Courses in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

I ESE 110 (= I ECE 110) Introduction to Engineering (2)
(Formerly I CEN 110/I CEN 140.) An introduction to engineering, including problem solving and other skill sets essential for engineers. Using a combination of assignments and classroom lectures and presentations, students will learn how to formulate, articulate, and solve engineering problems, and how to present engineering work in written and oral form. Students will learn about the different disciplines within engineering and the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering. Students will gain a better understanding of how fundamental scientific principles relate to engineering. Only one of I CEN/I ECE/I ESE 110 and I CEN 140 may be taken for credit. Corequisite or prerequisite: A MAT 100 or A MAT 112 or A MAT 118.   

I ESE 201 Statics (3)
This course will cover the principles of statics and dynamics. Specific topics include: force systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; trusses; frames; 2-D centroids; friction; moments of inertia; distributed loads; centroids; internal forces; and mass moment of inertia. Prerequisite(s): Students must complete A MAT 113 with a C or better to register for I ESE 201. Corequisite(s): A MAT 214.

I ESE 202 Strength of Materials (3)
This course presents the theory and supports the application of essential mechanics of materials principles. Topics covered include: stress and strain; young's modulus; shear modulus and Poisson's ratio; loading conditions: axial, torsional, transverse shear, bending and combined; elongation of axial members, deflection of beams and shafts; buckling of columns; and energy methods. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 201 and A MAT 214.

I ESE 221 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering (3)
This course is designed to teach students how to engineer responsibly and professionally in the Anthropocene: the Age of the Human. It provides frameworks to facilitate understanding, communication, and the solving of highly complex problems from the perspective of sustainability within the context of cultural, social, institutional, and environmental. Prerequisite(s): A BIO 130; students must complete A MAT 112 and A CHM 115 or A CHM 120 with a C or better to register for I ESE 221.

I ESE 301 Intro to Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (3)
This course introduces students to the broadness of Environmental Engineering. Topics include but not limited to: ecosystem, risk assessment, hydrology, sustainability, water quality management, water treatment, wastewater treatment, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste engineering, and noise pollution. These technical aspects are supported by knowledge and information gained from basic sciences, in particular, biology and chemistry. Engineering tools such as mass balance will be taught and used extensively in this course. Lab included. Prerequisite(s): A BIO 130; students must complete A MAT 113 and A CHM 115 or A CHM 120 with a C or better to register for I ESE 301.

I ESE 321 Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design (3)
This course focuses on contemporary issues and puts product design in the context of models of sustainability. It provides relevant case studies from across the globe and methods for quantifying sustainability through environmental impacts, Life Cycle Analysis models, and design impacts. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 221.

I ESE 332 Air Quality Modeling (3)
(Formerly I ESE 442) This course describes the meteorological basis of air dispersion and provides extensive discussions of Gaussian, Lagrangian, and Eulerian air dispersion modeling. In particular, popular models, such as the EPA's AERMOD and CALPUFF will be presented in detail. Prerequisite(s): A ATM 210.

I ESE 351 Fluid Mechanics (3)
This course introduces the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics. Topics covered include: fluid properties and statics; energy, momentum and forces in fluid flow; steady flow in pressure conduits and open channels; and fluid measurements. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 201 or A PHY 140 or A PHY 142, and A MAT 214 or A MAT 218.

I ESE 381 Energy Engineering (3)
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of all of the major energy technologies, such as fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy. Topics including how these technologies work, how they are quantitatively evaluated, how much they cost, and their impact on the natural environment will be discussed thoroughly. Prerequisite(s): A PHY 140 or A PHY 142; students must complete A CHM 115 or A CHM 120 with a C or better to register for I ESE 381.

I ESE 411 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3)
This course presents the principles of water treatment, wastewater treatment, water reuse, water quality, and overviews regulations regarding pollution control and drinking water quality. In addition, other topics, such as climate change, alternative water supply development, hydraulics, stormwater treatment techniques, water quality regulations, and filter design are covered, too. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 301 and I ESE 351.

I ESE 412 Advanced Wastewater Engineering (3)
Theories and applications of aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment will be compared. Approaches for removing nitrogen and phosphorous will be presented. Tertiary wastewater treatment involving sorption, membrane technique, and ion exchange will be discussed. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 411.

I ESE 431 Air Pollution Control (3)
This course provides a detailed coverage of two key components: information on air pollutants and design training on how to control air pollution. Air pollutants, such as particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides will be presented in detail. The corresponding control technologies are then introduced to remove these contaminants from air. In addition, control of carbon dioxide emission is included as well. All of these discussions reflect the most recent information on U.S. air quality trends and standards. Prerequisite (s): A ATM 210.

I ESE 451 Water Resources Engineering (3)
Encompassing both analysis and design components, this course provides a comprehensive coverage of water resources engineering. Topics covered include: hydraulic processes, such as pipe flow, open-channel flow and groundwater flow; surface runoff; water distribution, flood control, stormwater control; and sedimentation and erosion hydraulics. In particular, management of water resources through the lens of sustainability will be emphasized. Prerequisite(s) I ESE 351.

I ESE 452 Groundwater Hydrology (3)
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of fundamental principles governing subsurface flow and transport, methods and problems encountered in managing groundwater resources. Specifically, this course will address concerns and competition for water supplies, contamination of groundwater, and enhanced regulation of water resources. Topics covered include: Darcy equation, the aquifer flow equation, storage properties, regional circulation, unsaturated flow, recharge, well hydraulics, numerical models, groundwater quality, contaminant transport processes, etc. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 451.

I ESE 471 Solid Waste Engineering (3)
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of solid waste management including public sanitation, regulatory compliance, public opinion and economics, waste treatment infrastructures, carbon footprints, resource recovery, and sustainability. It emphasizes engineering design, policy, and techno-economic evaluation of different management alternatives. Prerequisite(s): I ESE 351 and I ESE 301.

I ESE 497 Capstone Senior Design (3)
Teams of students conduct preliminary and final designs of real-world Environmental Engineering projects. Students will be able to hone their design skills based upon knowledge, tools and skills learned from other courses. Progress reports and presentations from all team members are required for this course. Prerequisite(s): senior standing in the ESE Program.

I ESE 498 Independent Research in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (1-3)
Independent research project under faculty guidance. Students will present their research as appropriate. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of department. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.