Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor: Dale P. Barkey, Russell T. Carr, M. Robin Collins, Ihab H. Farag, Nancy E. Kinner, James P. Malley Jr. , Virendra K. Mathur, Palligarnai T. Vasudevan
Research Professor: T. Taylor Eighmy
Associate Professor: Thomas P. Ballestero, Kevin H. Gardner, Jennifer M. Jacobs
Assistant Professor: Nivedita R. Gupta
Research Assistant Professor: Jenna R. Jambeck, Jeffrey S. Melton, Robert M. Roseen
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 bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering is accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (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 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 of the responsibilities of engineers 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 industrial or municipal processes. The curricula prepares students to plan and design systems to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and protect human health.
ENE program graduates will have the skills, experience, and knowledge to pursue successful careers as environmental engineers. They will also 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 of 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 all mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses 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 general education 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-Industrial Processes (IP) Emphasis
The industrial processes (IP) emphasis of environmental engineering is a process-based program that draws on the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering sciences. Due to the complex nature of many aspects of environmental pollution, a broad understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and sciences forms the most desirable preparation for a career in the environmental field. The program is designed to provide training not only for end-of-pipe pollution control technologies, but also for expertise in process engineering and process design, essential for achieving the objectives of pollution curtailment and prevention. Such training is especially valuable in resolving industrial pollution problems. Career opportunities for environmental engineers with this background are found in industry, research institutes, government agencies, teaching, and consulting practice. Students may also enter graduate study at the M.S. or Ph.D. levels.
Engineering design is a critical aspect of the IP curriculum. In order to meet the objective of producing creative, problem-solving engineers, design concepts are introduced early in the curriculum and design experience is integrated into every engineering course. Students learn to seek optimal solutions to open-ended problems and function in design-based team projects. Design ability is finally demonstrated at the end of the capstone course (ENE 608), when self-directed teams develop a comprehensive design report for a full-scale engineering process based on a national process design competition problem.
Since 1993, the program faculty has administered a pollution prevention internship program with industries in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, initially funded by U.S. EPA and NHDES. In the past twelve years, the program has served more than forty facilities. Each year about 12 students have enrolled in the pollution prevention internship program, which provides hands-on industrial employment for ten weeks during the summer assisting industry with projects in process modification, material substitution, chemical re-use, risk assessment, safety, and economic analysis. The program faculty also assisted NHDES in setting up instrumentation in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire to monitor the precursor of ozone formation.
The B.S. program requires a minimum of 132 credits for graduation and can be completed in four years. There are nine electives in the curriculum: six for the fulfillment of the University’s general education requirements and the remaining three for technical electives to be chosen from the specified elective course list. Due to the substantial overlap in course requirements for the environmental engineering IP and chemical engineering majors, students will be able to transfer between these two programs during the first three semesters without losing any course credits towards graduation.
Suggested Technical Electives
|CHE||602||Heat Transfer and Unit Operations||3|
|CHE||606||Chemical Engineering Kinetics||3|
|ENE||739||Industrial Wastewater Treatment||3|
|ENE||746||Bioenvironmental Engineering Design||4|
|ENE||747||Introduction to Marine Pollution||3|
|CIE||766||Introduction to Geo-Environmental Engineering||3|
|ESCI||409||Geology and the Environment||4|
|ESCI||705||Principles of Hydrology||4|
|ESCI||715||Global Atmospheric Chemistry||3|
|MATH||425-426||Calculus I & II||4||4|
|PHYS||407||General Physics I||-||4|
|ENE||400||Environmental Engineering Lectures I||1||-|
|ENE||401||Environmental Engineering Lectures II||-||1|
|General Education Electives||4||8|
|MICR||501||Microbes in Human Disease||4||-|
|CHE||501-501||Introduction to Chemical Engineering I & II||3||3|
|CHEM||683-684||Physical Chemistry I & II||3||3|
|CHEM||685||Physical Chemistry Lab I||2||-|
|PHYS||408||General Physics II||4||-|
|CS||410||Introduction to Scientific Programming||-||4|
|General Education Electives||-||8|
|CHE||601||Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations||3||-|
|CHE||603||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||-||4|
|ENE||612||Unit Operations Lab II||-||3|
|CHEM||651-652||Organic Chemistry I & II||3||3|
|CHEM||653||Organic Chemistry Lab I||2||-|
|ENE||742||Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering||3||-|
|MATH||644||Statistics for Engineers & Scientists||4||-|
|General Education and Technical Electives||4||3-4|
|CHE||605||Mass Transfer and Stagewise Operations||3||-|
|ENE||608||Industrial Process Design||-||4|
|ENE||613||Unit Operations Lab II||3||-|
|ENE||709||Fundamentals of Air Pollution and Control||4||-|
|ENE||752||Process Dynamics and Control||-||4|
|ENE||772||Physicochemical Processes for Water/Air Quality||-||4|
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering-Municipal Processes (MP) Emphasis
Environmental engineers graduating from the municipal processes (MP) emphasis 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 with a municipal processes perspective 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.
