Water and Wastewater Treatment

CE 385J - Hazardous Waste Management

Legal and technological approaches to control of hazardous wastes, studied through problem evaluation and solution. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

CE 385L - Water and Wastewater Treatment

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. Three lecture hours or two and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

Topic 2: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing.  Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Advanced Treatment Processes. Project-based course addressing advanced topics in treatment process design: alternative designs, computer models, laboratory testing, economics, and least-cost designs.  Two and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1).

CE 385M - Unit Operations in Water and Wastewater Treatment

Physical, chemical and biological unit operations for water treatment and pollution control problems. One lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment or Topic 2: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing) or consent of instructor.

CE 385N - Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Industrial wastewater characteristics; methods of in-plant control; application of various biological, chemical, and physical processes in practical water pollution control systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and credit or registration for Civil Engineering 385L or consent of instructor.

CE 385R - Land Treatment of Wastes

Principles of the use of land in management of municipal and industrial wasterwaters, sludges, and solids; includes problem evaluations.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

CE 385W - Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues

Fundamentals and applications of drinking water treatment processes, interactions amoung treatment processes, source water quality, and public health issues.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment) and consent of instructor.

CE 386M - Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design

Design of water and wastewater treatment facilities; pumps and hydraulic considerations; design of wasterwater collection systems; design of systems for handling and disposal of residuals. Specific facilities may be selected to meet individual interests.  Six hours of lecture and design laboratory a week for one semester, with appropriate field trips to operating facilities.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and credit or registration for Civil Engineering 385L or consent of instructor.

CE 388N - Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals

Characterization and collection of solid wastes; biological, chemical and physical principles and integrated systems applicable to the treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial reduals. Two lecture hours and three discussion hours a week for one semester, with occasional field trips.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil or environmental engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CE 393M - Environmental Engineering Research Seminar

Presentation and discussion of environmental topics in surface water, groundwater, air resources, and land resources. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CE 397 - Water Supply and Waste Disposal in Developing Countries

Unique considerations in engineering of water supply and waste disposal in undeveloped, rural areas. Public health issues and their impact on engineering.

Water Resources

CE 380W - Water Resources Engineering Research Seminar

Presentations and discussions on various topics in water resources engineering. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CE 385D - Water Resources Planning and Management

Application of engineering economics, microeconomic theory, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective planning, and urban water resource management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CE 394K - Engineering Hydrology

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  With consent of instructor, any topic may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and a basic course in hydrology and in differential equations, or consent of instructor.

Topic 1 - Groundwater Pollution and Transport

Groundwater flow and hydroelectric modeling, sources of contamination, multiphase partitioning, advection-dispersion transport and modeling.

Topic 2 - Surface Water

Rainfall runoff processes, hydrograph theory, linear and nonlinear hydrologic system models, hydrologic and hydraulic streamflow routing, rainfall and flood flow frequency analysis, watershed models.

Topic 3 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources

Principles of geographic information systems, hydrology, and database management systems applied to water resources problems. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CE 397 - Water Resources Development and Policies

Analysis of water resources projects, particularly international water projects, with emphasis on engineering planning considerations and their relation to governmental policies.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics and Ocean Engineering

CE 380P - Ocean Engineering Principles: Theory and Applications

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Mathematics 427K and a course in fluid mechanics, or consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Principles of Hydrodynamics

Motion of a viscous or ideal fluid, waves and wave-body interactions, lifting surfaces, cavitating flows, computational hydrodynamics

Topic 2: Boundary Element Methods

Formulation and numerical implementation of boundary element methods; applications to problems in fluid mechanics, structural analysis, and solid mechanics.

CE 380S - Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Fundamentals of fluid mechanics applied in natural systems; analysis of energy; momentum, diffusion, turbulence, and stratification in lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 319F or consent of instructor.

CE380T - Computational Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Fundamentals of computational methods and their application to fluid mechanics problems in civil and environmental engineering.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 380S or an equivalent graduate course in fluid mechanics, and knowledge of a programming language.

CE 397 - Hydrodynamics of Propulsors and Dynamic Positioning Systems

Hydrofoil and lifting surface theory, actuator disk and lifting line theory, vortex-lattice and panel methods, blade design techniques, propulsor-inflow and propulsor-hull interaction, unsteady blade and shaft forces, and modeling of sheet cavitation.

CE 397 - Design of Offshore Structures

Selection of design storm; wave forces on structures; preliminary analysis of steel jacket platforms; joint design; fatigue considerations; foundation design; dynamic effects and responses.

