Environmental Technology & Sustainability, M.S.
Curriculum

Major Requirements

Required Courses Credits:
ENVT 601 Introduction to Environmental Technology 3
The course focuses on fundamental concepts and problem-solving methods that address environmental conditions, pollution monitoring and prevention, and other approaches for protecting air, land, biota, and water. Topics include: scientific and engineering principles, environmental impacts, sustainability principles, regulations and technology associated with water resources, air quality, toxic and hazardous substances and waste.

ENVT 605 Hydrology and Groundwater Contamination 3
This required course is an introduction to hydrology, groundwater flow dynamics, watershed management, contaminant transport, remediation techniques, sustainable use and water quality protection.- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 655 Fundamentals of Air Pollution 3
An analysis of the causes of air pollution and climate change including the use and regulation of fossil fuels in power plants and transportation vehicles. Sustainability, life cycle analysis, measurements, design and operational techniques to improve air quality will be covered in addition to its ecological impact on the Earth.- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 725 Sustainability and the Environment 3
This course examines the issues that comprise the new discipline of "sustainability." The many definitions of sustainability are discussed and the goals of sustainability are defined. The course reviews the impacts of human activities on essential natural resources such as flora, fauna, soil, water, air, land, and energy sources, Fundamental factors such as carrying capacity, ecology, conservation, climate change, pollution, population, development, economics, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, policy and environmental ethics are discussed in the context of sustainability. Readings will consider the complex relationships that make sustainability such a difficult goal and they will examine various diagnostic tools and sustainability best practices.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 750 Energy and Environmental Law 3
Analysis of strategies to simultaneously insure compliance with environmental law and energy project facilitation through detailed examination of legal remedies and policy options to regulate, control and abate energy related environmental impact. Emphasis is placed on implementing sustainable practices and minimizing environmental impacts stemming from utilization and pricing of conventional and renewable energy resources including toxic pollution, solid wastes, air and water quality, greenhouse effect, acid rain and climate change.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 15 Credits
 
Project Courses Credits:
ENVT 801 Audit or Design Project I 3
A capstone project to demonstrate the student's grasp of environmental technology. The design of a system, compliance program, or audit of waste sites are typical of the project requirements.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 802 Audit or Design Project II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ENVT 801

A second capstone project to demonstrate the student's grasp of compliance program, or audit of waste sites are typical of the project requirements.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 6 Credits
 
