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Twin Cities Campus

Land and Atmospheric Science M.S.

Soil, Water, & Climate
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, 439 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612-625-5251; fax: 612-625-2208)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Land and atmospheric science (LAAS) is a science-based interdisciplinary program focused on the fundamentals of Earth system processes related to land and atmosphere and their coupled interactions. Students have the option to develop a program based on one of the more traditional areas in atmospheric science or soil science or to design their own interdisciplinary course of study bridging the two disciplines. The land and atmospheric science graduate program has no formal tracks or emphasis areas, but instead allows students to design a curriculum that addresses their interests within the scope of the program. This multidisciplinary program encompasses aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, atmospheric sciences, and geology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.20.
BS degree in a related field of science, or a graduate or professional degree.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Student course admission prerequisites are as shown below. Students who are admitted with deficiencies would be provided with a list of courses they are required to take before the completion of their degree. This list would be developed by the directors of graduate studies in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
Required prerequisites
Basic Sciences
Students are expected to have taken a minimum of four of the following courses (or their equivalent).
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1101W - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102W - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ESPM 3131 - Environmental Physics (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Environmental Sciences
Students are expected to have taken a minimum of two of the following (or similar) courses:
Take 2 - 6 course(s) from the following:
· ESPM 1011 - Issues in the Environment [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 1425 - Introduction to Weather and Climate [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· ESCI 1001 - Earth and Its Environments [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· ESPM 3612W - Soil and Environmental Biology [WI] (4.0 cr)
or MICB 3301 - Biology of Microorganisms (5.0 cr)
· EEB 3407 - Ecology (3.0 cr)
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 20 major credits and 10 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project typically consists of a technical paper of a topic and length acceptable to the student's advisory committee.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Core Courses
All students must complete the 5-credit core curriculum.
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 5 credit(s) from the following:
· LAAS 5050 - Integrated Topics in Land & Atmospheric Science (3.0 cr)
· LAAS 8128 - Land and Atmospheric Science Seminar (1.5 cr)
· SOIL 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
LAAS and Related Courses
Plan A students must select at least 15 credits (9 major credits and 6 related fields) from this list, and Plan B students must select at least 25 credits (15 major credits and 10 related fields). Courses are selected based on relevance to research interests and with the consent of the advisor.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LAAS 5311 - Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (3.0 cr)
· LAAS 5425 - Atmospheric Processes I: Thermodynamics and Dynamics of the Atmosphere (3.0 cr)
· LAAS 5426 - Atmospheric Processes II: Radiation, Composition, and Climate (3.0 cr)
· LAAS 5515 - Soil Formation: Earth Surface Processes and Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 5121 - Applied Experimental Design (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
· BBE 5535 - Assessment and Diagnosis of Impaired Waters (3.0 cr)
· BBE 5608 - Environmental and Industrial Microbiolog (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 4502 - Water and Wastewater Treatment (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 4562 - Environmental Remediation Technology (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 5180 - Special Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CEGE 5511 - Urban Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 5541 - Environmental Water Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 5542 - Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 5543 - Introductory Environmental Fluid Mechanics (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 5551 - Environmental Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 5561 - Air Quality Engineering (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 8501 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics I (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8502 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics II (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8503 - Environmental Mass Transport (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8506 - Stochastic Hydrology (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8521 - The Atmospheric Boundary Layer (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8541 - Aquatic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 8542 - Chemistry of Organic Pollutants in Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 8551 - Environmental Microbiology: Molecular Theory and Methods (4.0 cr)
· CEGE 8561 - Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments I (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 8562 - Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments II (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 8572 - Computational Environmental Fluid Dynamics (4.0 cr)
· EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology (3.0 cr)
· EEB 4611 - Biogeochemical Processes (3.0 cr)
· EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts (4.0 cr)
· EEB 5601 - Limnology (3.0 cr)
· EEB 5605 - Limnology Laboratory (2.0 cr)
· ESCI 5102 - Climate Change and Human History (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5205 - Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5351 - Geochemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 8401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 8402 - Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 8801 - Geomicrobiology (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5061 - Water Quality and Natural Resources (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5111 - Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5402 - Biometeorology (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5601 - Principles of Waste Management (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 5114 - Hydrology and Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources (4.0 cr)
