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School Of The Environment (SOE)

Fall 2021 Spring 2022 


100 An Introduction to Our Environment: Geology, Ecology, and Environmental Stewardship 1 A holistic understanding of the Earth's environment; knowledge of geology, ecology, environmental science, and human political dimensions; basic comprehension of environmental issues.

101 [PSCI] Welcome to the Earth: An Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for SOE 102. Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

101 (Effective through Summer 2021) [PSCI] Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for SOE 102. Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

102 Geology for Science Majors 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 103, 106, 140, 171, 201, or 202, or concurrent enrollment in any of these, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 40%. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for SOE 101. Modern concepts of earth science; mineral rock, resource, and map study. Field trip required. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

102 (Effective through Summer 2021) Physical Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 103, 106, 140, 171, 201, or 202, or concurrent enrollment in any of these, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 40%. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for SOE 101. Modern concepts of earth science; mineral rock, resource, and map study. Field trip required. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102. Typically offered Spring.

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. Typically offered Spring.

105 [PSCI] Natural Resources and Natural Hazards 3 Survey of key natural resources, the physical processes by which nature and society produce those resources, and the processes of related natural hazards. Recommended Preparation: MATH 103 or higher with a C or better, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45%. Typically offered Fall.

110 [BSCI] The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability 4 (3-3) Interactions between humans and their environment; multidisciplinary introduction to environmental concepts and concerns. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

204 Field Methods for Careers in the Natural Sciences 4 (3-3) Introduction to basic concepts, field techniques and the use of spreadsheets in natural resources. Field trips required. Typically offered Fall.

204 (Effective through Summer 2021) Introduction to Measurements and Analysis in Natural Resource Sciences 2 (1-3) Introduction to basic concepts, field techniques and the use of spreadsheets in natural resources. Field trips required. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

207 Geology Field Camp 3 (0-9) Course Prerequisite: SOE 101 or 102; SOE 210. Introduction to geologic field methods; basic geologic mapping. Typically offered Summer Session.

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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

210 (Effective through Summer 2021) [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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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. Typically offered Fall.

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. Typically offered Spring.

275 Rivers: Form, Function, and Management 3 Introduction to rivers, stream ecology, and restoration. Typically offered Fall.

275 (Effective through Summer 2021) Rivers: Form, Function, and Management 3 Introduction to rivers, stream ecology, and restoration. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

280 [PSCI] How the Earth's Climate System Works 3 Understanding how the Earth's climate system works to provide a scientific foundation for making informed evaluations about management and policy. Typically offered Spring.

285 The Science and Policy of Climate Change 3 The science of the climate system; the case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the best policies to do so. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

285 (Effective through Summer 2022) 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. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

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. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

301 Forest Plants and Ecosystems 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment in either. Identification and ecology of forest plants with emphasis on trees and the ecosystems in which they occur. Field trips required. Typically offered Fall.

302 Arid Land Plants and Ecosystems 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372; SOE 301. Identification and ecology of arid land plants (trees, shrubs, grasses, forbs) and the ecosystems in which they occur. Field trips required. Typically offered Spring.

303 Environmental Geology 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 101 or 102. Geological hazards and geologic problems associated with human activities. Required field trip. Typically offered Spring.

304 Ecosystem Field Measurements 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 204; SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment in either; SOE 301 or concurrent enrollment. Measurement and analysis of forests, wildlife habitat, and rangelands using field equipment and spatial sampling techniques; development of employment skills in forestry, forest restoration, and wildlife management. Typically offered Fall.

304 (Effective through Summer 2021) Ecosystem Field Measurements 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 204; SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment in either; SOE 301 or concurrent enrollment. Fixed-area sampling and analytical techniques for assessing various ecological variables and wildlife habitat; variable radius sampling methods for forests and biomass estimation procedures for ecosystems. Typically offered Fall.

305 Silviculture 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 204; SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372; SOE 301. Stand dynamics, natural regeneration methods, intermediate stand treatment, relationships of natural resource management to silvicultural practice. Field trips required. Typically offered Fall.

306 Plants in the Environment 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 300. How plants interact with their physical and biotic environments; physiological function of plant acclimation, adaptation, and tolerance with emphasis on forests and trees. Typically offered Spring.

