Air Quality Option
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.
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.
Students select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
- ATOC 3500/CHEM 3151 Air Chemistry and Pollution (3 credits, *I; prerequisites: two semesters chemistry)
- ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (3 credits, *I; prerequisites: APPM 1350, PHYS 1110)
- CVEN 4554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Management (3 credits, prerequisites: APPM 2360, fluid mechanics)
- MCEN 3032 Thermodynamics 2 (3 credits, F&S; prerequisites: thermodynamics and fluid mechanics)
- MCEN 4141 Indoor Air Pollution (3 credits, F; prerequisites: fluid mechanics, heat transfer)
- MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credits, *I; prerequisites: chemistry, fluid mechanics, COEN 1300)
- MCEN 4228 Sustainable Energy (3 credits, F; prerequisite: thermodynamics)
*I Offered intermittently
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.
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