Wilkes University

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Major

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (EEES) offers a four-year ABET-accredited degree program in Environmental Engineering (ENV). This program provides strong engineering and scientific experience with advanced techniques heavily integrated into the curriculum. Students intending to major in this program are encouraged to be well prepared in the sciences and mathematics. Specialization is achieved by means of the selection of appropriate technical electives.

The student professional chapters of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences periodically offer seminars on subjects of a timely nature. Attending these seminars and taking the Engineers-in-Training (E.I.T.) Exam are mandatory for the completion of the degree in Environmental Engineering.

Honors Program in Environmental Engineering

Upon the recommendation and approval of the Environmental Engineering faculty, honor students in Environmental Engineering will be recognized upon completion of the following requirements: achievement of an overall grade point average of 3.25 or better; receipt of grades of 3.00 or better in all engineering courses of his or her discipline; pursuit of independent research or special projects in engineering; and presentation of research and project results at meetings, conferences, or by means of publication of a paper. The distinction "Honors in Engineering" will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

 

Environmental Engineering Major - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

 

First Semester

CHM-113 Elements and Compounds lab

1

CHM-115 Elements and Compounds

3

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

ME-180 CADD Lab

1

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

 

16

Second Semester

Distribution Requirements

3

EES-202 Biogeochemistry

3

Free Elective*

3

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

PHY-201 General Physics I

4

 

17

Third Semester

Distribution Requirement

3

ENV-201 Environmental Engineering Systems I

1

ENV-205 Environmental Microbiology

1

ME-231 Statics 

3

MTH-211 Intro. to Differential Equations

4

PHY-202 General Physics II

4

 

16

Fourth Semester

Distribution Requirement

3

EES-211 Physical Geology

4

EES-240 Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science

4

ME-232 Strength of Materials

3

ME-322 Thermodynamics

3

 

17

Fifth Semester

ENV-315 Soils

3

ENV-202 Environmental Engineering Systems II

2

ENV-321 Hydrology

4

ME-321 Fluid Mechanics

3

ME-323 Fluid Mechanics Lab

1

Technical Elective**

3

 

16

Sixth Semester

Distribution Requirement

3

EGM-320 Engineering Project Analysis

3

EGR-201 Engineering Ethics

1

ENV-330 Water Quality

4

ENV-332 Air Quality

3

Technical Elective**

3

 

17

Seventh Semester

Distribution Requirement

3

ENV-301 Environmental Engineering Systems III

1

ENV-305 Solid Waste Management

3

ENV-351 Water and Wastewater Treatment

4

ENV-353 Air Pollution Control

3

ENV-391 Senior Projects I

1

Technical Elective**

3

 

18

Eighth Semester

Distribution Requirement

3

ENV-322 Water Resources Engineering

3

ENV-352 Environmental Engineering Hydraulics

3

ENV-354 Hazardous Waste Management

3

ENV-392 Senior Projects II

2

Technical Elective**

3

 

17

 *Free elective must be numbered 101 or higher.
**Advisor approved science or engineering courses numbered 200 or above (exceptions: MTH 150, BIO 121 & 122 and SUS 3xx and above) with at least one course in engineering.
Technical electives must include EES 271 or EES 272.

Environmental Engineering

ENV-198/298/398. Topics in ENV

Credits: Varies with topic

 

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

ENV-395/396. Independent Research

Credits: Varies with topic1-3 credits.

Independent study or research for advanced students in the field of their major under the direction of a departmental faculty member. 

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Pre-Requisites

Approval of department chair and academic advisor.

ENV-201. Environmental Engineering Systems I: Chemical Kinetics and Statistical Methods

Credits: 1

This course focuses on understanding the factors that control species behavior in environmental systems and provides the foundation for estimating pollutant concentrations and their fate in the environment. This course also provides an introduction of central ideas of probability and statistics and their application in the analysis of environmental data and information. One hour of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. 

Pre-Requisites
CHM-113, CHM-115 or instructor's permission.

ENV-202. Environmental Engineering Systems II: Analytical and Computational Analysis

Credits: 2

This course focuses on basic methods for obtaining numerical solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations, simultaneous linear equations, and curve fitting techniques; examples provided are relevant to environmental engineering processes; will include an introduction to problem-solving using Excel and MATLAB. Two hours of lab per week. 