· FNRM 5153 - Forest Hydrology & Watershed Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 5262 - Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Environment (3.0 cr)
· FW 8459 - Stream and River Ecology (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5426 - Climatic Variations (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5531 - Numerical Spatial Analysis (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5562 - GIS Development Practicum (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5565 - Geographical Analysis of Human-Environment Systems (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5839 - Introduction to Dendrochronology (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 8270 - Seminar: Climatology (3.0 cr)
· GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis (3.0 cr)
· MICB 4111 - Microbial Physiology and Diversity (3.0 cr)
· PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development (3.0 cr)
· PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health (0.5-4.0 cr)
· PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6191 - Air Pollution (3.0 cr)
· SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
· SOIL 5232 - Vadose Zone Hydrology (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 5555 - Wetland Soils (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 8252 - Advanced Soil Physics (2.0 cr)
· SOIL 8510 - Advanced Topics in Pedology (2.0-4.0 cr)
· SOIL 8541 - Aquatic and Soil Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (4.0 cr)
· STAT 5302 - Applied Regression Analysis (4.0 cr)
· STAT 5303 - Designing Experiments (4.0 cr)
· WRS 5101 - Water Policy (3.0 cr)
Plan Options
Plan A
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LAAS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan B
Plan B students do not have additional requirements other than those described above.
 
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MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00067 - Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A streamlined one-semester tour of differential and integral calculus in one variable, and differential calculus in two variables. No trigonometry/does not have the same depth as MATH 1271-1272. Formulas and their interpretation and use in applications. prereq: Satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1031 or 1051]
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: first-order linear, separable; second-order linear with constant coefficients; linear systems with constant coefficients. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
PHYS 1101W - Introductory College Physics I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental principles of physics in the context of everyday world. Use of kinematics/dynamics principles and quantitative/qualitative problem solving techniques to understand natural phenomena. Lecture, recitation, lab. prereq: High school algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry; primarily for students interested in technical areas
PHYS 1102W - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles of physics in context of everyday world. Use of conservation principles and quantitative/qualitative problem solving techniques to understand natural phenomena. Lecture, recitation, lab. prereq: 1101W or 1107
ESPM 3131 - Environmental Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts and principles of classic and modern physics applied to environmental problems arising from interaction between humans and the natural environment. Forms of pollution (e.g., land, water, air). Transport mechanisms. Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Global climate change. Social issues related to environmental problems. prereq: Phys 1101
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: high school chemistry; 1 term college chemistry recommended
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01884 - Chem 1061/Chem 1071H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01878 - Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01885 - Chem 1062/Chem 1072H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Chemical kinetics. Radioactive decay. Chemical equilibrium. Solutions. Acids/bases. Solubility. Second law of thermodynamics. Electrochemistry/corrosion. Descriptive chemistry of elements. Coordination chemistry. Biochemistry. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1061 or equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1066; registration for 1066 must precede registration for 1062
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01879 - Chem 1066/Chem 1076H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1062
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
ESPM 1011 - Issues in the Environment (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Interdisciplinary survey of environmental issues. Interrelationships between environment and human society. Roles of science, technology, and policy in meeting environmental challenges. Lecture, discussion. Students evaluate social, ethical, political, and economic factors.
ESPM 1425 - Introduction to Weather and Climate (PHYS, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00671 - ESPM 1425/Geog 1425
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A pre-calculus introduction to the nature of the atmosphere and its behavior. Topics covered include atmospheric composition, structure, stability, and motion; precipitation processes, air masses, fronts, cyclones, and anticyclones; general weather patterns; meteorological instruments and observation; weather map analysis; and weather forecasting.
SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science (PHYS, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00452 - Soil 2125/Soil 5125
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil. Soil genesis classification, principles of soil fertility. Use of soil survey information to make a land-use plan. WWW used for lab preparation information. prereq: [CHEM 1015, CHEM 1017] or CHEM 1021 or equiv
ESCI 1001 - Earth and Its Environments (PHYS, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01201 - Geo 1001/1005/1012/1101/1105
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Physical processes that shape the Earth: volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, glaciers, rivers. Current environmental issues/global change. Lecture/lab. Optional field experience.
