About CE 132 A

Systems thinking and the systems approach as applied to environmental systems; sustainability, mass and energy balances, kinetics, ecosystem health and the public welfare, environmental risk, green engineering, water and wastewater treatment, air resources engineering, solid-waste management. Prerequisites: CHEM 031; MATH 019 or MATH 021.


Prereqs enforced by the system: CHEM 031, MATH 019 or 021 Open to Degree and Continuting Education students

Section Description

This course covers the fundamental science and engineering principles as applicable to environmental systems. Topics include: environmental systems and sustainability, systems thinking, mass and energy balances, water chemistry, risk assessment, water resources, water & wastewater engineering, waste management, and air quality engineering. Prerequisites: CHEM 031; MATH 019 or MATH 021.

Section Expectation

At the completion of this course students will be able to: 1. Describe and discuss contemporary environmental engineering and science issues in quantitative terms recognizing the multiple dimensions and complexity of environmental systems; 2. Apply material and energy balance concepts to engineered and natural systems and evaluate their sustainability using an evidence-based approach. 3. Apply the principles of chemical equilibria, reaction kinetics, and fate and transport phenomena related to environmental systems to solve engineering problems; 4. Apply probability and risk concepts to water and air quality engineering, waste management, pollution prevention and sustainability assessment; 5. Evaluate energy conservation measures in water and wastewater treatment systems design; 6. Analyze and interpret data obtained from textbook case studies to evaluate the design and operation of water and wastewater unit operations; 7. Recognize how sustainability impacts their own lives and how their actions impact system sustainability. 8. Understand the non-technical factors that affect environmental management decisions to explain sustainability in the context of ecological, economic and societal perspectives. 9. Think critically about sustainability across a diversity of cultural values and multiple scales of relevance (local to global).


Homework: 10% Active Learning Participation: 20% Viewpoint paper: 15% Quizzes/Exams: 40% Final project: 15%

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