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The courses belong to two programs: program on Environmental Engineering (EE) and program on Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering (WSWE), and can be divided into required, elective and selected elective.

Environment and Development (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 0050041
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher: QIAN Yi, SHI Hanchang
Exam method: project
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course will discuss about the origin and harm of the environmental problems, especially the relationship between environmental destruction and economic development. Understand the substance of sustainable development, and be clear of relationship between sustainable development and new industrial road (i.e. circular economy). Learn the experience of cleaner production and circular economy at home and abroad, and discuss the strategies and countermeasures suitable for China.
 
 
City and Environment (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 00050051
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher: CHEN Jining
Exam method: project
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
Themed with urban sustainable development, this course discusses the relationship between city and the environment, reciprocity of the environmental elements, city’s reliance and influence on natural resources, perturbations to different ecological systems caused by different urban development mode, and the effect of infrastructure on the urban function and regional ecological system bearing capacity expansion, by clue of urban development process in terms of the analysis of values, urban material flow, and energy flow. By discussion of ecological city theory and hint from the indexes of different ecological cities, investigate the approach and mode of urban sustainable development, and grasp the basic method in consideration of the environmental elements in the urban planning and management. This course is carried out through theory discussion, analytical method introduction and case study.


Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 00050031
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher: QIAN Yi, ZHANG Tianzhu, DU Pengfei, HE Miao
Exam method: project
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
Starting with the introduction of the composition of earth ecological system, this course highlights the resource and environmental problems and points out the relationship between these problems and the human activities especially the economic development. Then illustrated the theory and implementation approach of sustainable development strategy, which includes building up the environmental ethics, strengthening domestic environmental protection legal system, developing environmental pollution control technologies, especially those could prevent pollution, protect natural resource and promote sustainable development (e.g. clean production and industrial ecology).
 
 
Introduction to Cleaner Production (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 00050011
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher: SHI Lei, TIAN Jinping
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
On the basis of introduction of sustainable development and environmental countermeasure analysis of the conventional linear production development mode and end treatment, this course illustrated the conception and principles of clean production, especially the pollution prevention in the production process and cleaner production audit, product eco-design and life-cycle assessment of environmental impact, and industrial ecosystem and product flow analysis.
 
 
Industrial Ecology (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 00050021
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher: SHI Lei
Exam method: Project
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course introduces the industry development mode, industry metabolism research, planning & design and management of industrial ecology area. By case study, it provides to the students the overall thread and system framework for solving the industrial environmental problems. Heavy stress is laid on the methodology and technical tools.
 
 
Introduction to Environmental Science (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050032
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: DU Pengfei
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
Environmental science is one of the fastest-growing new subjects of the 20th century, and is an indispensable part of the social and science development. Since the 21th century, human society has suffered more severe and complicated environmental problems, which promotes the development of environmental science, making it a trans-discipline.
This course is intended to introduce to the junior undergraduates basic disciplines in environmental science, the origin and development of the major environmental problems, basic methods for solving these problems, and the latest progress and perspectives of the major research areas of environmental science. Thus the students can figure out the whole state of this discipline, be exposed to the major as soon as possible, make clear of future research area, and lay a profound foundation for the following specialized course study.
This course mainly contains the origin and development of environmental science, main content and basis methods of environmental research, basic theory and method of environmental ecology, major regional environmental problem, problems in China, and the development trend of environmental science and technology.
 
 
Environmental Monitoring (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050213
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: YU Gang
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement: Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Brief introduction:
This course is the first basic specialized course for undergraduate majored in environmental engineering and water supply and waste water engineering. With the background knowledge of Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, this course aims to lay a good foundation for the following specialized courses. This course is composed of classroom teaching, experiments, and monitoring plan design & discussion. The classroom lectures mainly introduces monitoring of water, air, soil, and noise, quality control of environmental monitoring, and new environmental monitoring technologies. Make students understand the continent and properties of natural water, waste water, air, emissions and soil, be familiar with the content and establishment principles of water & air quality standards, understand the origin of pollutions and the properties and analytical and measurement methods of the major pollutant, grasp the major monitoring methods and the environmental meaning of the indexes in water, air, soil and noise monitoring, and understand the application of these data in pollution control engineering. Select major water quality indexes like BOD, COD and TOC, and air and soil quality indexes like nitrogen oxide, and launch monitoring experiments on campus, cultivating practical operation capacity of the students. Every student is guided to design a complete monitoring plan on their own, where their capability to independently carry out monitoring work is cultivated.
 
