May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog 
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CVE 5221 - Environmental Chemistry for Civil Engineers

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course covers the chemistry of air, water, and organic compounds. Students will participate in brief laboratory experiments and learn about laboratory procedures and techniques. (prereq: CHM 1010) (quarter system prereq: CH 200 and CH 201)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain the principles underlying the chemical transformations that take place in groundwater, surface water, and in water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Apply the principles of water chemistry to the design of selected water/wastewater and soil/groundwater remediation processes
  • Identify the various classes of organic compounds and how organic compounds behave and react in the environment
  • Formulate the field and laboratory procedures involved in the sampling and analysis of water and soil samples
  • Evaluate the roles of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Electroneutrality and its application to water analysis
  • Rates of chemical and biochemical reactions
  • Acid-base reactions and the carbonate system
  • Complexation reactions and chelation
  • Precipitation and dissolution reactions
  • Oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Survey of organic chemistry and how organic compounds react and behave in the environment
  • Adsorption reactions
  • Survey of environmental laboratory procedures and analytical techniques in environmental chemistry

Laboratory Topics
  • Students will participate in several laboratory sessions that will illustrate the course topics, including alkalinity, BOD/COD, lime/soda-ash softening, and carbon adsorption

Dr. Anne Alexander

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