Instructor: Ian Bourg
Description of Course Goals and CurriculumThis course provides a basic introduction to environmental engineering principles. I wouldn’t recommend you take it unless you are CEE environmental track (I hear it’s required for CEE structural track, but see if you can get out of it or take another CEE course because it’s very much targeted to environmental engineers). Main topics include box models with differential equations, Gaussian plume equation, ideal plug flow modeling, and applications of these models to different pollution situations. It’s not too much content – more of an emphasis on problem approach and application.
Learning From Classroom InstructionThere are two 80-minute lectures a week. Lectures are thorough, so all you need to do is just show up and listen (and take good notes, especially of the example problems he does in class!). Exams are direct reflections of the homework and practice problems done in class, so pay attention, and make sure you understand what’s going on. If you’re lost, please go to office hours. They are super helpful, and Ian wants to make sure you do well!
Learning For and From AssignmentsIan teaches you all the problem solving approaches you need in the first 1/3 of the class. The rest of the class is application, so pay attention in the beginning! Make sure you try the homeworks fairly and independently before searching for help, as these are your best bet at practicing for the exam. Because there is no course textbook, it’s really hard to find additional ways to practice (he’ll give you a past exam or two if you ask), so really put time into the homework, and it will pay off.
External ResourcesHonestly, this course is so specialized that there really aren’t many outside resources to succeed. If you are struggling, go to office hours. That’s the best solution. Take the homeworks and class problems seriously. Having a preliminary knowledge of what a differential equation is would be very helpful beforehand.
What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course SelectionMake sure you have taken calculus and know what a differential equation is. In general, do not take this course unless you are a CEE environmental track major. It’s definitely a fun and enjoyable course, but the skill set you learn isn’t really transferrable to other majors.
Intro to Environmental Engineering