Chemical and Environmental Bioprocess

A Specialization

Many issues covered by environmental engineers are combinations of chemical and biological processes that directly influence the development of projects such as, for example, air and water pollution, waste water treatment, disposal and recycling of waste and preventing the impact of pollutants caused by human activities. In addition, methodologies for risk assessment, data analysis, quality control and sustainable development must be developed to provide reliable long-term solutions.

This specialization offers a rich set of fundamental principles for biochemical aspects of environmental engineering. The study programme offers a range of courses covering both areas of the natural environment that the industrial sectors’ development based on for key processes and their quantification. Pollutants, including transportation and tramsformation, are also covered thoroughly, along with their impacts on humans and ecosystems.

In addition, this specialization allows for the connection between theory and practice, interactions between chemical systems, biochemical and ecological, emphasizing environmental management, occupational health, and the analytical and optimization system that economic analyzes.

Course content

Treatment and recycling of waste

  • Treatment technology of solid waste, recycling assessment, remediation of contaminated site
  • Energy and materials flow in ecological and industrial systems, life cycle analysis
  • Impact assessment of pollutants on ecosystems
  • Sanitation in developing countries

Engineering of the air, soil and water quality

  • Pollution and methods of air analysis, effects and impacts of pollutants
  • Behavior and evolution of chemicals products including quantification of biochemical processes
  • Water treatment, toxicity, removal of organic pollutants and nutrients of wastewater

Environmental management, evaluation of economic and health

  • Environmental impact assessment, assessment of human activities and their impacts, public health
  • Ecological analysis of industrial systems, applications to different economic sectors
  • Environmental management systems, certification, performance indicators, ISO 14001
  • Methodology for hazards analysis and evaluation of industrial risks

Professional perspectives

Graduates in environmental engineering for this specialization will be able to evolve in the areas of environmental assessment, management and project development in treatment systems management of water supply, pollution control systems, sanitation and soil remediation, environmental impact assessment, project evaluation, environmental health and safety, and environmental systems analysis.

The objective of this specialization is the transmission of knowledge, methods and techniques required for a appropriate and sustainable management of water, soil and ecosystems to develop, improve and protect these vital resources, taking into account the economic, societal and environmental aspects.