Graduate Program in Water Science and Policy

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Water Science & Policy MS Program Course Requirements Chart (pdf)

Water Science & Policy PhD Course Requirements Chart (pdf)



BREG623: Advanced Storm Water Management (3)
Design of gutters, storm drain inlets, and storm drains. Design of distributed and low impact development storm-water management systems. Erosion and sediment control for site development, flood plain hydraulics and analysis.

CIEG698: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport (3)
Development and application of models for fluid flow and contaminant transport in porous media. Derivation of governing equations, analytical and numerical solutions, and application to the movement of groundwater and transport of contaminants at an actual field site.

GEOG632: Environmental Hydrology (3)
Introduction to hydrologic science. Topics include precipitation, snowmelt, evapotranspiration, infiltration, groundwater, runoff, stream flow, water resources management, and hydrologic applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems. Case studies illustrate hydrological response to changes in land use and climate. Group studies include field measurements and computer simulations.

GEOG651: Microclimatology (4)
Introduction to instrumentation and techniques involved in microclimatic monitoring and sampling. Field observation carried out in varying environmental situations.

GEOG656: Hydroclimatology (3)
Study of the hydrologic cycle as it relates to water in the atmosphere and in and on the earth's surface. Hydrologic processes including precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, runoff and stream flow will be examined.

GEOL611: Fluvial Geomorphology (3)
Hydrologic and sediment transport processes in rivers and watersheds. Morphology and evolution of rivers and watersheds. Depositional processes and evolution of floodplains. Structure and interpretation of fluvial deposits in the geologic record.

GEOL628: Hydrogeology (3)
Principles of groundwater flow and water chemistry in varied geologic media. Evaluation of groundwater resources and assessment of environmental problems associated with groundwater use.

PLSC603: Soil Physics (3)
Examines the importance of soil physics in relation to other disciplines of soil and environmental sciences. Topics include status of water in soil, fundamental principles of water flow, differences between saturated and unsaturated water flow, water balance in the field, infiltration, evapotranspiration, heat, gas and solute (contaminant) transport in soil.



PLSC 421/621: Nonpoint Source Pollution (3)
Understanding sources, transport pathways, and transformations of important pollutants and toxic chemicals generated by anthropogenic activities. Topics include transport, transformation, and fate of these pollutants in watersheds. Impacts of these pollutants on soil, forest, and aquatic ecosystems using specific case studies.

PLSC 643: Watershed Hydrochemistry (3)
The role of hydrology in the exports of solutes and chemicals from watersheds. Linkages and feedbacks between hydrologic and biogeochemical processes. Mechanistic conceptual models for solute transport will be emphasized. Innovative methods to characterize and quantify solutes in watersheds will be discussed.

CHEM/MAST683: Environmental Chemistry (3)
Reactions in gas, liquid and solid phases of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, and energy fluxes and chemical exchanges across these interfaces discussed in the context of basic chemical principles. Applications to current issues such as climate change and air/water pollution discussed.

CIEG632: Chemical Aspects of Environmental Engineering (3)
The principles and applications of aqueous chemistry to environmental systems. Includes a review of general chemistry, with emphasis on the structure of matter and stoichiometry; chemical thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; equilibrium reactions in homogeneous and heterogeneous solutions; applied electrochemistry and Redox reaction; and interfacial phenomena.

CIEG636: Biological Aspects of Environmental Engineering (3)
Presents fundamental molecular biological concepts that pertain to cellular function in the environment and in engineered environmental treatment systems. Briefly reviews elementary organic chemical classifications.

CIEG668: Principles of Water Quality Criteria (3)
Toxicological and chemical background and technical basis necessary for understanding the models of water and sediment quality criteria for individual and mixtures of organic chemicals and metals that focus on bioavailability: narcosis models of toxicity, complexation models applied to both the water column and sediments.

PLSC/CHEM608: Environmental Soil Chemistry (3)

Principles of soil chemical reactions and their application to environment including: inorganic and organic soil components, soil solution‚€�solid phase equilibria, sorption phenomena, ion exchange reactions, kinetics of soil chemical processes, redox chemistry, soil acidity and salinity.



