Courses of Study 2019-2020 
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Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BEE 4710 - Introduction to Groundwater

(crosslisted) EAS 4710  
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: fluid mechanics or hydrology course.

T. Steenhuis.

Fresh water has become a limited resource in many parts of the world. In arid and semi-arid regions, groundwater levels are declining at unstainable levels. In many industrial areas, groundwater is contaminated and unsuitable for drinking water. Sustainability and pollution will be addressed in this course; we will study these problem by first learning the theory of saturated flow and contaminant transport under ideal conditions. Subsequently, we will learn how to simplify a complex groundwater system so solutions can be found. At the end of the course, we will put conceptual, analytical and simulation models, in the broader context of past, current, and potential future groundwater quantity and quality issues, as they are affected by natural or human actions. Throughout the course, guest speakers will discuss topics of current interest related to water. This elective course is intended for seniors and graduate students interested in sub surface water and solute transport applications to sustainable ground water use and prevention of  pollution. Well prepared juniors are welcome too.

Outcome 1: Students will apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to define and solve problems in groundwater.

Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of contemporary environmental issues in world-wide fresh and clean water.

Outcome 3: Students will gain proficiency in use of the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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