ENGRCEE 162 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 162 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

(Required for EnE. Selected Elective for ChE and ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 162 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (Credit Units: 4) Basic concepts from general, physical, and analytical chemistry as they relate to environmental engineering. Particular emphasis on the fundamentals of equilibrium and kinetics as they apply to acid-base chemistry, gas solubility, and redox reactions. Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1A-B and Chemistry 1LC or Chem 1LE. Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0199730728.

Recommended Textbook:


William J. Cooper
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC e, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the fundamental molecular principles of gasses, liquids, and solids. (EAC a)

2. Work with a range of concentration units for liquids and solids. (EAC a, EAC b)

3. Understand conservation principles (mass and 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics). (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

4. Develop, balance, and apply reaction equations incl. acid-base, precipitation and Redox. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

5. Understand reaction kinetics. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic Calculus through Differential Calculus
  • General Chemistry preferably with laboratory
Lecture Topics:
  • Environmental Engineering Profession, properties of water; atomic structure, concentration units, ionization, Henry's Law, and the carbonate system. (Week 1)
  • Chemical thermodynamics, 1st and 2nd laws. (Week 2)
  • Reaction Kinetics, rate laws, catalysis, temperature effects (Week 2, 3)
  • Chemical Thermodynamics: state properties, 1st and 2nd laws, equilibrium constants, ideal/nonideal solutions (Week 3)
  • Acid-base speciation, chemical equilibrium (Week 3, 4)
  • Organic chemistry (Week 4, 5)
  • Biochemical principles in environmental engineering and colloidal chemistry (Week 6)
  • Environmental forensic chemistry and disinfection and chlorine chemistry (Week 7)
  • Environmental analytical chemistry (Week 8, 9)
  • Selected current topics in environmental engineering chemistry (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Word processing, spreadsheets, computer programming

Laboratory Projects:

Students conduct water chemistry experiments.

Professional Component

Contributes to Engineering Topics Courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • 4 Quizzes: 40%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Laboratory: 20%
  • Problem Sets: 20%
  • 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

October 1, 2014
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr