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Sustainability Courses at the University of Iowa

Certificate in Sustainability (2010-2011)

Mixed Greens: Courses Campuswide Connect Students to Sustainability (The University of Iowa Spectator)

Departments

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Courses (* indicates the home department)

Biomedical Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professor Description
Design for Manufacturing

051:062;

also

056:032*;

058:032

Corequisite:  057:015 Ibrahim Ozbolat

Fundamentals of design, engineering graphics, and manufacturing processing; computer graphics using Pro/ENGINEER for CAD and CAM; typical industrial processes, including casting, welding, machining, forming; laboratory exercises and projects.

Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.

 

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professor Description
Energy and Society 052:030 None David Rethwisch

History of energy development and use throughout the world; how energy has affected the development of human societies; societal impact of engineering advances; current state of energy consumption worldwide, including distribution of energy sources, global variations in consumption, advantages and disadvantages of current energy sources; role of fossil fuel consumption in global climate change, potential scenarios for the future of energy.

Sustainable Systems

052:107;

also

053:107*

None Jerald L Schnoor

Not offered Fall 2011

New and emerging concepts in sustainable systems design and assessment.

Environmental Chemistry I

052:231;

also

053:152*

004:012 Michelle Scherer
Principles of general, physical, organic chemistry applied in water and air systems; emphasis on qualitative and quantitative understanding of chemical kinetics and equilibrium; acid-base reactions, complex formation, precipitation, dissolution, and oxidation-reduction reactions; organic nomenclature.
Air Pollution and Control Technology

052:235;

also

053:159*

053:050

or consent of instructor

Patrick T O'Shaughnessy

Not offered Fall 2011

Sources, environmental and health impacts, regulations, modeling of air pollution; processes and alternative strategies for control; global climate considerations.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

052:236*;

also

053:161

052:105 Charles O Stanier Not offered Fall 2011
Green Chemical Engineering 052:237 None Charles O Stanier

Not offered Fall 2011

Strategies for pollution prevention for chemical processes studied at the macroscale (industrial sector), the mesoscale (unit operations), and the microscale (molecular level); case studies.

Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just

Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professor Description
Natural Environmental Systems

053:050

004:011 Gene F Parkin

Not offered Fall 2011

Environmental chemistry and biology of air, water, and soil quality, air and water pollution, limnology, global atmospheric change, fate and transport of pollutants; hazardous substances, risk analysis, standard setting.

Principles of Environmental Engineering

053:055*;

also

152:162

053:050

or consent of instructor

Timothy Mattes

Not offered Fall 2011

Water supply and treatment processes; wastewater treatment processes; processes for air pollution control, groundwater remediation; solid and hazardous waste management.

Principles of Hydraulics and Hydrology 053:071 057:020 A. Allen Bradley, Jr.

Not offered Fall 2011

Hydraulics of pressure conduits and open channels, dimensional analysis, flow measurements, hydraulic machinery, laboratory.

Groundwater 053:102 None Nandita Basu Groundwater quality and quantity; Darcy's Law, 2-D flow equation, unsaturated zone, contaminant transport, redox reactions, drinking water quality, bioremediation; laboratories in permeameter testing, porous media grain size analysis, pump testing, monitoring well installation.
Water Quality 053:103 None Jerald L Schnoor

Not offered Fall 2011

Sources, availability, uses, characteristics, criteria, best management practices for surface waters; protection of waters impaired by eutrophication, soil erosion and sedimentation; pathogenic organisms, habitat destruction, wastewater discharges, contaminated sediments, atmospheric deposition, watershed development, invasive species, irrigation return flows, stormwater discharges, nonpoint sources, agricultural runoff; laboratory component, measurement of water quality characteristics in the field.

Groundwater Modeling

053:104;

also

012:184*

012:166 or 053:103, or equivalent, or consent of instructor You-Kuan Zhang Not offered Fall 2011
Engineering Geology

053:105*;

also

012:179

sophomore standing TBA Basic concepts in geology focusing on rock and soil, including material properties, spatial variability in properties, geological processes, external factors such as stress, evaluation of engineering design adequacy; site investigation and characterization techniques used to define and characterize geotechnical and hydrological properties of geological materials; case studies to illustrate the importance of geology on engineering designs.
Sustainable Systems

053:107*;

also

052:107

None Jerald L Schnoor

Not offered Fall 2011

New and emerging concepts in sustainable systems design and assessment.

International Perspectives: Xicotepec 053:123
also
046:126
None Hazel H Seaba, Christine M Catney

Not offered Fall 2011

Introduction to providing service to a community in a less developed country; student projects intended to improve community life in Xicotepec.

