Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Although Canada has more water than most nations, fluctuations in the quantity and quality of our available water, due to climate change and other human influences, greatly affect Canadian life. Most water quality issues require an understanding of physical processes such as circulation and irreversible mixing. Examples include trapping of nutrients behind upstream reservoirs, nutrient supply to the photic zone supporting phytoplankton and fisheries food supply, effluent dispersal in lakes and coastal waters, and the path of contaminants (such as E. coli and Cryptosporidium) to drinking water supply intakes and beaches. The EFM group focuses on the description and understanding of the physical dynamics of water bodies with the aim of developing numerical models for the prediction of the impacts of climate change and human activities on lake circulation.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics Course Requirements

Programs Offered: MEng, MASc, PhD

Total Credit Requirements:

credits
MASc: Core courses: 1
Elective courses (minimum): 17
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core courses: 1
Elective courses (minimum): 29
PhD thesis: 0
Total (minimum): 30

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level.

Specific Course Requirements

These are given in the following table for both programs in the specialization – the MASc and PhD programs.  Courses to be taken include Core Courses that must be completed and Approved Elective Courses that contribute to the remaining course credit requirement.  Please see MASc requirements or PhD requirements as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations.  These include the need for the Coursework Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration/attendance requirements re. CIVL 597, requirements for the approvals of prior course / transfer credits or course exemptions (PhD program only), and the selection of elective courses.

 

Core Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 597-002

Graduate Seminar (Hydrotechnical)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits:

1

 

 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

1CIVL 540

Advanced Coastal Engineering

3

2

2CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

N/A3

2CIVL 542

Physical Limnology

3

2

2CIVL 543

Turbulent Fluid Dynamics

3

N/A

2CIVL 547

Estuary Hydraulics

2

2

CIVL 558

Water Resources Infrastructure

2

N/A

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

N/A

CIVL 569

Biological Waste Water Treatment

4

1

EOSC 512

Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

3

1

EOSC 571C

Intro to Res in Atmos. Sci. & Physical Limnology

3

N/A

MECH 586

Turbulent Shear Flow

3

N/A

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

CIVL 407

Environmental Laboratory Analysis

3

1

2CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CIVL 418

Engineering Hydrology

3

1

BIOL 402

Aquatic Ecology

3

1

EOSC 474

Marine Pollution

3

1

MATH 400

Applied Partial Differential Equations

3

1 or 2

 

1Credit will only be granted for one of CIVL 417 / 540.

2These are considered the highest priority courses and should be taken if available

3N/A – not offered in 2017/18.