The Washington State University Catalog

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Courses

Environmental Science & Regional Planning (ENVR_SCI / ES/RP)

101 [BSCI] [B] The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability 4 (3-3) Interactions between humans and their environment; multidisciplinary introduction to environmental concepts and concerns.

101 (Effective through Spring 2014) [BSCI] [B] The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability 4 (3-3) Interactions between humans and their environment; multidisciplinary introduction to environmental concepts and concerns.

310 Modeling the Environment 4 (3-3) Construction and testing of computer simulation models of environmental systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

310 (Effective through Spring 2014) Modeling the Environment 4 (3-3) Construction and testing of computer simulation models of environmental systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

335 [M] Environmental Policy 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101. Global, national, and regional environmental issues and policy.

335 (Effective through Spring 2014) [M] Environmental Policy 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101. Global, national, and regional environmental issues and policy.

402 Human Health & the Environment 3 Problem-solving approach to adverse effects on human health caused by contamination of environmental media or anthropogenic changes in ecosystems.

402 (Effective through Spring 2014) Human Health & the Environment 3 Problem-solving approach to adverse effects on human health caused by contamination of environmental media or anthropogenic changes in ecosystems.

404 [M] The Ecosystem 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 345; PHYSICS 102 or 202; or graduate standing. Ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 372.

404 (Effective through Summer 2014) [M] The Ecosystem 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 345; PHYSICS 102 or 202; or graduate standing. Ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 372.

404 (Effective through Spring 2014) [M] The Ecosystem 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 345; PHYSICS 102 or 202; or graduate standing. Ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 372.

406 Introduction to Radiological Science 2 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 107; CHEM 105; MATH 171; PHYSICS 101, or graduate standing. Fundamentals of atomic physics; interactions of radiation with matter; radiation dosimetry and biology, radioecology and radiological health protection.

406 (Effective through Spring 2014) Introduction to Radiological Science 2 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 107; CHEM 105; MATH 171; PHYSICS 101, or graduate standing. Fundamentals of atomic physics; interactions of radiation with matter; radiation dosimetry and biology, radioecology and radiological health protection.

410 [M] Global Biogeochemistry 3 Cycles of biogeochemically important elements and anthropogenic changes to those cycles in terrestrial and aquatic environments on a global scale. Field trip required.

410 (Effective through Spring 2014) [M] Global Biogeochemistry 3 Cycles of biogeochemically important elements and anthropogenic changes to those cycles in terrestrial and aquatic environments on a global scale. Field trip required.

444 Environmental Assessment 4 Environmental impact statements and their national and state policy frameworks, methods of assessment, and team preparation of an impact statement. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 444 and ENVR SCI 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

444 (Effective through Spring 2014) Environmental Assessment 4 Environmental impact statements and their national and state policy frameworks, methods of assessment, and team preparation of an impact statement. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 444 and ENVR SCI 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

445 Hazardous Waste Management 3 Environmental, technical, and political aspects of hazardous waste management; evaluative methods, risk assessment, and current management requirements. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 445 and ENVR SCI 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

445 (Effective through Spring 2014) Hazardous Waste Management 3 Environmental, technical, and political aspects of hazardous waste management; evaluative methods, risk assessment, and current management requirements. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 445 and ENVR SCI 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

469 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

469 (Effective through Fall 2014) Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

469 (Effective through Spring 2014) Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

486 GIS Spatial Analysis 4 (2-6) Course Prerequisite: SOIL SCI 368. Geographic information systems applied to analysis of landscape data; maps, geographic coordinate systems and projections, geodatabases. (Crosslisted course offered as SOIL SCI 468, SOIL SCI 568, ENVR SCI 486, ENVR SCI 586). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

486 (Effective through Spring 2014) ArcGIS and Geospatial Analysis 4 (2-6) Geographic information systems applied to analysis of landscape data; maps, geographic coordinate systems and projections, geodatabases. (Crosslisted course offered as SOIL SCI 468, ENVR SCI 486, ENVR SCI 586). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

490 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

490 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

491 Senior Seminar 1 Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Environmental Science and Regional Planning; senior standing, or graduate standing.

491 (Effective through Spring 2014) Senior Seminar 1 Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Environmental Science and Regional Planning; senior standing, or graduate standing.

492 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Specialized topics within the discipline; content will vary each term. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

492 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Specialized topics within the discipline; content will vary each term. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

495 Undergraduate Internship V 1-12 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: By interview only. Practical experience in appropriate agencies; for career students in environmental science.