ENEP626: Climate Change: Science, Policies & Political Economy (3)
Examines existing policy responses to climate change, alongside opportunities for a redirected political economy to achieve energy and environmental conditions with meaningful CO2 reductions. Specific attention given to possibilities and limits of scientific knowledge and technology in galvanizing social change.

ENEP 666: Topics in Sustainable Development

ENEP 810: Political Economy of the Environment (3)
Reviews major theories developed over the last half century to explain nature-society relations. Policy case studies on environmental justice, trade and environment, global climate change, and sustainable development used to evaluate current range of political-economic explanations of nature-society relations. International, national and local responses to these problems are analyzed.

ENEP 868: Sustainable Water Policy Research (1-6)

ENEP 870: Sustainable Water Policy Readings (3)

GEOG617: Seminar in Climate Change (3)

Examines facts and fallacies regarding global warming and climate science and assesses the current state of scientific understanding of and ability to forecast climate change.

GEOG649: Environment & Society (3)
Considers the relationships between environmental and social processes from theoretical, philosophical, and methodological perspectives of geography. Explores the ethical and contextual implications implied in framing environmental questions and posing solutions. Examines approaches to the geographical analysis of environmental problems.

MAST/UAPP 663: Decision Tools for Policy Analysis (3)
Develops quantitative decision-making skills for science and technology policy decisions. Covers decision-making under uncertainty, axioms of decision analysis, decision trees, influence diagrams, sensitivity analysis, confidence intervals, value of information, probabilistic risk assessment, and multi-attribute decision theory.

MAST672/ECON670: Applied Policy Analysis (3)
Empirical analysis of environmental and natural resource policy issues. Topics include valuation of natural resources, decision making under uncertainty, dynamic control and intertemporal issues in resource use and institutional aspects of policy analysis.

MAST670: US Ocean and Coastal Policy (3)
Provides an overview and assessment of the evolution of U.S. ocean and coastal policies, including such policy areas as coastal management, fisheries management, marine mammal protection, offshore oil development, and marine pollution control.

MAST/ECON 676: Environmental Economics (3)
Study of the choice of policies to protect the environment, including land, air and water resources. Theory of market failure and externalities, use of economic incentives in policy design, valuation of environmental resources and examination of inefficiencies in existing U.S. environmental policies.

MAST/ECON 867: Valuing the Environment (3)
The economic theory and empirical methods used for valuing environmental goods. Topics include welfare theory, contingent valuation, choice experiments and conjoint analysis, travel cost models, hedonic price analysis, defensive expenditure methods, and benefits transfer. The foundation for each method is developed along with contemporary readings on actual applications. Students must complete a ‚€˜valuation project‚€™ using empirical data.

POSC818: Environmental Politics and Policy (3)
U.S. and international environmental politics, policies, laws, and agreements regarding air, water, and natural resource protection. Examines environmental governance regimes, politics and science, theories of environmental policy, public and private interaction, and epistemic communities in global warming, ozone layer protection, and environmental public health.

UAPP611: Regional Watershed Management (3)
Reviews the practical applications of watershed planning as a tool to manage land, water and ecosystem resources. Explores public policies and practices of watershed planning by examining case studies. Uses a multidisciplinary approach involving the fields of geography, environmental science, geology, public policy, land planning, geographic information systems (GIS) and engineering.

UAPP/ENEP 617: Contemporary Issues in Environmental and Energy Policy (1)
Links students with leading energy and environmental policy scholars on a biweekly basis to debate key issues such as global warming, ozone layer deterioration, environmental justice, sustainable development and ecological democracy. International, national and community dimensions of these and other policy issues are explored through seminar discussion.

UAPP628: Issues in Land Use and Environmental Planning (3)
Examines theory and contemporary practice in land use and environmental planning with emphasis on creating an integrative framework that balances development demands for urban, suburban, and agricultural land against the needs to conserve and enhance environmental and cultural resources.

