Course descriptions from the University catalog are available online. Using Buff Portal, the schedules of courses can be checked for the current semester. Faculty Course Questionnaires (FCQs) can also be checked online by instructor and students.
The Environmental Engineering Program administers a small number of courses to supplement courses offerings from the participating departments. Below is a list of regularly offered EVEN courses with links to more detailed descriptions.
EVEN 1000 (1 credit) Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduces students to environmental engineering as an academic major and a career.
Covers air quality, aquatic ecology, chemical processing, energy, site remediation, and water resources and treatment. Includes reading and writing on the history of environmental engineering major environmental issues, and professional ethics.
Offered: Every fall (syllabus)
- EVEN 3350 (3 credits) Sustainability Principles for Engineers
Instructor: Sherri Cook
This is a fundamental sustainability course for sophomores in EVEN. This course introduces students to sustainability principles in the field of environmental engineering. During this class, students will apply these principles to engineering problems in order to evaluate the environmental, economic, and social implications of engineering and design decisions. Topics include definition(s) of sustainability, main engineering sustainability challenges (e.g., water, energy, climate, and materials), pollution generation and prevention, and sustainability assessment tools (e.g., life cycle assessment).
Offered: Every Fall (syllabus)
EVEN 4404 (3 credits) Water Chemistry
Offered: Every fall.
EVEN 4414 (1 credit) Water Chemistry Laboratory
Reinforces chemical fundamentals of inorganic aqueous compounds and contaminants from EVEN 4404, Water Chemistry, in laboratory experiments and reports. Topics include acids and bases, carbonate chemistry (alkalinity), and other water chemistry characteristics (hardness, dissolved oxygen); precipitation, complexation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; and laboratory techniques and reporting. Same as CVEN 4414. Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of CHEN 1211 or CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1133 (all minimum grade C-). Requires corequisite course of EVEN 4404. Restricted to Civil (CVEN) or Environmental (EVEN) Engineering majors only.
Offered: Every fall.
- EVEN 4424 (3 credits) Environmental Organic Chemistry
Instructor: Joseph Ryan
Examines the fundamental physical and chemical transformations affecting the fate and transport of organic contaminants in natural and treated waters. Emphasizes quantitative approach to solubility, vapor pressure, air-water exchange, sorption, hydrolysis and redox reactions, and photodegradation. Same as CVEN 4424. Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of CHEN 1211 (minimum grade C-).
Offered: Every spring.
- EVEN 4434 (4 credits) Environmental Engineering Design
Instructors: Michael Walker, Angela Bielefeldt, and William Becke
Examines the design of facilities for the treatment of municipal water and wastewater, hazardous industrial waste, contaminated environmental sites, and sustainable sanitation in developing countries. Economic, societal, and site specific criteria impacting designs are emphasized. Same as CVEN 4434. Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of CVEN 3414 (minimum grade C-).
Offered: Every spring (syllabus).
- EVEN 4464 (3 credits) Environmental Engineering Processes
Instructor: Julie Korak
Develops and utilizes analytic solutions for environmental process models that can be used in a) reactor design for processes used in the treatment of water, wastewater and hazardous waste and b) process analysis of natural systems, such as streams and groundwater flow. Models facilitate the tracking of contaminants in engineered and natural systems. Same as CVEN 4464. Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of CVEN 3313 and CVEN 3414 (all minimum grade C-).
Offered: Every fall
EVEN 4484 (3 credits) Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
Instructor: Mark Hernandez
Surveys microbiology topics germane to modern civil and environmental engineering. Provides fundamentals needed to understand microbial processes and ecology in engineered and natural systems and reviews applications emphasizing the interface between molecular biology and classical civil engineering. Same as CVEN 4484. Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of CHEN 1211 (minimum grade C-).
Offered: Every spring.
EVEN 4830 (3 credits) Environmental Engineering Process Modeling
Instructor: Michael Walker
This is a computer-based lab course that introduces undergrad students to useful modeling and analysis software/techniques that they typically do not have a great deal of exposure to. This is intended as a senior-level, fall semester course. It will build on fundamentals learned in previous courses and provide skills that will be useful in the capstone design course, and as practicing engineers. (Prereq: Heat Transfer, Thermo).
Offered: Every Fall (Course description).
EVEN 4830-002 / MCEN 4228-009: (3 credits) CAD & GIS
Instructor: Debanjan Mukherjee
This is a computer-based lab course that introduces undergrad students to useful modeling and analysis software/techniques that they typically do not have a great deal of exposure to. This is intended as a senior-level, fall semester course. It will build on fundamentals learned in previous courses and provide skills that will be useful in the capstone design course, and as practicing engineers. (No Prereq).
Offered: Every Spring
- EVEN 4840 (1-3) Independent Study
See individual instructors to arrange independent research projects, including a senior thesis. Select an instructor from the FACULTY list working in your area of interest, and contact them by email or phone.
- EVEN 4969 (3 credits) Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Instructor: Karl Linden
Studies the design and fundamentals behind effective water and sanitation treatment processes and engineering solutions targeted for developing countries. Approaches to clean water and sanitation in lesser industrialized countries often demand alternative solutions to those developed for industrialized societies and require approaches beyond just the technology details. Explores issues and solutions developed to tackle these problems. Includes 3 hands-on laboratory-based projects to augment the in-class work.
Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CVEN 4969
Requisites: Requires prerequisites courses of CVEN 3414 and CVEN 3424 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Offered: Every spring
EVEN 4980 / 4990 (3/3) Senior Thesis 1 / 2
Provides 2-semester faculty-supervised independent research in environmental engineering, including a written thesis and oral defense at the end of the second semester. Select an instructor from the FACULTY list working in your area of interest, and contact them by email or phone to discuss potential research topics.