Introduction to Water
This course is an introductory course on the significance of water in our world. The title of the course makes reference to (1) water as a global and local natural resource (Water), (2) water as a chemical compound with important properties and characteristics (H20), and (3) the science and technology of bringing clean water to peoples in need (WaTER, an acronym for “Water Technologies for Emerging Regions”). The course is designed to generate awareness of water’s beneficial uses as well as the challenges associated with water quality, degradation, scarcity, over-abundance (flooding), and inequities in access to clean water. It will also introduce the students to the need to consider both technological options and cultural context in determining sustainable solutions to water problems.

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For-Credit Information for OU Students


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Credit Hours

1 credit hour

OU Students Enroll on Ozone
ENGR 1510-901

Introduction to Water


School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma

Start Date

January 19, 2016


16 weeks

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David Sabatini, Ph.D.
Course Instructor
David Sabatini, Ph.D.
David Ross Boyd Professor and Sun Oil Company Endowed Chair, School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science
Jim Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Course Instructor
Jim Chamberlain, Ph.D.
OU WaTER Center Staff Researcher
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