Environmental Systems Engineering (ENV 4001)

Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours. Minimum of 45 contact hours.

Textbook and other supplemental materials

Required textbook
Mihelcic JR and Zimmerman JB, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ. ISBN-13: 978-0-470-16505-8.

Supplemental materials:

  • Environmental Engineering (3rd edition); P Aarne Vesilind, J Jeffrey Peirce, and Ruth F Weiner; Butterworth-Heinemann [TD146.V47 1994]
  • Environmental Engineering Science; William W Nazaroff and Lisa Alvarez-Cohen; John Wiley & Sons [TA170.N39 2001]
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (2nd edition); J Glynn Henry and Gary W Heinke; Prentice-Hall [GE105.H46 1996]
  • Foundations of Environmental Engineering; C David Cooper, John D Dietz, and Debra R Reinhart; Waveland [TD146.C66 2000]
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering; James R Mihelcic; John Wiley & Sons [GE350.M54 1998]
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering; Richard O Mines and Laura W Lackey; Pearson/Prentice-Hall
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering (4th edition); Mackenzie L Davis and David A Cornwell; McGraw-Hill [TD145.D26 2008]
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3rd edition); Gilbert M Masters and Wendell Ela; Pearson/Prentice-Hall
  • Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science (2nd edition); Mackenzie L Davis and Susan J Masten; McGraw-Hill

Specific course information

Catalog description:
An introduction to environmental engineering with an emphasis on protection of air, water, and land resources. Topics covered include water quality engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, air quality control, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, and regulatory issues.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites:
EGN 3353, Fluid Mechanics (grade D or better; may be taken concurrently)

Required or elective:
Required for Civil Engineering majors; may be taken as an elective by non-majors.

Specific goals for the course

Specific outcomes of instruction:
• Students learn how to apply material balances to solve engineering problems.
• Students learn what types of problems are commonly encountered by environmental engineers (including water resources engineers and other civil engineers), and/or the role of environmental engineers in society.
• Students learn some of the most common approaches adopted by environmental engineers to describe and solve the problems that we encounter.
• Students learn the issues involved in solving new or emerging environmental problems, particularly complex and/or inter-disciplinary problems.

Criterion 3 student outcomes:
The work completed by students in this course will help those students to attain:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.

Brief list of topics covered:
Introduction to environmental engineering (wk 1)
Environmental measurements and units (wk 1)
Chemistry for environmental engineering (wks 2–3)
Material balances and reactor theory (wks 3–4)
Biology for environmental engineering (wks 4–5)
Risk assessment and management (wks 5–6)
Water quality and oxygen demand (wks 6–7)
Drinking water treatment (wks 7–9)
Wastewater treatment (wks 9–11)
Air pollution (wks 11–12)
Solid waste management (wks 12–15)

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