Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Overview

This course is designed to give students an understanding of processes that govern the behavior of both hazardous and naturally-occurring substances in the environment. The subject includes aspects of intermedia transport, surface and groundwater hydrology, air pollution modeling, degradation processes, human exposure pathways, and monitoring.


Topics covered will include:

  • Control Volumes, Mass Balance, and Advective/Dispersive Transport
  • Chemical Equilibria, Mass Action, Electroneutrality, and Mass Conservation
  • Chemical Kinetics and Partitioning
  • River Transport, Lakes and Wetlands and Estuaries
  • Sediment Transport, Bottom Sediments, Paleolimnology
  • Air-Water Exchange
  • Major Ion Chemistry of Natural Waters
  • Ecosystem Characteristics and Redox Chemistry
  • BOD/DO Modeling and Microbial Kinetics
  • Photochemistry and Hydrolysis
  • Groundwater and Aquifers, Darcy's Law, and Flow Nets
  • Superposition, Capture Curves
  • Transient Well Hydraulics and Transport and Retardation
  • Unsaturated Zone Flow, Biodegradation and Bioremediation
  • Atmospheric Structure and Adiabatic Lapse Rates
  • Global, Synoptic, Local Scale Circulation
  • Gaussian Plume Modeling and Deposition Processes
  • Tropospheric Chemistry and Acid Deposition
  • Stratospheric Chemistry and Radiative Activity of Gases


Readings will be assigned primarily from text. Problem sets will be assigned weekly from the text.


activities percentages
In-class Quiz 40%
Homework, Court Case 15%
Final Quiz 45%

All quizzes and exams are in-class, closed-book. One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of handwritten notes will be permitted (one side for first quiz, both sides for final).