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Environmental Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

 

Course Descriptions—Support Group 


MATH 171 – Calculus I (4 cr (4+0))

Real valued functions of a single variable. Concept of derivative, antiderivative and definite integral. Differentiation and applications, including optimization and curve-sketching. Emphasis on problem solving, approximation, data analysis, visualization.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 108 or 104 and 106 with grade(s) of C or better or four years of college preparatory mathematics and a satisfactory score on a placement examination.

 

MATH 172 – Calculus II (4 cr (4+0))

Definite integration and applications, several techniques of integration, approximation and improper integrals. Numerical differential equations, slope fields, Euler's method and mathematical modeling. Taylor and Fourier Series.

Prerequisite: Math 171 Calculus I

 

MATH 201 or 301 – Statistics (3 cr (3+0))

Elementary probability models, discrete and continuous random variables, sampling and sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing.

MATH 201 Prerequisite: MATH 104 College Algebra or MATH 108 Pre-Calculus with a grade of C or better.

MATH 301 Prerequisite: Math 172 Calculus II


PHYS 107 or 109 – General Physics I (5 cr (4+2))

A survey of kinematics, dynamics and thermodynamics including fundamentals of mechanics, Newton’s laws of motion, energy conservation and momentum conservation. Concepts are connected to their use in technology and their manifestation in natural phenomena. Course may be algebra-based or calculus-based.

PHYS 107 Prerequisite: MATH 104 College Algebra and MATH 106 Trigonometry or MATH 108 Pre-Calculus

PHYS 109 Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in or prior completion of MATH 171 Calculus I 

 

BIO 104 – Ecosphere in Crisis (4 cr (3+3))

Treats humans as biological organisms that interact with the living and nonliving world. Emphasis is given to how humans affect, and are affected by, their environment. Topics covered include basic ecology, global change, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, air and water quality, and biological diversity.

 

BIO 105 – Biological Concepts - Unity (4 cr (3+2))

An introduction to the biological sciences. Addresses phenomena common to a diversity of life forms. Biological organization, cell biology, processing energy, genetics, evolution.


CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I (5 cr (4+2))

This is the first semester of the one-year Chemistry 105/106 course sequence, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of science majors and pre-professional students. Topics covered include: atomic theory, atomic and electronic structure, chemical bonding, mole concept, stoichiometry, state of matter, formulas and equations, solutions and colloids.

Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in Math 104, or completion/placement of any higher math course.


CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II (5 cr (4+2))

This is the second semester of the one-year Chemistry 105/106 course sequence, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of science majors and preprofessional students. Topics covered in Chemistry 106 include: molecular structure, chemistry of metals and selected nonmetals, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 105 with a grade of (C) or better and either completion of Math 104 with a grade of C or better, completion/placement of any higher math course.


 

Course Descriptions—Fundamentals Group

 

ENGR 101 – Fundamentals of Engineering (2 cr (2+0))

This course is designed to equip engineering technology students with the necessary tools and background information to prepare them to be a successful student as well as a successful practicing engineering technologist. Topics covered in this course include ethics, project managements, team work, working with data, creating presentations, engineering design and a thorough understanding of the engineering technology profession.


ENGR 105 – Fundamentals of Drawing (3 cr (0+6))

Introduces common industry drafting practices in the design process with an emphasis on computer-aided drafting (CAD). Topics include sketching, drawing setup and organization, dimensioning, orthographic and isometric projections, and CAD standards and guidelines.

Prerequisite: MATH 106 Trigonometry or placement in/completion of any higher math course.

 

ENGR 118 – Fluid Control (2 cr (1+2))

An introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics including properties of fluids, basic pneumatic and hydraulic circuits and their schematics, and airflow control. Applications include Pascal’s Law, effects of fluid friction, and designing hydraulic circuits with control valves. 

Prerequisite: MATH 106 Trigonometry or placement in/completion of any higher math course and (ENGR 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology or consent of instructor)


ENGR 201 – Introduction to Air Quality (2 cr (2+0))

An overview of global air currents, major air pollutants and sources, transport of these by air currents, EPA standards for air pollutants, to abatement methods like scrubbers on coal burning power plants, non-attainment status and consequences.

Prerequisite: CHEM 105 General Chemistry or consent of instructor.


ENGR 202 – Introduction to Water and Wastewater (3 cr (3+0))

Overview of global water sources, drinking water quality and treatment, pollutants and sources and consequences to water quality, storm water management systems and storm water quality.  Physical, chemical, and biological principles of operation of wastewater treatment systems are studied. The basic unit processes, control parameters, and mathematical problem solving related to collection systems and treatment facilities are introduced.  Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of wastewater analysis and treatment including industrial waste treatment technologies. 

Prerequisite: CHEM 105 General Chemistry or consent of instructor.


ENGR 203 – Introduction to Solid Waste (2 cr (2+0))

Topics include generation, processing, and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste materials with emphasis on the technical and economic feasibility of various processes.

Prerequisite: CHEM 105 General Chemistry or consent of instructor.

 

ENGR 284 Professional Skills in Engineering (1 cr (1+0))

This course will expose students to the expectations of a professional work environment and help them learn to balance field and office responsibilities. The exploration of engineering-related professions will help students identify both personally and professionally satisfying opportunities. The will also explore interviewing, social media, presentation, and personal conduct at the work place.

