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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Environmental Engineering (ENE)


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Professor: M. Robin Collins, Kevin H. Gardner, Jennifer M. Jacobs, Nancy E. Kinner, James P. Malley Jr.
Associate Professor: Thomas P. Ballestero
Assistant Professor: Weiwei Mo
Research Assistant Professor: Alison W. Watts

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering (ENE) and an interdisciplinary minor in environmental engineering.

The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700,

The environmental engineering program offers an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering that prepares students for productive careers in the public and private sectors and for graduate studies. The program emphasizes fundamental principles in environmental engineering and design, built upon a strong base of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science. The program prepares students to work in multidisciplinary teams that analyze, formulate, and communicate sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems. The importance of developing sustainable solutions that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits to society is emphasized. The program instills in its students an appreciation for the responsibilities engineers have to society and teaches them the skills necessary to continue learning and improving their professional expertise throughout their careers.

The ENE degree program provides an opportunity for students to specialize in municipal processes. The curriculum prepares students to plan and design systems to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and protect human health.

Educational Objectives

ENE program graduates will have the skills, experience, and knowledge to pursue successful careers as environmental engineers. They also will have demonstrated the ability to identify information needs; locate information resources and/or design laboratory or field experiments to attain required information; and evaluate and synthesize data with sound engineering principles, methodologies, and the latest technology into creative, sustainable, safe, and economical engineering solutions to environmental engineering problems. The solutions they develop will minimize the impact of human activities on the environment and protect human health. Program graduates will have a foundation for advanced studies in environmental engineering and oral and written communication skills that will enable them to clearly explain engineering options and recommend solutions to stakeholders. ENE program graduates will have demonstrated in-depth knowledge within environmental engineering and an awareness of potential social, economic, political, and environmental impacts of engineering practices. They will have an appreciation for the contribution of environmental engineers to the benefit of society and the responsibilities of a professional environmental engineer. They will work as part of multidisciplinary teams to arrive at solutions to environmental engineering problems. ENE program graduates will be prepared to obtain professional engineering licensure; have the capacity to continue learning and improving their professional expertise and skills by participating in professional associations, conferences, workshops and courses; and understand the importance of continued professional development.

At the end of the sophomore year, students are required to have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.00 and a grade-point average of 2.00 in ENE 400, MATH 425, CHEM 405, PHYS 407, MATH 426, CIE 525, and ENE 520 to be permitted to enroll in junior-level courses. To qualify for graduation, an ENE major must: have satisfied the previously specified course requirements, have satisfied the University’s Academic Requirements, have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00, and have a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in engineering courses.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers graduating with a B.S. ENE degree will plan, design, and construct public and private facilities to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and to protect human health. For example, environmental engineers design and build drinking water treatment systems, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, solid waste management facilities, contaminated ground water remediation systems, and hazardous waste remediation facilities. These facilities must meet regulatory requirements, be cost effective to build and maintain, be safe to operate, and have minimal environmental impact. ENE students can also focus on sustainable engineering with a required course (ENE 751) in junior year and two or three senior year electives, including design electives.

In ENE 400, students are introduced to the full spectrum of environmental engineering projects that they will subsequently explore in design teams during their degree program. As part of these experiences, students visit and tour field sites (ENE 520), and through junior and senior year classes and seminars (ASCE, EWRI, ERG), they interact with engineers who talk about engineering consulting and design practices applied to local projects. As part of these projects, students: (i) analyze treatment alternatives; (ii) recommend a system that meets regulatory operational needs, and is sustainable; and (iii) prepare an implementation schedule and project budget. Detailed design projects are performed in ENE 744 and two design electives. CIE/ENE 784 and 788 serve as a capstone design experience where students work on a multi-interdisciplinary environmental engineering project and apply skills learned in other courses while working with real-world clients. ENE students do not have to take a course in the Discovery Biological Science category since they satisfy this category with ENE 756, Environmental Engineering Microbiology.

The following schedule is a sample of a planned program for environmental engineering students completing the major.

First Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
ENE   400   Environmental Engineering Lectures   3    
ENGL   401, 502   First-Year Writing   4   4  
MATH+   425, 426   Calculus I, II   4   4  
Discovery Electives*       4   4  
CHEM   405   General Chemistry   4   -  
PHYS   407   General Physics I   -   4  
Total       19   16  

+Students who are required to take MATH 418, Analysis and Applications of Functions, because they did not pass the placement examination as determined by the Mathematics Department prior to the fall semester, will enroll in MATH 425 during the spring semester. Subsequent MATH courses (426, 527, 644) will be taken one semester later than shown here.

Second Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
Discovery or Geospatial Science Course*         3-4  
ENE   520   Environmental Pollution and Protection   4   -  
CIE   525   Statics   3   -  
MATH   527, 644   Differential Equations with Linear Algebra, Statistics for Engineers and Scientists   4   4  
CIE   533   Project Engineering   -   3  
TECH   564   Fundamentals of CAD   3   -  
Public Health Elective         3-4  
Discovery Elective       4   4  
Total       18   17/19  

* GIS elective may also be taken in the third year with a second Discovery elective taken in second year.

Third Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
ENE   751   Sustainable Engineering   3   -  
CIE   642   Fluid Mechanics   4   -  
ENE   645   Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering   -   4  
ENE   756   Environmental Engineering Microbiology   -   4  
ENE   742   Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering   3   -  
ESCI   654   Fate, Transport in Environment   4    
Hydrology Elective*       -   3-4  
Discovery or Geospatial Science Course**         3-4  
Total       14   14/16  

*Approved lists of technical, hydrology, hydraulics, and ENE design and non-design electives are available from the ENE undergraduate coordinator, Nancy Kinner. Students must take a minimum of four 700-level ENE electives totaling at least 12 credits. Two ENE elective courses must be from the design category.

**Discovery elective or GIS elective can be taken here as appropriate.


Fourth Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
Hydraulics Elective**         3-4  
CIE/ENE Design Electives       3-4   3-4  
CIE/ENE Electives**       3-4   3-4  
Engineering Lab Elective       4    
ENE   744   Physicochemical Treatment Design   -   4  
ENE   749   Environmental Chemistry   4   -  
ENE   784   Intro to ENE 788   1    
ENE   788   Project Planning and Design   -   3  
Total       15/17   16/19  

*See Discovery Program requirements. The Discovery requirements for Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, and Physical Science are fulfilled by ENGL 401, MATH 425, and PHYS 407, respectively. ENE 520 fulfills the Environmental, Technology, and Society requirement. ENE 784 and 788 fulfill the Senior Capstone requirement. Environmental Engineering Microbiology fulfills the Biological Science requirement. Courses in the ENE curriculum designated Discovery Electives can be selected from the University’s approved Discovery Program courses in Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Historical Perspectives, World Cultures, and Social Science. One of these electives must have an Inquiry attribute.

**Approved lists of technical, hydrology, hydraulics, and ENE design and non-design electives are available from the ENE undergraduate coordinator, Nancy Kinner. Students must take a minimum of four 700-level ENE electives totaling at least 12 credits. Two ENE design electives  must be from the design category.

The ENE program requires a minimum of 129 total credits for graduation.


Environmental Engineering Minor

The environmental engineering minor is intended primarily for students in engineering and physical sciences who are not in the chemical, civil, or environmental engineering degree programs. Students contemplating such a minor should plan on a strong background in the sciences and mathematics (including differential equations).

The minor provides a comprehensive introduction to major areas of interest in environmental protection through the three required courses. Further breadth in environmental engineering or depth in specific areas can be attained through the choice of appropriate elective courses.

The minor requires a minimum of five courses, as follows: 1) The three required courses: ENE 645, Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering; ENE 744, Physicochemical Treatment Design, or ENE 743, Environmental Sampling and Analysis; and ENE 751, Sustainable Engineering; and 2) a minimum of two elective ENE courses.

Choice of elective courses should be made in consultation with the minor area adviser, Nancy Kinner. Students normally start this program in the junior year and should declare their intention to enter the program as early as possible during the sophomore year. During the final semester, students must apply to the dean to have the minor appear on the transcript.

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