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Courses in Hydrologic Sciences (HYD)


200. Survey of Hydrologic Sciences (1)

Seminar—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: open to students in the Hydrologic Sciences program. Seminar course exposes students to the diversity of sciences involved in the program. Students prepare a paper and presentation in their area of research interest. May be repeated two times for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F. (F.) Grismer

205. Continuum Mechanics of Natural Systems (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: Mathematics 21D and 22B, Physics 9B. Continuum mechanics of static and dynamic air, water, earth and biological systems using hydraulic, heat and electrical conductivity; diffusivity; dispersion; strain; stress; deformation gradient; velocity gradient; stretch and spin tensors. (Same course as Biological Systems Engineering 205.) 

210. Vadose Modeling and Characterization (3)

Lecture—1.5 hours; laboratory—3 hours; discussion—0.5 hours. Prerequisite: Soil Science 107, or consent of instructor. Principles and modeling of water flow and chemical transport in the vadose zone, with specific applications to soils. Topics include hydraulic properties, finite difference application to unsaturated water flow, parameter optimization, diffusive and convective transport in gaseous and liquid phases. Offered in alternate years.—S. Hopmans

243. Water Resource Planning and Management (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 141 or Civil and Environmental Engineering 142. Applications of deterministic and stochastic mathematical programming techniques to water resource planning, analysis, design and management. Water allocation, capacity expansion, and reservoir operation. Conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater. Water quality management. Irrigation planning and operation models. (Same course as Biological Systems Engineering 243.) 

245. Climate Change, Water and Society (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Class size limited to 25 students. Integration of climate science and hydrology with policy to understand hydroclimatology and its impact upon natural and human systems. Assignments: readings, take-home examination on climate and hydrologic science, paper that integrates course concepts into a research prospectus or review article. (Same course as Atmospheric Science 245 and Ecology 245.)—F. (F.) Fogg, Lubell, Ullrich

252. Hillslope Geomorphology and Sediment Budgets (4)

Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 141 or Geology 35 or Civil and Environmental Engineering 142 or consent of instructor. Exploration of theoretical and empirical foundations of sediment production on hillslopes using computer models and field experiments to promote an understanding of how watersheds evolve naturally and with human impacts. Offered irregularly.—S. (S.) Pasternack

254Y. Ecohydraulics (3)

Web virtual lecture—1 hour; discussion—1 hour; extensive problem solving. Use of 2D hydrodynamic modeling to perform instream flow assessment by exploring flow-dependent hydraulic patterns at multiple spatial scales and extrapolating results with empirical and analytical functions to evaluate geomorphic resilience and ecological functions. Offered in alternate years.—F. Pasternack

256. Geomorphology of Estuaries and Deltas (4)

Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 141 or Geology 35 or Civil and Environmental Engineering 42 or consent of instructor. Survey of the processes and landforms associated with sediment deposition in the coastal zone. Application of geomorphic principles to coastal management issues. Offered irregularly.—S. (S.) Pasternack

264. Modeling of Hydrologic Processes (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 141 or the equivalent and Statistics 102 or the equivalent. Techniques used to model the spatio-temporal structure of rainfall and runoff are introduced. Procedures studied include those based on stochastic point processes, chaos theory, fractal geometry, and fractional noises. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Puente

269. Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Systems (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 145A or Civil Engineering 144 and course 145B, Mathematics 22B. Finite difference and finite element techniques in modeling groundwater flow and transport. Fundamentals of constructing and calibrating models with hands-on applications. Methods and limitations of numerical solution of transport equations. Model interpretation and ethics. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Fogg

273. Introduction to Geostatistics (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 130A and 130B, or the equivalent. Statistical treatment of spatial data with emphasis on hydrologic problems. Topics include theory of random functions, variogram analysis, Kriging, co-Kriging, indicator geostatistics, and stochastic simulation of spatial variability. Demonstration and use of interactive geostatistical software included. Offered in alternate years.—F. Fogg

274. Practice of Groundwater Flow and Transport Modeling (3)

Lecture—2 hours; lecture/laboratory—0.5 hours; lecture/discussion—0.5 hours. Prerequisite: course 269, Civil and Environmental Engineering 272B, or Civil and Environmental Engineering 272C. Selecting and building groundwater flow and transport models. Planning, preparation, execution, presentation, and review of modeling projects. Review of methods, assumptions, and limitations of groundwater models; practicing with MODFLOW, MT3D, associated GUI, and with other groundwater modeling software of choice. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Harter

275. Analysis of Spatial Processes (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 102 or the equivalent; course 273 or Statistics 273A recommended. Characterization of homogeneous random fields; extremes and spectral parameters; geometry of excursions, local averaging; scale of fluctuation; non-Gaussian and irregular random fields; geostatistical applications.

286. Selected Topics in Environmental Remote Sensing (3)

Discussion—2 hours; lecture—1 hour; project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; Environmental and Resource Sciences 186 or equivalent required; Environmental and Resource Sciences 186L recommended. In depth investigation of advanced topics in remote sensing applications, measurements, and theory. (Same course as Geography 286) May be repeated for credit. Offered irregularly.—S. (S.) Ustin

290. Seminar in Hydrologic Science (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and background in Hydrologic Science, consent of instructor. Seminars and critical review of problems, issues, and research in hydrologic sciences. Oral presentations of research. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—S. (S.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Research (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)


396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)


410. OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Course (1)

Lecture—1 hour. Updates hazardous materials handling information for purposes of keeping certification current. Certification lapses until the refresher course is complete. (P/NP grading only.)

440. Hazardous Waste Operations Training (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—2 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing in College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Forty-hour course designed to meet the requirements of Federal OSHA regulation CFR 1910.120. Covers the health, regulatory, processing and safe handling issues/problems associated with working with hazardous materials. (P/NP grading only.)

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