Elective Courses (choose from the following) Credits:
ENVT 615 Water and Wastewater Environmental Technology 3
Physical, chemical and biological principles involved in process design and treatment of water and wastewater.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 620 Introduction to Waste Management 3
A survey of waste collection, salvage and disposal techniques. Design optimization, cost analysis, classification, storage, transportation and government regulations will be covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 650 Hazardous Waste Operations 3
A 40-hour OSHA training course designed for individuals who are engaged in hazardous substance removal or are exposed to potentially hazardous substances and health hazards. The instructor will offer hands on practice in the use of monitoring equipment, cleaning/use/storage of SCBA and personal protective equipment, cleanup methods and practice in decontamination.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 680 Climate Change Technology 3
This course will provide an integrated analytical and critical view of the greenhouse effect, climate change and the technologies required to mitigate its impact on the earth. The student will be required to analyze greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change, including ecosystem diversity, health, food and water supply, sea level rise, economics and political instability. Analyzing the various technologies including fossil fuel conservation, end-use efficiencies and renewable fuels, coupled with major policy decisions, the student will be capable of developing major technology and policy adaptation plans.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 715 Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization 3
Pollution prevention is the proper use of materials, processes, and practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants or wastes at the source. The course will focus on life cycle analysis, product development, and necessary design and manufacturing process changes in addition to recycling, reuse, and substitution of less toxic materials.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 720 Environmental Audits and Monitoring 3
The course will cover environmental compliance audits, reviews, and monitoring techniques for surface and subsurface site inspections including petrochemical contamination and underground storage tanks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 730 Geographical Information Systems 3
Geographical information system (GIS) is a computer mapping and analysis technology that utilizes a powerful information database for analysis of spatial data. It is currently used for environmental monitoring and analysis, resource and facilities management, and planning of utility and transportation networks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 750 Environmental Risk Assessment 3
The assessment of risk and understanding of natural and technological hazards harmful to the environment. This case study course will focus on hazards involving energy, oil, transportation, manufacturing, chemicals, nuclear power, and biotechnology.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 760 Advanced Topics Seminar 3
The fast paced changing field of environmental technology includes a variety of the state of the art topics of current interest to professionals. This course will include seminars conducted by distinguished outside speakers.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 765 Environmental Practicum 1
Students enrolled in this course are expected to perform a minimum of 150 hours of professional service per term in an environmental organization including manufacturing, transportation, consulting, government, or non-profit public service corporation. Conferences and meetings will be held with students and their supervisor. Note: This course will be in addition to those courses required for the degree.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-0-1
ENVT 775 Water Infrastructure Security 3
Please view all course descriptions: http://www.nyit.edu/courses
ENGY 610 Energy Management 3
This course will examine a total management system needed for planning and control of energy resources in an organization, setting of objectives, developing policies and procedures, organizing and staffing, reporting and controlling, and dealing with top management. Students will conduct preliminary and detailed energy audits, prepare energy balances, and identify conservation opportunities. Economic evaluation methods will be covered, including ranking and analyzing capital projects (pay back, discounted cash flow, net present value methods), cost accounting systems designed to highlight energy costs, and setting up performance evaluation systems. Students in this course will also study the history of energy technology, energy efficiency in buildings, and utility regulation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 630 Facility Security and Contingency Planning 3
In this course we examine the technical and legal requirements for emergency planning at power plants and various other energy facilities. Security concerns are identified, and effective response strategies are presented. Among the topics covered are access control, hazard classifications, evacuation plans, and backup power equipment.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 670 Energy Technology in Perspective 3
This course covers principles of power generation and energy conversion. Conventional and alternative energy technologies are described. Energy supply and utilization options are evaluated from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 690 Energy Policy, Economics, and Technology 3
Analysis of past energy production and consumption patterns, and projections for the future. Overview of energy resources and utilization technologies, both conventional and alternative. Examination of energy production and pricing decisions, regulations, taxation, economic efficiency, and social welfare. Evaluation of energy policies, with special emphasis on the feasibility and desirability of available and evolving alternatives.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 710 Power Plant Systems 3
Mechanical and electrical systems for conventional fuel power plants are analyzed. Operating strategies are developed for generation and distribution systems; reliability; power pools; reserve capability; generation of steam; generation planning; dispatching algorithms; turbines; and environmental controls.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 775 Alternative Energy Systems 3
In this course, the wide range of alternative energy options available for heating, cooling, transportation and power generation are presented. Renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass, are discussed in depth. Distributed generation systems, including fuel cells, photovoltaics, and mircroturbines, are analyzed from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Other courses may be approved by the chairperson.
 
Water Resources Electives Credits:
ENVT 615 Water and Wastewater Environmental Technology 3
Physical, chemical and biological principles involved in process design and treatment of water and wastewater.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 705 Environmental Toxicology 3
A survey of the terminology and biochemical and biophysical phenomena associated with chemicals in the environment. Methods used to determine levels of toxicity in animals and man will be studied.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 725 Environmental Issues in the New York Area 3
This course examines the issues that comprise the new discipline of "sustainability." The many definitions of sustainability are discussed and the goals of sustainability are defined. The course reviews the impacts of human activities on essential natural resources such as flora, fauna, soil, water, air, land, and energy sources, Fundamental factors such as carrying capacity, ecology, conservation, climate change, pollution, population, development, economics, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, policy and environmental ethics are discussed in the context of sustainability. Readings will consider the complex relationships that make sustainability such a difficult goal and they will examine various diagnostic tools and sustainability best practices.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 730 Geographical Information Systems 3
Geographical information system (GIS) is a computer mapping and analysis technology that utilizes a powerful information database for analysis of spatial data. It is currently used for environmental monitoring and analysis, resource and facilities management, and planning of utility and transportation networks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 735 Environmental Modeling Techniques 3
The study and development of system modeling to predict ecosystem changes and environmental impacts. A variety of topics are addressed, including: dispersion effects for air and water pollution, population changes, forest growth, solar energy, traffic flows, and urban development. Computer applications are mandatory. Students are expected to use spreadsheets and programs such as MathCad or MathLab. Software applications will be demonstrated in class, and utilized by students in projects and assignments.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
 
