Environmental Engineering (ENVE) Course Descriptions

  • 611 Air Pollution Design I: Control of Gaseous Emissions. 3 hrs.

An introduction to adsorption, condensation, incineration, absorption, and process modification relevant to the design of abatement systems for gaseous air pollutant emissions. (PR: unit operations, thermodynamics and calculus)

  • 612 Air Pollution Design II: Control of Particulate Emissions. 3 hrs.

An introduction to equipment, processes, and basic principles relevant to the design of particulate collection systems including electrostatic precipitators, fabric filtration units, cyclones, and high energy scrubbers. (PR: ES 604 or courses in physics, fluid mechanics, and process design)

  • 615 Environmental Chemistry. 3 hrs.

Fundamental principles governing the various aspects of chemistry relevant to the environment will be addressed. The chemistry of waste treatment, cyclical processes and other applications will be evaluated. (PR: Consent)

  • 616 Principles of Biological Waste Treatment. 3 hrs.

Principles and practices of the process design of biological systems employed in waste water treatment, including such topics as microbial metabolism, oxygen transfer, and biomass-separation. Lectures, laboratory, and field trips. (PR: ES 651)

  • 617 Physiochemical Treatment of Water and Wastewater. 3 hrs.

A unit operation/unit process approach to industrial and advanced waste treatment covering physical and chemical methods. Application of methods to specific waters and wastes. Lectures and laboratory sessions. (Prerequisite: ENVE. 615)

  • 618 Pollution Prevention. 3 hrs.

Introduces the student to the basic understanding and criteria required for establishing a pollution prevention program, including a review of successful industry practices. Emphasis on management strategies. (PR: undergraduate degree in science or engineering)

  • 620 Solid Waste Management. 3 hrs.

Solid waste management and minimization: options, methods, laws and regulations. Landfill design, testing, operation, monitoring, and closure. Use of composting in landfills. Incinerator design and operation. Separation and recycling approaches.

  • 625 Hazardous Waste Management. 3 hrs.

Options and methods of managing hazardous waste. Landfill design, testing, operation, monitoring, and closure. Incinerator design, testing, operation, and monitoring. Design and operation of treatment facilities. Waste reduction practices.

  • 650-653 Special Topics

Occasional special offerings in Environmental Engineering. (PR: Consent)

  • 663 Environmental Permitting. 3 hrs.

The permit process for the construction and operation of facilities, including stream crossing, wetlands, etc.; permits under Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NPDES, RCRA and TSCA.

  • 670 Hydrology and Drainage Control. 1-6 hrs.

The course provides an introduction to practical applications of hydrology and sedimentology including precipitation, infiltration, quantification of runoff, flow modeling, soil erosion, sediment transport, basic highway drainage concepts and design of channels and other control structures.

  • 673 Industrial Ventilation. 3 hrs

The design and analysis of industrial ventilation systems, including properties of air contaminants; hood, duct and fan design; system performance; mine ventilation; air cleaning devices; testing; diagnosis; troubleshooting, cost analysis. (PR: Consent.)

  • 675 Industrial Noise Control. 3 hrs

Physics of sound, absorption and reflection, sound level measurements and instruments, and noise control criteria; audiometry and the physiology of hearing; community noise abatement; laws and regulations. (PR: undergraduate degree in science or engineering)

  • 680 Air Pollutant Dispersion and Meteorological Modeling. 3 hrs.

Meteorological concepts with emphasis on air pollution; atmospheric dynamics, adiabatic processes; temperature profiles, behavior of stack effluent, atmospheric chemistry, attenuation of solar radiation, and climatology application to dispersion models. (PR: undergraduate course in physics, and spreadsheet capability)

  • 681 Environmental Engineering Design. 3 hrs.

Principles of engineering design of water and wastewater treatment systems and processes, including physical, chemical, and biological treatment and handling of treatment residuals. Includes coverage of relevant water quality concepts. (PR: Engineering degree or permission)

  • 682 Environmental Remediation Technologies. 3 hrs.

Decontamination or removal of pollutants from soil. Aeration of excavated soil on site. Use of solvents and surfactants as removal aids. Removal of soil for treatment at an off-site facility. (PR: ES 651)

  • 683 Environmental Geotechnology. 3 hrs.

Surface and subsurface geology; geotechnical properties of soil and rock. Geotechnical engineering design aspects of