Pre-Requisites
MTH-111, MTH-112 or instructor's permission.

ENV-205. Environmental Microbiology

Credits: 1

The foundational concepts in microbiology that are important in environmental systems will be explored in this course. This will include the function and formation of cellular components starting from basic molecules (carbohydrates, fatty acids, amino acids, and nucleotides) to the cellular structures that are formed (membranes, proteins, and the nucleic acids RNA & DNA); carbon, energy, and nutrient sources required for cellular growth; and the metabolic pathways for substrates common in environmental systems will be shown. Biodegradation and growth kinetic models will be introduced.

ENV-298. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites

Permission of the instructor.

ENV-301. Environmental Engineering Systems III: Advanced Unit Operations and Processes

Credits: 1

Examination of unit operations and processes encountered in the environmental engineering field that will assist in the design and operation of advanced water, wastewater, and waste management treatment systems. One hour of lecture and one hour discussion per week.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ENV-305, ENV-351 or instructor's permission.

ENV-305. Solid Waste Management

Credits: 3

Assessment of the scope of the solid waste problem and engineering and management strategies. Lecture topics include the following: solid waste sources; characterization and generation rates; collection and transportation technologies and management options; sanitary landfill design and operation; and recycling strategies and technologies. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
EES-240, CHM-116 or EES-202, or permission of the instructor.

ENV-315. Soils

Credits: 3

Study of the structure, properties, and classification of soils. Fundamental concepts of soils science are applied to the environmental management of terrestrial ecosystems. Topics include soil genesis, the classification, and physical properties of soils, soil chemistry, and soil moisture relationships. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-321. Hydrology

Credits: 4

A quantitative analysis of the physical elements and processes that constitute the hydrologic cycle. Topics include precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, runoff, streamflow, and ground water flow. Ground water modeling and advanced treatment of Darcy’s Law is presented within the context of migration of ground water pollutants. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-322. Water Resources Engineering

Credits: 3

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A detailed progress report is required. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

ENV-330. Water Quality

Credits: 4

The physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the quality of water in the natural environment. The measurement of water quality parameters in water and wastes. The behavior of contaminants in ground and surface water. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-332. Air Quality

Credits: 3

Study of atmospheric pollutants, their sources and effects; measurement and monitoring techniques for air pollutants; atmospheric chemical transformations; regulatory control of air pollution; meteorology of air pollution; transport and dispersion of air pollutants; and introduction to indoor air pollution. Lab work includes both problem-oriented and hands-on exercises. Exercises include basic gas concepts, volume measuring devices, flow, velocity, and pressure measuring devices, calibration of such devices, and various sampling techniques. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-351. Water and Wastewater Treatment

Credits: 4

Design of water and wastewater treatment systems. Estimation of demands. Physical, chemical, biological, and land-based treatment processes. Sludge handling and disposal. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-352. Environmental Engineering Hydraulics

Credits: 3

Water distribution, sewage collections, pipe network models, piping materials, pumps and pumping stations, valves and tanks. Design and operation. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

ENV-353. Air Pollution Control

Credits: 3

This course provides the philosophy and procedures for design of air pollution control systems. Methods used for controlling air-borne emissions of gases, aerosols, and organic vapors are covered. Designs are carried out based on data for typical systems. Evaluations of alternatives with cost comparisons are also presented. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

ENV-354. Hazardous Waste Management

Credits: 3

An overview and application of engineering principles to management of hazardous wastes and the remediation of contaminated sites. Introduction to regulatory compliance and environmental laws. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
ENV-351 or permission of the instructor.

ENV-373. Occupational Health

Credits: 3

Appraisal of environmental health hazards, sampling techniques, instrumentation and analytic methods. Principles of substitution, enclosure, and isolation for the control of hazardous operations in industry. Three hours of lecture and demonstration per week. Requirement: Junior or senior standing in engineering.

ENV-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress report are required. Requirement: Senior standing and department permission. (See the department for more details about the department permission.)

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ENV-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2

Design and development of selected projects in the field of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. This is a continuation of ENV-391. A professional paper to be presented and discussed in an open forum is required.

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Pre-Requisites

ENV-397. Seminar

Credits: 1-3

Presentations and discussions of selected topics and projects.Requirement: Senior standing in environmental engineering.

ENV-398. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites

Permission of the instructor.

ENV-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experiences, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing; minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

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