Course Descriptions & Syllabi

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11:117:100. INTRODUCTION TO BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (1) Overview of specializations within bioenvironmental engineering. Expanding role of biological and environmental sciences in engineering. Analysis of selected problems. Review of professional opportunities. SYLLABUS for 11:117:100 (PDF file)


11:117:296. HONORS SEMINAR IN BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: BUILDING AND USING SENSORS (3) Students enrolled in this course will use the Raspberry Pi computer platform to develop sensing systems that can operate autonomously based on pre-programmed software instructions. They will receive a set of hardware components and will be tasked to design and construct their own sensing systems. They will be writing their own software programs using the Python programming language. There will be an opportunity to fly the sensing systems on a drone allowing for aerial data collection. SYLLABUS for 11:117:296 (PDF file)


11:117:333. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING ANALYSIS TOOLS (3) Prerequisites: 14:440:127, 14:180:215, 14:180:216. This course applies state-of-the-art environmental engineering tools in analyzing problems and creating solutions and designs. Tools include, as examples, measurement tools and techniques, programming languages and software for graphics, statistical analysis and modeling. Tools may vary with current engineering practice. SYLLABUS for 11:117:333 (PDF file)


11:117:413. UNIT OPERATIONS AND PROCESSES: PHYSICOCHEMICAL (3) Prerequisites: 01:640:152, 11:375:203. Physical and chemical processes and operations commonly applied for water and wastewater treatment, including coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption, ion exchange, membrane separation, precipitation, oxidation, and disinfection; principles of chemical reaction kinetics, modeling of ideal and non-ideal batch and flow-through reactors. SYLLABUS for 11:117:413 (PDF file)


11:117:414. UNIT PROCESSES IN BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING II (3) Prerequisites: 11:375:201, 11:117:413 or permission of instructor. Biological principles and operations for wastewater treatment, bioremediation, and energy production including: microbial ecology; energetics, stoichiometry, and kinetics of microbial growth; kinetics of pollution degradation; modeling of ideal bioreactors; design criteria for specific wastewater treatment processes; and new developments in use of microorganisms in bioenvironmental engineering. SYLLABUS for 11:117:414 (PDF file)


11:117:423. BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING UNIT PROCESSES LAB I (1) Corequisite: 11:117:413. Demonstration of physicochemical processes and operations used in drinking water and wastewater treatment, including reactor design and residence time distribution, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, carbon adsorption, chemical oxidation, and oxygen transfer. SYLLABUS for 11:117:423 (PDF file)


11:117:424. BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING UNIT PROCESSES LABORATORY II (1) Corequisite: 11:117:414. Prerequisite: 01:160:171, 01:160:211. Demonstration and investigation of biological processes used in the treatment of wastewater, including: natural biological processes in biotreatment ponds; biodegradability and biodegradation kinetics; activated sludge reactors; anaerobic digestion for bioenergy production; use of laboratory methods and analytical equipment to assess biological processes; and introduction to activated sludge simulation software. SYLLABUS for 11:117:424 (PDF file)


11:117:450. APPLIED INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROL (4) Prerequisite: 11:117:203. This class will develop an understanding of how to conduct experiments involving the collection of field data and the various tools and techniques required to do so.


11:117:462. DESIGN IN SOLID WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEMS (3) Prerequisites: 01:640:152, 11:375:201, 14:180:215. Analysis and design of integrated solid waste management systems, including waste minimization, quantity estimates, waste characteristics, lifecycle thinking in waste management, collection, composting and anaerobic digestion, materials recovery, recycling, waste-to-energy, and landfilling. SYLLABUS for 11:117:462 (PDF file)


11:117:468. HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT ENGINEERING (3) Prerequisites: 11:117:413 or permission of instructor. Engineering and process design aspects of hazardous waste management. Waste reduction and recovery, waste treatment, and site remediation. Case studies and engineering solutions to model hazardous waste problems. SYLLABUS for 11:117:468 (PDF file)


11:117:474. AIR POLLUTION ENGINEERING (3) Prerequisites: 14:180:387 or 14:650:312. Engineering design techniques for air quality control. Control of particulate and gas emissions from stationary sources. Control of mobile source emissions. Design for indoor air quality and regional air quality control. SYLLABUS for 11:117:474 (PDF file)


11:117:488. BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DESIGN I (2) Open only to seniors in bioenvironmental engineering. 11:117:488 prior to 11:117:489. Design morphology. Case studies and special design problems. Solutions developed using creative design processes that include analysis, synthesis, and iterative decision making. Safety and professional ethics. SYLLABUS for 11:117:488 (PDF file)


11:117:489. BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DESIGN II (2) Open only to seniors in bioenvironmental engineering. 11:117:488 prior to 11:117:489. Completion of bioenvironmental engineering senior design project. Evaluation. Presentation of final report. SYLLABUS for 11:117:489 (PDF file)


11:117:494. CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY ENGINEERING (3) Prerequisite: 11:375:423. Principles of groundwater hydrology and pollution. Development of mathematical formulations for describing pollutant movement in groundwater systems. Examination of control measures. Discussion of case studies. Introduction to and application of MODFLOW SYLLABUS for 11:117:494 (PDF file)


11:117:495. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING (3) Prerequisites: 11:375:423. Formulation and solution of mathematical models as applied to surface water quality systems. Techniques of simulation and validation using case studies. SYLLABUS for 11:117:495 (PDF file)


11:117:496. PLANNING AND DESIGN OF LAND TREATMENT SYSTEMS (3) Prerequisite: 14:180:387 or 14:650:312. Engineering design of land treatment systems for municipal and industrial wastewater, including spray irrigation, overland flow, infiltration/percolation, and subsurface soil adsorption systems. Facilities planning.


11:117:497, 498. SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BIOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (BA, BA,) Prerequisite: Permission of department. Studies of special interest in some selected area of bioenvironmental engineering.



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