About CE 151 A

Fundamentals and design of sustainable systems for stormwater, drinking water, and wastewater treatment systems in urban and rural settings. Project-based. Prerequisite: CE 132 with a grade of C- or better.


Prereqs enforced by the system: CE 132 with a grade of C- or better Open to degree & Continuing Education students

Section Description

Water is essential to all life that we know of. Engineers intervene at several stages throughout the water cycle to divert water for human activity, treat water to make it suitable for human consumption, and clean stormwater and wastewater before it is returned to the environment. This course will explore the management and treatment of stormwater runoff; the treatment and supply of safe drinking water; and the recovery of water and other resources from wastewater. Specific topics include (1) stormwater management; (2) stormwater treatment; (3) drinking water supply; (2) drinking water treatment processes; (3) drinking water distribution; (4) wastewater collection systems; (5) wastewater treatment processes; (6) residuals management for wastewater and drinking water treatment; and (7) rural water quality management. This course will also explore environmental justice issues related to water engineering.

Section Expectation

At the successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Explain the role of engineers in the water cycle 2. Describe the physical, chemical, and biological principles governing typical stormwater, drinking water, and wastewater treatment processes. 3. Design unit processes for stormwater, drinking water, and wastewater treatment facilities to meet specified treatment goals. 4. Diagnose common operating problems in the treatment of water and wastewater. 5. Identify and address sustainability challenges in water/wastewater engineering in relation to energy, resource recovery, and water reuse.


Grading scheme: Professionalism 5% Problem Sets 25% Quizzes 30% Comprehensive Projects 40%

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