Norway 2019 Global Seminar

Field Methods in Water Quality (CEGE 4011)

Seminar description

Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering Professors Ray Hozalski, Miki Hondzo, and Assistant Professor Erin Surdo, along with instructors from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology will lead a seminar in Norway to provide students with hands-on experience in learning how to assess water quality.

Based in Trondheim, this seminar will investigate various methods to analyze the quality of lakes, streams, drinking water, and wastewater. Approximately one week of the cours will be spent at the Sletvik field station near Agdenes where vertical profiles of various water quality parameters such as temperature, pH, salinity, and dissolved oxygen on lakes will be obtained and compared. The other two weeks will be spent in Trondheim studying streams and water, as well as wasterwater treatment methods. Students will learn how to measure velocity profiles, dispersion, and respiration in streams.

Additionally, the class will visit drinking water and wastewater treatment plants to learn how these processes differ in Norway compared to the United States. Water samples will be taken for lab analysis including bacterial plate counts, chemical oxygen demand, and total suspended solids.

Outside of class, students will be able to explore Trondheim’s waterfront, cathedrals, fort, and beaches. There are plenty of hiking opportunities along the fjord and in the hills surrounding the city. Weekend trips, including a weekend in Oslo, will allow for exploration of Norway’s famous cities, mountains and fjords.

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Seminar details

Term: May 2019

Dates: Friday, May 17-Saturday, June 8, 2019

Eligible students: U of M and non-U of M students are eligible. Admission is by application.

Credit: Students will receive three credits for CEGE 4011.

Faculty leaders: Ray Hozalski, Miki Hondzo, and Erin Surdo, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite is required. 

Estimated program fee: The final program fee for this seminar will include three credits, round-trip airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance and some group meals. The fee is estimated to be between $5,500-$5,900. Applicants will be given an updated estimate. Contact the CSE International Programs team for more information.

Questions? For more information, contact the CSE International Programs team at or 612-624-5091.