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.
- 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
Environmental Engineering Technical Electives (upper-division)
Students select at least Two courses from this list (or a second from list A, no double counting). Faculty can petition to add additional courses.