ENCE 432 Ground Water Hydrology (3 credits) - UMCP
Prerequisite: ENCE 305 and permission of department
Concepts related to the development of the ground water resources, hydrology, hydrodynamics of flow through porous media, hydraulics of wells and basin-wide ground water development. Fundamentals of ground water pollution are introduced.
ENCE 610 Environmental Chemistry (3 credits) - UMBC
This course presents chemical principles in the context of aquatic systems such as rivers, oceans, wetlands and the sub-surface environment. Equilibrium and kinetic concepts are reinforced through the use of chemical equilibrium and kinetic models. Surface and colloid chemistry are also discussed. At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand the basic chemical phenomena that control the fate of pollutants in the environment.
ENCE 612 Environmental Physico-chemical Processes (3 credits) - UMBC
This course focuses on physic-chemical processes that control the fate of contaminants in engineered and natural systems. Physico-chemical phenomenon is first introduce from a phenomenal standpoint, then its role in both engineered and natural systems is discussed.
ENCE 614 Environmental Biological Processes (3 credits) - UMBC
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental and design aspects of biological processes. The course focuses on engineered biological treatment for both municipal wastewater systems and contaminated soils and sediments. An understanding of biological treatment operations requires knowledge in the fundamental areas of biochemistry, mass transport, microbiology, reaction kinetics and reactor engineering.
ENCE 621 Groundwater Hydrology (3 credits) - UMBC
Instructor: C. Welty
Learning objectives for this course: (1) to understand the use and occurrence of groundwater in the US; (2) be able to quantify flow of groundwater in aquifers and unsaturated soils; (3) design and evaluate laboratory tests to determine porous media parameters; (4) design and evaluate field tests to determine aquifer parameters; (5) understand the physical basis and its relationship to mathematical modeling of contaminant transport in aquifers.
ENCE 627 Environmental Modeling (3 credits) - UMBC
This course covers the fundamental theories and techniques of modeling environmental processes, which is applicable to many disciplines of science and engineering. Students learn to identify key features of the environments and their ecological, biological and physic-chemical properties, represent the features mechanistically, identify their associated processes, derive governing equations for the processes and solve the equations.
ENCE 629 Physical Hydrology (3 credits) - UMBC
This course provides and introduction to quantifying the components of the hydrologic cycle - precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, infiltration, runoff, stream flow and groundwater flow. Emphasis is on quantifying flow and storage in watersheds, including temporal and spatial patterns. Appropriate field and laboratory tests used to measure hydrologic processes and mechanistic and statistical models for data evaluation and interpretation are presented.
ENCE 630 Environmental and Water Resource Systems I (3 credits) - UMCP
Application of statistical and systems engineering techniques in the analysis of information necessary for the design or characterization of environmental or hydrologic processes; emphasis on the fundamental considerations that control the design of information collection programs, data interpretation, and the evolution of simulation models used to support the decision-making process.
ENCE 635 Geographic Information Systems for Watershed Analysis (3 credits) - UMCP
Emphasis is on the use of GIS to support the analysis and modeling tasks associated with watershed planning and management. This course familiarizes the student with fundamentals of GIS data models, projections, and coordinate systems. Students develop a set of GIS-based algorithms solving common engineering problems in hydrology. Internet data sources and GPS technology are also covered.
ENCE 637 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits) - UMCP
An examination of biological principles directly affecting man and his environment, with particular emphasis on microbiological interactions in environmental engineering related to air, water and land systems; microbiology and biochemistry of aerobic and anaerobic treatment processes for aqueous wastes.
ENCE 646 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants (3 credits) - UMBC
This course covers basic principles of chemical fate and transport in the environment. Course material includes the fundamental concepts and practical, quantitative problem-solving techniques dealing with environmental contaminations. Mass balance; chemical equilibria and kinetics; environmental transport; and advanced topics such as groundwater well dynamics and subsurface fate and transport, atmospheric transport of pollutants and Monod kinetics are among those included. Computer software is used to solve complex but practical fate and transport problems in the environment.
