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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)
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
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
CIEG668: Principles of Water Quality Criteria (3)PLSC/CHEM608: Environmental Soil Chemistry (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.
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
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
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.
STATISTICS, ANALYSIS & TECHNIQUES
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
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.
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
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
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