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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.


School Of The Environment (SOE)

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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 103, 106, 140, or 171, or concurrent enrollment in any of these. 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.

315 Water and the Earth 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 102 or 106; one of MATH 108, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, ENGR 107, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 70%; 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. (Formerly GEOLOGY 315).

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. (Formerly GEOLOGY 322).

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).

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 410). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

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).

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 SOE 444 and SOE 544. (Formerly ENVR SCI 444/544). 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.

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. (Formerly NATRS 450/550).

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. (Formerly NATRS 454).

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).

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. (Formerly NATRS 460/560).

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

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). (SOE 475 formerly GEOLOGY 475). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

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.

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. Formerly ENVR SCI 501). S, F grading.

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 410). Offered at 400 and 500 level.

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 520).

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

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

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 SOE 444 and SOE 544. (Formerly ENVR SCI 444/544). 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.

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 550). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

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).

584 Stable Isotope Geochemistry 3 Principles and applications of isotope geochemistry in the geological sciences. (Formerly GEOLOGY 584). 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 4 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. (Formerly ENVR SCI 592).

593 Graduate Seminar in Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. (Formerly ENVR SCI 593).

594 Environmental and Natural Resources Issues and Ethics 3 Ethical systems applied to natural resources; issues of professionalism and ethics in natural resource management. (Formerly NATRS 594). 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. (Formerly GEOLOGY 597).

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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 600). 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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 700). 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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 702). 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. (Formerly ENVR SCI 800). S, U grading.

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