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ENVS 501. Sustainable Management of Arid Lands and Salt-Affected Soils (3) Principles and practices of soil, water and crop management under arid and semiarid conditions, the use of diagnostic procedures for evaluating soils and waters, reclamation, and economics of irrigation project development. Field trips. Silvertooth.

ENVS  508. Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences (3) This course will aid students in developing the writing and organizational skills needed to produce effective technical reports, theses, dissertations and journal articles. Graduate-level requirements include work on theses, dissertations or journal articles. Glenn.

ENVS  515. Translating Environmental Science (3) In this course students learn journalism techniques to translate environmental science topics into language a layperson could appreciate. Lenart

ENVS  518. Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment (3) The purpose of this course is to enhance students knowledge and skills related to environmental risk assessment, including hazard assessment, exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, and risk assessment, including hazard assessment, exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, and risk characterization. Graduate-level requirements include conducting a case study that will require them to collect secondary data in the field. Reynolds

ENVS  520. Environmental Physics (3) Physical principals used in assessment, prevention or reduction of environmental problems. Main themes include energy sources; energy and mass transport; and pollution within soil, water and air. P, MATH 125, PHYS 102. Schaap

ENVS  525. Environmental Microbiology (3) (Identical with MBIM 525) Current concepts in water quality, aerobiology and microbial biogeochemistry. P, SW 325, CR, CHEM 241b. Maier.

ENVS  526. Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (2) (Identical with MBIM 526) Basic techniques for isolation and characterization of environmental soil and water microflora including methods for enumeration and measurement of physiological activity. P, SWES 425. Pepper/Gerba.

ENVS  530R. Environmental Monitoring and Remediation (3). SWES 530L (1) Lab. Basic statistics, data quality, field surveying, near-surface air measurement, automated data acquisition, soil, vadose zone and groundwater sampling and monitoring, soil and water biological properties, including pathogen monitoring and remote sensing. Artiola

ENVS  531. Soil Morphology, Classification and Interpretations (3) Theory and practice of describing characteristics of soils; principles of soil classification and the classification systems; making soil interpretations for selected land uses. Field trips. P, SWES 200, 201. Rasmussen.

ENVS  540. Biodegradation of Pollutants in Soil and Groundwater (3) (Identical with MBIM 540) Description of modern pollution problems and potential biological remediation techniques focusing on the chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of biodegradation of hazardous and toxic compounds. P, SWES 425. Maier.

ENVS  541. Advanced Soil Genesis (3) (Identical with GEOS 541) Physical and chemical processes and mineralogy of weathering and soil formation; quantitative pedology; the soil as part of the ecosystem. Field trips. P, GEOS 251 and CHEM 103b. Rasmussen.

ENVS  544. Applied Environmental Law. (3) A guided journey through real world environmental law; U.S. legal system, major environmental laws--criminal and civil; common marketplace problems and solutions; high profile cases; essential professional skills. Proctor.

ENVS  546. Environmental Biotechnology. (2) (Identical with MBIM 546) Molecular methods for detection of microorganisms in the environment. Fate and survival of introduced organisms in the environment. Molecular mechanisms of microbial inactivation in waste treatment systems and microbial risk assessment. P, SWES 525.

ENVS  553. Remote Sensing of the Environment. (3) Remote sensing techniques and applications for improved natural resource utilization of soils, water, grasslands, and forest. Fundamental energy-matter interactions that influence the spectral characteristics of vegetation, soil, and water. Field trips. P, SW 330 or PHYS 102b.

ENVS  554. Water Harvesting. (3) Focuses on water harvesting principles and techniques. Riley

  • Summer Presession Hybrid or Online Course Flyer 2015 Instructors Grant McCormick and  Dr. Melanie Lenart

ENVS  561. Soil and Water Conservation. (3) Consideration of major world soil and water conservation problems and solutions; principles of soil erosion by wind and water and their effects on world food production and environmental problems related to land degradation by erosion. Offered during Summer. Field trips. P, SWES 200.

ENVS  562. Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry. (3) An introduction to the principal chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils and sediments. P, Chem 103b, Chem 104b, SWES 200. Chorover.

ENVS  563. Advanced Soil and Water Chemistry. (3) Fundamentals of aqueous surface and colloid chemistry through lecture and assigned readings. Chorover.

ENVS  564. Environmental Organic Chemistry. (3) Physical and chemical processes influencing the behavior of contaminants in the subsurface environment. Includes equilibrium and kinetic theory of solubilization-dissolution, volatilization, sorption, hydrolysis, photolysis, surface catalysis, and radioactive decay. P, CHEM 480a, PHYS 110. Curry.

ENVS  565. Contaminant Transport in Porous Media. (3) The transport of contaminants in the subsurface environment. Effects of dispersion, interphase mass transfer, transformation reactions, and porous-media heterogeneity on transport; covers aqueous (dissolved) and multiphase (immiscible liquid, gas) systems. P, SWES 570 or HWR 518 or 531. Brusseau.