306 (Effective through Summer 2021) Plants in the Environment 3 How plants interact with their physical and biotic environments; physiological function of plant acclimation, adaptation, and tolerance with emphasis on forests and trees. Typically offered Spring.

310 Methods in Wildlife Ecology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106 with a C or better. Field and laboratory sampling techniques in wildlife research and management. Typically offered Fall.

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

312 [DIVR] Natural Resources, Society, and the Environment 3 Social views of natural resources; processes by which these views are developed and expressed; social conflict over natural resources. Typically offered Spring.

314 Service Learning in Ecuador: Building Sustainable Local Solutions for Human and Environmental Health 3 Experience working alongside local communities in Ecuador on projects that will improve rural access to sustainable energy, clean water, improved ecosystem health, and sustainable livelihoods. Spring break field trip required. Typically offered Spring.

315 Water and the Earth 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 102 or 106; one of MATH 108, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, or ENGR 107; one of SOE 101, SOE 102, 4 credits PHYSICS 101 or 201, or PHYSICS 101 and 111, or PHYSICS 201 and 211. Global hydrologic cycle, including rivers and weathering, groundwater, rainwater and the atmosphere, oceans, human impacts. Field research required. Typically offered Spring.

315 (Effective through Summer 2021) Water and the Earth 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 102 or 106; one of MATH 108, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, or ENGR 107; one of SOE 101, SOE 102, PHYSICS 101, or PHYSICS 201. Global hydrologic cycle, including rivers and weathering, groundwater, rainwater and the atmosphere, oceans, human impacts. Field research required. Typically offered Spring.

318 Wildlife Genetics 3 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106; BIOLOGY 107 with a C or better; one of MATH 106, 108, 140, 171, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 80%. Application of genetic tools for wildlife conservation and management, including forensics, detection of rare species, and population estimation. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

320 Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentation 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 350. Sedimentary rock composition and origins applying fundamental principles of sedimentology. Field trip required. Typically offered Fall.

322 Geology of the Pacific Northwest 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 101 or 102. Physical geology of the Pacific Northwest focusing on geological processes important in its evolution. Field trips required.

335 [M] Environmental Policy and Law 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110. Global, national, and regional environmental issues and policy.

340 [M] Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: One of MATH 106, 108, 140, 171, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 80%; SOE 210. Basic understanding and techniques of working in deformed rocks in mountain belts. Field trip required. Typically offered Fall.

340 (Effective through Summer 2021) [M] Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: One of MATH 106, 108, 140, 171, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 80%; SOE 210. Basic understanding and techniques of working in deformed rocks in mountain belts. Field trip required. Typically offered Spring.

350 Earth Materials 4 (2-6) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or 105; SOE 101, 102, 210, or 230. Composition, physical properties, structure, crystallography, identification, and origin of minerals. Field trip required. Typically offered Fall.

356 Magmatic Processes 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 350. Study of volcanic activity, generation and evolution of magma, and the formation and growth of Earth's crust. Field trips required. Typically offered Spring.

356 (Effective through Summer 2021) Magmatic Processes 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 350. Study of volcanic activity, generation and evolution of magma, and the formation and growth of Earth's crust. Field trips required. (Formerly GEOLOGY 356). Typically offered Spring.

357 Introduction to Metamorphic Rocks and Minerals and How They Impact Our World 3 (2-3) Fundamental processes in the field of earth sciences; application of theoretical concepts from metamorphism to challenges and realities of the modern world, including climate, earthquakes, and industry. Typically offered Spring.

357 (Effective through Summer 2021) Introduction to Metamorphic Rocks and Minerals and How They Impact Our World 3 (2-3) Fundamental processes in the field of earth sciences; application of theoretical concepts from metamorphism to challenges and realities of the modern world, including climate, earthquakes, and industry. Typically offered Spring.

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.

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.

403 Sampling for Terrestrial Ecosystem Management 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisites: SOE 204; STAT 212 or 412. Simple random sampling, stratified sampling, and sampling in proportion to importance; foundation presented for selecting a sampling scheme, implementing it in the field, and assessing variance. Typically offered Spring.

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.