 
Environmental Engineering Microbiology (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050013
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: HU Hongying, LU Yun
Exam method: homework, project, experiment report, and exam
Access requirement: chemistry, biochemistry (recommended)
Brief introduction:
This course is the basic specialized courses for undergraduate majored in environmental engineering and water supply and waste water engineering. It mainly contains the form, structure, physiological property, growth, inheritance and mutation of microorganisms, water sanitary bacteriology, microorganisms in waste water treatment, indicator organisms of water pollution, application of microorganisms in environmental pollution control, research approach of microorganisms and the microorganism experiments.
 
 
Principle of Environmental Engineering (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050174
Course hour: 64
Course credit: 4
Course teacher: HU Hongying, ZHANG Xu, HUANG Xia, XI Jinying
Exam method: homework, test, and exam
Access requirement: calculus, chemistry, environmental microbiology
Brief introduction:
This course is a main specialized course for undergraduate majored in environmental science, environmental engineering and water supply and waste water engineering. It introduces the common basic phenomenon and process in the environmental pollution control and restoration of the ecosystem engineering of water treatment, air pollution control and solid waste treatment and management. It mainly contains the environmental engineering principle basis, separation process principles, and reaction engineering principles. The environmental engineering principle basis part introduces the mass and energy conservation and transportation process. The separation process principle part introduces the basic principles of precipitation, filtration, absorption and adsorption. The reaction engineering part introduces chemical and biological reaction metrology, kinetics and process analysis of various kinds of reactors.
 
 
Ecology Theory (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050162
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: LIU Xuehua
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: calculus, chemistry, environmental microbiology
Course type: classroom lecture
Brief introduction:
This course mainly contains the introduction to ecology, life phenomenon, biological and the environment, autecology, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, urban ecology, ecological engineering, employment of remote sensing and GIS.
 
 
Environmental Chemistry (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050152
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: ZHANG Pengyi
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Have a grasp of the mechanism and migration & transformation of chemical pollutant induced environmental problems. This course is in series with water treatment chemistry and advanced environmental chemistry.
Brief introduction:
Environmental chemistry is a science that investigates on the chemical principles and approaches of the existence, property, behavior & effect, and control of chemical pollutants in air, water, soil and sound. It mainly contains environmental chemistry of air, water, and soil, and the transportation and transformation of pollutant in biological.
 
 
Environmental Soil Science (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050182
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: Jan Mulder etc.
Exam method: exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course mainly introduces all kinds of soil processes, including anion and cation exchange, adsorption of organic or inorganic pollutants, decomposition of organic matter and mineralization, nitrification & denitrification, mineral weathering, recycle of C and N, oxidation and reduction reaction, form and transportation process of the metal elements and the hydraulic process.
 
 
Water Quality Control Engineering (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050455
Course hour: 80
Course credit: 5
Course teacher: HUANG Xia, ZUO Jiane, SHI Shaoqi, LIU Xundong, etc.
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: environmental monitoring, microbiology of water treatment
Brief introduction:
This course mainly introduces the basic theory and property, calculation methods of crafts, application field, major constituent and operation features of the major physical chemistry and biological treatment units in water and waste water treatment, the typical water supply and waste water treatment craft and the latest research progress at home and abroad. The course is divided into two parts. The first part is the principle and craft of physical chemistry treatment of water and waste water. It mainly introduces the physical chemistry treatment units including coagulation, precipitation & clarification, floatation, filtration, disinfection, oxidation & reduction, membrane separation, and soften & demineralization; the second part is about the principles and craft of biological treatment of waste water, mainly introduces aerobic and anaerobic biological treatment craft of waste water, biological nutrient and phosphorus removal craft, natural treatment craft of waste water, and the treatment & management of sludge. It also has several open-oriented experiments coordinated with the theoretical teaching. The experiments can not only train students the basic experimental skills, but also deepen the understanding of the theoretical problems in course, and enhance the analysis and problem-solving abilities of the students.
 
