Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (WNW)

Water is an essential resource for human society and supports ecosystems. In the hydrological cycle, it becomes contaminated with substances that pose risks to the environment. Water and wastewater process engineering focuses on development of treatment technologies to provide clean water and to treat wastewaters. The main aim here is to reduce the risk of pollutants to ecosystems and human health. Such treatment options involve mainly physicochemical and biological processes.

Students under this concentration area will mainly focus on the removal of conventional and emerging pollutants from water and wastewater. They will learn about the supply of clean drinking water and how to avoid the adverse effects of wastewater discharges.


Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (WWT)  Concentration Area

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Compulsory Classes (6 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 520 Fundamentals of Environmental Sciences


ESC 530 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists




Esc 579 Graduate Seminar


Specified Elective Classes (at least 12 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 516 Water and Wastewater Treatment: Physicochemical Processes


ESC 514 Water Quality Management


ESC 517 Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Processes


ESC 511 Environmental Biotechnology



ESC 526 Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Engineering


ESC 519 Environmental Technology Laboratory



Free Elective Classes (at most 6 credits to be fulfilled)

Upon advisor’s and supervisor’s consent, student can take classes from “specified” categories of all concentration areas and/or classes under “free” category within and outside the IES.