Environmental and Earth Sciences


Core Course Offerings for MS & PHD Programs

CE 5321. Engineering for Environmental Scientists (3-0). Fundamental principles of engineering science applicable to the comprehension and design of engineered environmental systems. Includes water and air quality indices; kinetic and reactor theory; mass and energy balances; fluid system theory; and applications of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the design of engineered environmental systems. May not be used to satisfy any of the requirements for a graduate degree in Civil Engineering. Prerequisites: PHYS 1442, CHEM 1302, 1284, MATH 2325.

CE 5319. Physical-Chemical Processes II (3-0). Principles of water chemistry applied to the theory and design of unit processes including coagulation, precipitation, corrosion, oxidation-reduction, and membrane processes. Prerequisite: CE 3131 and 3334 or consent of instructor.

CE 5328. Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3-0). An introduction to the air pollution field which encompasses a wide range of topics, including: pollutant types, sources, effects; Clean Air Act; atmosphere and ideal gas law; pollutant measurement; air pollution meteorology and chemistry; dispersion modeling; air pollution control; and mobile sources. Credit not granted for both CE 5328 and 4350. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CE 5318 or 5321.

CE 5354. Water Resouces Planning (3-0). Historical and current water development concepts. Administrative and allocation concerns. General principles and procedures of water resource planning includes regional, multipurpose, economic and systems considerations. Prerequisite: CE 3301, CE 3309, and IE 3312; or consent of instructor.

CIRP 5341. Environmental Regulations: Laws and Planning (3-0). Federal, state, and local environmental regulations which have effect on the practice of city and regional planning. Specific articles, laws, and directives contrasted and compared to local city design and development controls. Subjects incluse CERCLA, RCRA, SARA, TSCA, OSH Act, among others.

CIRP 5342. Environmental policy (3-0). Focuses on the physical environmental dimensions of urbanization including such factors as pollution, waste disposal, and land use: stresses the role of economic, social, and political institutions as these affect environmental quality of the city. Also offered as URPA 5317; credit will be granted only once.

CIRP 5343. Foundations of Environmental Policy (3-0). Explores how environmental controversy is rooted in conflict between a number of schools of environmental policy thought with divergent perspectives on basic issues such as how to cope with environmental complexity, how to balance the needs of economy and ecosystem, how to define progress, and what role science should play in environmental affairs.

CIRP 5352. Environmental Assessment Policy & Practice (3-0). Environmental assessment is the process of determining the environmental effects of development, facility construction/modification, and activities that could have a significant impact on the nation's air, water or land. This course includes review and analysis of the development of the environmental assessment process with focus on expectations of how environmental assessment will be transformed in the era of climate change. Students evaluate new laws and regulations and the accelerated growth of environmental policy at all levels of government, especially among urban areas. The course includes review of selected environmental assessment documents and project case studies. Central to the course work is understanding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which is presented via a detailed study of the NEPA Process.

EVSE 5309. Environmental Science - Biological Aspects (3-0). An introduction to the biological components of environmental systems. Population dynamics, species interactions, community structure, biodiversity, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling and human impacts are reviewed. Focus will be on natural processes and their engineering applications.

EVSE 5310. Environmental Science - Chemical Aspects (3-0). An introduction to the chemistries of air at different altitudes, of water systems and of soils. Chemical and physico-chemical processes at phase boundaries, modeling for kinetics and mass transport, analytical techniques and disposal and recycling are included as well as their impact on engineering decisions.

EVSE 5311. Environmental Science - Geological Aspects (3-0). An introduction to the chemistry of the earth‘s surface with special emphasis on natural waters and the biogeochemical processes controlling water chemistry and element cycling in the hydrosphere