Undergraduate Program
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Environmental Engineering

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

 

Environmental Engineering Course DescriptionsCHEE 201: Elements of Chemical Engineering I (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Chemical engineering calculations and principles of energy and material behavior.
Prerequisites: MATH 124 or MATH 125, CHEM 151, CHEM 152, ENGR 102, ENGR 170
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 202: Elements of Chemical Engineering II (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Chemical engineering calculations and principles of energy and material behavior.
Prerequisites: MATH 223, CHEE 201, CHEE 201L
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 295E: Careers in Environmental Engineering (1 unit)
Syllabus (PDF)
Familiarizes students with possible careers in environmental engineering. Provided in colloquium style and designed to help students understand career opportunities for environmental engineers. Students interact with invited speakers and explore various roles of environmental engineers in solving real environmental engineering problems.
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 370R: Environmental Water Engineering (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Principles and methods of analysis of environmental engineering issues. Includes such topics as greenhouse gas effects, tropospheric air pollution, environmental air pollution, environmental risk assessment, surface and group water pollution and drinking and wastewater treatment.
Identical to: CE 370R
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 400A/500A: Environmental Engineering Laboratory I (1 unit)
Syllabus (PDF)
Focuses on unit operations and processes commonly applied in environmental engineering and supports fundamental concepts developed in required courses for environmental engineering majors.
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 400B/500B: Water Chemistry for Engineers Lab II (1 unit)
Focuses on unit operations and processes commonly applied in environmental engineering and supports fundamental concepts developed in required courses for environmental engineering majors.
Prerequisites: CHEE 400A or 500A
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 400R/500R: Water Chemistry for Engineers (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Introduction to primarily aqueous-phase equilibria governing water-quality characteristics of interest in potable water supply, wastewater treatment and natural waters. Topics include acid-base and metal-ligand equilibria, oxidation-reduction reactions, and chemical reaction thermodynamics. Some emphasis on equilibria governing interphase (gas-liquid, solid-liquid) chemical distribution. Mathematical approaches to prediction of equilibrium chemical speciation are stressed. Graduate-level requirements include application of canned computer algorithms to solve equilibrium chemistry problems.
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 401A/501A: Chemical and Environmental Engineering Laboratory I (1 unit)
Syllabus Part 1 (PDF) | Syllabus Part 2 (PDF)
Laboratory of environmental engineering operations.
Prerequisite: CHEE 420
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 402: Intermediate Engineering Analysis (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Solution of complex chemical engineering problems using analytical and numerical techniques.
Prerequisites: MATH 223, MATH 254, CHEE 202; concurrent registration, CHEE 303
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 413: Process Control and Simulation (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Theory of automatic control as applied to elementary chemical engineering processes. Use of continuous system simulation languages for study of practical control problems in the process industries.
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration, CHEE 402
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 415/515: Microelectronics Manufacturing and the Environment (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Presents basic semiconductor processes with direct environmental implications.
Identical to: ECE 415
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 420/520: Chemical Reaction Engineering (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Application of thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals to the analysis and design of chemical reactors. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a current topic.
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 435/535: Corrosion and Degradation (3 units)
Science of corrosion and degradation reactions and its application to engineering problems.
Prerequisites: MSE 331R or MSE 412, or concurrent registration in CHEM 480B
Credit for: 2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design
Identical to: MSE 435 (MSE is home department)
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 436: Engineering Innovation (3 units)
Small advances can create major technological breakthroughs that are commercial successful: integrated circuits, DNA sequencing, and charge-coupled devices, for example. This course examines engineering innovation in three stages by (1) dissecting past breakthroughs to show how they work and how they came into existence at a particular time and place, (2) preparing a case study on a current technology to build a framework of what to look for, and (3) applying this framework to a technology on the horizon to determine what its potential might be. Course is of interest to students from all of engineering and science disciplines, and students in the humanities who have some science background and a strong interest in how technological innovation happens.
Identical to: ENGR 436, ENTR 436
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 437: Surface Science (3 units)
Fundamental material, electrical and chemical properties of solid metal, semiconductor, insulator and organic surfaces applied to selected gas-solid surface chemical reactions important in semiconductor processing and heterogeneous catalysis. This course is designed to introduce students to the chemistry and physics of solid surfaces and interfaces with an emphasis on the gas-solid interface. First half of the course is devoted to learning the fundamental material, electrical and chemical properties of solid surfaces. Second half covers applying these fundamentals to topics in chemical catalysis and integrated circuit manufacture.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate-level standing in chemistry, physics or engineering.
Identical to: CHEM 437, MSE 437
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 442: Chemical Engineering Design Principles (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Preliminary economic, environmental, safety and design principles associated with chemical process equipment.
Prerequisites: CHEE 303, CHEE 326; concurrent registration, CHEE 420.
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 443 - Chemical Engineering Plant Design (3 units)
Design project from scoping and process selection through material and energy balances, equipment design and sizing, safety and environmental consideration to economic analysis of capital cost and operating expense.
Prerequisites: CHEE 420, CHEE 442
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 471/571: Rheology: Principles and Applications (3 units)
Fundamental principles of rheological behavior of materials. Non-Newtonian viscous behavior. Application of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. Viscoelasticity. Relation between microscope structure and behavior; polymer solutions, slurries, and colloidal systems. Graduate-level requirements include use of increased experience in terms of knowledge of mathematical techniques applied to transport and phenomena problems.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate-level fluid mechanics.
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 473/573: Biodegradation of Hazardous Organic Compounds (3 units)
Basic principles of microbiology in relation to bioremediation of contaminated sites. Covers current research in bioremediation and solution of common problems in bioremediation.
Identical to: CE 473/573
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 474/574: Fate and Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering (3 units)
Processes affecting mass transfer and transformation in natural and engineered environmental systems. Process modeling using reactor models. Mass transfer kinetics and equilibrium. Mass and energy balances.
Prerequisites: MATH 223 and MATH 254
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 476A/576A: Water Treatment System Design (3 units)
Syllbus (PDF)
Application of theory and engineering experience to design of unit operations for production of potable water. Covers water regulations, conventional treatment technologies and selected advance treatment topics. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper.
Identical to: CE 476A/576A
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 476B/576B: Wastewater Treatment Design System (3 Units)
Application of theory and engineering experience to design of unit operations for treatment of wastewater. Covers water regulations, conventional treatment technologies and selected advanced treatment topics. Graduate-level requirements include additional homework problems, course paper, and additional exam questions.
Identical to: CE 476B
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 477R/577R: Microbiology for Engineers (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Principles of microbiology, including physiology, metabolism, genetics and ecology. Explores fundamental microbial processes and their environmental significance and application in environmental engineering. Lab is associated with lecture course to provide laboratory skills in basic and applied microbiology. Graduate-level requirements include oral reports.
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 478/578: Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management (3 units)
Syllabus (PDF)
Management, planning, legal and engineering aspects of liquid and solid hazardous waste treatment and disposal. Graduate-level requirements include report on an in-depth review of interdisciplinary aspects of an existing project (with a non-UA engineer).
Identical to: CE 478/578
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 480/580: Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering (3 units)
Current developments in environmental engineering research and technology; provides final bridge to the lifelong learning process.
Prerequisites: CHEE 400R, CHEE 477R, CHEE 476A, CHEE 476B, or instructor approval
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 481A/581A: Engineering of Biological Processes (3 units)
Application of design of biological systems principles of engineering, science and mathematics, including statistics, kinetics, sensors, and bioreactor design and scale-up. Exploration of principal areas of biological engineering, such as food process engineering, tissue engineering, and large-scale fermentation processes. Graduate-level requirements include an oral presentation and belonging to the Journal Club.
Prerequisites: MATH 254, MCB 182 or MIC 205A or CHEE 450 or instructor approval
Identical to: ABE 481A/581A
Usually offered: Fall

