Course Offerings – ENVE


Recently offered graduate-level courses in the Environmental Engineering are listed below.


ENVE 5094. Seminar in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

0 credits. Seminar. Also offered as CE 5394. Extended discussions on presentations contributed by staff, students and outside speakers. A cer tificate of completion will be issued from the Environmental Engineering Program.

ENVE 5210. Environmental Engineering Chemistry – I

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5210. Quantitative variables governing chemical behavior in environmental systems. Thermodynamics and kinetics of acid/base coordination, precipitation/ dissolution, and redox reactions.

ENVE 5211. Environmental Engineering Chemistry – II

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5211. Environmental organic chemistry: ideal and regular solution thermodynamics; linear free energy relations; estimation of vapor pressure, solubility, and partitioning behavior, abiotic organic compound transformations; chemical fate modeling.

ENVE 5251. Environmental Physicochemical Processes

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5250. Reactor dynamics, applications of inter facial phenomena and surface chemistry, processes for separation and destruction of dissolved and particulate contaminants. Scholarly reviews.

ENVE 5252. Contaminant Source Remediation

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5252. Regulatory framework. Soil clean-up criteria. Treatment technologies: soil vapor extraction, solidification – stabilization, soil washing – chemical extraction, hydrolysis – dehalogenation, thermal processes, bioremediation. Risk analysis.

ENVE 5270. Advanced Environmental Engineering Laboratory

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Analysis of water and waste water. Experimental laboratory and plant investigation of water, wastewater and industrial waste treatment processes.

ENVE 5310. Environmental Transport Phenomena

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5310. Movement and fate of chemicals: inter facial processes and exchange rates in environmental matrices.

ENVE 5311. Environmental Biochemical Processes

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5251. Major biochemical reactions; stoichiometric and kinetic description; suspended and attached growth modeling; engineered biotreatment systems for contaminant removal from aqueous, gaseous, and solid streams; process design.

ENVE 5320. Environmental Quantitative Methods

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5320. This course and NRME 5605 may not both be taken for credit. Topics on natural resources and environmental data analysis: random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimation and Monte Carlo simulation, hypothesis testing, simple regression and curve fitting, wavelet analysis, factor analysis; formulation and classification of optimization problems with/without constraints, linear programming; models for time series; solution of ordinary differential equations with Laplace transforms and Euler integration; solution of partial differential equations with finite differences; basics of modeling.

ENVE 5330. Probabilistic Methods in Engineering Systems

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5330. Common probabilistic models used in engineering and physical science design, prediction, and operation problems; derived distributions, multivariate stochastic models, and estimation of model parameters; analysis of data, model building and hypothesis testing; uncertainty analysis.

ENVE 5340. Environmental Systems Modeling

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5340. Modeling pollutants in natural surface waters. Advective, dispersive, and advective-dispersive systems. Modeling water quality, toxic organic and heavy metals pollution.

ENVE 5810. Hydrometeorology

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5810. Global dynamics of aquatic distribution and circulation. Hydrologic cycle, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, interception, storage, infiltration, overland flow, distributed hydrologic modeling, and stream routing.

ENVE 5811. Hydroclimatology

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5811. This course focuses on the physical principles underlying the spatial and temporal variability of hydrological processes. Topics include atmospheric physics and dynamics controlling the water/energy budgets; global water cycle, its dynamics, and causes of variability/changes; occurrence of drought and flood; climate teleconnections and their hydrological application; hydrological impact of global changes; quantitative methods in hydroclimatic analysis.

ENVE 5812. Ecohydrology

3 units. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5812. This course focuses on the interactions between ecological processes and the water cycle, emphasizing the hydrological mechanisms underlying various terrestrial ecological patterns and the ecological properties controlling the hydrologic and climatic regimes. Topics include conceptual understanding of hydrological cycle over vegetated land, quantifying and modeling flux exchanges in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum, case studies on the hydrological impact of land use land cover changes, ecosystem response to environmental changes, and vegetation-climate feedback at the regional and global scales.

ENVE 5821. Vadose Zone Hydrology

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5821. Theoretical and experimental elements of primary physical and hydrological properties of porous media and processes occurring in partially-saturated soils. Practical experience in measurement and interpretation of hydrological information and methods of analysis for vadose-zone related environmental problems.

ENVE 5830. Groundwater Flow Modeling

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 406. Basics of modeling with Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods. Modeling flow in saturated and unsaturated zones. Model calibration and validation. Parameter estimation. Treatment of heterogeneity. Basic geostatistics. Modeling surface-groundwater interactions. Application to field sites.

CE 6830. The Flood Problem

3 credits. Lecture. Flood hazards. Preventing or alleviating damages. Flood frequency analysis. Effect of land-use/landcover and soil moisture on flooding. Remote sensing in flood prediction. Flood and dam-break modeling. Multiple purpose projects