CIVL 431


Course Title and Number

CE 288 - Environmental Engineering I

Catalog Description

Rainfall and runoff; development, purification, distribution, and analysis of water; collection, treatment, disposal of sewage; analysis, design, construction, and maintenance of plants and systems. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.


CHEM 037 General Chemistry
CE 150 Fluid Mechanics

Textbook and Other Required Material

Viessman, W. and M. J. Hammer, Water Supply and Pollution Control, 6th edition, Addison-Wesley, 1998.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Introduce students to the basic fundamentals of drinking water supply and treatment; and wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal.
  • Introduce students to the fundamentals of water quality laboratory analysis.
  • Provide students experiences with the collection and analysis of environmental data for use in design
  • Provide students with design experience that integrates material from this course. Students will need to make judgments throughout the design experience and work with substantial independence in groups
  • Encourage students to communicate their work effectively in written reports.
Topics Covered
  • Historical perspective on water supply and wastewater management.
  • Water quality, public health, and environmental pollution.
  • Water consumption and wastewater generation.
  • Water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems.
  • Water and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Physical treatment processes: screening, sedimentation, filtration.
  • Chemical treatment processes: coagulation, water softening, iron and manganese removal, disinfection
  • Biological treatment processes: trickling filters, activated sludge, wastewater stabilization ponds, onsite wastewater treatment and disposal systems.
  • Management of sludges (biosolids).
  • Advanced wastewater treatment.
  • Water quality analyses: solids, turbidity, pH, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, hardness, coagulation, total and fecal coliforms, microbiological examination.


Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Prepare basic process designs of water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Collect, reduce, analyze, and evaluate basic water quality data.
  • Perform basic water quality analyses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of water and wastewater management issues.
Class/Laboratory Schedule

One hundred-fifty minutes of lecture per week
One hundred-fifty minutes of laboratory per week

Contribution of Course to Meet the Professional Component (Engineering Criteria 2000, Criterion 4)

Engineering Sciences
Engineering Design

Relationship of Course to Program Objectives

The course supports the achievement of the following ABET program outcomes and objectives (reference Engineering Criteria 2000, Criterion 3).

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design a component to meet desired needs
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate and evaluate engineering problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The course supports the achievement of the following CE program objectives.

  • Provide a broad-based education in engineering sciences and design.
  • Provide a rigorous, well-balanced, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum stressing fundamentals common to many fields of civil engineering.
  • Develop skills of written communication and critical thinking which are important to a successful professional life.
  • Laboratory: Fourteen graded assignments
  • Team Design Project: One per semester.
  • Exams: Two fifty-minute tests.
  • Final Exam: One two-hour comprehensive.
  • Survey of student's perception of learning at the end of the semester.
Prepared by

Stew Oakley, April 3, 2003.