Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE)

  • ESE201 Introduction to Environmental Engineering

    For students majoring in “Environmental Engineering”, this course deals with basic concepts of environmental research fields, such as air, water, soil, waste and microbiology.

  • ESE202 Environmental Chemistry

    The goal of this course is to study basic knowledge of chemistry to identify natural phenomena in air, water and soil systems and to develop students’ ability to apply this knowledge for the remediation of the environment contaminated by toxic chemical compounds.

  • ESE203 Global Environment

    The aim of this course is to comprehensively understand various environmental problems, such as geophysical and chemical phenomena, on the basis of earth and environmental sciences. Human influences such as urbanization, industrialization and the increased use of fossil energy will be studied as major causes of global warming, environmental pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and the desertification process. Students are encouraged to participate in the class by group or individual presentation of their own research on selected problems.

  • ESE204 Water Pollution

    The reasons for water pollution and the characteristics of water pollutants will be studied. On the basis of this knowledge, the analytical methods for various water pollutants and removal mechanisms will be discussed.

  • ESE205 Air Pollution

    The physico-chemical characteristic of air pollutants, long-range transport, hazardous effects and emission reduction will be studied.

  • ESE232 Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

    This course is an introduction to the dynamics and phenomenology of Earth’’s atmosphere and ocean circulations. Special emphasis is placed in understanding how energy and momentum transports are effected in the atmosphere and oceans, and how they influence Earth’’s climate.

  • ESE241 Environmental Mathematics

    Mathematics is one of tools to be used to understand and analyze the environmental problems, with various environmental science knowledge, as those have somewhat different methodologies towards solutions to existing environmental problems. This course includes fundamentals of math., such as linear algebra and partial differential equations, and applications with respect to transport phenomena of particles and colloids in aquatic environments.

  • ESE311 Water Treatment Engineering

    This course will provide comprehensive coverage of water treatment facility design emphasizing coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, redox reactions and adsorption.

  • ESE312 Soil Pollution

    This course covers the wide range of soil pollution studies, including reasons for soil pollution, environmental impact of soil pollution and the remediation and treatment of polluted soils.

  • ESE313 Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory

    This course covers basic principles and laboratory techniques for the analysis of fresh water, contaminated waters and waste waters, with an emphasis on instrumental techniques.

  • ESE314 Environmental Data Analysis and Practice

    This course delivers the basic knowledgement on environmental data analysis and provides some practices using MATLAB. This course begins with basic MATLAB techniques to visualize statistical results, including very basic elements of environmental statistics. I welcome anyone who is interested in environmental data analysis.

  • ESE331 Analysis of Pollutants

    In this course, the principle of instrumental analysis for various pollutants from different environmental media will be studied. Furthermore, experimental skills for the analysis of pollutants will be obtained.

  • ESE333 Introduction to Remote Sensing

    This course provides a qualitative and quantitative introduction to the fundamentals of acquiring, analyzing and utilizing remote sensing data in the performance of environmental monitoring and natural resource inventories. This course introduces key applications of remote sensing as well as basic digital image processing techniques [e.g. image enhancement, image classification]. The students will use the state-of-the-art software and hardware to examine satellite and airborne remote sensing data.

  • ESE334 Atmospheric Dynamics

    Atmospheric dynamics is the study of lareg-scale atmospheric motions associated with weather and climate. Atmospheric dynamics is the study of large-scale atmospheric motions associated with weather and climate. A basic assumption for describing such motions is to regard the atmosphere as a continuous fluid medium and apply the fundamental conservation laws of mass, momentum, and thermodynamic energy, which are expressed in terms of partial differential equations over space and time. Solving those differential equations with some systematic simplifications based on observations, the students will obtain physical insights to the role of atmospheric motions in determining the observed weather and climate. The class will cover in depth the Chapters 1-6 of An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology written by James R. Holton. The presented topics include fundamental and apparent forces, basic conservation laws, circulation and vorticity, atmospheric motion in the presence of friction, and the quasi-geostrophic analysis of large-scale atmospheric motion.

  • ESE335 Biogeochemistry

    Biogeochemistry is the scientific discipline that involves the study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment. This course focuses on stable isotope biogeochemistry with emphasis on carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. Theoretical principles, isotope fractionation, and variation of isotopes in nature with emphasis on the ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere will be presented and discussed. Stable isotope techniques, applications of stable isotopes in research, and introduction to mass spectrometry will form the applied component of the course.

  • ESE337 Environmental Thermodynamics

    This course offers the basic understanding of thermodynamics relating to environmental and atmospheric fields and covers the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, properties of fluids, heat effects, and phase equilibria.