Fluvial Geomorphology

053:128;

also

012:138*

None Frank H Weirich Not offered Fall 2011

Hydrologic principles, stream channel processes, and fluvial geomorphology within drainage basin systems; spatial and temporal variations in water distribution, analysis of hydrological data, flow mechanisms, sediment transport, forecasting procedures, hydrograph construction, modeling.
Design for the Developing World 053:141 None Craig L Just Not offered Fall 2011

Experience working on interdisciplinary teams to solve problems of the developing world; technologies for improving water and sanitation, energy, housing, and health; community building strategies, participatory methods, other techniques essential to good design; service-learning component.
Environmental Chemistry I

053:152*;

also

052:231

004:012 Michelle Scherer Principles of general, physical, organic chemistry applied in water and air systems; emphasis on qualitative and quantitative understanding of chemical kinetics and equilibrium; acid-base reactions, complex formation, precipitation, dissolution, and oxidation-reduction reactions; organic nomenclature.
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 053:153

004:012;

Corequisite: 053:152

Richard L Valentine Laboratory experiments to demonstrate important concepts in environmental chemistry and to familiarize students with procedures used to characterize water and wastewater and evaluate certain treatment processes
Environmental Microbiology 053:154

Corequisite: 053:152

Timothy E Mattes Fundamentals of microbiology and microbial ecology with application in water quality and biodegradation of priority pollutants; lectures and laboratory.
Physical-Chemcial Process Fundamentals 053:156 053:050, 053:152, and 053:154 Richard L Valentine

Not offered Fall 2011

Theory of physical and chemical operations and processes in water and wastewater treatment, including fundamental aspects of process dynamics; lectures, laboratory.

Environmental Engineering Design 053:157 053:050, 053:055, and 053:071 Timothy Mattes Application of physical, chemical, and biological operations and processes to the design of water and wastewater treatment systems; applications in solid and hazardous waste treatment.
Solid and Hazardous Wastes

053:158*;

also

175:198

053:050 Michelle M Scherer

Not offered Fall 2011

Sources, characteristics, collection, disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; environmental impacts of hazardous waste management; resource recovery systems.

Air Pollution and Control Technology

053:159*;

also

052:235

053:050

or consent of instructor

Patrick T O'Shaughnessy

Not offered Fall 2011

Sources, environmental and health impacts, regulations, modeling of air pollution; processes and alternative strategies for control; global climate considerations.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

053:161;

also

052:236*

052:105 Charles O Stanier Not offered Fall 2011
Civil Infrastructure 053:168 None Hosin Lee Not offered Fall 2011

Analytical methods for developing Infrastructure Management Systems (IMS); evaluation of infrastructure condition, performance modeling, rehabilitation optimization, development of the IMS; basic concepts of information technology applied in solving civil infrastructure management problems.
Alluvial Channel Hydraulics 053:173 None Athanasios N Papanicolaou

Not offered Fall 2011

Laws governing fall velocity, applications to particle-size analysis; incipient motion, bed forms, bed load, suspended load, natural river processes; theory and practice of movable-bed model experiments.

Hydroclimatology 053:179 None No Instructor Listed Not offered Fall 2011

Thermodynamic and flow characteristics of the atmosphere; occurrence of precipitation associated with mid-latitude weather systems, evaporation, measuring precipitation and evaporation, floods and droughts, regional precipitation climatology, atmospheric dynamics
Vadose Zone Hydrology

053:181;

also

012:187*

012:166 or 053:078 or equivalent   Not offered Fall 2011

ntroduction to vadose zone hydrology; development and application of equations describing flow and transport in vadose zone, including multiphase flow; field and laboratory methods for vadose zone characterization, vadose zone processes that cause groundwater contamination; case studies to illustrate vadose zone hydrology’s importance in engineering design, groundwater contamination.
Contaminant Hydrogeology

053:186;

also

012:186*

012:166 or 053:103 or consent of instructor   Not offered Summer 2011
Environmental Engineering Seminar 053:192 senior or graduate standing  Keri C Hornbuckle, Nandita Basu

Presentation and discussion of current topics, case studies, and research in environmental science and engineering by students, guest lecturers, faculty.

