Environmental Engineering Processes

Environmental Engineering Processes
An introduction to the evaluation and design of drinking water, wastewater, air pollution and hazardous waste treatment practices.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesChem 105.
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 451
Course Outcomes

Materials Balance Calculations

Be able to setup and solve material balance calculations for environmental engineering problems.


Understand zero, first, and second order reactions equations and be able to solve simple problems using these concepts. Understand half-life and doubling time and how it applies to reactor design.

Reactors: Mixing Models and Reactor Models

Understand and solve problems using mixed-batch, plug-flow, and completely mixed mixing models. Solve simple design problems for mix-batch, plug-flow, and completly mixed flow reactors.

Energy Balance

Understand and solve simple problems of energy balance. This will include units of meausre, conversion, energy equivalance, and power production.


Understand the concept of an ecosystem. This includes material and energy flows.

Water Quality

Understand basic water quality measures: dissolved oxygen, oxygen demand, solids, nitrogen, and bacteria measurements. Be introduced to water quality standards for drinking water, effluents, and surface waters.

Water Treatment

Understand and solve basic engineering problems related to water treatment processes including softening, coagulation and floculation, settling, filtration, and disinfection.

Waste Water Treatment

Understand and solve basic engineering problems related to waste water treatment. This will include understanding the basic unit operations: preliminary and primary treatment, secondary treatment, tertiary treatment, and sludge treatment and disposal. Understand and be able to solve basic engineering problems related to activated sludge systems, including reactor design and solids separation.

Air Quality

Understand the basic processes and issues related to air quality, this includes major air pollutants, sources of air pollution, and air quality standards.

Hazardous Waste

Understand the basic issues and regulations related to hazardous and radioactive waste. This includes legal definitions and approaches.