For Current Students in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE).

You can download the Fall 2015 ESE schedule of courses here. (Please note that the schedule is subject to change until the beginning of classes.). All course schedules are available on the UNC Registrar’s website. To use the UNC registrar search engine, please enter “ENVR” under course subject.

The latest edition of “Survive and Thrive” may be of interest, especially to incoming students.  Originally compiled by HPM doctoral student Jason Mose, it is aimed at international students but has a lot of valuable information about studying at UNC-Chapel Hill and living in the area.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jack Whaley or Wake Harper.

FOR BSPH STUDENTS

Course Planning and Verification

IMPORTANT: The Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) operates their Office of Student Affairs. Students should be familiar with this page. The Office is responsible for ensuring that students fulfill the School’s Public Health requirements for their degree. Forms for core course substitutions and for reporting practica are located on their webpage:

All BSPH students should complete and submit a worksheet by the end of their program. These worksheets are also useful for course planning and should be checked against Tar Heel Tracker:

+1 Master’s Program, and Graduate School

The “+1″ Master’s program allows a student to complete the MS or MSPH degree in one additional, contiguous year. Note that students from other STEM fields on campus are welcome to apply. The program requires some planning in advance from the student and their advisor. The official guidelines are here.

To accommodate early decisions regarding admission to the program, students should apply in early fall of the final undergraduate year for admission in the spring semester of the final undergraduate year. Admitted students would then be deferred to begin the master’s component of the program in the following fall semester.

Students interested in further graduate study, including but not limited to the +1 program, may be interested in pre-graduate advising services offered by University Career Services.

General Information

Attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ESE students are subject to the policies of the University Registrar (in particular, they should be familiar with the academic calendars, rules regarding residency, and the UNC grading system). The Undergraduate Bulletin is the ultimate governing document for baccalaureate study at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) operates the Office of Student Affairs. Students should be familiar with this page. It has information on forms, procedures, news, events, student organizations and more. The Office is responsible for ensuring that students fulfill the School’s Public Health requirements for their degree. Forms for core course substitutions and practica are located on their webpage. BSPH students fall under the academic umbrella of the SPH, and the Office of Student Affairs thus handles requests for course overloads and underloads, declaration of second majors and minors, and effectively acts as their Dean’s Office.

Petitioning to take an additional semester is handled through following these steps.

The Office of Student Affairs also offers Career Services to students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The ESE Student Services Office, located in Rosenau 161/162A, is open to students with any questions or concerns. The current process for addressing student concerns, along with some useful links, is laid out in this document.

Research and Honors

Many BSPH students have done research in the past, though it is not required. The Office of Undergraduate Research is a good place to start, and students should talk to their academic advisor as well. Ultimately, it is up to the student to discuss research opportunities with faculty.

Many students in the BSPH program have also successfully completed honors theses. Interested students should investigate this with Honors Carolina and as early as possible in their program with a prospective advisor. The current ESE Guidelines are here.

Booking a Room

Instructions can be found here. Students can also go and visit the Office of Student affairs in person in Rosenau 263.

Poster Printing

Instructions can be found here.

FOR MASTER’S STUDENTS

Course Planning and Verification

IMPORTANT: The Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) operates their Office of Student Affairs. Students should be familiar with this page. The Office is responsible for ensuring that students fulfill the School’s Public Health requirements for their degree. Forms for core course substitutions and for reporting practica are located on their webpage:

All master’s students should fill in the appropriate Course Approval Worksheet and submit it to the student service’s office before the end of their program (preferably, well before their defense).

All graduate students should complete their ENVR 400 requirement before graduation.

Committee and Defense

At least a couple of weeks before the defense of their thesis or technical report, master’s students should submit the

to the student services office, along with a 150-word (maximum) abstract. This makes three forms in total that are required before the defense, including the course approval form.

General Information

Attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ESE students are subject to the policies of the University Registrar (in particular, they should be familiar with the academic calendars, rules regarding residency, and the UNC grading system). The Graduate Student Handbook (PDF Version) is the ultimate governing document for post-baccalaureate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. Most of the Graduate School paperwork is handled by the ESE Student Affairs office.

The Office of Student Affairs also offers Career Services to students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The ESE Student Services Office, located in Rosenau 161/162A, is open to students with any questions or concerns. The current process for addressing student concerns, along with some useful links, is laid out in this document.

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation offers a range of resources for graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, including class, information on Chapel Hill, and social and networking opportunities.

Finishing the Thesis/Technical Report

See the above tab on submitting theses, dissertations, and technical reports. Guidelines on how to write and format a thesis/dissertation (and these should be used for technical reports as well) are available here: Electronic Dissertation and Thesis Guide and Formatting Guidelines. Information on booking a room (for a defense or for any other reason) is here.