UAPP667: Field Seminar in Water Policy (3)
Using case studies from the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay basins, students will examine the social, economic, legal, and policy aspects of water resources planning and management. This field seminar will include visits and field reconnaissance to watershed governance organizations in the Mid- Atlantic such as the Delaware River Basin Commission, Delaware Estuary Program, and Chesapeake Bay Program. Service-based learning is envisioned, in which students will be encouraged to collaborate with career watershed managers in the field while integrating the fundamentals of water policy through instruction in the classroom.



PLSC667: Research Methods and Topics in Water Science & Policy (2)
Selected topics and field and laboratory methods to investigate the physical, chemical and biological aspects of water and the socioeconomic, policy, and regulatory issues associated with water.

PLSC667: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Water Science & Policy (1)
Interdisciplinary seminar series highlighting important scientific and policy issues related to water.



CHEG604: Probability and Statistics for Engineering Problem Solving (3)
Fundamental approach to modeling, characterization and analysis of random phenomena with the objective of providing students with the basic principles, methods and tools for solving engineering problems involving randomly varying phenomena. Application areas explored include experimental design, manufacturing, system reliability, and cellular biology.

FREC/STAT608: Statistical Research Methods (3)
Experimental design and plot plans, collection, analysis and presentation of data in agricultural and biological research.

FREC615: Advanced Prices and Statistics (3)
Statistical tools used in agricultural economics research and operations research. Introduction to econometric specifications, estimation and interpretation.

FREC/STAT674: Applied Data Base Management (3)
Provides an in-depth understanding of using computers to manage data using programs such as SAS and Microsoft/Access.

FREC 807/ORES801
Explores the development and application of optimization models and methods such as linear programming, integer programming, non‚€�linear programming, and goal programming. Applications to both firm and sector-level economic issues with a particular emphasis on agricultural, environmental, resource economic applications.

GEOG671: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)
Commercial geographical information systems (GIS) are introduced and used to analyze a wide variety of spatial databases. Georeferenced data are acquired, restructured and manipulated in a GIS environment. GIS methods are applied to local-scale geographical, environmental and land planning problems.

MAST681: Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
Detection and mapping of land and ocean resources with optical, infrared and microwave sensors. Digital analysis of satellite images using multispectral and spatial analysis techniques and correlation with ground/ship data. Application to oceanography, coastal processes, geology, land use, geography, agriculture, climate and pollution studies. Includes hands-on image analysis in GIS laboratory.

MEEG690: Intermediate Engineering Mathematics (3)
Linear algebra: generalized vector space, eigenvalue problem, diagonalization, quadratic forms. Field theory: divergence theorem, Stokes' theorem, irrotational fields. Sturm-Liouville theory, Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials. Partial differential equations: diffusion and Laplace equations by separation of variables and Sturm-Liouville theory, wave equation. Engineering applications.

STAT657: Statistics for Earth Sciences (3)
Spatial distributions; directional data; statistical graphics, regression and time series analysis; model validation; sampling; principal components; cluster analysis; discriminant analysis; and statistical software routines. PREREQ: MATH201

STAT675: Logistic Regression (3)
Practical and computational introduction to logistic regression and related topics. Applications include financial, marketing and biomedical research. The use of SAS and other statistical packages will be emphasized.

UAPP652: Geographic Information Systems in Public Policy (1)
Hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their uses in public policy areas. Content varies. Exercises focus on using geographic data in fields such as environmental analysis, land use planning, and socio-economic analysis.

UAPP691: Quantitative Analysis in Public & NP Sectors (3)
Study of basic research design and data analysis techniques stressing applications in the public and nonprofit sectors. Includes research design, data acquisition, measurement, descriptive statistics, data collection, probability, exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression, correlation, and graphical procedures.

UAPP816: Advanced Social Statistics (3)
Provides advanced training in applied social research. Topics include analysis of variance, regression analysis, analysis of covariance, multi-dimensional cross-classifications and future analysis. Lectures supplemented by laboratory work involving computer statistical packages and simulations.



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