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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Academic Director and Professor: A. Felsot; Assistant Professor: S. Roley; Professor Emeritus: J. R. Pratt




Courses

The online catalog includes the most recent changes to courses and degree requirements that have been approved by the Faculty Senate, including changes that are not yet effective. Courses showing two entries of the same number indicate that the course information is changing. The most recently approved version is shown first, followed by the older version, in gray, with its last-effective term preceding the course title. Courses shown in gray with only one entry of the course number are being discontinued. Course offerings by term can be accessed by clicking on the term links when viewing a specific campus catalog.


Environmental Science (ENVR_SCI)

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 


101 (Effective through Summer 2018) [BSCI] The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability 4 (3-3) Interactions between humans and their environment; multidisciplinary introduction to environmental concepts and concerns.

250 (Effective through Summer 2018) [PSCI] Introduction to Earth System Science 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101. Earth's fundamental systems (the geo-, atmo-, hydro-, and bio-spheres) in the context of global change. Recommended: BIOLOGY 106 or CHEM 105.

285 (Effective through Summer 2018) The Science and Policy of Climate Change 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101. The science of the climate system; the case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the best policies to do so.

310 (Effective through Summer 2018) Modeling the Environment 4 (3-3) Construction and testing of computer simulation models of environmental systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

335 (Effective through Summer 2018) [M] Environmental Policy 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101. Global, national, and regional environmental issues and policy.

402 (Effective through Summer 2018) 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 (Effective through Summer 2018) [CAPS] [M] The Ecosystem 3 Course Prerequisite: ENVR SCI 101; BIOLOGY 106; BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems.

406 Introduction to Radiological Science 3 Fundamentals of atomic physics; interactions of radiation with matter; radiation dosimetry and biology, radioecology and radiological health protection. Recommended preparation: 12 semester hours from any 2 or more of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, calculus, or physics.

444 Environmental Assessment 3 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 2018) 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.

460 (Effective through Summer 2018) Biotechnology and the Environment 3 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106, 107, or 120; 3 credit hours CHEM. Benefits, regulations, and human and environmental impacts of biotechnology used for crop protection, agricultural and energy production, and environmental remediation and management. (Crosslisted course offered as ENTOM 460, ENVR SCI 460).

465 Aquatic Microbial Ecology 2 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 372; by permission of the instructor. Biological, ecological and environmental impact of microbes in aquatic systems.

469 [M] 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 Summer 2018) 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.

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.) Credit not granted for both SOIL SCI 468 and 568, or ENVR SCI 486 and 586. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

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

491 (Effective through Summer 2018) Senior Seminar 1 Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Environmental Science and Regional Planning; senior standing, or graduate standing.

492 (Effective through Summer 2018) 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 (Effective through Summer 2018) 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 (Effective through Summer 2018) 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.

501 Graduate Skills Seminar 1 Seminar designed to introduce first year graduate students to the science graduate program; roles and responsibilities of graduate students, teaching assistants and researchers. 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.

520 Radiation Instrumentation 3 (2-3) Methods for analysis of radiation and radiative materials, including use of radiation monitoring equipment and analysis of instrument data. Required preparation: ENVR SCI 406.

522 Radiation Biology and Ecology 3 Biology and physics of the irradiation of living systems, using past and present radiological studies as examples. Required preparation: 3 hours of general biology; ENVR SCI 406.

523 Environmental and Internal Dosimetry 3 (2-3) Critical analysis of environmental and individual radiation doses, including use of dose estimation models based on international standards. Required preparation: ENVR SCI 406.

531 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.

544 Environmental Assessment 3 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 2018) 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.

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.

569 [M] 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 Summer 2018) 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.

577 (Effective through Summer 2018) Advanced Environmental Hydrology 3 Principles, dynamics, interactions, and calculations of water flow in the environment (rivers, lakes, groundwater, soil and plant water, atmospheric boundary layer). Recommended preparation: college-level physics, multivariate calculus, and introduction to hydrology.

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. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

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.) Credit not granted for both SOIL SCI 468 and 568, or ENVR SCI 486 and 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.

592 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.

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.

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.

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.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences PhD program. 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)

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 


101 (Effective through Summer 2018) [PSCI] 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.