495 (Effective through Spring 2014) Undergraduate Internship V 1-12 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: By interview only. Practical experience in appropriate agencies; for career students in environmental science.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

499 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

504 Ecosystem Management 3 Analysis of ecosystem processes; dual emphasis on ecological principles and development of methods and concepts to evaluate policies for management.

504 (Effective through Spring 2014) Ecosystem Management 3 Analysis of ecosystem processes; dual emphasis on ecological principles and development of methods and concepts to evaluate policies for management.

531 Fundamentals of Environmental Toxicology 3 Fundamentals of toxicology; environmental fate and biological deposition and effects of natural products, drugs, food chemicals, and pollutants.

531 (Effective through Spring 2014) Fundamentals of Environmental Toxicology 3 Fundamentals of toxicology; environmental fate and biological deposition and effects of natural products, drugs, food chemicals, and pollutants.

532 Applied Environmental Toxicology 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 531 or PHARMSCI 505. Overview of the field of environmental toxicology; interactions of zenobiotics with natural systems.

532 (Effective through Spring 2014) Applied Environmental Toxicology 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 531 or PHARMSCI 505. Overview of the field of environmental toxicology; interactions of zenobiotics with natural systems.

544 Environmental Assessment 4 Environmental impact statements and their national and state policy frameworks, methods of assessment, and team preparation of an impact statement. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 444 and ENVR SCI 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

544 (Effective through Spring 2014) Environmental Assessment 4 Environmental impact statements and their national and state policy frameworks, methods of assessment, and team preparation of an impact statement. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 444 and ENVR SCI 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

545 Hazardous Waste Management 3 Environmental, technical, and political aspects of hazardous waste management; evaluative methods, risk assessment, and current management requirements. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 445 and ENVR SCI 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

545 (Effective through Spring 2014) Hazardous Waste Management 3 Environmental, technical, and political aspects of hazardous waste management; evaluative methods, risk assessment, and current management requirements. Credit not granted for both ENVR SCI 445 and ENVR SCI 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

550 System Dynamics Models of Environmental Systems 3 Analysis of environmental system dynamics; development and uses of simulation models using the Stella software on Macintosh. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

550 (Effective through Spring 2014) System Dynamics Models of Environmental Systems 3 Analysis of environmental system dynamics; development and uses of simulation models using the Stella software on Macintosh. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

569 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

569 (Effective through Fall 2014) Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

569 (Effective through Spring 2014) Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 3 Historic and current factors controlling the function of ecosystems and their responses to natural and human caused global change. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 469, ENVR SCI 469, BIOLOGY 569, ENVR SCI 569). Credit not granted for both BIOLOGY 469 and 569, or ENVR SCI 469 and 569. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

585 Aquatic System Restoration 3 Study of natural, damaged and constructed ecosystems with emphasis on water quality protection and restoration of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 585, BSYSE 554, ENVR SCI 585). Required preparation must include CHEM 345; MBIOS 101. Required preparation must include CHEM 345; MBIOS 101.

585 (Effective through Spring 2014) Aquatic System Restoration 3 Study of natural, damaged and constructed ecosystems with emphasis on water quality protection and restoration of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 585, BSYSE 554, ENVR SCI 585). Required preparation must include CHEM 345; MBIOS 101. Required preparation must include CHEM 345; MBIOS 101.

586 GIS Spatial Analysis 4 (2-6) Geographic information systems applied to analysis of landscape data; maps, geographic coordinate systems and projections, geodatabases. (Crosslisted course offered as SOIL SCI 468, SOIL SCI 568, ENVR SCI 486, ENVR SCI 586). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

586 (Effective through Spring 2014) ArcGIS and Geospatial Analysis 4 (2-6) Geographic information systems applied to analysis of landscape data; maps, geographic coordinate systems and projections, geodatabases. (Crosslisted course offered as SOIL SCI 468, ENVR SCI 486, ENVR SCI 586). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

590 Special Topics 2 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

590 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Topics 2 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

592 Special Topics V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours.

592 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Topics V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours.

593 Seminar in Environmental Science and Regional Planning 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. May be repeated for credit, cumulative maximum 8 hours.

593 (Effective through Spring 2014) Seminar in Environmental Science and Regional Planning 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. May be repeated for credit, cumulative maximum 8 hours.

