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EVEN Option: Water Resources and Treatment


Students specializing in water will have knowledge to supply adequate quantities and quality of water for human use and the environment.
Water resources focuses on water allocation and supplies. This includes ground water, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and water storage facilities. There are complex rules that govern water rights, particularly in the State of Colorado.
Water treatments focuses on the quality of the water, and ensuring that it is suitable for selected uses. For example, designing drinking water treatment facilities to supply potable water to cities. Drinking water treatment can also include decentralized approaches such as point-of-use treatment at the wellhead for an individual family or on-tap filters. Environmental engineers specializing in water can also design wastewater treatment facilities to treat water after human use so that it can be returned to surface water or groundwater without negatively impacting the ecology and downstream users. Water can also be treated to enable reuse for irrigation. Industrial wastewater also requires treatment. Water distribution and sewer collection pipelines must also be designed. Many of the older generation working in this area have degrees in Civil Engineering.
Jobs in this area include:
     water quality characterization by collecting samples of groundwater, surface water, and wastewater
     working with regulatory agencies to determine appropriate water quality for human consumption, ecology, etc.
     designing facilities to treat water and wastewater; these can include chemical, biological, and phyical methods
     using modeling software to predict water treatment effectiveness of various processes

Many of the senior projects in the capstone design course deal with water and wastewater treatment -- read more!

OPTION COURSES

Students select a minimum of 9 credits from among the following courses:
CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment, focusing on municipal systems
CVEN 3323 Hydraulic Engineering
CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering
CVEN 5393 Water Resources Development and Management \ ECON 6555
MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling
CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management, focusing on groundwater remediation and industrial wastewater treatment
GEOG 4501 Water Resources and Water Management in the Western US
CVEN 4833 Groundwater Modeling


Research: Professor Linden and UV treatment, water reuse, etc.
Research: Professor Balaji Rajagopalan, modeling Indian monsoon, article in CUE 2007

Companies that Specialize in Water Resources and Treatment:

CH2M Hill
Hazen and Sawyer, consultants
URS Corp, consultants
Montgomery, Watson, Harza, consultants
CDM, consultants
Siemens
Arcadis, consultants



LINKS

Water Recycling, in-depth report from NewsHour, March 28, 2008
Pharaceuticals detected in drinking water, report from NewsHour, March 12, 2008
Water scarcity in India sparks controversy, report from NewsHour, Nov. 18,2008
Maine residents and bottler battle over water, NewsHour report, Aug. 18, 2008
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Water Environment Federation
Wikipedia Environmental Remediation article

Example 4-year course Plan -- Water 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 IV
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
Option Course 1 - rec CVEN 3323 Hydraulics
3
  CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
3
Required Communication Course
3
  Option course 2 - rec CVEN 3424 W/WW tmt
3
Thermodynamics - rec AREN 2110

3

  H&SS elective III
3

 
16
 
 
15
         
Fourth Year Fall
Credits
 
Fourth Year Spring
Credits

Option Course III - MCEN 4228

3

  CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
4
CVEN 4464 Env Eng Processes
3
  Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course - rec EVEN 4100

3

H&SS Elective V
3
  CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
3
Probability/Statistics - rec. CHEN 3010
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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