Booking a Room

Instructions can be found here. Students can also go and visit the Office of Student affairs in person in Rosenau 263.

Poster Printing

Instructions can be found here.

FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Guidelines for PhD Students

A checklist and timeline are available for doctoral students. This information is in the process of being revised (in particular, for coursework requirements please refer to the permission to take a written exam form).

IMPORTANT: The Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) operates their Office of Student Affairs. Students should be familiar with this page. The Office is responsible for ensuring that students fulfill the School’s Public Health requirements for their degree. Forms for core course substitutions and for reporting practica are located on their webpage:

Paperwork

1. A committee meeting form should be submitted to the student services office for every formal meeting that takes place between a student and their committee. In lieu of this form, a brief statement describing the meeting (who was present, discussion topics etc.) could be submitted. Any changes to a student’s committee should be reported to the student services office.

2. At the time of the doctoral written exam the permission to take a written exam form should be submitted; this form also doubles as the course planning worksheet for the PhD. After coursework is completed, a doctoral student will usually only be registered for ENVR 991 (research), ENVR 994 (dissertation), and ENVR 400 (in the semester they will complete their requirement). The student may discuss any exceptions to this with their committee. Doctoral students should take note of the ENVR 400 requirements, their School of Public Health requirements, and the research skill requirement.

3. For an oral exam this permission to take an oral exam form should be submitted to the student services office. After the first oral examination, a student should only register for ENVR 994 (and ENVR 400 if necessary, when the requirement is completed). ENVR 994 can only be taken for three hours, and this counts as full time study. Note that a minimum of six hours of ENVR 994 needs to be taken during a doctoral student’s program – a student may consider registering for three hours of 994 prior to their first oral exam if they anticipate graduating after just one more semester.

4. For the final oral exam the same form should be submitted prior to the exam, along with a 350-word (maximum) abstract. The committee and exam forms available on the Graduate School’s website will mainly be handled by the student services office, and should be updated as necessary throughout the doctoral student’s time in the Department.

All graduate students should complete their ENVR 400 requirement before graduation.

Finishing the Dissertation

See the above tab on submitting theses, dissertations, and technical reports. Guidelines on how to write and format a thesis/dissertation (and these should be used for technical reports as well) are available here: Electronic Dissertation and Thesis Guide and Formatting Guidelines. Information on booking a room (for a defense or for any other reason) is here.

General Information

Attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ESE students are subject to the policies of the University Registrar (in particular, they should be familiar with the academic calendars, rules regarding residency, and the UNC grading system). The Graduate Student Handbook (PDF Version) is the ultimate governing document for post-baccalaureate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. Most of the Graduate School paperwork is handled by the ESE Student Affairs office.

The Office of Student Affairs also offers Career Services to students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The ESE Student Services Office, located in Rosenau 161/162A, is open to students with any questions or concerns. The current process for addressing student concerns, along with some useful links, is laid out in this document.

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation offers a range of resources for graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, including class, information on Chapel Hill, and social and networking opportunities.

Booking a Room

Instructions can be found here. Students can also go and visit the Office of Student affairs in person in Rosenau 263.

Poster Printing

Instructions can be found here.

All graduate programs offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering require the completion of a project.  Doctoral students write a dissertation, MS students a master’s thesis, and MSPH, MPH and MSEE students complete a technical report.  Submission guidelines as follows.

Thesis (MS) and Dissertation (PhD)

Please refer to the graduate school’s submission instructions.  After the thesis or dissertation is revised to the faculty advisor’s satisfaction, the student will upload it to the ProQuest Theses and Dissertations database (note that there is a fee).  The Graduate School will review it before it is published and may require some revisions (usually formatting) from the student.

The Department’s student services office needs the confirmation email from the submission system, and notification from the advisor that it was ready to submit before any paperwork is processed.

Technical Report (MSPH, MPH, MSEE)

From May 2014, the Department requires that the student submit:

1) a digital (PDF) copy uploaded to the Carolina Digital Repository using this form.  These will be checked by the student services office before being published on the CDR site.  Embargoed reports will become “active” in the system after the embargo ends.

2) the student should check with their advisor to see whether they want a paper copy.

Updated: May 2015

 

ESE Grade Appeals Process

ESE follows the University’s policy on grade appeals as outlined in the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Handbooks. Please take the time to read the Student Handbook that applies to you.

 

Still need help?

Call Student Services: (919) 966-4818 or stop by Rosenau 161 or 162A. We are happy to help.