Minor in Environmental Engineering

Growth in the world’s population continues to put increasing pressure on resources that must be met in a sustainable way. Environmental Engineering is the field of engineering that employs biological, chemical, and physical treatment principles for the reduction of pollution in water, soil, sediment, and air to protect both human and ecological health. While great strides have been made in the last half century to improve the quality of these resources, much needs to be done to limit pollution of the environment and prevent pollution from happening in the first place. The College of Engineering offers a minor area of study in Environmental Engineering that crosses disciplinary boundaries among engineering specialties and departments. Students interested in the Minor in Environmental Engineering should contact Professor Karl Rockne in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at krockne@uic.edu.

For the minor, 18–20 semester hours are required, excluding prerequisite courses. Students who wish to minor in Environmental Engineering must complete the following courses:


Prerequisite Courses—Environmental Engineering Minor


MATH 180—Calculus I


MATH 181—Calculus II


MATH 210—Calculus III


MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations


PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics)


One of the following courses:


CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I (5) OR

CHEM 116—Honors General Chemistry I (5)

At least two of the following courses:


CME 201—Statics (3)

CME 211—Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (3) OR

ME 211—Fluid Mechanics I (4)

ME 205—Introduction to Thermodynamics (3) OR

CHE 201—Introduction to Thermodynamics (3)

Total Hours—Prerequisite Courses Environmental Engineering Minor


Required Courses* —Environmental Engineering Minor


Two courses from the following list:


CME 216—Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)

CME 311—Water Resources Engineering (3)

CHE 321—Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)

CHE 311—Transport Phenomena I (3)

ME 321—Heat Transfer (4)

Two of the following courses:

CHE 421—Combustion Engineering (3)


CME 425—Environmental Remediation Engineering (3)

ME/CHE 450—Air Pollution Engineering (4)

Two of the following courses:

CME 421—Water Treatment Design (3)


CME 422—Wastewater Treatment Design (3)

CHE 413—Introduction to Flow in Porous Media (3)

Total Hours—

Required Courses Environmental Engineering Minor


*At least two courses must be outside the student’s department.

Course Descriptions:

Chemical Engineering (CHE):

201 Introduction To Thermodynamics 3 hours.

Work and energy; conversion of energy; theory of gases and other states of matter; applications to energy conversion devices. Second Law of thermodynamics, entropy, and equilibrium, with applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 181 and PHYS 141.

311 Transport Phenomena I 3 hours.

Momentum transport phenomena in chemical engineering. Fluid statics. Fluid mechanics; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layers; flow over immersed bodies. Prerequisite(s): CHE 201 and CHE 205; and credit or concurrent registration in CHE 210.

321 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3 hours.

Kinetics of homogeneous single reactions. Ideal reactors: batch, stirred tank and plug flow systems. Conversion and yield in multiple reactions. Design and optimization of reactors. Non-isothermal reactors. Prerequisite(s): CHE 210 and MATH 220.

413 Introduction to Flow in Porous Media
3 OR 4 hours.

Theoretical modeling of single-phase and multiphase flow in porous media. Darcy's law and relative permeabilities. Oil production and hydrology. Capillary phenomena. Dispersion and miscible displacement. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 312 or consent of the instructor.

421 Combustion Engineering 3 OR 4 hours.

Combustion chemistry and thermochemistry. Kinetics and mechanism of combustion; ignition and pollutant formation. Detonation and deflagration; premixed and diffusion flames. Surface reaction and droplet combustion. Applications. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 301 and CHE 321.

Civil and Materials Engineering (CME):

201 Statics 3 hours.

Analysis of forces, equilibrium of two- and three-dimensional structures, frames and machines. Friction, centroids, virtual work and energy. Prerequisite(s): MATH 181 and PHYS 141.

211 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3 hours.

Covers the basic fluid mechanics topics of statics and kinematics, with emphasis on civil engineering aspects of open channel hydraulics and pipe flow. Prerequisite(s): CME 201.

216 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3 hours.

Environmental engineering and design for water and waste problems. Interactive effects of man-made projects on resources and the environment. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112; and credit or concurrent registration in CME 211.

311 Water Resources Engineering 3 hours.

Groundwater hydrogeology and transport; surface water transport and modeling from an engineering perspective. Laboratory covers ground and surface water transport and pump hydraulics. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): CME 211.

421 Water Treatment Design 3 OR 4 hours.

Water quality control systems. Physical-chemical unit processes applied to systems designed for treatment of municipal and industrial waters. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Field trip required at nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): CME 216.

422 Wastewater Treatment Design 3 OR 4 hours.

Processes involved in the biological treatment of wastewater. Aerobic and anaerobic treatment, sludge stabilization, and nutrient removal. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Field trip required. Prerequisite(s): CME 216 or the equivalent.

425 Environmental Remediation Engineering 3 OR 4 hours.

Sources of contamination, regulations, site characterization, impact assessment, waste disposal and containment options, waste treatment options, case studies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

Mechanical Engineering (ME):

205 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3 hours.

Principles of energy transport and work; properties of substances and equations of state; first and second laws of thermodynamics; applications to mechanical cycles and systems. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 141 and MATH 181.

211 Fluid Mechanics I 4 hours.

Fluid properties. Dimensional analysis. Statics and kinematics. Conservation equations. Inviscid and incompressible flows. Bernoulli's equation. Integral momentum theorems. Viscous flows. Boundary layer theories. Compressible Flows. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 141 and MATH 220.

321 Heat Transfer 4 hours.

Modes of heat transfer, material properties, one- and two-dimensional conduction. Extended surfaces. Forced and free convection. Heat exchangers. Radiation. Shape factors. Laboratories in conduction, convection, and radiation. Prerequisite(s): ME 205 and credit or concurrent enrollment in ME 211.

450 Air Pollution Engineering 4 hours.

Environmental aspects of combustion processes, pollutant formation. Control of pollutants and particulates. Air quality control. Fundamentals of combustion. Same as CHE 450. Prerequisite(s): ME 321 or consent of the instructor.
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