ENSCEN Courses


200 Level Courses

ENSCEN 211 (NERS 211). Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Prerequisite: preceded or accompanied by Math 216. (4 credits)
This course will discuss different forms of energy, the history of nuclear energy, the fundamentals of fission and fusion nuclear power, radiological health applications, and electromagnetic radiation in the environment, current topics in the media such as radon, radioactive waste, and nuclear proliferation will also be covered.

400 Level Courses

ENSCEN 420 (NAVARCH 420) (AOSS 420). Environmental Ocean Dynamics*
Prerequisites: NAVARCH 320 or AOSS 305 or CEE 325. (4 credits)
Physical conditions and physical processes of the oceans; integration of observations into comprehensive descriptions and explanations of oceanic phenomena.  Emphasis on wave and current prediction, optical and acoustical properties of seawater, currents, tides, waves and pollutant transport. 

ENSCEN 451 (AOSS 451). Atmospheric Dynamics I
Prerequisite: AOSS 401 or Math 450. (4 credits)
Quasi-geotropic energetics; fronts; the mean circulation; planetary and equatorial waves; overview of the dynamics of the middle atmosphere; wave-mean flow interaction; spectral methods; and tropical meteorology.

ENSCEN 463 (AOSS 463). Air Pollution Meteorology*
Prerequisite: Math 215. (3 credits)
Weather and motion systems of the atmosphere; topographic influences in winds; atmospheric stability and inversions; atmospheric diffusion; natural cleansing processes; meteorological factors in plant location, design and operation. 

ENSCEN 467 (AOSS 467) (Chem 467) (Geol Sci 465). Biogeochemical Cycles *
Prerequisite: Math 116, Chem 210, Physics 240. (3 credits) 

ENSCEN 475 (AOSS 475). Earth System Interactions*
Prerequisite: Senior Standing in science or engineering. (4 credits)
Students will work on open-ended research problems with mathematical models from Earth System Science.  The models may include, for example, surface characteristics, hydrology, solar-land-ocean-atmosphere exchanges, and space-based observations.  Numerical experiments will promote further understanding and interpretation of earth system interactions, team building, and scientific communication. 

ENSCEN 479 (AOSS 479). Atmospheric Chemistry*
Prerequisite: Chem 130, Math 216. (4 credits)
Thermo-chemistry, photochemistry and chemical kinetics of the atmosphere; geo-chemical cycles, generation of atmospheric layers and the effects of pollutant are discussed. 

ENSCEN 484 (NERS 484). (BIOMEDE 484) Radiological Health Engineering Fundamentals*
Prerequisite: NERS 312 or equivalent or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
Fundamental physics behind radiological health engineering and topics in quantitative radiation protection.  Radiation quantities and measurement, regulations and enforcement, external and internal dose estimation, radiation biology radioactive waste issues, radon gas, emergencies, and wide variety of radiation sources from health physics perspective. 

ENSCEN 495 (AOSS 495). Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere
Prerequisite: AOSS 464. (4 credits)
Basic physical and chemical processes important in controlling the upper/middle atmosphere and ionosphere:  photochemistry, convection, diffusion, wave activity, ionization, heating and cooling. The terrestrial, as well as planetary atmospheres and ionospheres are to be considered.

500 Level Courses

ENSCEN 500 (CEE 500) (CHE 500). Environmental Systems and Processes I
Prerequisite: CEE 480 or equivalent. (3 credits)
Concepts of environmental systems and principles of related transport and transformation phenomena and processes, focusing on aquatic systems; development of fundamental models for articulation of relevant process dynamics; system and process scaling factors and methods; extension of process models to ideal and non-ideal natural and engineered homogeneous environmental systems.

ENSCEN 528 (CEE 528). Flow and Transport in Porous Media*
Prerequisite: CEE 428 or equivalent. (3 credits)

ENSCEN 529 (CLIMATE 528)(NAVARCH 528). Remote Sensing of Ocean Dynamics
Prerequisite: NAME/AOSS 420 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
The dynamics of ocean wave motion, both surface and internal waves, and ocean circulation are explored utilizing active and passive remote sensing techniques.  Emphasis is placed upon the synoptic perspective of ocean dynamics provided by remote sensing which is not obtainable by conventional means.

ENSCEN 533 (AEROSP 533). Combustion Processes
Prerequisite: AEROSP 225. (3 credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of combustion systems, and fire and explosion phenomena. Topics covered include thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, laminar flame propagation, detonations and explosions, flammability and ignition, spray combustion, and the use of computer techniques in combustion problems.