ENCE 650 Process Dynamics in Environmental Systems (3 credits) - UMCP
The fundamentals of heterogeneous equilibria, rates of environmental reactions, and flow and material transport are presented. Applications of these principles will be presented to small and large scale environmental problems involving liquid, gas, and solid phases. Both natural and engineered environmental systems will be examined.
ENCE 651 Chemistry of Natural Waters (3 credits) - UMCP
Instructor: A. Torrents
Application of principles from chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to the study and interpretation of the chemical composition of natural waters is rationalized by considering metal ion solubility controls, pH, carbonate equilibria, adsorption reactions, redox reactions and the kinetics of oxygenated reactions which occur in natural water environments. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.
ENCE 655 Environmental Behavior of Organic Pollutants (3 credits) - UMCP
Prerequisite: ENCE 651
Instructor: A. Torrents
Introduction to the scientific data needed and methods currently available to assess the environmental risk of organic chemicals. Applications of principles from chemical thermodynamics will be used to study phase-transfer processes of organic pollutants in the environment (solid/water, solid/air, water/air). Physical-chemical properties of organic pollutants will be used to estimate partitioning.
ENCE 658 Modeling and Spatial Statistics with Applications in the Urban Environment (3 credits) - UMBC
The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge of mathematical models for the urban environment from various disciplinary perspectives, and how such models might be coupled to address urban water problems. Simple models from the fields of environmental contaminant transport, economics, and ecology will be used as examples. Material covered will include time series analysis and geostatistical analysis of spatially distributed data in the physical, biological, and social sciences. The course will highlight challenges of the interdisciplinary perspective including (1) space and time scales of concern to different disciplines; (2) issues with uncertainty in data and models; and (3) examples of models that are available to the different disciplines.
ENCE 660 Air Pollution (3 credits) - UMBC
Prerequisites: CHEM 101, CHEM 102 or equivalent, MATH 225
The objective of this course will be to provide an introduction to the sources, chemistry and fate of airborne pollutants. In general, it will be broken into three parts: sources and dispersion processes, gas-phase chemistry and particulate-phase chemistry. The focus will be on the urban atmosphere, but as some pollutants have impacts well beyond their sources region some discussion of the global cycles will be appropriate.
ENCE 688B Hydrology, Climate & Water Resources (3 credits) - UMCP
Instructor: K. Brubaker
Prerequisite: Basic probability and statistics; permission of instructor
A detailed examination of the physical processes controlling water availability; the global hydrologic cycle and regional hydroclimate; deterministic mathematical models for process simulation; global water resource issues.
ENCE 688D Numerical Modeling for Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (3 credits) - UMCP
Instructor: K. Brubaker
Prerequisite: graduate-level course work in one of the following: hydrology, hydraulics,or environmental chemistry; permission of department and instructor.
Rigorous introduction to the development and use of numerical models for water resources applications.
ENCE 730 Environmental and Water Resouce Systems II (3 credits) - UMCP
Prerequisite: ENCE 630 or permission of instructor
Advanced topics in operational research. Applications to complex environmental and water resources systems. The use of systems simulation and probabalistic modeling.
ENCE 755 Transformations of Organic Compounds in the Environment (3 credits) - UMCP
Prerequisite: permission of instructor
Focuses on reaction kinetics and mechanisms of organic pollutants transformations. Kinetic principles will be used to calculate or estimate the pollutants' half-lives. Physical-chemical properties of organic pollutants will be used to estimate transformation mechanisms and rates. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how physio-chemical and structural properties relate with the transformation of organic pollutants.
ENCE 756 Bioremediation (3 credits) - UMCP
Prerequisite: permission of instructor
Introduction to microbiological and engineering fundamentals of bioremediation. Coverage will emphasize current and emerging technologies for major classes of environmental contaminants and contaminated site characteristics; relevant microbial ecology, biochemistry and physiology; site data needed to assess the feasibility of the bioremediation option; design and operation of engineered bioremediation systems, including reactor and in situ approaches; monitoring methods for evaluation the success of bioremediation projects; technical evaluation of selected case studies.