102 (Effective through Summer 2018) Physical Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 106 or concurrent enrollment, 140 or concurrent enrollment, or 171 or concurrent enrollment. Modern concepts of earth science; mineral rock, resource, and map study. Field trip required. Credit not granted for both GEOLOGY 101 and 102.

103 (Effective through Summer 2018) [PSCI] Other Worlds: Comparative Planetology of our Solar System 3 Study of the geological processes and environments on planets and moons of our solar system.

210 (Effective through Summer 2018) [PSCI] 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 (Effective through Summer 2018) [PSCI] Introductory Oceanography 3 Interdisciplinary study of ocean systems: marine geology, chemistry, physics and biology; oceans' influence on climate and response to human activity.

303 (Effective through Summer 2018) Environmental Geology 3 Course Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 101 or 102. Geological hazards and geologic problems associated with human activities. Required field trip.

322 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 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 (Effective through Summer 2018) 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.

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). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

480 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.

584 Stable Isotope Geochemistry 3 Principles and applications of isotope geochemistry in the geological sciences. 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.


School Of The Environment (SOE)

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 


101 [PSCI] Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. (Formerly GEOLOGY 101).

102 Physical Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 106 or concurrent enrollment, 140 or concurrent enrollment, or 171 or concurrent enrollment. Modern concepts of earth science; mineral rock, resource, and map study. Field trip required. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. (Formerly GEOLOGY 102).

103 [PSCI] Other Worlds: Comparative Planetology of our Solar System 3 Study of the geological processes and environments on planets and moons of our solar system. (Formerly GEOLOGY 103).

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

210 [PSCI] 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. (Formerly GEOLOGY 210).

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

250 [PSCI] Introduction to Earth System Science 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110 or BIOLOGY 106, each with a C or better. Earth's fundamental systems (the geo-, atmo-, hydro-, and bio-spheres) in the context of global change. Recommended: CHEM 101 or 105. (Formerly ENVR SCI 250).

285 The Science and Policy of Climate Change 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110. The science of the climate system; the case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the best policies to do so. (Formerly ENVR SCI 285).

300 Natural Resource Ecology 3 Ecology as applied to management of natural resource ecosystems; biological diversity, conservation biology, global climate change in natural resource ecology. Field trips required. (Formerly NATRS 300).

301 Forest Plants and Ecosystems 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 300 or concurrent enrollment. Identification and ecology of forest plants with emphasis on trees and the ecosystems in which they occur. Field trips required. (Formerly NATRS 301).

303 Environmental Geology 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 101 or 102. Geological hazards and geologic problems associated with human activities. Required field trip. (Formerly GEOLOGY 303).

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

335 [M] Environmental Policy 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110. Global, national, and regional environmental issues and policy. (Formerly ENVR SCI 335).

390 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. (Formerly GEOLOGY 390).

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

404 [CAPS] [M] The Ecosystem 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110; BIOLOGY 106; BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems. (Formerly ENVR SCI 404).

411 [M] Limnology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management 3 (2-3) Introduction to the science and management of aquatic ecosystems, emphasizing lakes. (Formerly NATRS 411).

438 Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and Law 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Development, content and implementation of natural resources and environmental policy and law in the U.S. Emphasis on both historical development and current issues in this field. . Recommended preparation: SOE 312. (Formerly NATRS 438).

460 Biotechnology and the Environment 3 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106, 107, or 120; 3 credit hours CHEM. Benefits, regulations, and human and environmental impacts of biotechnology used for crop protection, agricultural and energy production, and environmental remediation and management. (Crosslisted course offered as ENTOM 460, SOE 460). (SOE 460 formerly ENVR SCI 460).

491 Senior Seminar 1 Course Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended preparation: Certification in a science, mathematics, or engineering program. (Formerly ENVR SCI 491).

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. Open to all SOE majors. (Formerly ENVR SCI 492). 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 earth science, environment and ecosystem science, forestry, and wildlife. (Formerly ENVR SCI 495).

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 499). S, F grading.

577 Advanced Environmental Hydrology 3 Principles, dynamics, interactions, and calculations of water flow in the environment (rivers, lakes, groundwater, soil and plant water, atmospheric boundary layer). Recommended preparation: college-level physics, multivariate calculus, and introduction to hydrology. (Formerly ENVR SCI 577).

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