Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Credit hours: 60; Credit: 3


Prof. Junxin Liu (, 13911138556)

Prof. Zhimin Qiang (, 13693088355)

Teaching Assistant:

Dr. Wentao Li (, 18810401709)

Teaching Goal:

This is a fundamental course of environmental engineering for undergraduate students in the College of Resources and Environment. Through the course study, the students are expected to learn the fundamental principles and methods, get familiar with the basic theories for environmental pollutants purification and necessary skills for engineering design, and understand the applications of physical, chemical and biological technologies to environmental remediation.

Pre-required Courses:



Machenzie L. Davis, David Cornwell, Introduction to Environmental Engineering (4th Edition), Jianlong Wang translation, Tsinghua University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-7-302-20763-4.

Reference Book:

Zhanpeng Jiang, Hongwei Yang, Environmental Engineering (3rd Edition), Higher Education Press, 2013, ISBN 978-7-04-036768-3.

Course Contents and Credit Hour Allocation:

Totally 60 credit hours (CHs), including midterm and final written exams (each 2 CHs).

1. Introduction (2 CHs, Prof. Junxin Liu)

1.1 Introduction to Environmental Engineering

1.2 Environmental Systems Overview

1.3 Environmental Legislation and Regulation

1.4 Environmental Ethics

2. Materials and Energy Balances (6 CHs, Prof. Junxin Liu)

2.1 Unifying Theories

2.2 Materials Balances

2.3 Energy Balances

3. Water Treatment (12 CHs, Prof. Zhimin Qiang)

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Coagulation and Sedimentation

3.3 Filtration

3.4 Softening and Adsorption

3.5 Membrane Filtration and Disinfection

3.6 Water Plant Waste Management

4. Water Quality Management (4 CHs, Prof. Junxin Liu)

4.1 Water Pollutants and Their Sources

4.2 Water Quality Management in Rivers and Lakes

4.3 Water Quality Management in Estuaries and Groundwater

Midterm Exam (2 CHs)

5. Wastewater Treatment (14 CHs, Prof. Junxin Liu)

5.1 Characteristics of Domestic Wastewater and Treatment Standards

5.2 On-Site Disposal and Municipal Wastewater Treatment Systems

5.3 Pretreatment and Primary Treatment

5.4 Secondary Treatment and Advanced Wastewater Treatment

5.5 Land Treatment and Disinfection

5.6 Sludge Treatment and Disposal

6. Air pollution (8 CHs, Prof. Junxin Liu)

6.1 Air Pollution Perspective and Fundamentals

6.2 Air Pollution Standards and Effects

6.3 Origin and Fate of Air Pollutants

6.4 Micro and Macro Air Pollution

6.5 Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Model

6.6 Air Pollution Control of Stationary and Mobile Sources

7. Solid Waste Management (6 CHs, Prof. Zhimin Qiang)

7.1 Collection and Transfer of Municipal Solid Waste

7.2 Disposal by Municipal Solid Waste Landfill

7.3 Resource Conservation and Recovery

8. Hazardous Waste Management (4 CHs, Prof. Zhimin Qiang)

8.1 Definition, Classification and Risk of Hazardous Waste

8.2 Hazardous Waste Management

8.3 Treatment and Disposal of Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Remediation

Final Exam (2 CHs)

Teaching MethodClassroom Teaching

Examination MethodClosed Book

Scoring MethodHomework (20%) + Midterm Exam (30%) + Final Exam (50%)