ESPM 3612W - Soil and Environmental Biology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02414 - ESPM 3612W/Soil 5611
Typically offered: Every Fall
Properties of microorganisms that impact soil fertility, structure, and quality. Nutrient requirements of microbes and plants and mineral transformations in biogeochemical cycling. Symbiotic plant/microbe associations and their role in sustainable agricultural production. Biodegradation of pollutants and bioremediation approaches. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv, Chem 1021 or equiv; SOIL 2125 recommended
MICB 3301 - Biology of Microorganisms
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00431
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathogenesis, immunology, ecology of microbes. Molecular structure in relation to bacterial function/disease. Includes lab. prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003], [CHEM 2301 or BIOC 2331]
EEB 3407 - Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00005
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of ecology from populations to ecosystems. Applications to human populations, disease, exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and global dynamics of the earth. prereq: [Math 1142, 1241, 1271 or equivalent]
LAAS 5050 - Integrated Topics in Land & Atmospheric Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Earth system science. Interactions between the land and atmosphere. Biogeochemistry, human-environment interactions, environmental biophysics, and global environmental change.
LAAS 8128 - Land and Atmospheric Science Seminar
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students present an open seminar on an advanced topic and attend seminars presented by other graduate students.
SOIL 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: APSc/PBio/PlPa/Soil 8123
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History/values relating to research and scholarship. Social responsibility, reporting misconduct. Authorship. Plagiarism. Peer review. Copyright, intellectual property. Conflicts of interest. Research data management. Fiscal responsibility, management. Environmental health/safety. Research involving humans/animals. Mentorship. Presentations by faculty and invited speakers. Meets during first seven weeks of spring semester. prereq: Enrolled in a plant/environmental sci grad research prog
LAAS 5311 - Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Structural chemistry, origin/identification of crystalline soil clay minerals. Structure of soil organic matter. Chemical processes in soil: solubility, adsorption/desorption, ion exchange, oxidation/reduction, acidity, alkalinity. Solution of problems related to environmental degradation, plant nutrition, and soil genesis. prereq: [[Chem 1022 or equiv], Phys 1102, grad] or instr consent
LAAS 5425 - Atmospheric Processes I: Thermodynamics and Dynamics of the Atmosphere
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Basic laws governing atmospheric motion through analysis of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics at the micro, synoptic, and global scales. Fundamental thermodynamic and dynamical processes/equations governing the behavior of the atmosphere/apply to larger-scale geophysical situations. prereq: One yr college-level [calculus, physics]
LAAS 5426 - Atmospheric Processes II: Radiation, Composition, and Climate
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Atmospheric radiation, composition/chemistry, climate change. Radiative transfer in Earth's atmosphere. Changing chemical makeup of troposphere/stratosphere. Interplay between natural processes and human activities in air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, and chemical forcing of climate. Anthropogenic contribution to climate change/role of land-atmosphere feedbacks affecting atmosphere's energy budget and cycling of greenhouse gases. Application to numerical modeling. prereq: [one yr college-level [calculus, physics, chemistry]]; LAAS 5425 recommended
LAAS 5515 - Soil Formation: Earth Surface Processes and Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic soil morphology, soil profile descriptions. Pedogenic processes, models of soil development. Soil geomorphology, hydrology, hillslope processes. Digital spatial analysis. Soil classification. Soil surveys, land use. Soil geography. prereq: 2125 or instr consent
AGRO 5121 - Applied Experimental Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro 5121/Ent 5121
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of sampling methodologies, experimental design, and statistical analyses. Methods/procedures in generating scientific hypotheses. Organizing, initiating, conducting, and analyzing scientific experiments using experimental designs and statistical procedures. prereq: Stat 5021 or equiv or instr consent
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
BBE 5535 - Assessment and Diagnosis of Impaired Waters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01756
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Assessing impaired waters and developing TMDL for conventional pollutants. Preparing/communicating legal, social and policy aspects. TMDL analysis of real-world impaired waters problem. Field trip to impaired waters site. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
BBE 5608 - Environmental and Industrial Microbiolog
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02334
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Use of microbes/enzymes to detoxify contaminants in field or in containment facilities. Contaminants, sources, fates. Biological organisms, pathways, catalysts utilized in bioremediation. Site inspection practices, bioremediation technologies, application in real-world situations. prereq: [BIOL 1001 or BIOL 1009], CHEM 1011
