Water resources focuses on water allocation and supplies. Students specializing in water will learn engineering solutions to supply adequate quantities and quality of water for human use and the environment. This includes ground water, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and water storage facilities. Water treatment focuses on the quality of the water, and ensuring that it is suitable for select uses. Drinking water treatment includes decentralized approaches such as point-of-use treatment at the wellhead for an individual family. Environmental engineers specializing in water can also design wastewater treatment facilities to treat water after human use so that it can be returned to the environment without negatively impacting the ecology and downstream users. Water distribution and sewer collection pipelines must also be designed. Many of the older generation working in this area have degrees in Civil Engineering. Many of the senior projects in the capstone design course deal with water and wastewater treatment.
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
Students select a minimum of 9 credits from among the following courses:
- CVEN 3323 Hydraulic Engineering (3 credits, F; prerequisite: CVEN 3313 or CHEN 3200 or CVEN 3313 or GEEN 3853 or MCEN 3021 or AREN 2120)
- CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credits, S; prerequisite: CVEN 3414)
- CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering (3 credits, F; recommended prerequisite: CVEN 3313 or CHEN 3200 or CVEN 3313 or GEEN 3853 or MCEN 3021)
- CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management (3 credits, F, *I; prerequisite: CVEN 3414)
- CVEN 4383 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits, S; prerequisite: CVEN 4353)
- CVEN 4594 Water Reuse and Reclamation (3 credits, *I; Prerequisite: CVEN 3414)
- GEOG 4501 Water Resources and Water Management of the Western U.S. (3 credits)
- MCEN 4228 Environmental Modeling (3 credits, *I; prerequisites: chemistry, fluid mechanics, COEN 1300)
*I Offered intermittently