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Independent Graduate Study in Environmental Engineering

ENVE 5020 - Independent Graduate Study in Environmental Engineering

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

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ENVE 5090 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering

Classroom or laboratory courses as announced for each semester. For independent study, see ENVE 5020.

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ENVE 5094 - Seminar in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Extended discussions on presentations contributed by staff, students and outside speakers. A certificate of completion will be issued from the Environmental Engineering Program. Also offered as CE 5394.

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ENVE 5210 - Environmental Engineering Chemistry – I

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.Also offered as CE 5210.

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ENVE 5211 - Environmental Organic Chemistry

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. Also offered as CE 5211.

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ENVE 5221 - Transport and Transformation of Air Pollutants

Transport and deposition of gaseous and aerosol pollutants; chemical formation and reactions of oxidants and acidic compounds. Also offered as CE 5221.

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ENVE 5230 - Advanced Soil Chemistry

Physical chemical characteristics of soil minerals and soil organic matter, and their reactivity with compounds present in the aqueous and vapor phase. Topics include: modern spectroscopic surface analyses, soil organic matter and its interactions with metals, redox reactions, solubility, derivation of ion-exchange equations, and kinetics of soil reactions. Also offered as NRE 6325.

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ENVE 5240 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation

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. Also offered as CE 394.

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ENVE 5251 - Environmental Physicochemical Processes

Reactor dynamics, applications of interfacial phenomena and surface chemistry, processes for separation and destruction of dissolved and particulate contaminants. Scholarly reviews. Also offered as CE 5250.

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ENVE 5252 - Environmental Remediation

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. Also offered as CE 5252.

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ENVE 5270 - Advanced Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Analysis of water and waste water. Experimental laboratory and plant investigation of water, wastewater and industrial waste treatment processes. Also offered as CE 391.

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ENVE 5310 - Environmental Transport Phenomena

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.Also offered as CE 5310.

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ENVE 5311 - Environmental Biochemical Processes

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. Also offered as CE 5251.

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ENVE 5320 - Quantitative Methods for Engineers

Also offered as CE 5320.This course and NRME 5605 may not both be taken for credit. 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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ENVE 5330 - Probabilistic Methods in Engineering Systems

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. Also offered as CE 5330.

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ENVE 5340 - Environmental Systems Modeling

Modeling pollutants in natural surface waters. Advective, dispersive, and advective-dispersive systems. Modeling water quality, toxic organic and heavy metals pollution. Also offered as CE 5340.

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ENVE 5810 - Hydrometeorology

Global dynamics of aquatic distribution and circulation. Hydrologic cycle, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, interception, storage, infiltration, overland flow, distributed hydrologic modeling, and stream routing. Also offered as CE 5810..

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ENVE 5811 - Hydroclimatology

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. Also offered as CE 5811.

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ENVE 5812 - Ecohydrology

This course 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. Also offered as CE 5812.

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ENVE 5820 - Unsaturated Flow and Transport

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). Also offered as CE 5820.

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ENVE 5821 - Vadose Zone Hydrology

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. Also offered as CE 5821.

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ENVE 5830 - Groundwater Flow Modeling

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. Also offered as CE 5830.

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ENVE 6920 - Doctoral Teaching Practicum

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

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