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EVEN Option: AIR QUALITY


The air quality option includes both outdoor and indoor air quality. Outdoor air quality ranges in scale from localized, such as ozone in the Denver metro area, to global climate change, and the ozone hole in the upper atmosphere. Air quality is a concern both from a human health perspective and broader effects to the entire planet. In the United States the Clean Air Act regulates air quality. Indoor air quality is also of critical importance, particularly given that Americans spend the bulk of their time indoors. Indoor air pollutants may include radon (which seeps into the building from surrounding soil); bioaerosols (including airborne viruses, bacteria, mold spores, etc.); volatile organic compounds that off-gas from paint, carpet, plastics of computers, etc.

Jobs in this area include:
     air quality monitoring by collecting air samples from outdoor or indoor environments
     working with toxicologists, biologists, etc. to conduct human health impact evaluations
     working with regulatory agencies to develop new standards to ensure public health and overall environmental quality     
     ensure that industries, regions, and cars are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
     designing air pollution control devices for power plants, industries, cars
     using modeling software to predict the fate and transport of contaminants in the air, including transformation reactions in sunlight, etc.
     designing indoor air treatment devices that can be placed in HVAC ducts such as UV lights and HEPA filters
     designing devices to sample and analyze air, for example real time monitors needed in the case of bioterrorism attacks

OPTION COURSES

Students select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
ATOC 3500 Air Chemistry and Pollution (3 credit hours, I*; prerequisite: two semesters chemistry) \ CHEM 3151
ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (3 credit hours, S; prerequisites: one year of physics, one year of calculus)
CHEM 4541 Physical Chemistry Lab (2 credit hours, I*; prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 4521 or CHEM 4531)
MCEN 3032 Thermodynamics 2 (3 credit hours, S; prerequisite: MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics or equivalent)
MCEN 4228 Sustainable Energy (3 credit hours, F; prerequisites: )
MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credit hours, I*; prerequisites: chemistry, fluid mechanics, computer programming)
CVEN 4554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Engineering
MCEN 4141 Indoor Air Pollution


ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES (ATOC) MINOR

This option is highly compatible with a minor in ATOC. The minor requires 18 credits, all of which can count toward the EVEN major as technical electives, earth lab/field course, and option courses, if you plan carefully. See details here.

Specifically take:
  • ATOC 1050-3 Weather and the Atmosphere + ATOC 1070-1 Weather and the Atmosphere Lab (this combination can be air/earth lab/field course in EVEN)
  • Maximum 6 credits of: ATOC 1060-3 Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate (this course can be lower division technical elective in EVEN or free elective); OR ATOC 3300-3 Analysis of Climate and Weather Observations (these courses can be upper division technical electives or free elective in EVEN)
  • ATOC 3500-3 Air Chemistry and Pollution [air option course for EVEN]
  • ATOC 4720-3 Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics [air option course for EVEN]
  • 3 credits of: ATOC 3600-3 Principles of Climate OR ATOC 4750-3 Desert Meteorology OR ATOC 4500 Mountain Meteorology (upper division technical elective for EVEN)

    Research: Prof. Jana Milford is active in modeling outdoor air pollution and promoting appropriate air policy laws. 

    Research: Professor Shelly Miller researches indoor air quality, including assessing exposures to indoor air pollutants, and developing and evaluating indoor air pollution control measures. She is currently investigating the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation of upper room air to prevent the spread of airborne infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. She also is collaborating with National Jewish Medical and Research Center on a pilot study of childhood asthma using intervention methods in both classroom and home environments.

    Research: Professor Michael Hannigan conducts research to characterize air pollution, determine the impacts of air quality on health, and energy links to air quality. Professor Hannigan is currently involved in the Denver Aerosol Sourcess and Health (DASH) study.   

    Research: Professor Daven Henze is interested in problems related to air quality, aerosols, utilizing satellite observations and inverse modeling.   


    Collaborative for Air Quality Research (CAQR):

    The Collaborative for Air Quality Research brings together the interests and activities within the College of Engineering. The CAQR website provides futher information on current research projects, students and upcoming events.


    Companies that Specialize in Air Quality work:

    CH2M Hill
    Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH)
    Tetratech



    LINKS

    Air and Waste Management Association
    Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc.
    Wikipedia Air Pollution article
    CAQR website
    Air Quality Research at CU Boulder

    Example 4-yr Course Layout for Air Option

    Courses offered only semester shown

     
             
    First Year Fall
    Credits
     
    First Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
    4
    CHEN 1211 General Chemistry
    3
      GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects
    3
    CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
    2
      H&SS Elective II
    3
    EVEN 1000 Intro to Environ Engr
    1
    PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
    4
    COEN 1300 Intro to Engr Computing
    3
      Technical Elective I - rec. ATOC
    3
    H&SS Elective I
    3
       

     
    16
     
     
    17
             
    Second Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Second Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 2360 Intro Diff Eqns Lin Alg
    4
    CVEN 3414 Fund of Environ Engr
    3
      CHEM 4521 Phys Chem for Engrs
    3
    Solid Mechanics - rec. MCEN 2023 Statics
    3
      CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
    3
    PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
    4
      H&SS Elective III
    3
    PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
    1
      Option course I - rec CHEN 4541 PChem Lab
    2

     
    15
     
     
    15
             
    Third Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Third Year Spring
    Credits

    CVEN 4404/4414 Water Chem & Lab
    4
      CVEN 4424 Environ Organic Chem
    3
    Engineering Economics
    3
      Heat Transfer - rec. MCEN 3022
    3
    Fluid Mechanics - rec MCEN 3021
    3
      CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
    3
    Required Communication Course
    3
      MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control
    3
    Thermodynamics - rec MCEN 3012

    3

      Probability and Statistics
    2

     
    16
     
     
    14
             
    Fourth Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Fourth Year Spring
    Credits

    Option Course II - rec MCEN 4228

    3

      CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
    4
    CVEN 4444 (5834) Env Eng Processes
    3
      Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course

    3

    H&SS Elective V
    3
      CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
    3
    H&SS elective IV
    3
      Option Course III - MCEN 3032
    3
    Technical Elective II
    3
      Technical Elective IV / Senior Thesis
    3
    Technical Elective III / Senior Thesis
    3
         

     
    18
     
     
    16
             
         

    Total Credits:

    128

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