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MicroMasters® Program in
Water and Wastewater Treatment

What you will learn

  • Fundamental principles of biological and physico/chemical treatment processes.
  • Physical separation processes.
  • Chemical and photochemical transformation processes.
  • Nutrient removal and resource recovery in wastewater.
  • Modern biotechnologies for wastewater treatment.

The four classes that comprise this MicroMasters® program present fundamental principles that are used to design water and wastewater treatment systems for municipal and industrial applications.

The Physical/Chemical Processes of Environmental Engineering class addresses physico/chemical processes, which are central to many Environmental Engineering applications, but also are broadly applied in other engineering disciplines. The course is divided into three modules. Module 1 addresses transport phenomena and reactor theory. The tools presented in Module I are central to the descriptions of processes that are presented in the remainder of the class. Module 2 addresses physical separation processes (i.e., processes for separation of particles from fluids). Module 3 addresses processes that are used to bring about non-microbially-mediated) transformations.

The remaining three courses in the program address biological processes that are applied in water and wastewater treatment applications. The Biological Principles in Wastewater Treatment course introduces the fundamental design principles and practice of biological wastewater treatment and prepares students for designing wastewater treatment systems. The Nutrient Removal and Resource Recovery in Wastewater course introduces the fundamental knowledge and practice of biological nutrient removal in wastewater treatment and prepares students for designing biological nutrient removal systems. The Modern Biotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment course introduces the modern biotechnologies and their applications in biological wastewater treatment and prepares students for understanding, characterizing, and optimizing wastewater treatment systems. The processes that are described in these classes are particularly relevant to water and wastewater treatment, and many examples presented in these classes are from these domains. But opportunities to apply these principles in other settings are also pursued in these classes.

Expert instruction
4 graduate-level courses
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
8 months
7 - 9 hours per week
6 Academic Credits
Build your skills and your transcript
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. PurdueX's Water and Wastewater Treatment MicroMasters® Program

  2. Started Aug 22, 2010
    7–9 hours per week, for 17 weeks

    Students will learn fundamental principles of physico/chemical processes that are commonly used by Environmental Engineers. Emphasis will be on fundamental concepts, so as to prompt their application in a wide range of settings, and to promote creativity.

  3. Started Jan 9, 2010
    6–8 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    This course introduces biological principles used in the design and operation of biological wastewater treatment plants.

  4. Started Feb 13, 2010
    6–8 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    This course introduces nutrient removal principles used in biological wastewater treatment plants.

  5. Started Mar 27, 2010
    6–8 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    This course introduces modern biotechnologies for wastewater treatment.

  6. How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all four courses in this program.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Purdue University Master’s degree program, and if accepted, the individual module certificates may count towards the degree.

    The Water and Wastewater Treatment MicroMasters program comprises four foundational courses from Purdue Civil Engineering’s full Online MSCE, in the Sustainable Water track. The MicroMasters can serve as a helpful introduction to the degree experience.

    The successful completion of a MicroMasters can help as part of an application to our Online MSCE.

    • The advancement in automated systems for managing wastewater treatment increases the need for highly-skilled workers to operate complex controls and systems. (Bureau of Labor Statistics/Burning Glass, 2021)
    • Wastewater engineering jobs may grow 8.4% over the next decade. (Bureau of Labor Statistics/Burning Glass, 2021)
    • Potential job titles may include environmental engineers in consulting firms, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, environmental scientists in governmental agencies, environmental health & safety specialists, and sustainability coordinators.
    • Increases in urbanization and climate change have brought increasing pressure on water resources and water supply.
    • The need for water and wastewater treatment and reuse practices will expand for the foreseeable future due to increased demand for water in municipal and industrial settings.

Meet your instructors
from Purdue University (PurdueX)

Zhi Zhou
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University
Ernest R. Blatchley III
Lee A. Rieth Professor in Environmental Engineering
Purdue University

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