Water Quality Management

CE 385K. - Water Quality

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis I.

Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of streams, impoundments, estuaries, and coastal waters; methods for analysis of water quality problems. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 341 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor.

Topic 2: Stream Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis II.

Application of methods of analysis to development of a water quality management plan for a water body in Texas. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385K (Topic 1) or consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Water Quality Modeling

Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385K (Topic 1) or consent of instructor.

Topic 4: Water Pollution Ecology

Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to ecological problems in freshwater and marine environments.

CE 390M - Water Quality Management

A consideration of the technical, scientific, legal, and socioeconomic aspects of water quality management. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Environmental Engineering Science

CE 390J. - Engineering Microbiology

Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to environmental pollution and treatment processes, energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, and biological fate of pollutants; introduction to laboratory techniques.  Three hours a week for one semester, including lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CE 390L - Environmental Analysis

Advanced analytical procedures for the sampling, monitoring, and analyses of wastes in air, liquids, and other wastes. Six hours of lecture and laboratory a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, one year of chemistry, and consent of instructor.

CE 390N - Water Pollution Chemistry

Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to chemical problems in fresh water and marine environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CE 390P - Environmental Organic Chemistry

Advanced topics in the environmental chemistry of organic contaminants in groundwater, soil and air systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CE 397 - Particles in Water

The science and engineering of behavior of particles in water. Interactions of particles with the solution and other particles (double layer, hydrodynamics), and engineering processes for particle removal (flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, thickening, and membrane separation). (Lawler)

CE 397 - Surface and Soil Chemistry

An introduction to surface and soil chemistry as applied to environmental processes. Subjects include colloidal properties, liquid surfaces, liquid-liquid interfaces, solid-liquid interfaces, sorption, and soil components and their reactivity.

CE 397 - Chemical Dynamics in the Environment

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions.

Air Resources

CE 381E - Design of Energy Efficient and Healty Buildings

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.

CE 389T - Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control

Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in architectural or civil engineering.

CE 396L. - Air Pollution Engineering

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor._

Topic 1 - Air Pollution Chemistry

Classification, transport, transformation, deposition, sampling and analysis of particulate and gaseous air pollutants in urban, regional, and global - scale systems.

Topic 2 - Air Pollution Control

Design of air pollution control systems for stationary sources. Technical, regulatory, and economic fundamentals related to the control of gaseous and particulate emissions.

Topic 3 - Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry

Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants.  Interactions between indoor pollutants and indooor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments.

Topic 4 - Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling

Mathematical models of contaminant transport in the atmosphere; atmospheric turbulence and air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume, gradient transport, and higher-order closure models; theoretical development and practical applications to engineering problems.

CE 396M - Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Science

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in a natural science or engineering.

Topic 1: General Topics

Topic 2: Air Pollution Meterology

Basic meterology applied to air pollution; diffusion of conservative and nonconservative pollutants; plume rise; air pollution models.

CE 397 - Air Sampling and Analysis

Collection and analysis of air samples for gaseous and particulate contaminants. Gas flow rate and calibration techniques, stationary source sampling and analysis, indoor air sampling, ozone and NOX ambient air modeling.

CE397 - Climate Change Mitigation

This course explores the technical options for engineering a large-scale response to climate change, emphasizing critical questions in three key areas. Cross-cutting themes include the societal and economic context for implementing engineered responses, and skills for developing intuition at multiple scales of analysis.

Thesis and Project Courses

CE 397. Special Courses in Civil Engineering

For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester; some topics require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. With consent of instructor, any topic may be repeated for credit. Some topics may be offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule. Specific courses in recent years have included:

CE 397S, 697S - Special Independent Studies in Civil Engineering

Independent study. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of adviser.

Topic 14: Master's Research

Topic 15: Dissertation Research

CE 398D - Department Report

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the departmental report option. Individual instruction. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of supervising professor and graduate adviser.

CE 398R - Master's Report

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the Master of Science in Engineering degree under the Graduate School report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of supervising professor and the graduate adviser.

CE 398T - Supervised Teaching in Civil Engineering

Special training in teaching methods and procedures for civil engineering courses, including laboratory courses; the development of new and material methods to update present courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and appointment made as teaching assistant.

CE 698 - Thesis

The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Civil Engineering 698A.

CE 399R, 699R, 999R - Dissertation

Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.  Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

CE 399W, 699W, 999W - Dissertation

Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.  Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 399R, 699R, 999R.

