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Environmental Restoration Engineering and Science Minor

CSENG Civil, Envrn & Geo-Eng (CEGE)
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Environmental Restoration Science and Engineering Graduate Program, 122 Civil Engineering, 500 Pillsbury Dr 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: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 8
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 0
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The environmental restoration engineering and science minor is not currently admitting students. The goal of the Environmental Restoration Engineering and Science program 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.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The environmental restoration engineering and science minor is not currently admitting students.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The required courses, CEGE 8601 and CEGE 8602, are also offered as EEB/ESCI 8601 and EEB/ESCI 8602. Students obtaining a degree in earth sciences, civil engineering, or ecology, evolution and behavior should register for these courses under a designator other than their major field.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Required Courses
CEGE 8601 - Introduction to Stream Restoration (3.0 cr)
CEGE 8602 - Stream Restoration Practice (2.0 cr)
Recommended Elective
Take at least 3 credits. Consult with the ERES director of graduate studies for other course options.
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
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CEGE 8601 - Introduction to Stream Restoration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: CEGE 8601/EEB 8601/ESci 8601
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
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: CEGE 8602/EEB 8602/ESci 8602
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
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: CEGE 8601, or EEB 8601, or ESCI 8601
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ESPM 5071/Hort 5071
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.