405 Near Surface Geophysics 3 Exploration of near surface geophysics techniques as applicable, but not limited to, groundwater analysis, environmental remediation, archaeology, and natural resources detection. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

405 (Effective through Fall 2021) Near Surface Geophysics 4 (3-3) Exploration of near surface geophysics techniques as applicable, but not limited to, groundwater analysis, environmental remediation, archaeology, and natural resources detection. Typically offered Even Years - Spring.

405 (Effective through Summer 2021) Near Surface Geophysics 4 (3-3) Exploration of near surface geophysics techniques as applicable, but not limited to, groundwater analysis, environmental remediation, archaeology, and natural resources detection. Typically offered Fall.

406 Introduction to Radiological Science 3 Course Prerequisite: One course each in biology, calculus, chemistry, and physics. Fundamentals of atomic physics, interactions of radiation with matter, radiation dosimetry and biology, radioecology, and radiological health protection.

408 [CAPS] [M] Field Geology 3 (0-9) Course Prerequisite: SOE 207; SOE 340; SOE 350; senior standing. Advanced field problems and methods; data interpretation and report preparation. Typically offered Summer Session. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

411 [M] Limnology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106; CHEM 101 or 105. Introduction to the science and management of aquatic ecosystems, emphasizing lakes. Typically offered Fall.

411 (Effective through Summer 2022) [M] Limnology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management 3 (2-3) Introduction to the science and management of aquatic ecosystems, emphasizing lakes. Typically offered Fall.

412 [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. Credit not granted for both SOE 412 and SOE 512. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

416 Soil Processes in the Earth's Critical Zone 3 Soil geochemistry and processes; theory and applications with a focus on reactions at the solid, liquid, and gaseous interface between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. (Crosslisted course offered as SOE 416/516, SOIL SCI 416/516). Credit not granted for both SOE/SOIL SCI 416 and SOE/SOIL SCI 516. Recommended preparation: Basic knowledge of soils (e.g. SOIL SCI 201 or equivalent; CHEM 106; PHYSICS 102). Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

417 Fisheries Science and Management 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 411 or BIOLOGY 412; STAT 212 or MATH 171. Background on the development of fisheries science and examination of the natural and social scientific theories and techniques applied to the management of fisheries. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

420 Long-term Research in Forest Ecosystems: Old-growth Forests of Yosemite National Park 3 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Field research methods course in forest ecosystems at site in old-growth mixed-conifer forest in Yosemite National Park. Course usually runs in late May. Typically offered Summer Session.

430 Introduction to Wildland Fire 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372; SOE 301. Physical nature and behavior of wildland fire; the fire environment; fire ecology; practice of wildland fire management. Field trip required. Typically offered Even Years - Fall.

431 Wildlife Nutrition 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106 with a C or better; BIOLOGY 107 with a C or better; junior standing. Nutritional requirements and interactions of wildlife populations. Typically offered Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

435 Wildlife Ecology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 372 or SOE 300; STAT 212 or 412; junior standing. The ecology of wildlife species and the contributing biological processes. Overnight field trip required. Typically offered Spring.

438 Natural Resource and Public Lands 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. Typically offered Spring.

441 Population Ecology and Conservation 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 372 or SOE 300 with a C or better in either; SOE 435 with a C or better; STAT 212 with a C or better and concurrent enrollment in STAT 412, or STAT 412 with a C or better. Ecology, conservation, management of vertebrate populations, especially threatened and endangered species; designed for wildlife and conservation biology majors. Typically offered Fall.

441 (Effective through Summer 2021) Population Ecology and Conservation 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 372 or SOE 300 with a C or better in either; SOE 435 with a C or better; STAT 212 with a C or better and concurrent enrollment in STAT 412, or STAT 412 with a C or better. Ecology, conservation, management of vertebrate populations, especially threatened and endangered species; designed for wildlife and conservation biology majors. Typically offered Spring.

444 Environmental Assessment 3 National and state policy frameworks for environmental assessment that support integration of science and the public into agency decision-making process. Credit not granted for both SOE 444 and SOE 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Summer. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

444 (Effective through Summer 2021) Environmental Assessment 3 National and state policy frameworks for environmental assessment that support integration of science and the public into agency decision-making process. Credit not granted for both SOE 444 and SOE 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Spring. 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 SOE 445 and SOE 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

446 [M] Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOIL SCI 368 or concurrent enrollment; STAT 212 or 412; senior standing. The ecology of how wildlife use, respond to, and affect resources in their environment. Field trip required. Typically offered Fall.