594 (Effective through Summer 2014) Environmental and Natural Resources Issues and Ethics 3 Ethical systems applied to natural resources; issues of professionalism and ethics in natural resource management. (Crosslisted course offered as NATRS 594, ENVR SCI 594). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

594 (Effective through Spring 2014) Environmental and Natural Resources Issues and Ethics 3 Ethical systems applied to natural resources; issues of professionalism and ethics in natural resource management. (Crosslisted course offered as NATRS 594, ENVR SCI 594). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

600 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

700 (Effective through Spring 2014) Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.

702 (Effective through Spring 2014) Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

800 (Effective through Spring 2014) Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

Geology (GEOLOGY / GEOL)

101 [PSCI] [P] Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for more than one of GEOLOGY 101, 102, 180.

101 (Effective through Spring 2014) [PSCI] [P] Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for more than one of GEOLOGY 101, 102, 180.

210 [PSCI] [P] Earth's History and Evolution 4 (3-3) Introduction to earth's history and evolution through observations, data collection and analysis, readings and writing exercises. Two field trips required.

210 (Effective through Spring 2014) [PSCI] [P] Earth's History and Evolution 4 (3-3) Introduction to earth's history and evolution through observations, data collection and analysis, readings and writing exercises. Two field trips required.

230 [PSCI] [P] Introductory Oceanography 3 Interdisciplinary study of ocean systems: marine geology, chemistry, physics and biology; oceans' influence on climate and response to human activity.

230 (Effective through Spring 2014) [PSCI] [P] Introductory Oceanography 3 Interdisciplinary study of ocean systems: marine geology, chemistry, physics and biology; oceans' influence on climate and response to human activity.

303 Environmental Geology 3 Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Geological hazards and geologic problems associated with human activities. Optional field trip.

303 (Effective through Spring 2014) Environmental Geology 3 Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Geological hazards and geologic problems associated with human activities. Optional field trip.

322 [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest 3 Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Physical geology of the Pacific Northwest focusing on geological processes important in its evolution. Field trips required. Credit not granted for both GEOLOGY 322 and 323.

322 (Effective through Spring 2014) [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest 3 Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Physical geology of the Pacific Northwest focusing on geological processes important in its evolution. Field trips required. Credit not granted for both GEOLOGY 322 and 323.

323 [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Physical geology of the Pacific Northwest focusing on geological processes important to its evolution. Field trips required. Credit not granted for both GEOLOGY 322 and 323.

323 (Effective through Spring 2014) [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Physical geology of the Pacific Northwest focusing on geological processes important to its evolution. Field trips required. Credit not granted for both GEOLOGY 322 and 323.

390 [P] Living on the Edge: Global Climate Change and Earth History 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Global earth system: ocean, earth, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere; human impact on the climate system; climate change data predictions; debates.

390 (Effective through Spring 2014) [P] Living on the Edge: Global Climate Change and Earth History 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Global earth system: ocean, earth, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere; human impact on the climate system; climate change data predictions; debates.

451 (Effective through Summer 2014) [M] Soil Geography 3 (2-3) Study the geographic distribution of soil features and properties at hillslope to global scales. Field trips required.

451 (Effective through Spring 2014) [M] Soil Geography 3 (2-3) Study the geographic distribution of soil features and properties at hillslope to global scales. Field trips required.

475 Groundwater 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CE 317 or GEOLOGY 315; MATH 140 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 172 or 182 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to groundwater occurrence, movement, quality, and resource management, emphasizing physical and biogeochemical principles. Field trip required. (Crosslisted course offered as GEOLOGY 475, CE 475).

475 (Effective through Spring 2014) Groundwater 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CE 317 or GEOLOGY 315; MATH 140 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 172 or 182 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to groundwater occurrence, movement, quality, and resource management, emphasizing physical and biogeochemical principles. Field trip required. (Crosslisted course offered as GEOLOGY 475, CE 475).

480 Introductory Geochemistry 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 106; GEOLOGY 350. The chemistry of Earth materials and processes.

480 (Effective through Spring 2014) Introductory Geochemistry 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 106; GEOLOGY 350. The chemistry of Earth materials and processes.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

499 (Effective through Spring 2014) Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

579 Groundwater Geochemistry V 2-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours. Organic and inorganic aqueous geochemistry; controls on groundwater contaminant fate. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

579 (Effective through Spring 2014) Groundwater Geochemistry V 2-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours. Organic and inorganic aqueous geochemistry; controls on groundwater contaminant fate. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

597 Advanced Topics in Geology V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Topics of current interest in geology.

597 (Effective through Spring 2014) Advanced Topics in Geology V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Topics of current interest in geology.

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