Environmental Compliance Electives Credits:
ENVT 640 Radioactive Waste Management 3
Please view all course descriptions: http://www.nyit.edu/courses
ENVT 650 Hazardous Waste Operations 3
A 40-hour OSHA training course designed for individuals who are engaged in hazardous substance removal or are exposed to potentially hazardous substances and health hazards. The instructor will offer hands on practice in the use of monitoring equipment, cleaning/use/storage of SCBA and personal protective equipment, cleanup methods and practice in decontamination.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 715 Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization 3
Pollution prevention is the proper use of materials, processes, and practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants or wastes at the source. The course will focus on life cycle analysis, product development, and necessary design and manufacturing process changes in addition to recycling, reuse, and substitution of less toxic materials.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 720 Environmental Audits and Monitoring 3
The course will cover environmental compliance audits, reviews, and monitoring techniques for surface and subsurface site inspections including petrochemical contamination and underground storage tanks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 735 Environmental Modeling Techniques 3
The study and development of system modeling to predict ecosystem changes and environmental impacts. A variety of topics are addressed, including: dispersion effects for air and water pollution, population changes, forest growth, solar energy, traffic flows, and urban development. Computer applications are mandatory. Students are expected to use spreadsheets and programs such as MathCad or MathLab. Software applications will be demonstrated in class, and utilized by students in projects and assignments.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 750 Environmental Risk Assessment 3
The assessment of risk and understanding of natural and technological hazards harmful to the environment. This case study course will focus on hazards involving energy, oil, transportation, manufacturing, chemicals, nuclear power, and biotechnology.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
 
Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Electives Credits:
ENVT 680 Climate Change Technology 3
This course will provide an integrated analytical and critical view of the greenhouse effect, climate change and the technologies required to mitigate its impact on the earth. The student will be required to analyze greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change, including ecosystem diversity, health, food and water supply, sea level rise, economics and political instability. Analyzing the various technologies including fossil fuel conservation, end-use efficiencies and renewable fuels, coupled with major policy decisions, the student will be capable of developing major technology and policy adaptation plans.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 720 Environmental Audits and Monitoring 3
The course will cover environmental compliance audits, reviews, and monitoring techniques for surface and subsurface site inspections including petrochemical contamination and underground storage tanks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 725 Environmental Issues in the New York Area 3
This course examines the issues that comprise the new discipline of "sustainability." The many definitions of sustainability are discussed and the goals of sustainability are defined. The course reviews the impacts of human activities on essential natural resources such as flora, fauna, soil, water, air, land, and energy sources, Fundamental factors such as carrying capacity, ecology, conservation, climate change, pollution, population, development, economics, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, policy and environmental ethics are discussed in the context of sustainability. Readings will consider the complex relationships that make sustainability such a difficult goal and they will examine various diagnostic tools and sustainability best practices.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENVT 730 Geographical Information Systems 3
Geographical information system (GIS) is a computer mapping and analysis technology that utilizes a powerful information database for analysis of spatial data. It is currently used for environmental monitoring and analysis, resource and facilities management, and planning of utility and transportation networks.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 710 Power Plant Systems 3
Mechanical and electrical systems for conventional fuel power plants are analyzed. Operating strategies are developed for generation and distribution systems; reliability; power pools; reserve capability; generation of steam; generation planning; dispatching algorithms; turbines; and environmental controls.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 740 Solar Energy Technology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ENGY 710

This course covers advanced concepts of solar energy. Students engage in performance analysis of complex solar energy systems. Current industry standard system analysis and synthesis tools are used to design and model energy delivery systems using solar energy. Computational models for energy efficiency and cost optimizations are explored; and students work with weekly case studies to evaluate example applications. A research paper on a contemporary solar energy topic is required.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 775 Water Infrastructure Security 3
In this course, the wide range of alternative energy options available for heating, cooling, transportation and power generation are presented. Renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass, are discussed in depth. Distributed generation systems, including fuel cells, photovoltaics, and mircroturbines, are analyzed from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ENGY 795 Smart Grid Technology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ENGY 670

Applications of information technology to the power grid are presented. The characteristics of the traditional grid are compared to the evolving "Smart Grid." Plans for automating grid functions are developed, based on analysis of existing grid structure. Communication capabilities are integrated with utility processes, to create power systems which anticipate and respond quickly to outages and overloads. Students will formulate strategies for increasing infrastructure resilience, enhancing information security, monitoring grid performance, and optimizing demand response.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
 
Electives: Nine credits required
Total Required Credits = 30