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.

Programs Offered: 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; up to 18 credits of coursework exemptions may be approved for courses taken through a Master's degree.

General Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements fall into two categories:

  • Core course requirements are specific courses or combinations of courses that must be taken in the manner specified.
  • Elective course requirements. The remaining course credit requirements may be met by selecting courses from a list of Approved Elective Courses, from additional courses contributing to the core course requirement, or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.

Please see the MASc / PhD requirements pages 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 approval of transfer credits for the MASc program or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Coursework Requirements (MASc and PhD)

Core course requirement

CIVL 597-002 – Graduate Seminar (Hydrotechnical)

Elective course requirements

Electives may be taken from the List of Approved Electives below, or other courses may be taken with approval of the Supervisor.


 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

1CIVL 540

Advanced Coastal Engineering

3

2

2CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

Summer

2CIVL 542

Physical Limnology

3

2

2CIVL 543

Turbulent Fluid Dynamics

3

N/A3

2CIVL 547

Estuary Hydraulics

2

N/A

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 2019/20.