Urban Environmental Analysis Course Descriptions
26:375:560 Air Pollution Measurement (3)
The course will focus on the principals of air pollution and techniques of in situ measurements of pollutants in ambient air. Topics include sources of selected air pollutants, major chemical transformation and removal processes, characterization of particulate matter (PM), measurement techniques of concentrations, particle size distribution and deposition. Regulations on air pollution techniques will be discussed. Influence of air pollution on environments locally and globally will be discussed through case studies.
26:375:602 Geographic Information System (3)
Geographical/Land Information System (GIS/LIS) is a computerized system capable of storing, manipulating and using spatial data describing location and significant properties of the earth's surface. GIS is an interdisciplinary technology used for studying and managing land uses, land resource assessment, environmental monitoring and hazard/toxic waste control.
26:380:511 Geologic Site Characterization in New Jersey (3)
Team-taught course focusing on the regional geologic characteristics of New Jersey and adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and New York for application at the environmental engineering site scale. Regional and site characterization provides understanding of geologic conditions that affect site suitability, design, and performance. It also offers the framework for evaluating groundwater hydrology and geochemical, engineering, and seismological characteristics of the site. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in geology or environmental science.
26:380:521 Analytical Methods in Urban Environmental Pollution (3)
Students collect and analyze solid and liquid samples representing rivers, estuaries, and air particulates in the Newark area to determine nature of environmental pollution and its probable sources. Employs such analytical methods as the petrographic microscope, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence, ion chromatography, and plasma emission spectrophotometry. Presentation of a final oral and written report on individual analytical data required. Prerequisites: Mineralogy, optical mineralogy, geochemistry, and/or hydrogeology; or permission of instructor.
26:380:561 Environmental Soil Geochemistry (3)
Chemical principles applied to the study of the soil environment, including mineral-solution equilibria and solubility; adsorption/desorption behavior of soils toward natural constituents and anthropogenic contaminants; cation exchange and oxidation-reduction behavior; transport and fate of contaminants in soils. Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in geology and permission of instructor.
26:380:576 Environmental Geology (3)
Investigation of the processes and cycles that control the global composition and functioning of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and surficial lithosphere. Topics address the interrelationships among the natural cycles and anthropogenic perturbations, including the fate of contaminants in various near-surface environments and methods of characterization and remediation. Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in geology and permission of instructor.
26:380:606 Electrical Environmental Geophysics (3)
Application of geophysical methods in the characterization of near-surface features, with emphasis on environmental and engineering problems; utility of the various methods (seismic, potential field, electrical, and electromagnetic) in providing solution. Prerequisites: Applied geophysics and permission of instructor.
26:380:608 Ground Penetrating Radar (3)
Comprehensive study of theory, methodology, processing and interpretation of the ground penetrating radar geophysical method. Focus on the environmental applications of this technique in site characterization studies, contaminant studies, remediation, groundwater surveys, archeology and forensics. Exploration of field data acquisition and processing techniques at sites on and/or close to campus. This class includes a mandatory field component.
CE 506 Remote Sensing Of Environment (3).
Covers the principles of remote sensing, general concepts, data acquisition procedures, data analysis and role of remote sensing in terrain investigations for civil engineering practices. Data collection from airborne and satellite platforms will be emphasized. Photographic and non-photographic sensing methodologies will be covered as well as manual and computer assisted data analysis techniques for site investigations and examination of ground conditions.
EM 631 Legal Aspects in Environmental Engineering (3)
Control of air, water, and solid waste pollution by federal, state, and local government statutes and international law. Preparation of environmental impact statements and the right of private citizens to bring suit under federal clean air and water pollution legislation are discussed, as well as limitations on these rights.
EnE 610 Hazardous Site Operations (3)
Course consists of overview of OSHA regulations and NIOSH standards concerning toxicological hazards and medical surveillance requirements, and recognition and monitoring of site hazards. Site layout, design of engineering control to minimize exposure, risk assessment, and modeling will also be presented. Students will receive a certification for the 40-hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Operation training.
EPS 612 Introduction to Environmental Policy Studies (3)
Introduction to six areas essential to a comprehensive understanding of environmental policy: concept of environmental policy; tools (law, economics, planning, science, engineering, ethics) for environmental policy; the U.S. perspective (NEPA, clean air and water acts, CERCLA); the international perspective (Club of Rome models, 1972 UNEP, 1992 Rio); industrial perspective (pollution prevention/life cycle engineering, privatization); and the local perspective (New Jersey DEP, NGOs, local industry, shoreline.)
EPS 614 Environmental Economics (3)
Detailed overview of the relationship between political economy and the environment drawing on diverse case studies including global warming, ocean resources, energy policies, and contamination of the nation's water, air and soils. Economic and social policies for the fast-changing relationship between society and nature.
EPS 638 Physical Geography (3)
Understanding the interaction between humans and the physical environment is important to the formulation of sound environmental policy. The course examines processes that shape the physical environment, the influence of human activities on these processes and the physical environment, and the application of this information to solving environmental problems.
EPS 642 Urban Environmental Policy Studies (3)
Critical evaluation and formulation of environmental policy as it affects urban setting. History and theory of environmental policy. How the U.S. legal structure shapes environmental regulation and its administration. Shifting environmental policy paradigms. Case study analyses focusing on urban settings.
EvSc 603 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (3)
Explores safe operation of hazardous waste sites, as well as emergency responses to hazardous releases. Provides overview of OSHA regulations and NIOSH standards concerning toxicological hazards and medical surveillance requirements. Emphasis on recognition and monitoring of site hazards. Requires written health and safety plan and participation in a group problem involving simulated entry of a hazardous site, using actual protective equipment. Course satisfies the regulatory compliance mandates to meet 29 CFR 1910.120 for OSHA, with certification valid for one year.
EvSc 611 Hazardous Waste Management (3)
Overview of hazardous waste management; case histories; legislation and regulations; treatment, disposal, and cleanup technologies; sampling and analysis methodology; persistence and fate in the environment; and emergency response procedures.
EvSc 613 Environmental Problem Solving (3)
Course designed to study solutions for current environmental problems. Students are asked to respond to an imaginary Request for Proposal (RFP) in writing and at an oral presentation before a team of technical experts. Solutions proposed in student RFPs must reflect knowledge of environmental science and technology in current use.
EvSc 614 Quantitative Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Applications of quantitative risk assessment concepts to the management of environmental problems.
EvSc 616 Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists (3)
General principles of toxicology presented and applied to the assessment of acute, subacute, and chronic effects of hazardous and toxic chemicals. Qualitative and quantitative measures of toxicity and testing protocols addressed. Role of toxicology in risk assessment and risk management discussed.