 
Urban Water and Wastewater Pipeline Works (Selected Elective for EE, Required for WSWE)

Course number: 40050574
Course hour: 64
Course credit: 4
Course teacher: ZHANG Hongtao, LIU Shuming
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: hydraulics, or mechanics of fluids
Brief introduction:
This course mainly introduces the basic principle and technology of urban water supply and sewage pipeline engineering. It contains three parts: urban water supply pipeline engineering, urban sewage pipeline engineering and water and sewage engineering of structures. Students can learn the basic principles and methods for planning & design of water and waste water pipeline engineering, understand the basic construction procedure, design code for water supply and waste water engineering, and practice the basic ability and skill in planning and design of water supply and waste water pipeline engineering through this course. With the combination of theoretical learning and practice, the course aims to cultivate the independent analytical and problem-solving abilities.


Building Water and Wastewater Engineering Design (Selected Elective for EE, Required for WSWE)

Course number: 40050583
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: MA Jin
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: hydraulics, or mechanics of fluids
Brief introduction:
This course consists of two main contents: The basic theory and knowledge of building water supply, fire protection, hot water, wastewater and landscape construction; building water and wastewater engineering practice. The purpose of this course is to help students cultivate the ability to analyze and solve actual problems independently. Students are required to master the knowledge of the building water supply and drainage, understand the actual process of engineering design.

Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal Engineering (Required for EE, Selected Elective for WSWE)

Course number:40050424
Course hour:64
Course credit:4
Course teacher: JIANG Jianguo
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement: Required basic courses and specialized basic courses
Brief introduction:
This course mainly provides basic principal and concept of solid waste management, as well as major technique and principal related to solid waste disposal, in order to let students understand whole process of solid waste management and master solid waste disposal technique research and application method, assure them to obtain basic qualities and skills to work on solid waste management and technology.
Guiding ideology of this course is that guided by basic principal, combining theory with practice, based on engineering application’s background, and focusing on training students’ analysis and problem-solving skills.
 
 
Air Pollution Control Engineering (Required for EE, Selected Elective for WSWE)

Course number: 40050444
Course hour: 64
Course credit: 4
Course teacher: HAO Jiming
Exam method: exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course can help students have a general understanding of the air pollution problems, and their origin, impact, and the related control legal system, technology and engineering, laying a good foundation for the future work of air pollution control and macro environmental management. It requires the students to grasp the legal system for air pollution control, principles of air pollution caused by energy utilization, quantitative calculation of air pollution by combustion, calculation of basic transport and dispersion of pollutant, the fluid dynamics basis for particle removal, and the principle, craft, and equipment of particle and air pollutant removal.
 
 
Environmental Data and Mathematic Models (Selected Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050434
Course hour: 64
Course credit: 4
Course teacher: ZENG Siyu
Exam method: exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course mainly introduces the commonly used methods of data processing and numerical calculation in the field of environmental engineering, the application of spatial database technology in the field of environment and resource, and some mature environmental mathematical models. Form the aspects of environmental data analysis and information processing, discuss about different types of water environment quality models and atmospheric environment quality models, leading the students to solve the environmental problem with mathematical methods.
 
 
Design of Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility (Selected Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number:40050523
Course hour:48
Course credit:3
Course teacher:Wang Wei
Exam method:Examination
Access requirement::Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal Engineering (experiments included)
Brief introduction:
This course will further lecture around three main techniques about municipal waste disposal which are landfilling, incineration, composting, so that students will understand technique features and main process parameters of all kinds of processing. Through case study, calculation methods of main process will be grasped and design on real treating facility will be completed.


Engineering Design for Air Pollution Control (Selected Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050463
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: MA Yongliang
Exam method: 70% of project design, and 30% of exam.
Access requirement: air pollution control engineering, unit operation of chemical engineering
Brief introduction:
This course aims at cultivating air pollution control engineering design ability for the environmental engineering majored students. It mainly contains: design of waste gas collection system, dust collector design, and design of air pollutant control facilities, etc. This course will not illustrate about the major craft and principles of air pollution control engineering which is detailed discussed in the course “air pollution control engineering”, and instead introduce the design methods and examples of the various equipments. The topics for the design training include air scheme design, system design and equipment design of pollution control engineering.
 