Interdisciplinary Courses

CE 387C - Geoenvironmental Engineering

Waste containment systems; ground and groundwater remediation systems; multiphase flow and transport; soil-chemical interaction; nonaqueous-phase liquids; soil liners; geosynthetic materials. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CE 387T - Decision, Risk, and Reliability

Principles and theory for modeling uncertainty in civil engineering, analyzing how uncertainties affect performance, and developing rational bases for design and decision making under uncertain conditions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and an introductory course in probability and statistics.

Undergraduate Courses in EWRE

The following may be included in graduate programs with approval of the student's advisor

CE 342 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

Application of chemical, biological, and physical processes in engineering solutions to problems of water supply, pollution control, and wastewater treatment.

CE 356 - Elements of Hydraulic Engineering

Flow in closed conduits, hydraulic machinery; open-channel flow; flow measurement; design of storm sewers.

CE 358 - Introductory Ocean Engineering

Wave theory and its applications to coastal engineering and offshore structure technology. Includes fundamentals of inviscid and viscous flow of incompressible fluids, and applications of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in design.

CE 364 - Design of Pollution Control Systems

Analysis, synthesis, and design of integrated processes to handle and treat drinking water and wastewater.

CE 365K - Hydraulic Engineering Design

Application of engineering hydraulics to stormwater management; storm sewer design; engineering hydrology; open-channel hydraulics; hydraulic structures; culverts and bridges; stormwater detention facilities.

CE 369L - Air Pollution Engineering

Characterization of sources, emissions, transport, transformation, effects, control and measurement of gaseous and particulate air pollutants.

CE 370K - Environmental Sampling and Analysis

Principles of water chemistry, applied to measurement of contaminants in drinking water, wastewater, natural waters, and the atmosphere.

CE 374K - Hydrology

Phases of the hydrologic cycle, unit hydrograph, flow routing, hydrologic statistics, design storms and flows, design of storm sewers, detention ponds and water supply reservoirs.

CE 374L - Groundwater Hydraulics

Darcy's law, steady flow in aquifers, aquifer and well testing, regional flow, numerical simulation, unsaturated flow, saltwater intrusion.

Courses Outside EWRE (Examples)

This list includes courses outside of EWRE, which have been frequently taken by graduate students, especially Ph.D. students.  Many other courses not listed are also available and can be taken with consent of advisor.  These courses are organized by topics

Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

  • CE 387C - Geoenvironmental
  • Engineering
  • GEO 391 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology
  • GEO 391C - Hydrogeology

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 339 - Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CHE 453 - Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 381P - Advanced Analysis for Chemical Engineers
  • CHE 384 - Membrane Science
  • CHE 385M - Surface Phenomena
  • CHE 395F - Advanced Biochemical Engineering

Chemistry

  • CH 618A - Organic Chemistry (often taken as CH 380M for graduate credit)
  • CH 369 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Biology

  • MIC 362 - Metabolism and Biochemistry of Microorganisms
  • MIC 226 - General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics
  • MIC 227 - General Microbiology: Microbial Physiology and Ecology
  • MIC 129K - General Microbiology Laboratory
  • MIC 366 - Microbial Genetics
  • MIC 382L - Techniques in Molecular Genetics

Mathematics

  • EM 393M - Numerical Methods for Flow>Problems
  • M 368K - Numerical Mathematics for Applications
  • ME 380Q - Engineering Analysis
  • PEN 381K - Engineering Analysis
  • PEN 382L - Numerical Methods in Petroleum Engineering
  • Statistics

  • CHE 384 - Design of Experiments
  • M 394C - Applied Statistics and General Linear Models
  • ME 335 - Probability and Statistics for Engineer

Fluid Mechanics

  • ME 381P.1 - Incompressible Flow I
  • ME 381P.3 - Dynamics of Turbulent Flow
  • ME 381P.5 - Incompressible Flow II
  • ASE 382Q.6 - Finite Difference Methods in
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Operations Research

  • ME 366L - Introduction to Operations Research
  • ME 379L - Intermediate Operations Research
  • ME 391Q.1 - Nonlinear Programming
  • ME 391Q.9 - Large Scale System Optimization_

Miscellaneous

  • CE 391U - Artificial Intelligence Concepts and Algorithms
  • LAW 376L - Water Law
  • LAW 441L - Environmental Law
  • PA 388K - Topics in Public Policy
  • PA 391 - Public Financial Management