Areas of Concentration

Faculty research interests emphasize the following areas: biodegradation of municipal solid waste and aqueous organics; biological conversion of waste materials to useful forms of energy, such as methane and hydrogen; life-cycle analysis of engineered environmental systems; bioremediation of contaminated ground water; coagulation, flocculation, and sedimentation in aqueous systems; mitigation of odor potential at wastewater and solid waste treatment facilities; bioremediation of contaminated ground water; environmental geotechnics; vertical subsurface barriers for the remediation of hazardous waste sites; transformation of slurry trench cutoff wall materials from the passive hydraulic barrier materials into active treatment materials while maintaining their passive hydraulic barrier characteristics; watershed processes and land surface-atmosphere interactions; appropriateness of existing numerical models for nonlinear transport processes in environmental systems; adsorption of heavy metals by microorganisms; characterization of pollution from agricultural sources.

Potential Applicants

Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in any engineering discipline, environmental science, biology, chemistry, or physics will be considered for admission. Some students may be required to successfully complete prerequisite courses in addition to graduate level courses and thesis.


Refer to the Civil Engineering graduate program for details.

Facilities and Courses

Excellent computational and experimental facilities are available, including university computing resources and laboratory facilities for instrumental analysis, bench-scale reactor operation, maintenance of aerobic and anaerobic systems, environmental geotechnics, fluid mechanics and hydraulics. The following describes the courses offered by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Courses offered by other departments include BIOL634 Limnology, BIOL602 Microbiology, GEOL624 Hydrogeology, GEOL601 Geophysics, and CHEM651/652 Biochemistry.

Note that not all courses are taught every year. A total of seven and one-half course credits, including the thesis, is required for the MSEV degree.

Courses Offered

621. Hydrology (I or II; 3, 3)
The interrelation of meteorological conditions, precipitation, surface runoff, and groundwater storage. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

622. Open Channel Flow (I or II; 4, 0)
Steady flow with the continuity, energy, momentum, and flow resistance equations; flow profiles; channel controls and transitions; introduction to unsteady flow.

629. Advanced Topics in Water Resources (I or II; 4, 0)
Topics will vary. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

640. Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes (I or II; 3, 3)
Fundamental principles of physical and chemical treatment processes used to treat air and water pollution, such as ion-exchange, coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, air stripping, disinfection, adsorption, and membrane processes. Laboratory experiments are used to reinforce theory and to develop design criteria for full-scale treatment processes. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

641. Environmental Engineering Biotechnology (I or II; 3, 3)
Theory and design of biological waste treatment facilities. Conversion of waste materials to useful forms of energy and life-cycle analysis of engineered environmental systems. Biological treatment of industrial wastes and bioremediation of hazardous wastes. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

642. Solid Waste Management (I or II; 4, 0)
This course covers the technology, policy, and management of municipal solid waste generation. Topics include recycling, material recovery, waste reduction, landfilling, and combustion.

644. Hazardous Waste Management (I or II; 3, 3)
Toxicology, industrial waste pretreatment, stabilization techniques, facilities siting, secure landfill design, incineration, legal and liability issues, public participation, remedial action, and emergency response. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

645. Environmental Engineering Chemistry (I or II ; 3, 3)
Principles of aquatic chemistry and applications with emphasis on acid-base reactions, solubility, precipitation, and oxidation reduction reactions in water. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

646. Water Treatment Design (I or II; 4, 0)
Design of water supplies, water treatment plants, distribution systems, sewers and wastewater treatment plants. Environmental and economic impact. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

647. Air Pollution Control (I; 3, 1)
Historical perspective on air pollution in the United States, measurement of air quality, meteorology and climatology, modeling of atmospheric dispersion, sources of air pollution — stationary sources and mobile sources, health effects, control of gaseous and particulate emissions, global problems such as greenhouse
gases and ozone, regulatory and legal concerns. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

648. Environmental Engineering Unit Operations and Processes (I or II; 3, 3)
Fundamental principles of physical, chemical, and biological systems used in the treatment of air, soil, and water in the field of environmental engineering. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

649. Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering (I or II; R; 4, 0)
Topics will vary. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

651. Environmental Geotechnology (II; 3, 3)
Interaction between hazardous and toxic wastes and geotechnical properties of soils. Hazardous and toxic wastes in the subsurface environment. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

699. Thesis (I and/or II)
Research on the graduate-level under the direction of a faculty member.


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