ENSCEN 563 (AOSS 563). Air Pollution Dispersion Modeling
Prerequisite: AOSS 463. (3 credits)
Principles of modeling air pollution transport and dispersion. Discussion of models for line sources, area sources and point sources.  Analysis of individual model data requirements, founding assumptions and inherent limitations.  Practical experience using currently operational models.

ENSCEN 564 (AOSS 564). The Stratosphere and Mesosphere
Prerequisite: AOSS 464. (3 credits)
Physical, chemical, and dynamical properties of the atmosphere between the tropopause and the turbopause.  Among the topics covered are the heat and radiation budgets, atmospheric ozone, stratospheric warming, the biennial stratospheric oscillation, and airglow.

ENSCEN 575 (AOSS 575). Air Pollution Monitoring*
Prerequisite: AOSS 463, AOSS 578, NRE 538 (previously or concurrently). (3 credits)

ENSCEN 576 (AOSS 576). Air Quality Field Project
Prerequisite: AOSS 578, NRE 538, AOSS 575, or AOSS 563. (4 credits)
Practical experience in all aspects of air quality field measurements from the design the planning stage through implementation and data analysis and interpretation.  Emphasis on research design, sampling, data management systems, sample tracking, computerized data acquisition and processing, error analysis and reporting; team-oriented practicum for modelers and experimantalists. 

600 Level Courses

ENSCEN 686 (CEE 686) (CHE 686). Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. (2-3 credits)
Case studies focusing on utilization of principles of environmental sustainability in professional practice.  Development of environmental literacy through study of both current and historical environmental issues. 

Environmental Assessment, Management, and Policy

100 Level Courses

ENSCEN 105 (AOSS 105) (Chem 105). Our Changing Atmosphere
Prerequisite: none. (3 credits) 
The science of the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone depletion, polar ozone holes, and urban smog.  These phenomena and their possible consequences are discusses, along with the properties and behavior of the atmosphere and its components of the environment. 

ENSCEN 171 (AOSS 171) (Biol 110) (Univ Course 110) (SNRE 110) (Geol Sci 171). Introduction to Global Change-Part I
Prerequisite: none. (4 credits) 
The Science Behind Sustainability — Students learn about the evolution of the universe, Earth, our changing environment and our planets living organisms.  Global Change I, which is part of the GC curriculum, assumes no prior science background.  Homework and laboratories use computer-based systems modeling and analysis, and includes a group presentation. 

500 Level Courses

ENSCEN 531 (NERS 531). Nuclear Waste Management*
Prerequisite: Senior Standing. (3 credits) 
 Based on the nuclear fuel cycle, this course will review the origin, composition, form and volumes of waste generated by commercial reactors and defense programs.  The scientific and engineering basis for near-field and far-field containment in a geologic repository will be reviewed in the context of performance assessment methodologies. 

ENSCEN 534 (CSIB 564) Strategy for Environmental Management
Prerequisite: CSIB 502. (1.5 credits)
This course builds environmental awareness and literacy for strategic corporate managers. It focuses on how environmental problems and pressures currently impact competitive strategy, technology choices and production and marketing decisions. Environmental challenges, regulations, and values are explored in terms of business risk and opportunity. Companies at the leading edge of environmental management are profiled via cases and visiting speakers.

ENSCEN 535 (MBA 565). Strategy for Sustainable Development
Prerequisite: CSIB 564. (1.5 credits)
This course examines the long-term strategic implication of the growing call for sustainable development, i.e., satisfying lives for all within the means of nature. It focuses on the natural and social state of the planet, the ethics and meanings of sustainability, and the business logics bearing upon the transition to sustainable enterprise. Emphasis is placed on transformational leadership in the face of the radical technological, social, economic and institutional changes.

ENSCEN 585 (CEE 585). Solid Waste Management
 (3 credits)

ENSCEN 587 (NRE 558) (CEE 587). Water Resource Policy *
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Standing. (3 credits)

ENSCEN 588 (EHS 672). Life Cycle Assessment: Human Health and Environmental Impacts
(3 credits)

ENSCEN 589 (NRE 595) (CEE 589). Risk and Benefit Analysis in Environmental Engineering*
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Standing. (3 credits)

Environmental Laws and Regulations

600 Level Courses

ENSCEN 699 (EHS 699). Hazardous Wastes: Law Regulation, Remediation, and Worker Protection*
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and EHS 503 or EHS 508 or EHS 541 or EHS 650 or EHS 667 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)

* Denotes courses approved for the ConsEnSus Program