446 (Effective through Summer 2022) [M] Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOIL SCI 368 or concurrent enrollment; STAT 212 or 412; senior standing. The ecology of how wildlife use, respond to, and affect resources in their environment. Typically offered Spring.

446 (Effective through Summer 2021) [M] Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOIL SCI 368 or concurrent enrollment. The ecology of how wildlife use, respond to, and affect resources in their environment. Typically offered Spring.

450 [M] Conservation Biology 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Patterns of biological diversity, factors producing changes in diversity, values of diversity, management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues and funding sources. Typically offered Spring.

454 [CAPS] [M] Restoration Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Senior standing. Ecological principles used to restore biological communities; ecological processes and species on degraded landscapes. Typically offered Fall.

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). Typically offered Fall.

461 Watershed Management 3 Principles and practices of management of forest and rangelands for protection, maintenance, and improvement of water resource values. Field trip required. Recommended preparation: SOE 204 or sufficient background in spreadsheets. Typically offered Spring.

463 Water in the Environment 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 140 or 171, or 4 credits PHYSICS 101 or 201, or PHYSICS 101 and 111, or PHYSICS 201 and 211, or PHYSICS 205. Water flows in the natural environment, including cloud formation, rainfall, evaporation, infiltration, groundwater, river flows, lakes, estuaries, mixing, and erosion.

463 (Effective through Summer 2021) Water in the Environment 3 Course Prerequisite: One semester of MATH 140, 171, PHYSICS 101, 201, or 205. Water flows in the natural environment, including cloud formation, rainfall, evaporation, infiltration, groundwater, river flows, lakes, estuaries, mixing, and erosion.

464 [M] Landscape Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Linkages between spatial patterns and processes in a variety of landscapes and the qualitative tools used in the investigation of these linkages. Typically offered Even Years - Fall.

464 (Effective through Summer 2022) [M] Landscape Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Linkages between spatial patterns and processes in a variety of landscapes and the qualitative tools used in the investigation of these linkages. Typically offered Spring.

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

470 Introduction to Economic Geology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 340; SOE 350. Genesis, evolution and tectonic setting of ore deposits combining theory, description, and detailed hand specimen analysis. Field trip to major mining districts. Typically offered Fall and Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

471 [CAPS] International Wildlife Conservation 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. A broad survey of international wildlife conservation that touches on biological, social, and political aspects of wildlife management; focus on understanding the unique challenges that are encountered in the international arena. Typically offered Spring.

471 (Effective through Summer 2022) [CAPS] International Wildlife Conservation 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. A broad survey of international wildlife conservation that touches on biological, social, and political aspects of wildlife management; focus on understanding the unique challenges that are encountered in the international arena. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

474 [CAPS] [M] Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or 105; CHEM 102 or 106; 4 credits of PHYSICS 101 or 201, or PHYSICS 101 and 111, or PHYSICS 201 and 211; SOE 101, 102, or 210; junior standing. Earth's operations as described by sub-disciplines of geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics; earth's composition as related to solar system formation. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

474 (Effective through Summer 2021) [CAPS] [M] Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or 105; CHEM 102 or 106; MATH 171; PHYSICS 101 or 201; SOE 101, 102, or 210; junior standing. Earth's operations as described by sub-disciplines of geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics; earth's composition as related to solar system formation. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

475 Groundwater 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CE 317 or SOE 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 SOE 475, CE 475). Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

476 Biology and Ecology of Pacific Salmon 3 Course Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 106 or 107; CHEM 101 or 105. The life histories, habitat requirements, and current issues facing Pacific salmon. Credit not granted for both SOE 476 and SOE 576. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

477 [CAPS] Environmental Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Exploration of the consequences of complex social, economic, and environmental dynamics that lead to disputes and conflicts over environmental and natural resources; develop toolbox of skills and approaches that may be used to facilitate collaborative solutions and resolution of disputes.

