ENGRCEE 60 Contemporary and Emerging Environmental Challenges (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 60 Contemporary and Emerging Environmental Challenges

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 60 Contemporary and Emerging Environmental Challenges (Credit Units: 4) Introduces contemporary and emerging environmental challenges, illustrates links between human behavior, environmental policy and engineering practices, examines policy options in the context of current institutions, and introduces tools and frameworks to reach sound economic, social, and environmental solutions. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0072354676.

Recommended Textbook:

Reading is based on journal articles relating to the subject matter covered and youtube video selections. Handouts from instructor. (see course web page)

Betty H. Olson and Sunny Jiang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the sources and causes of contemporary environmental problems.

2. Understand how contemporary environmental problems influence drinking and wastewater changes and related human health risk.

3. Understand policy, governance, economic and regulations that cause, promote or remediate water contamination, and engineering strategies for addressing these issue.

4. Understand importance of ethics in engineering.

Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Public Health and Safety in Engineering
  • Pre-Roman and Roman Infrastructure
  • Public (Environmental) Health Engineering and Allied Disciplines
  • Epidemiology and outbreak investigations
  • How Epidemiological studies lead to engineering solutions
  • How toxicology determines what is important for Engineering
  • Treatment Process
  • Understanding Toxicology
  • Using risk assessments related to Toxicology for engineering design
  • How Environmental Challenges Evolve
  • Lead, Methyl-tert-butylethane, Plastics and endocrine disruptors, endocrine disruptors in water, wastewater and recycled water
  • Water and Wastewater: Impacts of conservation and recycling on
    endocrine disruptor concentrations, cost of water and future implications
  • Global Concerns: Global Climate Change and Water
  • Resources/Hydrology, Hydrology and Adaptation to Global Climate Change
  • Transportation in the Twenty-first Century
  • The Next Generation in Structures Engineering
  • Global Climate and Environment (presentations of Geo-engineering solutions)
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

Power point presentation tool, Word processing

Laboratory Projects:

Group Project: Geotechnical Solutions to reducing CO2 in the Atmosphere (Oral presentation and Slides) Engineering Concepts, Designs and Pilot Scale (if applicable), Time to implementation, estimated cost in develop and production, potential environmental impacts, Reductions in CO2 if applicable

Professional Component

Contributes to the Engineering Social Science Breath Requirement of Environmental Engineering Major.

Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterms 35%
  • Writing assignments 35%
  • Class Presentations 15%
  • Final 15%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 3, 2008
Approved Effective:
2008 Fall Qtr