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Fall 2002 Course Descriptions

All courses below are approved to be taught in Fall 2002; however, some (or all) may not be offered this term.  The course numbers that are offered this term link to the Schedule of Classes.  The complete list below is a good indicator of what may be offered over the next few years (contact department about offerings).  For explanations of course elements see the Key to Course Descriptions.

Soil, Water, and Environmental Science (SWES)  Department Info

SWES 197A -- Environmental Science  (1 unit)
Description:  The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.
Usually offered:  Summer.

SWES 200 -- Soils  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamental principles of soil science-origin, nature, and constitution of soils; their chemical, physical, and biological properties in relation to plant growth and the nonplant uses of soils.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 101A, CHEM 102A, CHEM 103A.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit and grade.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 201 -- Soils Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Laboratory exercises for 200.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, SWES 200
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 250 -- Water and Its Uses  (3 units)
Description:  Introductory course on water sources, uses, management and conservation; biological, economic, and health issues.
Prerequisite(s):  open to non-majors only.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit and grade.
Identical to:  ABE 250; ABE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 285L -- Principles of Microbiology Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  The course is the laboratory course to accompany MIC 285R.
Prerequisite(s):  MCB 181R, MCB 181L, ECOL 182, CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B: Concurrent registration, MIC 285R for MIC and V SC majors. Strongly recommended that MIC 285L and MIC 285R be taken together for all others
Identical to:  MIC 285L; MIC is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 285R -- Principles of Microbiology  (4 units)
Description:  The course is an introductory microbiology class for majors, emphasizing cellular, biochemical and molecular aspects of metabolism, genetics, cell structure, and host-parasite interactions
Prerequisite(s):  MCB 181R, MCB 181L, ECOL 182, CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B: Concurrent registration, MIC 285L for MIC and V SC majors. Strongly recommended that MIC 285L and MIC 285R be taken together for all others
Identical to:  MIC 285R; MIC is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 299 -- Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 299H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 302 -- Introduction to Environmental Toxicology  (3 units)
Description:  Basic concepts in chemical exposure, metabolism, target organ toxicity, human risk, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and teratogenicity. Description of health effects for selected chemicals.
Prerequisite(s):  two semesters of biology and chemistry.
Identical to:  PCOL 302; PCOL is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 305 -- Pollution Science  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to abiotic and biotic scientific processes within the soil/water/atmosphere continuum that affects the fate and transport of pollutants. Evaluation of the extent, fate, mitigation and impact of environmental pollution.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 241A, MIC 205R, MATH 125, PHYS 102.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 316 -- Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition  (3 units)
Description:  Chemical and biological properties of soil as they affect soil nutrient availability and crop production. Principles of plant nutrition and nutrient acquisition also discussed. Additional topics: fertilizers and fertilization, irrigation water quality, soil salinity, environmental impacts of fertilizers, and principles of soil and plant tissue testing.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 317 -- Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Practical discussion and application of the principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition. Laboratory and greenhouse exercises involve soil and plant tissue testing and fertilizer response experiments. Field trips demonstrate crop production, field experimentation, and use of soil as a medium for waste disposal.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, SWES 316.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 330 -- Introduction to Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to remote sensing principles, techniques, and applications, designed principally for those with no background in the field.
Identical to:  GEOG 330; GEOG is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 377 -- Economics of Environmental Resource Conservation  (3 units)
Description:  Application of economic concepts to the management of environmental resources. Interdependence between environmental quality and economic activities is examined through discussion of property rights, economic incentives, externalities, and the design of sustainable environmental policies.
Prerequisite(s):  open to majors only.
Identical to:  AREC 377; AREC is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 393 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 397A -- Teaching Workshop  (2-3 units)
Description:  The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.
Prerequisite(s):  sophomore or higher status with a grade of "A" in NATS 101.
May be repeated:  for a total of 9 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 399 -- Independent Study  (1-4 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 399H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 401 -- Management of Arid Lands and Salt-Affected Soils  (3 units)
Description:  [Taught alternate years 2001 - 2002] 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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200.
May be convened with:  SWES 501.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 404 -- Irrigation Principles and Management  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of operating farm irrigation systems, evaluation of systems, selection of systems, basic irrigation scheduling, measurements of water flow, soil moisture, pump and system efficiencies.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 110, SWES 200. Open to non-majors only.
Typical structure:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  ASM 404; ASM is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 504.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 405 -- Environmental, Soil and Water Chemistry Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Principles and methods of the chemical analysis of soils, water and biological materials with emphasis on illustrating important soil and environmental concepts and processes.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 322, CHEM 323, PHYS 102.
May be convened with:  SWES 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 406 -- Soils and Soils Fertility  (1 unit)
Description:  Develop an understanding of the basic principles associated with soil science, soil fertility and soil management for crop production systems. Fundamental soil science and agronomic concepts and practices will be presented.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 408 -- Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences  (3 units)
Description:  This course will aid students in developing the writing and organizational skills needed to produce effective technical reports, theses, dissertations and journal articles.
May be convened with:  SWES 508.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 417 -- Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resources  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to the application of GIS and related technologies to natural resource management. Conceptual issues in GIS database design and development, analysis, and display.
Typical structure:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  RNR 417; RNR is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 517.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 418 -- Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment  (3 units)
Description:  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 characterization.
May be convened with:  SWES 518.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 420 -- Environmental Physics  (3 units)
Description:  An overview of Earth as a planet, including concepts of global scale radiation, heat and water budgets, is presented in the first part of the course. The second part focuses on local scale land-atmosphere exchanges affecting soil temperature, crop water use, and fate of air pollutants. The third part emphasizes individual student and group study of selected topics.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 125; Concurrent registration, PHYS 102.
May be convened with:  SWES 520.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 421A -- Microbiological Techniques  (3 units)
Description:  Experiments to facilitate the development of laboratory skills in basic and applied microbiology and biotechnology with emphasis on molecular genetics and physiology.
Prerequisite(s):  MIC 205R, MIC 205L. MIC 421A is not prerequisite to MIC 421B.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  MIC 421A; MIC is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 421B -- Microbiological Techniques  (3 units)
Description:  Experiments to facilitate the development of laboratory skills in basic and applied microbiology and biotechnology with emphasis in physiology and metabolism genetics, immunology and pathogenesis.
Prerequisite(s):  MIC 205R, MIC 205L. MIC 421A is not prerequisite to MIC 421B.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  MIC 421B; MIC is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 425 -- Environmental Microbiology  (3 units)
Description:  Current concepts in water quality, aerobiology and microbial biogeochemistry.
Prerequisite(s):  Concurrent registration, CHEM 241B.
Identical to:  MIC 425.
May be convened with:  SWES 525.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 426 -- Environmental Microbiology Laboratory  (2 units)
Description:  Basic techniques for isolation and characterization of environmental soil and water microflora including methods for enumeration and measurement of physiological activity.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 425.
Identical to:  MIC 426.
May be convened with:  SWES 526.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 428 -- Microbial Genetics  (5 units)
Description:  Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.  This is a Writing Emphasis Course.
Prerequisite(s):  satisfaction of the upper-division writing proficiency requirement; SWES 325 or ECOL 320 or PL S 312.
Identical to:  PL P 428; PL P is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 428L -- Microbial Genetics Laboratory  (2 units)
Description:  Laboratory associated with lecture course on Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.   This is a Writing Emphasis Course.
Prerequisite(s):  satisfaction of the upper-division writing proficiency requirement; ECOL 320, PL S 312 and PL P 428R.
Identical to:  PL P 428L; PL P is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 428L.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 428R -- Microbial Genetics  (3 units)
Description:  Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.   This is a Writing Emphasis Course.
Prerequisite(s):  satisfaction of the upper-division writing proficiency requirement.
Identical to:  PL P 428R; PL P is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 528R.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 430 -- Environmental Monitoring and Remediation  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and application of environmental measurements to the sampling and monitoring of groundwater, soil, surface water, and near-surface atmospheric systems.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 305, HWR 450A or equivalent.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 431 -- Soil Morphology, Classification and Interpretation  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and practice of describing characteristics of soils; principles of soil classification and classification systems; making soil interpretations for selected land uses.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200, SWES 201.
May be convened with:  SWES 531.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 438 -- Environmental, Soil and Water Chemistry  (3 units)
Description:  Basic soil and water chemical properties and interactions, chemical behavior, and processes in the environment. Natural and anthropogenic examples.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104B.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 440 -- Biodegradation of Pollutants in Soil and Groundwater  (3 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 425.
Identical to:  MIC 440.
May be convened with:  SWES 540.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 444 -- Applied Environmental Law  (3 units)
Description:  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.
May be convened with:  SWES 544.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 453 -- Remote Sensing of the Environment  (3 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 330 or PHYS 103.
May be convened with:  SWES 553.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 461 -- Soil and Water Conservation  (3 units)
Description:  Consideration of major world soil and water conservation problems and solutions; principles of soil and water degradation by erosion, ground water overdraft, chemical transport in surface and ground water and their effects on world food production and environmental problems.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200.
May be convened with:  SWES 561.
Usually offered:  Summer.