 
Database and Information Techniques (Selected Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050733
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: JIA Haifeng
Exam method: exam.
Access requirement: environmental data processing and the mathematical models
Brief introduction:
Database technology, geographical information system (GIS) and internet technology are robust tools for environmental planning & design and management. The aim of this practice course is to let students grasp the above technologies through more computer practice instead of lectures. The major contents of this course are: the design and implementation of environmental management information system based on database technology, the analysis and demonstration of GIS, design and implementation of geographical information system and the web-based GIS. Through this course, students could learn how to employ the database technology, GIS and internet technology in the environmental planning & development and management, and grasp the design and implementation of the specific environmental information system.


Wastewater and Environmental Engineering Construction Technology (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050332
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: MA Jin
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: engineering mechanics, hydraulics, pipeline engineering, water supply and waste water engineering of structures, water treatment engineering, etc.
Brief introduction:
Students are expected to grasp the basic knowledge of general technology, method and organization of construction, and project management. Students should understand the general civil construction knowledge and performance and usage of basic constructional materials. Grasp a certain level of construction technologies and methods of environmental engineering and water supply and waste water engineering. Understand the construction process, organization method, and management of the projects of engineering.


Technical Economy and Cost Management of Environmental Engineering (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050492
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: ZHOU Lv
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement: environmental engineering, water treatment engineering etc.
Brief introduction:
According to the characteristics of environmental engineering with respect to China’s national situations and policies, this course systematically introduces the application of the theoretical methods of technical economics and cost management in the field of environmental engineering construction projects, emphasizes the popular international theories and methods of cost management which are gradually being implemented in China, and explains China’s new methods of cost management theory after accession to WTO.
 
 
English for Environmental Students (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050092
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: LIU Shuming, LU Yun, WU Ye, WANG Yujue
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: college English
Brief introduction:
Though English original textbook reading, classroom discussion, English writing and translation, students can master the ability to acquire specialized information and communicate topics of environment in English.
 
 
Environmental Physical Pollution and Control (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050532
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: JIANG Jianguo, LIU Huan
Exam method: exam
Brief introduction:
Environmental physics is an important part of environmental science. It investigates the change rule of environmental quality and the measures to protection and improve environment. The research of environmental physical pollution control contains the mechanisms of pollution, detection methods and control measures.
This course mainly contains environmental noise, electromagnetism radiation, and radioactive pollution protection. Environmental acoustics and noise pollution control mainly investigate the origin, transmission path, evaluation and control methods of pollution, and its influence to the human work and life. Electromagnetism radiation is about the origin, impact to human body, and protection of this pollution. Radioactive pollution part illustrated the basic knowledge about radiation, radiation protection standards, and the disposal and treatment of the radioactive three wastes.
 
 
Water Resources Utilization and Conservation (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050192
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: LIU Xiang
Exam method: Exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
This course is designed to make students understand the basic concepts and characteristics of water resources, the formation of surface water and riverbed evolvement, and the storage form and the movement of groundwater, and learn the basic principles of calculation and protection of water resources, mastering the methods of selection and design of the surface water and groundwater intake structures.
 
 
Environmental Impact Assessment (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number:40050602
Course hour:32
Course credit:2
Course teacher:WANG Chengwen
Exam method: 50% of project and 50% of final exam
Access requirement: Basic theoretical courses required by department
Brief introduction:
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a featured course in the field of environmental science and engineering. EIA is a very important procedure in the environmental management of China. It has a series of related laws, regulations and guidelines. The methods of EIA will be a basic skill for environmentalists in the future. The government has introduced examination system for the working license of EIA. Following the related requirement of the examination system, this course teaches the students to comprehensively master the basic theory, method, procedure, and principle of EIA. Case studies will further show how to assess the environmental impact. The students will finally be encouraged to do practical trainings about project EIA cases in small groups. This course will teach the students master the skills to work on EIA through all the studies and trainings above.


 Environmental Management (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number:30050252
Course hour:32
Course credit:2
Course teacher:WEN Zongguo, SHI Lei
Exam method: 15% of project, 15% of homework and 70% of final exam
Access requirement: Basic theoretical courses required by department
Brief introduction:
This course focuses on introducing the environmental management objects, contents and means. The purpose is to help the students understand the basic theories of environmental management, related policies& systematic analysis tools method, and learn the latest means, experience or trend for environmental management worldwide. Main content will cover the basic questions, concept and development trend in environmental management; theoretical basis, major environmental management means and case studies; technical approaches in environmental management and the practices; international comparisons on environmental management means and practices; global environmental problems analysis and management.


