ENGRCEE 125 Transportation and the Environment (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 125 Transportation and the Environment

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 125 Transportation and the Environment (Credit Units: 4) Analysis of the impacts of motor vehicle transportation on the environment. Introduction to life cycle analysis applied to transportation. Basic economic tools for transportation externalities. Transportation planning, urban form, health, and the environment. Transportation sustainability. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Readings will be posted on the class web site or provided by the instructor.


Jean-Daniel M. Saphores
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC d, EAC e, EAC f, EAC g, EAC h, EAC j.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the impacts of motor vehicle transportation on the environment. (EAC f, EAC j)

2. Understand and apply economic tools to quantify and address transportation externalities. (EAC a, EAC e)

3. Understand how land use development can influence travel behavior and public health. (EAC f, EAC h)

4. Know and characterize the sustainable transportation planning paradigm. (EAC h, EAC j)

5. Develop well-organized, well-written technical reports describing project activity. (EAC d, EAC g)

Prerequisites by Topic

A basic knowledge of probabilities, statistics, and economics.

Lecture Topics:
  • Historical perspective, economic tools and life cycle analysis (2 weeks)
  • Energy and air pollution (2 weeks)
  • Global warming and energy alternatives for transportation (1 week)
  • Other environmental impacts of transportation (1 week)
  • Transportation, Urban Form, and the Environment (2 weeks)
  • Transportation and Health (1 week)
  • Sustainable Mobility (1 week)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Standard word processing and spreadsheet software, plus transportation software (see below).

Laboratory Projects:

Class term project/laboratory work uses Mobile6.2, EMFAC, MOVES, TransModeler, or equivalent.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics courses for the Civil Engineering Major.

Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Exams: 40%
  • Paper or group project: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr