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EVEN Option: Applied Ecology


Environmental engineers in this option have specialized knowledge on biology and ecology. They are able to assess the impacts of contamination on ecosystems and aquatic life. They are able to determine if negative impacts to the biosphere are occurring due to human impacts.
COURSES

CVEN 3434 Intro to Applied Ecology (required for this option, 3 credit hours, S;
        prerequisites: CHEN 1211-1221 or CHEM 1111, PHYS 1110 & 1140)
EBIO 2070 Genetics (4 credit hours, prerequisites:CVEN 3434 with instructor consent or EBIO 1240)
EBIO 3270 Ecosystem Ecology (3 credit hours, S; prerequisites: CVEN 3434 or EBIO 1240, EBIO 2040)
EBIO 4020 Stream Biology (3 credit hours, F; prerequisites: CVEN 3434 or EBIO 1240, EBIO 2040)
EBIO 4030 Limnology (3 credit hours, S; prerequisites: CVEN 3434 or EBIO 1240, EBIO 2040)
EBIO/GEOL/ENVS 4160 Introduction to Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours; prerequisite: CHEM 1011 or higher, EBIO 3270 or GEOL 3320)
GEOG 4311 Watershed Biogeochemistry (2 credit hours, S; prerequisite: GEOG 1011, GEOG 3511)


ECOLOGY and Evolutional Biology MINOR

You may want to consider earning a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. This requires 20 credits, many of which will count as option courses and technical electives. For more information, see the EBIO Minor website
With careful planning, all but 5-6 credits of courses can apply to both the EVEN degree and the minor. Specifically, take:
  • EBIO 1210-3 General Biology 1 [required for EBIO minor; use as lower division technical elective in EVEN]
  • EBIO 1220-3 General Biology 2 [required for EBIO minor; use as free elective in EVEN]
  • EBIO 1230-1 General Biology 1 Lab [required for EBIO minor] beyond 128 credits in EVEN
  • EBIO 1240-1 General Biology 2 Lab [required for EBIO minor] beyond 128 credits in EVEN
  • EBIO 2070-4 Genetics: Molecules to Populations [required in EBIO minor to complete 3 credit hours of lower or upper division EBIO courses] beyond 128 credits in EVEN but recommended for EVEN students by Prof. McKnight
  • EBIO 3270-3 Ecosystem Ecology or EBIO 4020 -3 Stream Biology [EVEN ecology option course; EBIO minor 3 credits of 3000 or 4000 level EBIO]
  • EBIO 4030-3 Limnology [EVEN ecology option course; toward EBIO minor 6 credits of 4000 level EBIO]
  • EBIO 4xxx-3 [EVEN upper division technical elective and toward EBIO minor 6 credits of 4000 level EBIO]

    Note that the final upper division technical elective (3 credits) must be an Earth Science course! This requires 6 credits for the EBIO minor that do not count toward the 128 credits of the EVEN degree.

    Research: Diane McKnight: Professor Diane McKnight studies interactions between hydrologic, chemical and biological processes impacting aquatic ecosystems, with field sites in the Rockies and the Transantarctic Mountains.



    Companies and Organizations that Specialize in Ecology:

    Intermountain Aquatics, Environmental Consultants
    Aquatic and Wetland Company
    Ecological Engineering Group, consultants
    GEI Consultants
    GeoEngineers
    Vigil-Agrimis, Inc., design professionals
    Inter-Fluve, restoration, creation, and enhancement of streams, lakes, and wetlands
    Kerr Wood Leidal Associates, consulting engineers
    Hart Crowser, environmental consultants
    Forest Concepts, LLC
    Otak, Inc
    PBS Environmental, environmental engineering
    River Restoration Northwest, nonprofit scientific and educational organization
    NOAA Fisheries Service, governmental agency
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    US Bureau of Land Management
    US Forest Service
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Washington Department of Ecology



    LINKS

    American Ecological Engineering Society

    Example 4-year course Plan -- Ecology 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 - recommend GEOL
    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. CVEN 2121
    3
      CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
    3
    PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
    4
      H&SS Elective III
    3
    PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
    1
      Fluid Mechanics - Rec CVEN 3313
    3

     
    15
     
     
    16
             
    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
    Probability/Statistics - rec CHEN 3010
    3
      CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
    3
    Required Communication Course
    3
      CVEN 3434 Intro to Applied Ecology (Option course 1)
    3
    Thermodynamics - rec AREN 2110

    3

      H&SS elective IV
    3

     
    16
     
     
    15
             
    Fourth Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Fourth Year Spring
    Credits

    Option Course II

    3

      CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
    4
    CVEN 4444 (5834) Env Eng Processes
    3
      Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course - rec EVEN 4100

    3

    H&SS Elective V
    3
      CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
    3
    Option course III
    3
      MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control
    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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