Water Resources Sustainability 053:195 Senior standing prerequisite or permission of instructor Athanasios Papanicolaou New topics or areas of study not formally offered in other civil and environmental courses; ice engineering, chaos and strange attractors, remote sensing, nonlinear dynamics of hydrologic processes, advanced water and wastewater treatment processes, hazardous waste control, global climate change, damage mechanics; based on faculty/student interest.
Advanced Subsurface Hydrology

053:196;

also

012:196*

012:166 or engineering equivalent

Corequisites:
012:187 or 053:181, and 012:186 or 053:186

  Not offered Fall 2011
Environmental Health Policy

053:204;

also

152:252, 175:252

None David Osterberg Major concerns in environment and human health, legislation enacted to deal with these concerns; examples in renewable energy and translation of science to policy; emphasis on contemporary issues. 
Hydrogeology Seminar

053:215;

also

012:210*

012:166 or
consent of instructor
  Not offered Fall 2011
Advanced Environmental Chemistry 053:252 None No Instructor Listed Not offered Fall 2011
Environmental Processes of Organic Compounds 053:255 053:152 or consent of instructor Keri Hornbuckle

Not offered Fall 2011

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, Paris) there are over 70,000 (mostly organic) synthetic chemicals in daily use, including solvents, components of detergents, dyes and varnishes, additives in plastics and textiles,  chemicals used for construction, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides.  Control of these chemicals through engineered systems and predictions of their behavior once in the environment depend on a knowledge of the processes that govern their transport and transformations in the environment. Students will use and construct mathematical and computer models to predict the behavior of chemicals in engineered and natural systems.  Assessment of learning will be based on oral presentations of case studies in current scientific and engineering literature; homework/problem solving; and a final research report.

Environmental Dispersion Processes 053:272 None Serban G Constantinescu Not offered Fall 2011

Review of classical diffusion theories; longitudinal dispersion, transverse and vertical mixing in free-surface turbulent shear flow; application to natural channels; selected topics including stream-tube models, mixing and dispersion of heated effluents
Foundations in Bioremediation 053:274 053:151 Gene F Parkin

Not offered Fall 2011

Xenobiotic degradation mechanisms with focus on the relationship between chemical structure and biochemical reactivity; process optimization through engineered control of the environment; bioremediation case studies emphasizing site characterization, system selection, design, operation, trouble-shooting.

Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professors Description
Introductory Solid State Physics

055:173;

also

029:193

029:140 & 22M:028, or 22M:047 & 22M:048 Michael Flatte Not offered Fall 2011

Phenomena associated with solid state; classification of solids and crystal structures, electronic and vibrational properties in solids; thermal, optical, magnetic, dielectric properties of solids.
Contemporary Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (when topic is energy harvesting; solar, wind and ocean energy conversion systems) 055:195 None James Maxted

New topics or areas of study not offered in other electrical and computer engineering courses; based on faculty/student interest; not available for individual study.

Semiconductor Physics

055:273;

also

029:229

029:193, 029:246 Maxim Khodas Electronic, optical, and materials properties of semiconductors.
Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.

 

Industrial Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professor Description
Design for Manufacturing

056:032*;

also

051:062;

058:032

Corequisite:

057:015

Ibrahim Ozbolat

Fundamentals of design, engineering graphics, and manufacturing processing; computer graphics using Pro/ENGINEER for CAD and CAM; typical industrial processes, including casting, welding, machining, forming; laboratory exercises and projects.

Process Engineering 056:134 None Andrew Kusiak Methodologies, algorithms, and tools for processing modeling, analysis, and reengineering; modeling issues in product and component design, product and process modularity, quality, reliability, agility. Offered spring semesters.
Wind Power Management 056:155 None Andrew Kusiak

Not offered Fall 2011

Principles of wind power production, wind turbine design, wind park location and design, turbine and wind park control, predictive modeling, integration of wind power with a grid.

Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.

 

Mechanical Engineering

Course Name Number Prerequisites Professor Description
Wind Power Management 056:155 None Andrew Kusiak

Not offered Fall 2011

Principles of wind power production, wind turbine design, wind park location and design, turbine and wind park control, predictive modeling, integration of wind power with a grid.

Introduction of Sustainability 057:013 None Craig Just Issue of sustainability; interdisciplinary teaching techniques utilizing collaboratively designed curriculum; four major components--integration of experiences, social integration, integration of knowledge, and integration as a curriculum design.
Design for Manufacturing

058:032;

also

051:062; 056:032*

Corequisite:

057:015

Ibrahim Ozbolat

Fundamentals of design, engineering graphics, and manufacturing processing; computer graphics using Pro/ENGINEER for CAD and CAM; typical industrial processes, including casting, welding, machining, forming; laboratory exercises and projects.

Energy Systems Design 058:048

058:040

and

058:045

H S Udaykumar Principles and design of energy conversion systems, including solar, wind, and geothermal power systems; design of thermal-fluid system components, modeling and simulation of systems, optimization techniques; design projects.
Mechanical Systems 058:052

057:019;

Corequisites:

22S:039, 057:015, and

058:032

Olesya I Zhupanska

Topics in stress, deflection, stiffness, statistics, reliability, material behavior, manufacturing processes, static loads; introduction to finite element analysis using established software.

 

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