Water INTERface Core Courses and Plan of Study:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
FALL: CEE 5804 Engineering Ethics and the Public (3 cr.) FALL: GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Research (3 cr.) GRAD 7994 Dissertation
SPRING: GRAD 5414 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr.) SPRING: GRAD 5974 Independent Study (1-3 cr.) GRAD 7994 Dissertation
Both Semesters: Departmental Core Coursework Complete training course in Human Research Participant Protections Both Semesters: Departmental Core Coursework  

GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Research (3 cr) Instructors: Core Faculty. Description: In-depth coverage of significant research questions and topics including social/ ecological aspects of water consumption, role of water in controlling disease and promoting optimal health, public perceptions of water quality, and water re-use; all topics require interdisciplinary expertise, methodologies, and analysis. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to identify, discuss, and prepare a "white paper" on the engineering, scientific, social and ethical technologies and issues involved in reclaiming water from a tributary that filters municipal waste for endpoint use as potable water and implications to chemical and biological safety, health and palatability of this potable water source.

CEE 5804 Engineering Ethics and the Public  (3 cr) Instructors: Edwards (CEE), Lambrinidou (STS). Description: Drawing from case studies at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy, this course examines the cultural and moral dimensions of engineering and scientific practice through the prism of ethical theory. It explores professional, institutional, and political values underlying the production of knowledge and shaping regulatory solutions to real-life problems, and identifies tensions that can arise between "expert" and "non-expert" perspectives on matters that can have serious and large-scale societal consequences.

GRAD 5414 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr). Instructors: Dietrich (CEE), Duncan (FST), Davy (HNFE), Falkinham (BIOL). Description: Through interactive presentations and discussions of articles from disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources, students and faculty will explore potable water treatment, factors influencing water-borne infectious diseases, the need of the human body for water, nutrients present or absence from tap and bottled water, choices consumers make in selecting waters or other beverages, and implications of engineering treatments and consumer choices for promoting human health.

GRAD 5974 Independent Study (1-3 cr). Instructors: Any Water INTERface affiliated faculty may supervise this independent study laboratory experience. The course is designed to build skills and knowledge in water research methodology exploration in a discipline outside the student's primary discipline.