Environmental Management and Environmental Sociology Methods (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050672
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: ZENG Siyu
Exam method: exam
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
The aim of this course is to introduce the connotation, implementation approaches and theory basis of environmental management from the environmental sociology related contents and research methods, and improve students’ understanding of the challenges of environmental management in China through discussion class.
 
 
Non-point Source Pollution Control and Ecological Engineering in Basin (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 30050202
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: LI Guanghe
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: ecology, environmental microbiology, mechanics of fluids
Brief introduction:
This content of this course includes basin water types, distribution, and pollution level; composition, form, pollution transmission path and harm of the non-point pollutant; elements, types and purification function analysis of pollution control engineering; design of ecological engineering of pollution control, mechanisms and purification analysis of the biological system; arrangement of engineering and the technical economic analysis.
 
 
Treatment Processes and Engineering for Drinking Water (Elective for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050562
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: LIU Wenjun
Exam method: exam
Access requirement: chemistry, microbiology, mechanisms of fluids basis, principles of environmental engineering, water treatment engineering
Brief introduction:
This course is targeted at the senior students majored in water supply and waste water engineering. It introduces the modern drinking water treatment craft and engineering, including major pollutants in drinking water source, water quality indexes and their impact on human health, policy making principles of the drinking water quality standard, comparison of standards at home and abroad, design code of drinking water treatment craft and engineering, traditional treatment craft, characteristic and application of the typical structures, advanced treatment craft and membrane treatment craft, the relationship between water source quality and selection of treatment craft, design principles and methods of drinking water treatment craft, water quality maintenance and management in drinking water distributions, and typical case studies of drinking water supply plants in China, etc.
 
 
Engineering Design for Water and Wastewater Treatment (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050343
Course hour: 48
Course credit: 3
Course teacher: ZUO Jian’e, WU Jing, LIANG Peng
Exam method: design documents and drawings, oral presentation
Access requirement: Water Treatment Engineering.
Brief introduction:
This course requires students to independently complete a municipal sewage or industrial wastewater treatment plant (station) design on the basis of theories learned in water treatment engineering according to the given design materials with respect to the visit to wastewater treatment plant. The design should include: define process, and calculate selection and size of all treatment structures; draw the floor chart and elevation layout of the sewage treatment plant; draw the early expansion graph of a processing structures and the construction chart of a key processing structure; finish the document of design calculations and design specifications. After this design, students to supposed to have a further understanding of the theory knowledge, be familiar with procedures and methods for water treatment engineering design, and the ability of using design references and design specifications, and master the requirements of different levels of process design drawing, properly dimension, the writing skills of project design documents, and have concepts of engineering and economics.
 
 
Perceptual Practice (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course number: 40050202
Course hour: 32
Course credit: 2
Course teacher: XI Jinying
Exam method: project
Access requirement:
Brief introduction:
Through many kinds of teaching and practice methods like lecture, informal discussion, and visit discussion, enhance the awareness and understanding of the lower grade undergraduates on environmental problems, environmental protection, environmental majors and scientific research of DESE, and cultivate students’ interest, passion and confidence of the environmental protection career. The teaching forms include:
1 hometown investigations
Every student should arrange about one week to investigate the typical environmental issue and environmental protection situations about their hometown during the vacation. Students who will stay in Beijing can investigate with students in Beijing.
2 special lectures
Combining hot environmental protection issues at home and abroad, and inviting governors, enterprisers, professors in or out of universities, give lectures on environmental management, environmental industry, environmental research development and introduction to the department of environmental science and technology.
2 visits and discussions
Arrange students to visit typical pollution monitoring and treatment facilities and companies around Beijing, to increase students’ understanding of pollutant control work.
4 education of lab safety
Train the students of the basic knowledge and skills of safety and protection awareness through the safety education system developed by school.
 
 
Environmental Quality Monitoring of Campus (Required for EE & WSWE)

Course Number: 40050401
Course hour: 16
Course credit: 1
Course teacher : Yu Gang et al
Exam method: Check
Access requirement: Environmental Monitoring
Brief introduction:
This course requires students to select topics about water, air, soil or noise environment in campus by groups, and carry out monitoring program design, finally forming implement program;
There will be on-site sampling and analysis, as well as laboratory analysis. After data analysis and final report writing, research results will be published on website of Tsinghua University Campus Environmental Quality.