Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of South Florida
10 January 2011
Course Description (quoted from Search-A-Bull)
An introduction to various aspects of environmental problems faced by today's society.
are: air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, solid waste management, ionizing radiation, disease
transmission, and food protection.
Course Description (quoted from OASIS)
An introduction to environmental engineering with an emphasis on protection of air, water, and land
Topics covered include water quality engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, air
quality control, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, and regulatory issues.
overview of engineering issues associated with noise control and ionizing radiation is presented.
So what will we really cover this semester?
The OASIS description is pretty accurate, except that we probably won’t have time for even a cursory
overview of noise control or ionizing radiation.
(Those topics are covered in some environmental
engineering text books, if you are interested.)
We will start with a brief chemistry review.
that will pervade this semester is the
as a tool for solving engineering problems.
During this semester, students should learn:
how to apply material balances to solve engineering problems;
what types of problems are commonly encountered by environmental engineers (including water
resources engineers and other civil engineers), and/or the role of environmental engineers in society;
some of the most common approaches adopted by environmental engineers to describe and solve the
problems that we encounter; and
the issues involved in solving new or emerging environmental problems, particularly complex and/or
Learning Outcomes (ABET “a through k” outcomes)
The work completed by students in this course will help those students to attain:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,
economic, environmental, and societal context; and
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.