• CEE 254: Aquatic Chemistry
This course teaches fundamental chemical concepts for understanding the behavior of inorganic species, such as carbonate, nutrients, and trace metals, in environmental aquatic systems. We focus on equilibrium concepts, including acid-base reactions, complexation, precipitation/dissolution, oxidation/reduction, and sorption. Students learn to determine the equilibrium composition of a system given its initial conditions, and are able to predict how perturbations will affect the chemistry of an aquatic system. The skills developed in this course are relevant to a wide range of environmental issues.
• CEE 154: Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment
This course covers the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological principles governing the movement and fate of chemicals in surface waters and groundwater. Topics include physical transport in various aquatic environments, air-water exchange, acid-base equilibria, oxidation-reduction chemistry, chemical sorption, biodegradation, and bioaccumulation. Students learn to solve practical, quantitative problems considering both reaction and transport of chemicals in the environment.
• CEE 166: Applied Environmental Microbiology
Microorganism are ubiquitous in the environment, drive many important biogeochemical processes, and affect the lives of humans in many ways. This course will introduce students to microbial processes in natural and engineered environments. Emphasis will be placed on the role of microorganisms in the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and toxic elements in the environment, and the ecology of pathogenic organisms. Modern techniques in environmental microbiology will be covered, and case studies will include the engineering of individual species and microbial communities to enhance environmentally desirable processes. Lectures will be supplemented by mini-labs. Attendance at the recitation is optional.