scattering atmospheres, statistics of size distributions, and physical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 857.    Advanced Remote Sensing                                                       Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents principles of remote sensing with emphasis on atmospheric science applications. Topics covered include satellite and radar remote sensing, principles of atmospheric radiative transfer, descriptions of important satellite platforms, orbits and sensors, the retrieval of atmospheric variables from active and passive systems, and basic principles of interpretation.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 858.    Tropical Meteorology                                                                  Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents the dynamics of circulations, convection, and wave activity in the tropics. Topics covered include various theories of tropical cyclone formations, large scale circulation systems of the tropical atmosphere, El Niňo Southern Oscillations, and wave disturbances in the tropics such as African easterly waves, Rosby waves, Kelvin waves, and waves in the intraseasonal range.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 859.    Advanced Mesoscale Analysis                                                   Credit 3(3-0)

This course presents mesoscale atmospheric phenomena and processes attributed to instabilities, topographic forcing, and/or air mass boundaries. Topics covered include mesoscale instabilities, boundary layer convection, mesoscale convective systems, and orographic mesoscale flows.   Prerequisites:  Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 885.       Doctoral Special Topics                                                             Credit 3(2-4)

This course allows the introduction of new topics on a trial basis at the doctoral level.  The topic of the course will be determined prior to registration.  Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 984.    Laboratory Internship                                                                  Credit 3(0-6)

This course allows a student to explore various research areas first-hand by performing multiple projects in different laboratories under the mentorship of members of the graduate faculty.  It should be taken before a student passes the qualifying exam.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory evaluation only.   Prerequisites:  Doctoral standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 985.       Doctoral Supervised Practicum                                               Credit 3(0-6)

This course represents the supervised internship for the doctoral student that satisfies the 3 credits of required professional development.  Oral and written presentations on the experience will be provided to the faculty.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory evaluation only.  Prerequisites: Doctoral standing and consent of instructor.

 

EES 992.       Doctoral Seminar                                                                        Credit 1(1-6)

This course includes presentations delivered by the doctoral students, faculty, and invited speakers on topics related to energy and environmental issues and research.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory evaluation only. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

 

EES 993.       Doctoral Supervised Teaching                                                Credit 3(2-2)

This course represents the supervised teaching for the doctoral student that satisfies required professional development.  This course introduces the doctoral student to classroom or laboratory teaching under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  Doctoral students who serve as teaching assistants or as instructors are required to take this course during the first semester they teach.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.

 

EES 994.       Doctoral Supervised Research                                               Variable Credit 3(3-9)

This course is supervised research under the mentorship of a member of the graduate faculty before a student passes the preliminary exam.  This research should lead to the identification of a dissertation topic and written research proposal. Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.

 

EES 997.       Doctoral Dissertation                                                                Variable Credit 1(1-15)

This course represents the supervised research leading to the dissertation for the doctoral student.  Doctoral dissertation research will be conducted under the supervision of the dissertation committee chairperson and include regular meetings with the dissertation committee to evaluate progress on the dissertation.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

 

EES 999.       Continuation/Residency                                                           Credit 1(1-3)

Meets requirement for continuous enrollment during final term prior to graduation when all course credit requirements (including dissertation) have been completed. This course is non-graded, may receive a grade of S/U, and credit for this course does not count toward the degree. May be repeated twice. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.