University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance


EWRE Graduate Courses

Environmental Engineering Graduate Course Descriptions

CE-ENGIN 525 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOTECHNOLOGY (3 credits). Geotechnical Engineering related to environmental issues. Topics include: site investigation techniques for environmental drilling; site instrumentation procedures; groundwater sampling methods; methods of evaluating in situ and laboratory hydraulic conductivity for use in design; design of containment facilities; and current methods for addressing subsurface environmental problems. Written engineering reports.

CE-ENGIN 560 HYDROLOGY (3 credits). A quantitative account of elements of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, infiltration, and surface runoff. Basic laws from such various disciplines as physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics, combined into simple mathematical descriptions used in the hydrologic design process.

CE-ENGIN 561 OPEN-CHANNEL FLOW (3 credits). A rigorous mathematical study of one-dimensional flow in open channels, including uniform, gradually varied, rapidly varied, tidal, and flood flows. Analytical and finite difference solutions to the governing conservation equations developed with the aid of the computer, and stable channel design addressed.

CE-ENGIN 572 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (3 credits). With lab. Basic concepts of physical and chemical parameters used to measure water quality in natural aquatic systems and in treatment plants. Laboratory covers important water analysis methods including gravimetric, volumetric, colorimetric, and alkalinity-acidity titration.

CE-ENGIN 573 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING MICROBIOLOGY (3 credits). With lab. Microbiological and biochemical properties of microorganisms important in environmental engineering practice. General fundamentals of environmental microbiology and their application to drinking water treatment and distribution, water pollution control, and natural systems.

CE-ENGIN 575 ADVANCED SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT (3 credits). Introduction to municipal solid waste management and hazardous waste management. The relationship between the properties of wastes, the techniques and hardware used for waste handling and processing and the ultimate disposal (containment) of waste and other residual materials will be emphasized. Remediation of contaminated areas is also covered. The design of systems for the management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes subject to economic factors, safety, reliability and ethical and social implications will be examined.

CE-ENGIN 577 SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING (3 credits). Evaluation and control of water quality in streams, lakes, and estuaries. Mathematical analyses of patterns of water movement and their relationship to water quality. Wasteload allocation design.

CE-ENGIN 579 AIR QUALITY (3 credits). The sources, fate, transport, and control of the major categories of air pollutants. Topics include: sources and characteristics of air pollutants; atmospheric chemistry and physics; effects of air pollutants on human health and the environment; global climate change; atmospheric dispersion modeling; and design of systems for the control of gaseous and particulate air pollutants.

CE-ENGIN 590N NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING (3 credits). Use of numerical methods for problems in environmental and water resources engineering, including flow problems in porous media and open waters, multi-species chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and contaminant transport problems in porous media and open waters. Methods include solution of linear systems of equations, nonlinear equations and systems of nonlinear equations, systems of first order ordinary differential equations, and the finite difference method for partial differential equations. Emphasis on model building and effective use of such common programs as MODFLOW, MT3D, QUAL2E, and MINEQL.

CE-ENGIN 597G GIS for ENGINEERS (3 credits).  Principles of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis for engineering application. Topics include data structures and manipulation, topology, and attribute information. Use of spatial data for mapping and spatial analysis to address real world problems. 

CE-ENGIN 660 SUBSURFACE HYDRAULICS (3 credits). The transport of water through the unsaturated and saturated zone using rigorous mathematical theory, analytical solutions, and numerical computer models. Topics include hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils, infiltration, confined and unconfined aquifer flow, consolidations, and well flow.

CE-ENGIN 661 SUBSURFACE POLLUTION (3 credits). Transport of contaminants through the unsaturated and saturated zone using rigorous mathematical theory, analytical solutions, and numerical computer models. Topics include unsaturated zone pollution, confined and unconfined aquifer contamination, and the fate and transport of simply reactive contaminants.