 

Course Descriptions—Advanced Study Group

 

ENGR 301 – Advanced Air Quality (3 cr)

This course will provide students a fundamental understanding of atmospheric processes and weather patterns and how they affect pollutant transport. Sources, sinks, health and environmental effects, and abatement technologies for air pollutants will be addressed. In addition, atmospheric reactions that create pollution or deplete stratospheric ozone will be included. 

Prerequisite:  ENGR 201 Introduction to Air Quality, and PHYS 107 or 109 General Physics I, and BIO 309 Microbiology


ENGR 302 – Advanced Water Quality (3 cr)

This course will investigate water and wastewater treatment technology past and present. The course targets a general engineering and/or science student. Technical and design considerations will also be explored.  Both rural and large municipal systems will be discussed. Lectures will contain examples from real world applications (preferably in Wisconsin) and in-progress industrial developments.  Particular emphasis will be placed on local water and wastewater installations.

Prerequisite:  ENGR 202 Introduction to Water & Wastewater, and PHYS 107 or 109 General Physics I, and BIO 309 Microbiology


ENGR 303 – Advanced Solid Waste (3 cr)

This course will investigate solid waste treatment technology past and present. Technical and design considerations will be explored using examples from real world applications and in-progress industrial developments. Particular emphasis will be placed on solid waste engineering principles as practiced in the local area. 

Prerequisite:  ENGR 203 Introduction to Solid Waste and CHEM 105 General Chemistry I


ENGR 360 – Engineering Project Management (3 cr (3+0))

Topics include pre-construction planning; project scheduling systems, critical path management, risk analysis and software programs.

Prerequisite: ENGRTECH 322 Design Problems or permission of the instructor (N.B. This course is equivalent of BUS 411 which has extensive prerequisites.)

 

ENGR 371 – Water Resources Engineering (3 credits (3+1))

Topics will include the handling, processing, and disposal of materials, which have physical, chemical, biological and radiological properties that present hazards to human, animal, and plant life.  Procedures for worker safety and regulatory monitoring and compliance will also be discussed.  


ENGR 373 – Pollution Prevention (3 credits (3+0))

Emphasizes principles of pollution prevention and environmentally conscious products, processes and manufacturing systems. Also addresses post-use product disposal, life cycle analysis and pollution prevention economics.

 

ENGR 375 – Renewable Energy (3 credits (3+0))

This course will be an introduction to renewable energy technology past and present. The course targets a general engineering and/or science student to the concepts of renewable energy. Social issues related to renewal energy adoption will also be explored.  Lectures will contain examples from real world applications (preferably in Wisconsin) and in-progress industrial developments.  Particular emphasis will be placed on local renewable energy installations.


ENGR 377 – Industrial Safety and Hygiene (3 credits (3+0))

Potential hazards that can adversely affect safety and health will be analyzed. The course will also evaluate and assess safety and health risks associated with equipment, material, processes and activities. Also covered will be occupational health and safety management principles, systems and supporting techniques to initiate and/or improve an organization's safety management system.

 

ENGR 379 – Environmental Law (3 credits (3+0))

An overview of major environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, with emphasis on how these laws are implemented by the federal and state governments.


ENGR 381 – Environmental Data Analysis (3 credits (3+0))

This course emphasizes principles of data collection, analysis and presentation. Based on case studies, students will develop and execute data collection plans. Collected data will be analyzed using elementary statistical analysis, regression analysis, analysis of variance and nonparametric analysis. The analysis results will be transformed to a layout suitable for presentation to management. This course employs primarily environmental case studies, although examples from mechanical and electrical engineering may also be included. 

Prerequisites:  MATH 201 Applied Statistics or MATH 301 Introduction to Probability & Statistics

 

ENGR 388 Field Experience in Bioenergy (4-6 cr (2+4))

An onsite experience in the theroretical and practical aspects of bioenergy facility construction, operation, and development.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor

ENGR 395 Biodigester Field Operations (1-6 cr)

This course explores the principles and practice of anaerobic digester (AD) operations. This is a hands-on course that takes place primarily onsite at an operational anaerobic digester. The course will involve the theory of biodigestion, operation of biodigesters at the industrial scale, training in AD systems, and include all the necessary information to operate an AD facility. The course will also explore the economics and future technologies that will be couple with AD operations.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

ENGR 396 Engineering Technology Seminar (1 cr (1+0))

This course will provide the time and space for students to engage in engineering-related scholarship at a high level and expose them to a diverse set of professionals. The course is intended to bring diversity to a student’s education by allowing them to present research, interact with professionals from outside the university and their discipline, and by fostering a recognition of the breadth of engineering-related fields.

 

ENGR 400 – Internship (1-3 cr)

Co-ops or internships are offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early in the semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.


ENGR 402 Engineering Technology Field Experience (1-4 cr)

This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience in an Engineering Technology field application setting. These field sites include renewable energy facilities, laboratories, industry. The field experience will not be covered in other courses. Each time this course is offered the content will be announced in the class schedule.

Prerequisites: ET 101 or ET 201 or ET 202 or ET 203


ENGR 410 – Capstone Project (4 cr)

This is the capstone course in the Environmental Engineering Technology program. Contemporary environmental issues are chosen for review and analysis in a seminar format, with a consideration of the technical, economic and social aspects of these issues.

Prerequisite: Major in Environmental Engineering Technology and senior standing

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