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Environmental Restoration Engineering and Science M.S.

CSENG Civil, Envrn & Geo-Eng (CEGE)
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Environmental Restoration Engineering and Science Graduate Program, 122 Civil Engineering, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5522; fax: 612-626-7750)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2018. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This program is not admitting students. The goal of the master of science in environmental restoration engineering and science is to produce graduates who will understand how to combine engineering with physical, biological, and social sciences in order to contribute to the process of prioritizing, designing, implementing, evaluating, and setting policy for environmental restoration projects. In short, the program aims to generate future leaders who will both succeed in practice and set the national agenda for restoring, maintaining, and sustaining the Earth-surface environment.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A baccalaureate degree in a field related to ecology, civil engineering, or environmental and earth sciences. Other degrees will be accepted based on relevant experience at the discretion of the DGS.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
This program is not admitting students.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 16
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Students complete the capstone project by undertaking a field research internship for 6 credits. Students will be required to document 100 hours of project-based work and will complement this work with a 10-minute oral presentation on the required Stream Restoration Practice course (CEGE 8602).
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The program requires a minimum of 30 credits consisting of 9 credits in required core classes and 15 credits in elective courses chosen in consultation with advisor. The remaining 6 credits are met by undertaking a field-based internship.
Required Courses
CEGE 8601 - Introduction to Stream Restoration (3.0 cr)
CEGE 8602 - Stream Restoration Practice (2.0 cr)
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
Take at least 15 elective course credits, in consultation with the advisor.
Complete a 6-credit internship, in consultation with the advisor.
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CEGE 8601 - Introduction to Stream Restoration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Background material required to participate in a stream restoration project. How to assimilate geologic, hydrologic, and ecological data at watershed and reach scales to plan a restoration project and evaluate/critique existing stream restoration projects.
CEGE 8602 - Stream Restoration Practice
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01295 - CE 8602/Geo 8602
Prerequisites: 8601 or Geo 8601
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Field experience, group design project. Students provide a stream restoration context for each other?s elective coursework, complete critical assessments of stream restoration projects, and design a stream restoration site. prereq: 8601 or Geo 8601
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02353
Typically offered: Every Fall
Each ecosystem restoration is the product of a myriad of decisions made in response to existing site conditions (biotic and abiotic), anticipated effects from the surrounding landscape, predictions about future events, logistical realities, and, of course, desired conditions. During this course, you will learn about the ecological and social factors that affect ecosystem recovery and how people intervene to reverse ecosystem degradation. The course includes examples from ecosystems around the world, with emphasis on those found in the Midwestern US. Field trips. PREREQUISITES: This course presumes previous courses in basic ecology and plant science.