CE-ENGIN 662 WATER RESOURCE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (3 credits). Systems analysis techniques, linear programming, dynamic programming and other techniques used in the analysis of water resource problems. Topics include planning and management associated with natural events, and design and operation of water resource facilities.

CE-ENGIN 668 PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE CONCEPTS (2 credits). Discussion of the concerns and challenges of a professional engineer including project management, writing and presentation skills, negotiations, finance, ethics, organizational structure, and risk and liability.

CE-ENGIN 670 TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING (3 credits) Transport of fluids and constituents in environmental systems. Advection, diffusion, dispersion, zero and first-order reaction kinetics and equilibrium partitioning processes. Mathematical models solved with analytical and numerical methods. Multi-scale application to surface and subsurface waters and the atmosphere.

CE-ENGIN 671 BIOLOGICAL PHENOMENA IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (4 credits). Lecture and lab. The major biological phenomena and processes used in environmental control. Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment, and hazardous waste remediation.

CE-ENGIN 672 PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES (4 credits). Lecture and lab. Fundamentals of physical and chemical processes used in environmental engineering. Applications include processes used in the treatment of drinking waters, industrial waters and wastewaters, municipal wastewaters, and hazardous waste remediation.


CE-ENGIN 680 WATER CHEMISTRY (4 credits). Chemical equilibrium principles of acids-bases, dissolution-precipitation, oxidation-reduction, and complexation are applied to understanding the chemistry of surface waters, groundwaters, and water and wastewater treatment.

CE-ENGIN 689 MASTER'S PROJECT (6 credits).

CE-ENGIN 690K ENVIRONMENTAL REACTION KINETICS (3 credits). Examination of the rates and kinetics of a range of chemical and biological systems important to Environmental Engineering. Fundamentals of kinetic theory are briefly covered and mathematical simulation of kinetic systems and analysis of kinetic data are covered.

CE-ENGIN 690R REMOTE SENSING IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (3 credits) Introduction to the fast-growing field of remote sensing from space. The course covers physical concepts and other aspects of remote sensing including: characteristics of electromagnetic spectrum and remote sensing devices, digital processing methods for interpreting, manipulating and analyzing remotely-sensed image data, and application of satellite imagery to environmental monitoring.

CE-ENGIN 691, 692 SEMINAR (1 credit). Presentations by visiting lecturers and graduate students of selected current literature and research.

CE-ENGIN 696 INDEPENDENT STUDY (Variable credit)

CE-ENGIN 770 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DESIGN (4 credits). Selection, evaluation, and design of environmental engineering processes and systems.

CE-ENGIN 770/771  ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING DESIGN (2 credits).  Selection, evaluation, and design of environmental and water resources engineering systems.

CE-ENGIN 772 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS (3 credits). Principles and techniques of instrumental chemical analysis, including molecular and atomic spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and electro-analytical methods. Emphasis on solving analytical problems of trace pollutants in water and wastewater. Two lecture hours and one laboratory.

CE-ENGIN 774 PROCESSES AT THE PARTICLE WATER-INTERFACE (3 credits). An analysis of physical and chemical aspects of the behavior of particles in aquatic systems. Topics include surface chemistry, adsorption, nucleation, precipitation, dissolution, forces between interacting surfaces, and the hydrodynamics of particle transport and deposition.

CE-ENGIN 776 BIOREMEDIATION OF CONTAMINATED SOILS AND GROUND WATER (3 credits). Application of biological processes as they are currently used to remediate conventional, industrial, and hazardous wastes. Fundamentals of microbial physiology and metabolism as applied to the major groups of hazardous chemicals. Both theory and design of remediation technologies are presented.

CE-ENGIN 790M PATHOGEN AND INDICATOR ORGANISM MICROBIOLOGY (3 credits). This course will cover topics related to drinking water indicator organism and pathogen microbiology. Will focus on major groups of pathogens, their sources, their epidemiology, testing, and their indicators. Appropriate management and treatment technologies for prevention of pathogen transmission will also be covered.