ENVS  566. Soil and Groundwater Remediation. (3) Methods for remediating contaminated soil and groundwater; factors influencing efficacy of remediation systems. Brusseau.

ENVS  568. Molecular Biogeochemistry. (2) Reading and discussion of papers in the emerging field of environmental molecular biogeochemistry. Through reading and discussion, experiments and models designed to understand coupled biotic-abiotic (e.g., biomineralization, oxidation-reduction) processes in environmental systems will be explored. Chorover

ENVS  570. Soil Physics. (3) Provides the theoretical and practical basis for understanding and quantifying physical and hydrological properties of soils. Hydro-physical processes taking place near the Earth’s surface emphasizing mass and energy exchange, and transport processes in saturated and partially-saturated soils at multiple scales are discussed. The coupling with the atmosphere and the role of plants in the hydrological cycle will be studied. Modern measurement methods and analytical tools for hydrological data collection and interpretation will be reviewed. P, SWES 200, PHYS 103, CR, MATH 12a. Tuller Class Website: http://ag.arizona.edu/classes/sw570/

ENVS  571. Stream Ecology. (3) Will examine the structure and function of stream ecosystems with emphasis on the interaction of physical and biotic elements of streams in arid regions. Examine the role of natural and anthropogenic stressors in shaping aquatic assemblages in streams. Walker/Matter

ENVS  572. Interfacial Chemistry of Biomolecules in Environmental Systems. (3) Introduction to the chemical and adhesive properties of macromolecules at interfaces and inter-particle adhesion will be discussed. P,Chem 103b. Curry.

ENVS  573. Monitoring Biosphere Processes. (2) Global-scale interactions of soils with their plant cover and climate. The spatial distributions and dynamics of soil-plant-water processes with emphasis on measurements from space. P, SWES 200; 330 or 453.

ENVS  574. Aquatic Plants and the Environment. (4) The role of riparian areas, estuaries, and constructed wetlands in the environment. Emphasis on plants as wildlife habitat, for nutrient cycling and bioremediation. Fitzsimmons / Glenn.

ENVS  575. Freshwater and Marine Algae. (4) Systematics, ecology, and evolution of planktonic and benthic species; field techniques and lab culture. Graduate-level requirements include a special topic report on an aspect of freshwater algae. Fitzsimmons/Glenn.

ENVS  596B. Arizona Water Policy. (1-3 units) This seminar focuses on current Arizona water policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Through readings, research, discussion and presentations, the student is exposed to current water resource issues facing Arizona and other parts of the West and policies to address them. The faculty draw upon their and guest-lecturers= experiences to demonstrate the development, analysis and implementation of real-world water policy. Consent of instructor. Megdal

ENVS  602. Nutrient Dynamics in Soils. (3) Principles of soil solution and colloid chemistry, soil-water relationships, soil microbiology, and plant physiology and metabolism will be discussed. These principles will be applied to processes of soil nutrient cycling, nutrient availability and plant growth. P, SWES 200. Walworth

ENVS  605. Soil-Water Dynamics. (3) (Identical with HWR 605 and ABE 605) Water flow in soils; closely related problems of solute, pollutant, and heat transfer; emphasis on current concepts and research, and on mathematical descriptions. P, MATH 254. Schaap, Tuller Class Website:  http://ag.arizona.edu/classes/sw605/

ENVS  625. Physical Characterization and Monitoring of the Critical Zone. (3) Introduce students to the challenge and complexity of monitoring spatial and temporal highly variable parameters in the natural environment and provide students with theory and hands-on training with state of-of-the-art technology for CZ characterization, the design and setup of complex monitoring systems, and the required skills for analyzing and interpreting resulting data streams. P. Math 250 A&B, Recommended Phys205. Tuller/Ferre/Schaap

ENVS  665. Advanced Contaminant Transport. (3) The transport and fate of contaminants in subsurface systems. The course is based on critical, detailed analyses of case studies of actual contaminant transport problems. This provides a real-world basis, and allows an opportunity to develop skills necessary to evaluate real systems. P, SWES 565 or equivalent. Brusseau.

ENVS  696A. Seminar. (1) Topics in Soil, Water and Environmental Science. The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports/or papers.

ENVS  696B. Seminar. (1) Molecular Biogeochemistry. P, CHEM 103B. Chorover.

Individual Studies

ENVS  599 Independent Study. (1-4 units per semester), 599 (1-4 units per semester), 699 (1-6 units per semester) Independent Study. Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Grades available: S/P,C,D,E,I,W. (Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699).

ENVS  900. Research. (1 – 6 units per semester) Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students. Grades available: S/P,C,D,E,K,W.

ENVS  909. Master’s Report (1-9 units per semester) Research for master’s program. Grades available: S/P,E,K,W.

ENVS  910. Thesis. (1-8 units per semester) Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department. Grades available: S/P,E,K,W.

ENVS  920. Dissertation. (1 to 9) Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing). Grades available: S/P,E,K,W.