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Environmental Engineering Coursework

The path to environmental engineering

What would you actually learn in the environmental engineering program?  What kind of career would it prepare you for?  Take a look at some of these fundamental environmental engineering courses to see where you can go.

EVEG 2331 Introduction to environmental engineering

What you will learn:  Learn how to think like an environmental engineer!  Also, gain experience in all of the core components of environmental engineering—drinking & wastewater, air pollution, solid waste, and hazardous waste.  Every environmental engineer needs to be reasonably well-versed in all aspects of the profession no matter if you will ever practice them at a high level.

EVEG 3344 Principles of solid & hazardous waste managementTops of old green hazardous waste drums

What you will learn:  How do we differentiate between  solid and hazardous waste?  When is it more appropriate to landfill or incinerate as a method to handle waste?  What alternative uses are available for solid/hazardous waste?  When can "waste" be a useful resource?

EVEG 3342 Principles of water & wastewater treatment

What you will learn:  Some of the biggest gains in quality of life in the 20th century came from basic sanitation, a big part of which is safe drinking water and safe treatment of wastewater.  Catch up on 150 years of water/wastewater engineering and learn what you need to know for the next evolution of water-based sanitation!

EVEG 3343 Principles of air pollution monitoring & control

What you will learn:  When pollutants enter the air, fluid and atmospheric forces can carry them far from the source. Learn the forms of air pollution in terms of liquid aerosols, particulate matter, and vapor.  How can you design solutions for mobile and stationary air pollution sources that take into account local populations and local weather conditions?  Everyone has to breathe air.  Can you keep it breathable and lower human health risks?

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EVEG 3361 Modeling for environmental engineering

What you will learn:  It is much better to simulate what will happen with air, water, and soil pollution rather than to actually have the pollution occur and find it where it went.  Learn some of the basics for air, surface water, and groundwater modeling.  How can you design a model that accurately captures physical, chemical, and biological processes?  Will people believe your result?

diagram showing movement of air pollutants in environment

EVEG 3311 Water resources engineering

What you will learn:  The hydrologic cycle contains numerous water transfer processes, many of which most people are unaware of.  Learn how to calculate water transfers from rainfall to runoff, infiltration to groundwater, and return of groundwater to surface water.  Engineers are tasked quite often with storing and transporting water to both avoid flooding and save for later human use.  You will learn how to combine what you will learn about hydraulics, fluids, and hydrology to maximize the potential of water.

EVEG 4381-82 Environmental engineering design 1 & 2Student working in jungle village on water filter

What you will learn: Are you ready to take off the training wheels and see how well you can apply the basics of physical, chemical, and biological processes to a real engineering situations?  Over two semesters you will learn by doing real environmental engineering designs on a project for a customer and gain confidence in your technical and communication abilities before we send you out to the working world! We will prepare you to make a real impact in the engineering profession.

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