Pollution Control and Modeling (PCM)

Environmental pollution is one of the most widespread and challenging problems the world is facing today. The rapid and unsustainable industrial and urban development of the past decades, along with unabated population growth, has resulted in extensive pollution of the air, water and land, leading to significant impacts on human health and the environment. Climate change is likely to further exacerbate these threats.

Specific topics covered in this track include, exposure to pollutants, adverse impacts of pollution on the environment and human health, the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, environmental modeling, the measurement of aquatic toxicity, and methods for environmental protection and remediation with a focus on the removal of conventional and emerging pollutants from water and wastewater by physiochemical and biological processes. Both field/laboratory investigations and numerical modeling of environmental systems are encompassed in this concentration area.

Pollution Control and Modeling (PCM)  Concentration Area

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Compulsory Classes (6 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 520 Fundamentals of Environmental Sciences


ESC 530 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists




Esc 579 Graduate Seminar


Specified Elective Classes (at least 12 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 503 Transport of Pollutants in the Environment


ESC 517 Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Processes 


ESC 516 Water and Wastewater Treatment: Physicochemical Processes


ESC 524 Water Reuse



ESC 527 Environmental Modeling


ESC 551 Environmental Chemistry



ESC 572 Global Environmental Systems


Free Elective Classes (at most 6 credits to be fulfilled)

Upon advisor’s and supervisor’s consent, student can take classes from “specified” categories of all concentration areas and/or classes under “free” category within and outside the IES.