Course Description

Introduction to the concepts and practice of ecological engineering including characteristics, classification, and modeling of ecosystems; ecosystem protection; and sustainable uses of ecosystems, including treatment wetlands, land treatment systems, and ecologically sensitive stormwater management, to meet the needs of human societies. PREREQS: One year of college biology and chemistry and MTH 256 or instructor approval required.

Course Objectives

  • Learning Outcome 1: Ability to use mass and energy balances to solve problems
  • Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate heat transfer and energy costs
  • Learning Outcome 3: Write and balance reaction equations; calculate stoichiometry, solubility of solids and gases, and carbonate speciation
  • Learning Outcome 4: Understand hydrologic cycle, human water usage, types of pollutants, oxygen demand and its effects in rivers; water quality in lakes; use BOD calculations and Streeter-Phelps method to determine oxygen sag in rivers; model washout and accumulation of pollutants in lakes
  • Learning Outcome 5: Understand aquifers and groundwater flow; use Darcy's Law to model it
  • Learning Outcome 6: Demonstrate knowledge of current physical and biological processes for treating water and ability to analyze them mathematically
  • Learning Outcome 7: Understand how ecological engineering approaches for water treatment compare with more commonly used methods; demonstrate ability to estimate size requirements for wetland treatment systems