ERE 275

Ecological Engineering




Stewart Diemont

Baker Lab 421



Meeting Times

Mondays and Fridays 12:45-1:40 p.m.

Wednesdays 1:50-4:50 p.m.


Course Description

This course will provide an overview of ecological engineering theory and practice. It will have a strong focus on sustainability in design. We will explore literature, key concepts, empirical models, and case studies of ecological engineering. We will draw heavily from biology, chemistry, and systems theory for ecological engineering. Students will come to understand the multidisciplinary nature of ecological engineering. Topics will include: succession, self design and organization, constructed wetlands, living machines, agroecosystems, energy flows, material flows, system diagramming, coupled human and natural systems, rain gardens, ecosystem structure and function, remediation, ecosystem restoration, urban design, traditional design, waste management and reuse, energy conservation and generation, emergy, life cycle assessment, and industrial ecology.




30 %     Quizzes

20 %     Homework

5 %       Project status report

10 %     Project presentation

15 %     Project final report

20 %     Final exam


Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to use ecology, biology, chemistry, and mass balance for ecological engineering. You will be able to draw from numerous disciplines to enhance your ecological engineering designs. You will learn how to apply consistently ecological engineering problem solving methodology. You will able to choose among and use ecological engineering empirical models for ecological engineering, including for waste treatment and ecosystem restoration. You will be able to explain and discuss the potential role of ecological engineering in global society; you will be able to describe the relationship of ecological engineering tools to current problems.