Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering

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  • Objectives
    All engineers must consider the impact that their systems and structures will have on the environment. However environmental engineers are particularly concerned with protecting the environment from the potentially harmful effects of human activity, and protecting human populations from the effects of adverse environmental factors. They analyse environmental quality and design systems and structures that improve air, water and soil quality, and thus improve human health.
  • Academic title
    Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Course description
    The M.A.Sc. degree is awarded for a Master's degree by thesis and the M.Eng. degree is awarded for Master's degree by project and coursework. Environmental Engineering degrees are offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering, which is jointly administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

    Environmental Engineering
    The program in environmental engineering offers opportunities for research in a wide range of topics. Current graduate research in environmental engineering is primarily directed towards the following areas:

    Air Pollution
    Environmental Impact Assessment
    Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste, and Pollution Prevention
    Water and Wastewater Treatment
    Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management and Contaminant Transport

    ENVE 5001 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7160)
        Biofilm Processes
        Physical, chemical properties, microbial ecology of biofilms. Biofilm processes, attachment, growth, sloughing. Transport and interfacial transfer phenomena; mass transfer models, mass transport in biofilms, deposition of solids. Modeling biofilm systems; species models, mass balance equations, boundary conditions, moving boundary problem, analytical and numerical solutions.

    ENVE 5101 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7101)
        Air Pollution Control
        Air quality and pollution; definitions, measurement and monitoring methods. Criteria pollutants, air toxics, particulate matter, secondary pollutants. Pollutant formation mechanisms. Major sources and control methods. Meteorology and principles of dispersion modeling. Principles of receptor modeling. Indoor air quality.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as ENVE 4003, for which additional credit is precluded.

    ENVE 5102 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7161)
        Traffic-Related Air Pollution
        Pollutant formation, emission characterization, emission control technology and emission modeling from motor vehicles. Dispersion and receptor modeling for conservative pollutants in urban microenvironments. Personal exposure and health risk assessment.
    ENVE 5103 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7162)
        Air Quality Modeling
        Dispersion modeling for simple and complex sources and complex terrain. Physical and chemical transformations for pollutants in the atmosphere. Urban and regional air pollution modeling for reactive pollutants. The urban air shed model. Regional air quality modeling case studies.

    ENVE 5104 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7104)
        Indoor Air Quality
        Indoor air quality as a component of the indoor environment; physical and chemical parameters for characterization. Types and sources of indoor air pollution, measurement techniques. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning practices and issues. The human factor in identifying and controlling indoor air pollution.

    ENVE 5201 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7201)
        Geo-Environmental Engineering
        Landfill design; hydrogeologic principles, water budget, landfill liners, geosynthetics, landfill covers, quality control and quality assurance, clay/leachate interaction, composite liner design and leachate collection systems. Landfill operation, maintenance and monitoring. Design of environmental control and containment systems; slurry walls, grout curtains, Case studies.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as ENVE 4002, for which additional credit is precluded.

    ENVE 5202 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7202)
        Contaminant Fate Mechanisms
        Mechanisms and chemical properties influencing the fate of toxic contaminants in environmental systems; liquid-gas partitioning and mass transfer, liquid-solid partitioning, abiotic and biotic degradation of toxics. Fate of toxics in wastewater collection and treatment systems. Treatment of residual streams; sludges, air streams. Mechanisms influencing the fate of toxic contaminants in aquatic and subsurface environments.

    ENVE 5203 [0.5 credit] (EVG 5203)
        Hazardous & Radioactive Wastes
        Classification of hazardous, radioactive and mixed wastes, hazardous waste treatment processes, wastes generated in the nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste classification, radioactive waste treatment and management of residuals, engineered systems for long-term isolation and disposal, mixed waste management.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as ENVE 4101, for which additional credit is precluded.

    ENVE 5301 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7301)
        Contaminant Hydrogeology
        Theory of flow through porous media; soil characterization, soil properties, anisotropy, heterogeneity. Contaminant transport. Well hydraulics and pump tests. Introduction to numerical modeling; finite difference, finite elements, conceptual model, boundary conditions. Site remediation and remediation technologies.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as ENVE 4006, for which additional credit is precluded.

    ENVE 5302 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7163)
        Case Studies in Hydrogeology
        Development of a conceptual model; chemistry, geology and hydrology, site characterization, initial and boundary conditions. Application of industry-recognized computer codes to model flow and contaminant transport at a particular site. Evaluation of remedial alternatives at a site. Modeling of the more common remediation technologies (soil vapour extraction, air sparging, pump and treat, biodegradation).

    ENVE 5303 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7303)
        Multiphase Flow in Soils
        Theory of unsaturated flow and multiphase flow; capillary pressure-saturation relationships, relative permeability relationships, wettability, hysteresis, fluid entrapment, residual saturations, governing equations for flow and transport. Richard's Equation for unsaturated flow. Modeling of multiphase flow.

    ENVE 5401 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7401)
        Env. Impacts of Major Projects
        Regulatory framework and impact assessment requirements for project approvals, survey of the components of the EIA process and methodology, the review process, public participation in environmental decision-making, preparation of the EIA document, case studies of major engineering projects.

    ENVE 5402 [0.5 credit] (EVG 7402)
        Finite Elements in Field Problems
        Use of Galerkin and Ritz finite element formulations to solve one and two dimensional field problems. Steady state and time-dependent phenomena involving heat transfer, fluid flow, diffusion, and dispersion with emphasis on practical applications. Basic knowledge of third year-level undergraduate engineering mathematics and physics required.

    ENVE 5701 - ENVE 5705 [0.5 credit]
    (EVG 7301 - EVG 7305)
        Topics in Environmental Engineering
        Courses in special topics in environmental engineering not covered by other graduate courses; details will be available some months prior to registration.

    ENVE 5800 [0.0 credit]
        Master's Seminar
        The series consists of presentations by graduate students or external speakers. Graduate students in the Environmental Engineering program are required to participate in these seminar series by attending all seminars and making at least one presentation during their graduate studies.

    ENVE 5900 [1.0 credit]
        Environmental Engineering Project
        Students enrolled in the M.Eng. program by course work will conduct an engineering study, analysis, or design project under the general supervision of a member of the Department.
    ENVE 5906 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6108)
        Directed Studies 1
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5906.

    ENVE 5907 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6109)
        Directed Studies 2
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5907.

    ENVE 5909 [3.0 credits]
        Master's Thesis

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