480 How to Build a Habitable Planet 3 An introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth including the effects of water, CO2, and humans on the planet; exploration of radioactive decay, geochronology, radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, and chemical proxies in dynamic systems. Typically offered Spring.

480 (Effective through Summer 2021) How to Build a Habitable Planet 3 An introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth including the effects of water, CO2, and humans on the planet; exploration of radioactive decay, geochronology, radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, and chemical proxies in dynamic systems. Typically offered Spring.

483 Sustainability: Applied Improvement or Promotion Projects 3 Course Prerequisite: Minimum 3 credits of [PSCI] or [BSCI]; senior standing. An applied multidisciplinary introduction to sustainability; classroom learning followed with an applied sustainability improvement or promotion project for Washington State University. Typically offered Spring.

484 Forest Management and Planning 3 Knowledge, skills, and experience in drafting a management plan and managing forested properties for a variety of values, ranging from generation of diverse forest products to maintenance of important environmental values associated with forest lands. Typically offered Spring.

485 Disturbance Ecology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: SOE 204; SOE 301; SOE 302 or concurrent enrollment. Fire, disease, and other disturbances are primary drivers of structure and composition in terrestrial ecosystems; study of management of insect outbreaks and fungal organisms in combination with fire and other disturbances. Typically offered Spring.

486 Applied Remote Sensing: From Drones to Satellites 3 Course Prerequisite: SOIL SCI 368 or concurrent enrollment, or SOIL SCI 374 or concurrent enrollment. Remote sensing to measure changes in forests, plants, wildlife, wildfire, crops, and geologic features; analyzing and applying data from satellites, drones, airplanes, and lidar to measures on the ground. Typically offered Spring.

486 (Effective through Summer 2021) Applied Remote Sensing: From Drones to Satellites 3 Remote sensing to measure changes in forests, plants, wildlife, wildfire, crops, and geologic features; analyzing and applying data from satellites, drones, airplanes, and lidar to measures on the ground. Typically offered Spring.

491 Senior Seminar 1 Course Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended preparation: Admission to a major in science, mathematics, or engineering. Typically offered Spring.

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. Typically offered Fall and Spring. 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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

498 Seminar 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 3 hours. Research papers presented by students, faculty, and visiting scientists on geological research. Credit not granted for both SOE 498 and SOE 598. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. 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.

505 Geodynamics 4 (3-3) Overview of topics in geodynamics including conductive and convective heat transfer, mantle convection, plate flexure, faulting, and plate tectonics. Recommended preparation: Calculus and introductory physics. Typically offered Fall.

510 Species Distribution Modeling 3 Theory and application of species distribution models, including niche, occupancy, and spatial capture-recapture models; manipulation of spatial data and software packages (ArcGIS, R, MaxEnt, PRESENCE). Typically offered Even Years - Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

512 [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. Credit not granted for both SOE 412 and SOE 512. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

516 Soil Processes in the Earth's Critical Zone 3 Soil geochemistry and processes; theory and applications with a focus on reactions at the solid, liquid, and gaseous interface between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. (Crosslisted course offered as SOE 416/516, SOIL SCI 416/516). Credit not granted for both SOE/SOIL SCI 416 and SOE/SOIL SCI 516. Recommended preparation: Basic knowledge of soils (e.g. SOIL SCI 201 or equivalent; CHEM 106; PHYSICS 102). Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

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.

521 Uses and Regulation of Radiation 3 Uses and regulation of radiation and radioactive materials in medicine, industry, power production, and scientific research.

524 Advanced Topics in Sedimentology 3 (2-3) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Modern aspects of sedimentary rocks. Field trip required. Typically offered Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

526 Ecology of the Columbia River 3 Interdisciplinary approach to the interconnections between the physical, geological, chemical, biological, and social dimensions of this large, iconic aquatic ecosystem. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 372. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

531 Fundamentals of Environmental Toxicology 3 Fundamentals of toxicology; environmental fate and biological effects of chemical pollutants in air, water, and food. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

532 Applied Environmental Toxicology 3 Overview of and current issues in the field of environmental toxicology. Typically offered Even Years - Spring.