  • ESE341 Environmental Aquatic Organic Chemistry

    Both natural and synthetic organic chemicals are abundant in environments, in waters including air, surface and ground water, and water combined with solids. Studies of characteristics and fate of the chemicals provide basic understanding cycle and effects on eco-system, of the organics. This course includes basic chemistry and application on actual environmental problems, with some projects with aquatic eco-systems to be dealt with.

  • ESE411 Water and Wastewater Engineering

    This course covers fundamental hydraulics related with pipe flows and the design of water and wastewater systems by estimating demand capacity and the optimal operations of the systems.

  • ESE412 Environmental Remediation

    The purpose of this course is to learn various physical, chemical and biological remediation methods for contaminated surface and underground environmental compartments [soil, sediment and ground water etc.]. Through this course, students will learn how to determine which remediation method is most appropriate for a given contamination/case.

  • ESE413 Waste Management

    This course covers [1] waste generation, collection and transportation, [2] waste treatment and [3] waste recycling and recovery technologies.

  • ESE414 Environmental Bioprocess

    This course examines biological wastewater processes used to remove organic materials and nutrients from various wastewater. Sorption of pollutants using microorganisms and plants, aerobic and anaerobic degradation of organic contaminants, sludge treatment and the production of biofuels will be studied.

  • ESE415 Environmental Toxicology

    Environmental toxicology deals with metabolism of hazardous chemicals and exposure assessment for human and other living organisms. During this course, the toxicity of various pollutants [persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals], risk assessment, such as through the use of biosensors, and regulation policies will be covered.

  • ESE416 Hydraulics

    This course provides the principles and fundamental theories related to the mechanical properties of liquids based on fluid mechanics. It focuses on various engineering applications of fluids and their properties.

  • ESE417 Water Treatment Modeling: Principles and Practice

    This course delivers the basic principles on chemical and biological water treatments with its modeling practices. In this class, we will be using the modeling software [Comsol Multiphysics] to simulate water flow and the fate and transport of pollutants in a water treatment facility.

  • ESE421~3 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering I ~ III

    This course introduces new research topics in environmental engineering.

  • ESE431 Climate Dynamics

    This is an introductory course on the scientific background and mechanisms for the climate change and global warming. Course topics include the global energy balance of the Earth’s climate system, atmospheric and oceanic energy transports and the impacts of greenhouse gases on the climate system. Limitations and uncertainty about future climate predictions will be also discussed in the class for an unbiased view to this debating phenomenon.

  • ESE432 Earth Environment Numerical Analysis

    The goals of this course are to provide a working knowledge of the basic methods of objective analysis of meteorological, oceanographic, and related data. The topics concentrate on techniques for extracting information from data directly, such as compositing, time series analysis, singular value decomposition, principal component analysis, and filtering. Both theories and application skills via a computer program such as Matlab, Fortran, Grads will be covered.

  • ESE434 Climate Change Engineering

    This course covers diverse topics on the causes, effects, and mitigation methods of global warming. For this purpose, we will focus on recent technologies for carbon dioxide capture and storage, clean use of fossil fuels, and new and renewable energies.

  • ESE435 GIS-Based Modeling

    The purpose of the course is to present geographical, temporal, environmental modeling concepts using GIS-based modeling languages and techniques. Practical laboratory experience with state-of-the-art software and hardware will be used. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to make informed decisions about the transformation of conceptual models to mathematical models using GIS components. This course includes various modeling concepts and techniques such as spatial interpolation, suitability/capability modeling, terrain form modeling, hydrologic modeling, diffusion modeling, calibration modeling, accessibility modeling, optimization modeling, and rainfall-runoff modeling.

  • ESE436 Statistics in Earth and Environmental Sciences

     Earth and Environmental Sciences often deal with huge data collected from observations and model simulations. A careful application of statistical methods to the data leads to comprehensive descriptions of geophysical phenomena or processes, validations of existing theories, and new findings of nature. This course is aimed for junior and senior students who completed the basics of statistics. The course will review the basics of statistics first, and cover the various statistical methods frequently used in the modern research, such as the regression, time series analysis, and the principal component analysis.

  • ESE437 Multimedia environmental modelling

    This course will deal with the principle of multimedia environmental fate models for persistent organic pollutants. After 2-3 weeks of lectures, students will start to make their own multimedia models using Visual Basic.

  • ESE441 Special Topics in Earth Science I

    This course introduces new research topics in earth science.

  • ESE442 Special Topics in Earth Science II

    This course introduces new research topics in earth science.

  • ESE443 Special Topics in Earth Science III

    This course introduces new research topics in earth science.