CEGE 4502 - Water and Wastewater Treatment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3501 or CHEN 2001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory of chemical, physical, and biological processes in treating water and wastewater. Sequencing of processes. Design of treatment facilities. Impact on society. prereq: 3501 or CHEN 2001
CEGE 4562 - Environmental Remediation Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [3501, 4501] or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Technologies designed for removal of pollutants from groundwater and soils. Advances in technological design. Emerging technologies such as in situ bioremediation, phytoremediation. Role of environmental biotechnology in pollution abatement. prereq: [3501, 4501] or instr consent
CEGE 5180 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics vary depending on faculty and student interests. prereq: instr consent
CEGE 5511 - Urban Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Urban hydrology for small watersheds and the management of storm water quality and quantity. prereq: CE 4501
CEGE 5541 - Environmental Water Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3501, Chem 1021, Chem 1022
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to water chemistry. Physical chemical principles, geochemical processes controlling chemical composition of waters, behavior of contaminants that affect the suitability of water for beneficial uses. prereq: 3501, Chem 1021, Chem 1022
CEGE 5542 - Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Tools necessary to conduct research in environmental engineering and chemistry. Theory of operation of analytical equipment. Sampling and data handling methods, statistical analyses, experimental design, laboratory safety. Lecture, laboratory. prereq: 3501, Chem 1021, Chem 1022
CEGE 5543 - Introductory Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Divergence theorem, Convective flux, Mass conservation, Biological reactions, Random walk and diffusive flux, Receptors and channels, Momentum conservation, Navier-Stokes equations, Boundary layer, Chemotaxis, Phototaxis, Shear dispersion, Turbulent flows. prereq: 3502 or AEM 4201 or ChEn 3005
CEGE 5551 - Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [Upper div or grad] student
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Role of microorganisms in environmental bioremediation, pollution control, water/wastewater treatment, biogeochemistry, and human health. Lecture. prereq: [Upper div or grad] student
CEGE 5561 - Air Quality Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student in engineering or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to air pollution problems/solutions, local to global. Quantitative analysis of chemistry and physics of atmospheric pollutants. Sources, sinks, and controls; atmospheric transport and transformation; air quality management and regulation; health impacts; global issues. prereq: Grad student in engineering or instr consent
CEGE 8501 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3502 or equiv or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic laws of mass, energy, and momentum transport in environmental fluid flow. Exact and approximate solutions for viscous flow. Irrotational flow; gravity waves. Similitude and inspectional analysis. Laminar boundary layers and slender flows. Application to engineering and environmental problems. prereq: 3502 or equiv or instr consent
CEGE 8502 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 8501 or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Reynolds equations. Developed and developing turbulent boundary layers and slender flows, and their interaction with inviscid flow. Jets, plumes, wakes and shear layers. Statistical description of turbulence; data analysis. prereq: 8501 or instr consent
CEGE 8503 - Environmental Mass Transport
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3502, 3501 or equiv or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of intraphase and interfacial chemical transport and fate in the environment, specifically the processes of diffusion, dispersion, and convection. Application to surface water and atmospheric mixing, dispersion in groundwater, and transport between these media. prereq: 3502, 3501 or equiv or instr consent
CEGE 8506 - Stochastic Hydrology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Stat 3021 or equiv or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Analysis and synthesis of hydrologic series and systems; derived distributions; uncertainty and risk analysis; flood frequency analysis; multivariate time series analysis; correlation and spectral analysis; series of long-range dependence; linear estimation; geostatistics; sampling networks; hydrologic forecasting. prereq: Stat 3021 or equiv or instr consent
CEGE 8521 - The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: CSE or COAFES grad student or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Land-atmosphere interactions and turbulent transport in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), the lowest part of the atmosphere. ABL development and dynamics. Turbulence, surface energy balance, spectral analysis, similarity theory. Flow over homogeneous and heterogeneous surfaces. Atmospheric stability, measurement, simulation of turbulent fluxes. prereq: CSE or COAFES grad student or instr consent
CEGE 8541 - Aquatic Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4541 or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced course on water chemistry; physical chemical principles and geochemical processes controlling the chemical composition of natural waters, soil- and sediment-water interactions. Emphasizes behavior of inorganic contaminants in natural waters and engineered systems and dissolved natural organic matter. prereq: 4541 or instr consent
