Graduate-level courses


ENE801: Dynamics of Environmental Processes

Description: Principles of mass balance, reaction kinetics, mass transfer, reactor theory in environmental engineering
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring of every year
Time and location: M W F 10:20 - 11:10 am; 1300 Engineering Building
Recommended background: Calculus through differential equations; Fluid mechanics; Physical chemistry
Course contents and learning objectives: PDF
Required text:
Environmental Transport Processes by B. E. Logan, Wiley, 2nd ed., 2012
ISBN: 9781118230077 Call # TD193 .L64
Supplementary reading:

  1. Transport Modeling for Environmental Engineers and Scientists by M. M. Clark. Wiley, 2nd ed., 2009
    ISBN: 978-0-470-26072-2; Call # TD193.C55 2009
  2. Surface Water Quality Modeling by S. C. Chapra. Waveland Press, 2008
    ISBN: 978-1-577-66605-9; Call # TD365.C48 1997
  3. Transport Phenomena by R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart, E. N. Lightfoot. Wiley, 2nd ed., 2001
    ISBN: 978-0-470-11539-8; Call # QA929.B5 2002


ENE802: Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering

Description: Physical and chemical principles of air and water pollution control and environmental contaminants in water, air and soils
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall of every year
Time and location: T Th 10:20 - 11:40 am; 2320 Engineering Building
Prerequisite coursework: CE 481 Environmental Engineering Chemistry (or equivalent) and CE 483 Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering (or equivalent) or permission of the instructor
Recommended preliminary (or concurrent) coursework: ENE801 Dynamics of Environmental Systems
Course contents and learning objectives: PDF
Required text:
Water Quality Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes by M. Benjamin and D. Lawler. Wiley; 1st ed., 2013
ISBN: 978-1118169650; Call # TD430.B386 2013
Supplementary reading:

  1. Water Treatment Principles and Design by MWH. Wiley, 3rd ed., 2012
    ISBN: 978-0470405390; Call # TD430.W375 2012
  2. Physicochemical Processes: For Water Quality Control by W. J. Weber Jr.. Wiley, 1st ed., 1972
    ISBN: 978-0471924357; Call # TD430 .W42


ENE811: Membrane Processes

Description: Fundamental principles and applications of membrane processes in environmental engineering, emphasizing solid-liquid separations and pressure-driven membrane processes
Credits: 3
Past offerings: Spring 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014
Future offerings: TBA
Recommended background: Calculus through differential equations; Fluid mechanics; Physical chemistry
Course contents and learning objectives: PDF
Required text:
Basic Principles of Membrane Technology by M. Mulder. Springer, 2nd ed., 1996
ISBN: 978-0792342489; Call # TP159.M4 M85 1996
Supplementary reading:

  1. Membrane Technology and Applications by R. Baker. Wiley, 3rd ed., 2012
    ISBN: 978-0470743720; Call # TP159.M4 B35 2012
  2. Synthetic Polymeric Membranes: A Structural Perspective by R. Kesting. Wiley, 2nd ed., 1985
    ISBN: 978-0471807179; Call # TP159.M4 K4 1985
  3. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics in Biophysics by A. Katchalsky and P. F. Curran. Harvard University Press, 4th ed., 1975
    ISBN: 978-0674625501; Call # QC311 .K33
  4. Basic Principles of Membrane Transport by S. G. Schultz. Cambridge University Press, 1980
    ISBN: 978-0521297622; Call # QH509 .S38


ESP801: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Processes of the Environment

Description: Interdisciplinary concepts in the natural sciences related to environmental problems. Ecology and human health
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall of every year
Time and location M W F 12:40 - 1:30 pm; 115 Berkey Hall
Recommended preliminary (or concurrent) coursework:
ESP800 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
Context: In 2016, ESP801 was redesigned to provide students who have disciplinary training in social sciences with a broad overview of environmental science from the perspective of natural sciences and engineering. ESP801 includes four modules: Environmental Geosciences, Biology/Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering that are taught by different MSU instructors (see below). An environmental case study, a research proposal or a similar interdisciplinary project serve as a crosscutting theme for the course and a common point of reference for learning in ESP801 and ESP802. As a counterpart course to ESP801, ESP802 also is structured in a modular fashion but focuses on social aspects of environmental problems. ESP801 and ESP802 build a foundation for an integrative experience in the capstone ESP804 course where students, having taken ESP801 or ESP802, work on team-based projects that span the social/natural science spectrum. The new curriculum design reflects the objective of providing an interdisciplinary preparation to a cohort of students from diverse background pursuing an interest in environmental science and policy.
Instructors: A. Kendall (Environmental Geosciences module), D. Kramer (Biology/Ecology module); H. Li (Environmental Chemistry module); W. Liao (Environmental Engineering module); V. Tarabara (coordinator)


Undergraduate-level courses


CE372: Risk Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Description: Applications of probability, statistics, uncertainty and risk analysis to topics in civil and environmental engineering, characterization of system safety, and comparison tests for engineering quality control and environmental analyses
Credits: 2
Time and location: M W 4:10 - 5:00 am; 2400 Engineering Building
Prerequisite coursework: (MTH 234 or concurrently) or (LB 220 or concurrently) or (MTH 254H or concurrently)
Required text:
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists by W. Navidi, McGraw-Hill Education, 5th ed., 2019
ISBN: 978-1259717604; Call # QA276.4 .N38 2008
Supplementary reading:

  1. Statistics for Environmental Engineers by L. C. Brown and P. M. Berthouex. CRC Press, 2nd ed., 2002
    ISBN: 978-1566705929; Call # TD153 .B47 2002
  2. Statistics for Experimenters: An Introduction to Design, Data Analysis, and Model Building by G. E. P. Box, W. G. Hunter, J. S. Hunter. Wiley-Interscience, 1978
    ISBN: 978-0471093152; Call # QA279 .B68
  3. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by L. Gonick and W. Smith. HarperPerennial, 1993
    ISBN: 978-0062731029; Call # QA276.12 .G67 1993