In ENE 400 and 401, 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, and interact with engineers who have been involved in the design and/or construction of the projects. Design is integrated throughout the curriculum, and particularly emphasized in junior- and senior-level courses. As part of these projects, students analyze treatment alternatives, recommend a system that meets regulatory operational needs, and prepare an implementation schedule and project budget. Detailed design projects are performed in ENE 744 and 746. ENE 788 serves as a capstone design experience where students work on a multi-interdisciplinary environmental engineering project as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s international WERC competition held in New Mexico every April, and apply skills learned in other courses while working with real-world clients.
The following schedule is a sample of a planned program for environmental engineering students completing the major within the municipal processes emphasis.
|ENE||400, 401||Environmental Engineering Lectures I, II||1||1|
|MATH||425, 426||Calculus I, II||4||4|
|General Education Electives*||4||4|
|PHYS||407||General Physics I||-||4|
|ENE||520||Environmental Pollution and Protection||4||-|
|ENE||521||Environmental Engineering Seminar||-||1|
|MATH||527||Differential Equations with Linear Algebra||4||-|
|MATH||644||Statistics for Engineers and Scientists||-||4|
|CHEM||545||Organic Chemistry Lecture||3||-|
|CHEM||546||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||2||-|
|TECH||564||Fundamentals of CAD||-||3|
|General Education Elective*||-||4|
|ENE||645||Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering||-||4|
|ENE||756||Environmental Engineering and Microbiology||-||4|
|ENE||742||Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering||3||-|
|Engineering Lab Elective**||-||4|
|General Education Elective*||4||-|
|Environ Engineering Experience† (ENE 696 or 697)||1-2|
|ENE||746||Bioenvironmental Engineering Design||4||-|
|General Education Elective*||4||-|
|Environmental Engineering Elective**||6||4|
|ENE||744||Physicochemical Treatment Design||-||4|
|ENE||788||Project Planning and Design||-||4|
*See general education requirements.
**Approved lists of technical, hydraulics, engineering laboratory, and ENE design and non-design electives are available from the ENE undergraduate coordinator. Must take a minimum of three 700-level ENE electives totaling at least 10 credits. One ENE elective course must be from the design category.
†During one summer, majors who have a job at an approved level in the environmental engineering field perform an approved internship in environmental engineering or conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member are able to register for ENE 696 or 697. A student may receive a one-credit field experience or up to two credits for an environmental engineering internship. The internship could be used as an environmental engineering elective, but this would require approval of the faculty.
The municipal processes emphasis of the ENE program requires a minimum of 128 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, namely air pollution and water pollution, 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) three required courses: ENE 645, Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering; ENE 709, Fundamentals of Air Pollution and Its Control; ENE 772, Physicochemical Processes for Water and Air Quality Control, or ENE 743, Environmental Sampling and Analysis; 2) a minimum of two elective ENE courses.
Choice of elective courses should be made in consultation with the minor area adviser, James P. Malley, civil engineering, or Dale P. Barkey, chemical engineering. 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.