532 (Effective through Summer 2021) Applied Environmental Toxicology 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 531 or PHARMSCI 505. Overview of the field of environmental toxicology; interactions of zenobiotics with natural systems. Typically offered Fall.

535 Integrated Water Resources Science and Management 3 Introduction to the physical, social, and cultural drivers that shape how water is managed within the larger environmental and human landscape. Typically offered Spring.

536 Climate Change Impacts on Physical, Natural, and Human Systems 3 Methods for studying human-caused climate variability and change; discussion of impacts on the physical environment and natural and human systems. Typically offered Fall.

536 (Effective through Summer 2021) Climate Change Impacts on Physical, Natural, and Human Systems 3 Methods for studying human-caused climate variability and change; discussion of impacts on the physical environment and natural and human systems. Typically offered Fall.

540 Agroecology 3 Social and ecological aspects of agriculture and human food systems. Typically offered Spring.

540 (Effective through Summer 2021) Agroecology 3 Social and ecological aspects of agriculture and human food systems. Typically offered Fall.

541 Orogenic Systems 3 (2-3) Detailed analysis of the construction of mountain belts. Field trip required. Recommended preparation: B.S. in Geology or related field. Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

542 Extensional Tectonics 3 Case study of Western US Basin and Range Province to explore processes and dynamics of extensional tectonics. Field trip required. Recommended preparation: B.S. in Geology or a related field. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

544 Environmental Assessment 3 National and state policy frameworks for environmental assessment that support integration of science and the public into agency decision-making process. Credit not granted for both SOE 444 and SOE 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Summer. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

544 (Effective through Summer 2021) Environmental Assessment 3 National and state policy frameworks for environmental assessment that support integration of science and the public into agency decision-making process. Credit not granted for both SOE 444 and SOE 544. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Spring. 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 SOE 445 and SOE 545. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

548 Applied Spatial Ecology 3 Foundational research principles in spatial ecology applied to new data; production of methods and results sections suitable for publication, using R and GIS programming. Recommended preparation: Introductory-level experience with R and ArcGIS. Typically offered Even Years - Spring.

552 Analytical Methods in Earth Sciences 3 Theory, operation, and application of analytical techniques commonly applied in Earth and Material Sciences, specifically electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Typically offered Spring.

552 (Effective through Fall 2021) Analytical Methods in Earth Sciences 3 Theory, operation, and application of analytical techniques commonly applied in Earth and Material Sciences, specifically electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Typically offered Spring.

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

556 Foraging Ecology of Herbivores 2 Synthesis of foraging behavior concepts including nutritive quality of forages, digestive and metabolic constraints, and diet and habitat selection. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

560 Advanced Igneous Petrology 3 (2-3) Origin, evolution, and tectonic significance of igneous rocks. Field trip required. Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

562 Watershed Biogeochemistry 3 Sources, transformations, fates and impacts of biogeochemically important compounds as they move downstream through watersheds to the coastal zone.

576 Biology and Ecology of Pacific Salmon 3 The life histories, habitat requirements, and current issues facing Pacific salmon. Credit not granted for both SOE 476 and SOE 576. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

577 Advanced Environmental Hydrology 2 Water (ground, soil, surface, plant, atmosphere) dynamics and support of ecosystem functions and organization in natural, disturbed, and human/impacted systems. Recommended preparation: college-level physics, multivariate calculus, and introduction to hydrology. Typically offered Even Years - Fall.

577 (Effective through Fall 2021) 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. Typically offered Even Years - Fall.

583 Radiogenic Isotopes and Geochronology 3 Radiogenic isotopes and their uses as chronometers (radiometric dating) and as tracers of earth evolution and differentiation. Typically offered Fall and Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

584 Stable Isotope Geochemistry 3 Principles and applications of isotope geochemistry in the geological sciences. Typically offered Fall and Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

592 Advanced Topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

593 Graduate Seminar in Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Typically offered Spring.

594 Environmental and Natural Resources Issues and Ethics 3 Ethical systems applied to natural resources; issues of professionalism and ethics in natural resource management. Typically offered Spring. 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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

598 Seminar 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 3 hours. Research papers presented by students, faculty, and visiting scientists on geological research. Credit not granted for both SOE 498 and SOE 598. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. 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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. 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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to a School of the Environment 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. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

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