CEGE 8542 - Chemistry of Organic Pollutants in Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [4541, 5541] or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural characteristics and physico-chemical properties of organic contaminants in aquatic systems. Emphasizes PCBs, PAHs, dioxins, insecticides, herbicides, and chlorinated solvents. Factors affecting their transport/transformation. Structure- and property-activity relationships, their use in predicting organic chemical behavior. prereq: [4541, 5541] or instr consent
CEGE 8551 - Environmental Microbiology: Molecular Theory and Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduction to microbial genetics and molecular phylogeny. Application of nucleic-acid techniques in environmental microbiology and microbial ecology.
CEGE 8561 - Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: One sem grad work or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to hydrologic transport and water quality simulation in natural water systems. Deterministic, process-oriented water quality model development. Mixed cell models, advection, turbulent diffusion/dispersion. Chemical/biological kinetics in water quality models. Application of water quality models to management problems. prereq: One sem grad work or instr consent
CEGE 8562 - Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments II
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: One sem grad work or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Models for transport/transformation of pollutants, nutrients, particulates, ecosystems, etc., from recently completed theses, articles, or research in progress. Students review assigned recent papers, make presentations, and analyze a topic of their choice. prereq: One sem grad work or instr consent
CEGE 8572 - Computational Environmental Fluid Dynamics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: grad student in CSE or COAFES or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Finite difference methods, their application to solution of one-/two-dimensional problems in environmental fluid dynamics. Stability, convergence, consistency, and accuracy of numerical schemes. Navier-Stokes equations, their physical meaning, and their numerical solution. Turbulence modeling: RANS and LES. prereq: grad student in CSE or COAFES or instr consent
EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01680
Prerequisites: BIOL 2022 or BIOL 3002 or BIOL 3407 or BIOL 3408W or #
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Plant function, its plasticity/diversity in an ecological context. Impact of environmental stresses on major physiological processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, water uptake/transport, and nutrient uptake/assimilation. Lab, field trip to Cedar Creek.
EEB 4611 - Biogeochemical Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [BIOC 2331, CHEM 2301, PHYS 1201] or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Application of biochemistry, ecology, chemistry, and physics to environmental issues. Issues in biogeochemistry. Impact of humans on biogeochemical processes in soils, lakes, oceans, estuaries, forests, urban/managed ecosystems, and extreme environments (e.g., early Earth, deep sea vents, thermal springs). prereq: [BIOC 2331, CHEM 2301, PHYS 1201] or instr consent
EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Classical and modern mathematical theories of population growth, interspecific interactions, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, with emphasis on underlying assumptions and on effects of added biological reality on robustness of predictions, stability, interspecific interactions, ecosystem structure and functioning. prereq: Biol 3407 or instr consent
EEB 5601 - Limnology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced introduction to description/analysis of interaction of physical, chemical, and biological factors that control functioning of life in lakes and other freshwater aquatic environments. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
EEB 5605 - Limnology Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Field/lab methods to obtain information on environmental conditions in aquatic environments and measure abundance of aquatic organisms, especially plankton. Field/lab instruments, sampling devices, microscopy, water chemistry, data analysis. prereq: 3603 or instr consent
ESCI 5102 - Climate Change and Human History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01284
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Causes of long-/short-term climate change. Frequency/magnitude of past climate changes, their geologic records. Relationship of past climate changes to development of agrarian societies and to shifts in power among kingdoms/city-states. Emphasizes last 10,000 years. prereq: 1001 or equiv or instr consent
ESCI 5205 - Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Flow equations in conservation of mass, energy, momentum. Fluid flow in oceans, lakes, rivers, atmosphere. Flow of Earth's mantle/outer core. Wave propagation. Porous medium flow in soils/fractures. Diffusive, advective, dispersive transfer of heat. Microbes with subsurface fluids. prereq: MATH 2263 or instr consent
ESCI 5351 - Geochemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Using mass transfer reaction path models to assess chemical evolution of natural fluids, hydrothermal alteration processes, and formation of hydrothermal ore deposits. prereq: 4401
ESCI 5402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01702 - Geo 3402/Geo 5402
Typically offered: Every Spring
Detection/attribution of global warming using radiation, climate system, and carbon cycle. Effects on society/biodiversity. National/global efforts. Controversy over responses/consequences.
