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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6668
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-03-17
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400000
  5. Contact Person: Jeffrey Cunningham
  6. Phone: 9749540
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6668
  10. Full Title: Physical and Chemical Principles in Environ Eng
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Phys Chem Principles
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: B.S. in engineering OR consent of instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Investigates how chemical properties, physical processes, and environmental characteristics all influence the fate and transport of chemicals in natural and engineered systems. Includes theory, practical examples, and laboratory experiments.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: The graduate curriculum of the Environmental Engineering program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is undergoing a major overhaul. This course will be one of the cornerstones of the new curriculum.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be a required "core" class in the new Environmental Engineering graduate curriculum. It will also be helpful to students in other programs and departments such as Geology, Chemical Engineering, Public Health, Environmental Science and Policy, and perhaps even biology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? This course has not been offered previously.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Instructor should have a Ph.D. in environmental engineering or a closely related field. Instructor should have research and/or practical experience in the topics of contaminant fate and transport, reactor theory, and interphase mass transfer, and the application of those topics to the solution of practical engineering problems.
  29. Objectives: 1. To understand the factors governing the behavior of chemicals in the environment, especially hazardous chemicals: transport; distribution among air, water, and soil; transformations; environmental and health effects.

    2. To comprehend equilibrium and rate principles and their interplay.

    3. To appreciate how a chemical's properties affect its environmental fate.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completing the class, students should be able to:

    (1) Identify the key provisions of central pieces of U.S. environmental legislation

    (2) Estimate quantitatively the distribution of chemicals between environmental phases or compartments

    (3) Identify the most important chemical properties and environmental characteristics that govern how a chemical behaves in the environment

    (4) Assess qualitatively how chemical systems will respond to a state of non-equilibrium

  31. Major Topics: Regulatory background for water and environmental quality

    Phase equilibrium and partitioning

    Mass transfer principles

    Reactions, degradation, and persistence

    Oxygen demand

    Reactor theory

    Oxygen depletion in Streams

    Chemical fate in wastewater treatment

    Chemical transport by advection and dispersion

  32. Textbooks: There will be no required text book. The instructor may make available a compiled set of notes.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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