Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5020. Independent Graduate Study in Environmental Engineering

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special problems in environmental engineering as arranged by the student with a supervisory instructor of his or her choice.

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5090. Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classroom or laboratory courses as announced for each semester.

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5094. Seminar in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Registered

Extended discussions on presentations contributed by staff, students and outside speakers. A certificate of completion will be issued from the Environmental Engineering Program.

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5210. Environmental Engineering Chemistry - I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Quantitative treatment of chemical behavior in environmental systems. Thermodynamics and kinetics of acid/base, complexation, precipitation/dissolution, sorption and redox reactions; degradation and partitioning of organic contaminants; software for speciation and partitioning computation.

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5211. Environmental Organic Chemistry

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Environmental organic chemistry: ideal and regular solution thermodynamics; linear free energy relations; estimation of vapor pressure, solubility, and partitioning behavior, abiotic organic compound transformations; chemical fate modeling.

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5221. Transport and Transformation of Air Pollutants

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Transport and deposition of gaseous and aerosol pollutants; chemical formation and reactions of oxidants and acidic compounds.

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5240. Biodegradation and Bioremediation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Biochemical basis of the transformation of key organic and inorganic pollutants; quantitative description of kinetics and thermodynamics of pollutant transformation; impact of physiochemical and ecological factors on biotransformation.

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5252. Environmental Remediation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Regulatory framework. Soil clean-up criteria. Risk analysis. In situ and ex situ Treatment technologies: chemical oxidation, chemical reduction, pump-and-treat, permeable reactive barriers, solidification, stabilization, thermal processes, bioremediation.

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5310. Environmental Transport Phenomena

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development and solutions of partial differential equations describing diffusion, advection, and sources/sinks common to transport of mass, energy, and momentum. Mass sources/sinks used to describe sorption and chemical reaction. Extension to dispersion and turbulent mixing. Applications to predicting the movement of environmental contaminants.

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5311. Environmental Biochemical Processes

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major biochemical reactions; stoichiometric and kinetic description; suspended and attached growth modeling; engineered biotreatment systems for contaminant removal from aqueous, gaseous, and solid streams; process design.

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5320. Quantitative Methods for Engineers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics on data analysis: random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression; Monte Carlo simulation; autoregression and models for time series; analytical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations; Fourier series; numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations; solution of partial differential equations with finite differences; basics of modeling.

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5330. Probabilistic Methods in Engineering Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Common probabilistic models used in engineering and physical science design, prediction, and operation problems; derived distributions, multivariate stochastic models, and estimation of model parameters; analysis of data, model building and hypothesis testing; uncertainty analysis.

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5331. Predictive Analytics for Scientists and Engineers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics include exploratory data analysis, clustering, dimensionality reduction, classification and regression models, text mining, geospatial data processing and more. Individual in-depth data analysis projects. Some background in programming and statistics desired.

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5530. Geoenvironmental Engineering

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of solid waste management; design of landfills and waste containment systems; compacted clay liners and slurry walls; site investigation, soil and groundwater sampling and testing; overview of soil remediation techniques.

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5810. Hydrometeorology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Global dynamics of aquatic distribution and circulation. Hydrologic cycle, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, interception, storage, infiltration, overland flow, distributed hydrologic modeling, and stream routing.

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5811. Hydroclimatology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course focuses on the physical principles underlying the spatial and temporal variability of hydrological processes. Topics include atmospheric physics and dynamics controlling the water/energy budgets; global water cycle, its dynamics, and causes of variability/changes; occurrence of drought and flood; climate teleconnections and their hydrological application; hydrological impact of global changes; quantitative methods in hydroclimatic analysis.

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5812. Ecohydrology

Also offered as: CE 5812

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed CE 5812

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the interactions between ecological processes and the water cycle, emphasizing the hydrological mechanisms underlying various terrestrial ecological patterns and the ecological properties controlling the hydrologic and climatic regimes. Topics include conceptual understanding of hydrological cycle over vegetated land, quantifying and modeling flux exchanges in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum, case studies on the hydrological impact of land use land cover changes, ecosystem response to environmental changes, and vegetation-climate feedback at the regional and global scales.

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5820. Unsaturated Flow and Transport

Also offered as: CE 5820

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed CE 5820

Grading Basis: Graded

Modern approaches to water flow and solute transport in partially-saturated porous media including media characterization (review); unsaturated flow in porous media (governing equations, hydraulic functions, numerical and analytical solution methods); solute transport in unsaturated media (convection dispersion, transfer functions, solutions); modeling and observational scales; coupled water flow and solute transport (model applications); special topics (preferential flow, effects of spatial variability, stochastic aspects of flow and transport, gas exchange and transport measurement methods).

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5821. Vadose Zone Hydrology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theoretical and experimental elements of primary physical and hydrological properties of porous media and processes occurring in partially-saturated soils. Practical experience in measurement and interpretation of hydrological information and methods of analysis for vadose-zone related environmental problems.

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5830. Groundwater Flow Modeling

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basics of modeling with Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods. Modeling flow in saturated and unsaturated zones. Model calibration and validation. Parameter estimation. Treatment of heterogeneity. Basic geostatistics. Modeling surface-groundwater interactions. Application to field sites.

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5850. Sustainable and Resilient Water Governance and Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview and assessment of water institutions and management approaches that contribute (or not) to sustainable and resilient water resources under changing climate conditions, demographic and economic shifts. Course requirements include translating scientific information for water managers or writing a publishable co-authored research paper.

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6810. Advanced Fluid Mechanics I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Dimensional analysis; vector analysis, circulation and vorticity; irrotational motion and velocity potential; two-dimensional flow and stream function; complex variable theory; conformal mapping; airfoils; sources and sinks; free streamline flow; water waves; three-dimensional flow.

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6920. Doctoral Teaching Practicum

Also offered as: CE 6920

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Offered by special arrangement. Practical experience in classroom teaching with mentoring from a member of the graduate faculty.

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