ESCI 8401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02198
Prerequisites: Chem 5501 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
General principles of solution chemistry applied to geology. Solution-mineral equilibria. Redox processes in natural waters. Geochemistry of hydrothermal fluids. Environmental geochemistry. prereq: Chem 5501 or instr consent
ESCI 8402 - Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02130
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Marine biogeochemistry/chemical oceanography. Processes controlling chemical composition of oceans past/present. Cycles of major/minor constituents, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon, oxygen/their isotopes. Role of cycles in climate system. prereq: [Chem 1021, Chem 1022] or instr consent
ESCI 8801 - Geomicrobiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02201
Prerequisites: One semester college level biology
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geosphere/biosphere interactions over temporal/spatial scales. Global biogeochemical cycling, microbe-metal interactions, microbial paleobiology, environmental geomicrobiology, life detection, habitability of planets. prereq: One semester college level biology
ESPM 5061 - Water Quality and Natural Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Recent literature in field. Complements 4061. Ecology of aquatic ecosystems, how they are valuable to society and changed by landscape management. Case studies, impaired waters, TMDL process, student engagement in simulating water quality decision making.
ESPM 5111 - Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3111/5111
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Integrates water quality, surface/groundwater hydrology. Case studies, hands-on field data collection, calculations of hydrological/water quality parameters. Meteorological data, snow hydrology, stream gauging, well monitoring, automatic water samplers. Designing water quality sampling program. Geomorphology, interception, infiltration. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3245/5245
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Planning theories, concepts, and constructs. Policies, processes, and tools for sustainable land use planning. Scientific/technical literature related to land use planning. Skills needed to participate in sustainable land use planning.
ESPM 5402 - Biometeorology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course examines the interactions between the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface. We will discuss the principles of the surface energy and radiation balance, air motion in the atmospheric boundary layer, land surface parameterization for climate models, boundary layer budgets, and field research methods. The course aims to achieve exemplary learning through hands-on activities and examining recent field studies conducted in natural and managed ecosystems. prereq: MATH 1271, PHYS 1201, STAT 3011, [instr consent]
ESPM 5601 - Principles of Waste Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Waste and waste management principles. Issues, problems, and solutions in remedying waste stream. MSW and yard waste composting, WTE incineration operation, ash disposal, recycling, land fill requirements, direct land disposal, regulatory trends, and case studies. prereq: 1125 or 2125, Biol 1002/1009 or Chem 1021, Stat 3011, ApEc 1101 or instr consent
FNRM 5114 - Hydrology and Watershed Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02342
Typically offered: Every Fall
Hydrologic cycle and water processes in upland/riparian systems. Applications of hydrological concepts to evaluate impacts of forest and land management activities on water yield, streamflow, groundwater erosion, sedimentation, and water quality. Concepts, principles, and applications of riparian/watershed management. Regional/national/global examples. Forest ecosystems.
FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00369
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Geographic information systems (GIS), focusing on spatial data development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Basic data structures, sources, collection, and quality; geodesy and map projections; spatial and tabular data analyses; digital elevation data and terrain analyses; cartographic modeling and layout. Lab exercises provide practical experiences complementing theory covered in lecture. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
FNRM 5153 - Forest Hydrology & Watershed Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This rigorous course examines hydrology and biogeochemical cycling in forested watersheds. Topics include role of forests in hydrologic processes (precipitation, runoff generation, and streamflow) and exports (sediment, carbon, and nitrogen). Readings from primary literature, active discussion participation, research/review paper. prereq: [Basic hydrology course, one course in ecology, and one course in chemistry [upper div or grad student]] or instr consent
FNRM 5262 - Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00372 - FNRM 3262/FNRM 5262
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introductory principles and techniques of remote sensing and geospatial analysis applied to mapping and monitoring land and water resources from local to global scales. Examples of applications include: Land cover mapping and change detection, forest and natural resource inventory, water quality monitoring, and global change analysis. The lab provides hands-on experience working with satellite and aerial imagery and image processing methods and software. Prior coursework in Geographic Information Systems and introductory statistics is recommended. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
FW 8459 - Stream and River Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Structure/dynamics of running waters from ecosystem perspective. Historical perspective, basic hydrology/fluvial geomorphology, terrestrial-aquatic interactions, detrital dynamics, metabolism, drift, trophic relations, biotic/abiotic interactions, ecosystem experiments and natural alterations, stability/succession, ecosystem dynamics in a watershed. prereq: Limnology course or instr consent
GEOG 5401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3401/5401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Processes that create/change the spatial patterns of climate, vegetation, and soils. Potential of humans to alter climate, vegetation, and soil processes. Possible impacts of human-altered environmental conditions. prereq: grad student or instr consent
GEOG 5426 - Climatic Variations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories of climatic fluctuations and change at decadal to centuries time scales; analysis of temporal and spatial fluctuations especially during the period of instrumental record. prereq: 1425 or 3401 or instr consent
GEOG 5531 - Numerical Spatial Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3531/5531
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied/theoretical aspects of geographical quantitative methods for spatial analysis. Emphasizes analysis of geographical data for spatial problem solving in human/physical areas.
GEOG 5562 - GIS Development Practicum
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: GIS 5571 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Algorithms/data structures for digital cartographic data, topological relationships, surface modeling, and interpolation. Map projections, geometric transformations, numerical generalization, raster/vector processing. Hands-on experience with software packages. prereq: GIS 5571 or instr consent
GEOG 5565 - Geographical Analysis of Human-Environment Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Applications of geographic information systems and other spatial analysis tools to analysis of environmental systems patterns, dynamics, and interactions. Focuses on global to landscape databases developed to analyze atmospheric, hydrospheric, geomorphic, pedologic, biologic, and human landuse systems. prereq: 3561 or 5561 or FR 4131 or LA 5573 or one intro GIS course or grad student or instr consent
GEOG 5839 - Introduction to Dendrochronology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01812
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development, operational techniques, biological background, and principles of tree ring analysis. Applications of tree-ring data to investigate environmental change and past cultures. prereq: [1403, [BIOL 1001 or BIOL 1009 or equiv]] or instr consent
GEOG 8270 - Seminar: Climatology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Sample topics: climate modeling; climatic variability; climate change and predictability; severe local storms; drought; energy balance; urban climate; statistical climatology. prereq: instr consent
GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to use spatial data to answer questions on a wide array of social, natural, and information science issues. Exploratory data analysis/visualization. Spatial autocorrelation analysis/regression. prereq: [STAT 3001 or equiv, MGIS student] or instr consent
MICB 4111 - Microbial Physiology and Diversity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structural/functional organization of bacteria/archaea. Energy metabolism utilizing light, inorganic/organic chemicals. Cell morphologies, roles/assembly of surface structures. Growth/survival mechanisms in various extreme environments. Adaptation to changing conditions by development of specialized cells/structures, altering metabolic patterns. prereq: BioC 3021 or Biol 3021 or BioC 4331
PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physiological and biochemical bases of plant systems with emphasis on higher plants. prereq: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genetics, physiology, and molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions. Communication between plants/microbes. Signal transduction, control of gene expression, symbiosis/parasitism, plant host response mechanisms, plant disease physiology. prereq: Intro course in plant pathology or molecular biology or equiv
PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
New course offerings/topics of interest in environmental health.
PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview air, water, and soil chemistry. Pertinent environmental problems. Human/ecological multimedia exposures to chemicals in the environment. prereq: One course each in [gen chem, org chem] or instr consent
PUBH 6191 - Air Pollution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of many facets of air pollution. Primary/secondary sources. Transport mechanisms, including meteorological effects, atmospheric transformations of pollutants, and deposition processes involved in removal of pollutants. Human/ecosystem health effects, nuisance effects. Regulations/standards in place and under review that affect air pollution management. prereq: [General, organic chemistry] or instr consent
SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forum for University faculty and students, and representatives of the farming community, including farmers, grassroots organizations, agricultural businesses, and representatives of state agencies, to engage in discussions on topics related to sustainability of food production. prereq: Coursework in biological or social sciences that provides intro to ag practices or issues
SOIL 5232 - Vadose Zone Hydrology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic soil physical properties/processes governing transport of mass/energy in soils. Emphasizes water/solute transport through unsaturated root/vadose zones, their impact on subsurface hydrology and on water quality. Lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, discussion of real world problems, problem solving. prereq: [Math 1271 or equiv], [Phys 1042 or equiv]
SOIL 5555 - Wetland Soils
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00673 - ES 5555/Soil 5555
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Morphology, chemistry, hydrology, formation of mineral/organic soils in wet environments. Soil morphological indicators of wet conditions, field techniques of identifying hydric soils for wetland delineations. Peatlands. Wetland benefits, preservation, regulation, mitigation. Field trips, lab, field hydric soil delineation project. prereq: SOIL 1125 or 2125 or equiv or instr consent; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in SOIL 4511 recommended
SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02333
Typically offered: Every Fall
Properties of microorganisms that impact soil fertility, structure, and quality. Nutrient requirements of microbes and plants, and mineral transformations in biogeochemical cycling. Symbiotic plant/microbe associations and their role in sustainable agricultural production. Biodegradation of pollutants and bioremediation approaches. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv, Chem 1021 or equiv; Soil 2125 recommended
SOIL 8252 - Advanced Soil Physics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Advances in measurements/modeling of soil physical properties/processes as they relate to water, solute, heat movement in soils. Measuring/estimating hydraulic/thermal properties. Scaling, media concepts. Applying fractals. Analytical/numerical solutions of non-steady state heat/water flow equations. Analytical solutions of diffusion-dispersive equation for solute movement. Spatial variability in soil physical properties/processes. prereq: [5232, differential equations] or instr consent
SOIL 8510 - Advanced Topics in Pedology
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Sample topics: soil-landscape relations, soil genesis, landscape evolution, land use and management, precision agriculture, digital terrain modeling, forest soils. prereq: 5515
SOIL 8541 - Aquatic and Soil Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Physical chemical principles, geochemical processes controlling chemical composition of natural waters, soil-/sediment-water interactions. Emphasizes behavior of inorganic contaminants in natural waters, engineered systems, dissolved natural organic matter. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: : CE 8541; 5311 or CE 4541
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive introduction to statistical methods for graduate students needing statistics as a research technique. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: : 3011; College algebra or instr consent; Stat course recommended
STAT 5302 - Applied Regression Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Simple, multiple, and polynomial regression. Estimation, testing, prediction. Use of graphics in regression. Stepwise and other numerical methods. Weighted least squares, nonlinear models, response surfaces. Experimental research/applications. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
STAT 5303 - Designing Experiments
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of variance. Multiple comparisons. Variance-stabilizing transformations. Contrasts. Construction/analysis of complete/incomplete block designs. Fractional factorial designs. Confounding split plots. Response surface design. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
WRS 5101 - Water Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01827 - PA 5723/WRS 5101
Typically offered: Every Spring
Socio-cultural, legal, and economic forces that affect use of water resources by individuals/institutions. Historical trends in water policy, resulting water laws in the United States. Institutional structures whereby water resources are managed at federal, state, and local levels.
LAAS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]