August 15, 2011

Environmental Engineering and Science program goes online

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, part of the Whiting School of Engineering, has announced that one of its master’s degree programs, Environmental Engineering and Science, is now fully online.

The program draws upon the expertise of faculty within the highly regarded Johns Hopkins Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, as well as leading environmental engineering practitioners from industry.

For a number of years, the Environmental Engineering and Science program has included select online courses that have proved to be popular with students; EP’s online course development staff has now created a full complement of courses so that the entire program is available online.

In the program, students gain a thorough understanding of natural processes, such as physics, chemistry, biology and geology. They also study engineering design as applied in environmental engineering, and science issues that include pollutant fate and transport, water resources engineering, environmental chemistry, ecosystem dynamics, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.

“We have one of the nation’s most comprehensive and rigorous programs in the fields of environmental engineering, science, technology, and planning and management,” said Hedy Alavi, program chair and assistant dean for international programs in the Whiting School. “Offering the Environmental Engineering and Science program in a fully online format provides students across the country and throughout the world the opportunity to prepare themselves for specialized careers within environmental industries, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.”

The Environmental Engineering and Science program has been offered through EP for more than 20 years in a traditional classroom environment at several locations in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area. Now, both campus-based and online students have access to advanced knowledge in a number of related topics, such as ecosystems and interactions between organisms and environment, environmental risk assessment and human health impacts, concepts of air pollutant transport and transformation modeling, and monitoring and sampling of environmental media.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that career opportunities for environmental professionals are expanding much more rapidly than engineering jobs in other specialties,” said Dexter Smith, an associate dean in the Whiting School of Engineering, who is responsible for the Engineering for Professionals program. “This online option—and the flexibility it provides—is one way in which Johns Hopkins can help meet the need for highly trained individuals in this field.”

A sample of the online courses available in the program includes Fluid Mechanics, Ecology, Hydrogeology, Aquatic Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Chemistry, Stream Restoration, Air Resources Modeling and Management, and Toxicology and Risk Assessment.

For more information about the Environmental Engineering and Science program, call 800-548-3647 or go to