CHEE 481B/581B: Cell and Tissue Engineering (3 units)
Application of engineering fundamentals, such as heat and mass transport, thermodynamics, kinetics, and design, to the fields of biotechnology, fermentation, food processing and bioseparation. Graduate-level requirements include two additional design projects, homework problems requiring a greater degree of mathematics, and exams containing questions that evaluate higher level thought processes.
Prerequisite: MATH 254
Identical to: ABE 481B/581B (ABE is home department)
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 482/582: Analysis of Emerging Environmental Contaminants (3 units)
Contaminants of emerging concern are major scientific and political issues. Many have been detected in air, water, soil and biota, and most are identified and quantified using nonstandardized methods, often with limited or questionable quality assurance and quality control. At times, public policy and resource allocation are based on these uncertain data. There are thousands of potential contaminants for which no analytical methodologies have been developed. Through this course, students become familiar with the diversity of analytical (instrumental) and bioanalytical (bioassay) tools currently available, and discover the pros and cons of each approach. The class also discusses future opportunities, such as development of online sensors and miniaturization of environmental methods. While the emphasis of the course is be on water analysis, the class also briefly discusses implications for other environmental matrices, such as biosolids, sediments, solids, tissues, body fluids, and aerosols. Contaminants are discussed in terms of classes (such as pharmaceuticals, steroid hormones, nanoparticles, metals, disinfection byproducts) and physical chemical properties (such as water solubility, pH, volatility, molecular weight, and molecular geometry). This class provides a hands-on experience with key instrument platforms, such as gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection, inductively coupled plasma with mass spectrometric detection, liquid chromatography with diode array UV, fluorescence, and mass spectrometric detection. Cellular and whole animal bioassays for the screening of complex mixtures of contaminants are discussed and demonstrated. Key principles of toxicity identification and evaluation are covered, along with real-world examples of how to determine causes of observed environmental toxicity. Students work independently and in groups to investigate a key issue relative to environmental analysis, write a paper on this topic, and present and defend their findings before the class.
Identical to: ABE 482/582 (CHEE is home department)
Usually offered: Spring

CHEE 510: Logistics of Writing a Manuscript for Chemical and Environmental Engineering (1 unit).
How students should organize data and thoughts in preparation for creating a manuscript. How to select data, prepare data for presentation, and develop a general and focused narrative for the manuscript. With narrative selected, students are taught to develop hypotheses and to use their data to support or reject each hypothesis. Students learn to research the literature to find evidence to provide a theoretical framework for their manuscript and to provide supplemental support for the findings from the data that either support or reject the formulated hypotheses. The course helps students generate an overall outline and detailed outline within sections to structure their manuscripts, and provides basic guidelines for writing paragraphs and sentences used in technical writing. The overall goal is to enable students to independently make a draft of a scientific manuscript. Students are asked to bring their own research data to course.
Usually offered: Spring

Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Wik

 

 

 

 

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Phone: 520.621.1897
Fax: 520.621.6048
Email: advisor@chee.arizona.edu
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