SWES 470 -- Soil Physics  (3 units)
Description:  Soil structure and physical constitution of soils; the physical properties of soil-water systems, movement and exchange of gases in the soil, and physical laws governing the movement and availability of soil water.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200, PHYS 103; Concurrent registration, MATH 125.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
May be convened with:  SWES 570.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 474 -- Aquatic Plants and the Environment  (4 units)
Description:  The role of riparian areas, estuaries, and constructed wetlands in the environment. Emphasis on plants as wildlife habitat for nutrient cycling and bioremediation.
Identical to:  ECOL 474, WFSC 474.
May be convened with:  SWES 574.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 475 -- Freshwater and Marine Algae  (4 units)
Description:  Systematics, ecology, and evolution of planktonic and benthic species; field techniques and lab culture.  This is a Writing Emphasis Course.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  satisfaction of the upper-division writing proficiency requirement; 4 units of biological or plant sciences.
Identical to:  ECOL 475; ECOL is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 575.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 483 -- Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Use of aircraft and satellite imagery for monitoring landforms, soils, vegetation and land use, with the focus on problems of land-use planning, resource management and related topics.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  2 units of remote sensing or equivalent.
Identical to:  GEOG 483; GEOG is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 583.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 490 -- Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth  (3 units)
Description:  A multidisciplinary course delineating the physical basis of electromagnetic remote sensing, the concepts of information extraction, and applications pertinent to earth systems science.
Identical to:  REM 490; REM is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 590.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 493 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 494R -- Research  (3 units)
Description:  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
Prerequisite(s):  ENGL 101, ABE 120, consent of instructor.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 498 -- Senior Capstone  (1-3 units)
Description:  A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 498H -- Honors Thesis  (3 units)
Description:  An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
May be repeated:  for a total of 9 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 499 -- Independent Study  (1-4 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 499H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 501 -- Management of Arid Lands and Salt-Affected Soils  (3 units)
Description:  [Taught alternate years 2001 - 2002] 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. [Taught alternate years 2001 - 2002] Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 401.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 504 -- Irrigation Principles and Management  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of operating farm irrigation systems, evaluation of systems, selection of systems, basic irrigation scheduling, measurements of water flow, soil moisture, pump and system efficiencies. Graduate-level requirements include a special project on a current irrigation topic.
Identical to:  ASM 504; ASM is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 404.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 505 -- Environmental, Soil and Water Chemistry Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Principles and methods of the chemical analysis of soils, water and biological materials with emphasis on illustrating important soil and environmental concepts and processes. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 405.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 508 -- Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences  (3 units)
Description:  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.
May be convened with:  SWES 408.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 511 -- Soil Chemistry  (3 units)
Description:  Composition and crystal chemistry of soil minerals; nature of soil organic matter; application of colloidal chemistry to the soil system; chemistry of the soil solution and acid- and salt-affected soils.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 517 -- Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resources  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to the application of GIS and related technologies to natural resource management. Conceptual issues in GIS database design and development, analysis, and display. Graduate-level requirements include a thorough bibliographic review and a scholarly paper on a current application of geographic information systems in the student's major field.
Identical to:  RNR 517; RNR is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 417.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 518 -- Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment  (3 units)
Description:  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 characterization. Graduate-level requirements include conducting a case study that will require them to collect secondary data in the field.
May be convened with:  SWES 418.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 520 -- Environmental Physics  (3 units)
Description:  An overview of Earth as a planet, including concepts of global scale radiation, heat and water budgets, is presented in the first part of the course. The second part focuses on local scale land-atmosphere exchanges affecting soil temperature, crop water use, and fate of air pollutants. The third part emphasizes individual student and group study of selected topics. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 420.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 525 -- Environmental Microbiology  (3 units)
Description:  Current concepts in water quality, aerobiology and microbial biogeochemistry. Graduate-level requirements include extra journal readings and more comprehensive exams.
Identical to:  MBIM 525.
May be convened with:  SWES 425.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 526 -- Environmental Microbiology Laboratory  (2 units)
Description:  Basic techniques for isolation and characterization of environmental soil and water microflora including methods for enumeration and measurement of physiological activity. Graduate-level requirements include additional assignments.
Identical to:  MBIM 526.
May be convened with:  SWES 426.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 528L -- Microbial Genetics Laboratory  (2 units)
Description:  Laboratory associated with lecture course on Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages. Graduate-level requirements include the DNA sequence of an entire operon from any one of a variety of bacteria and additionally analyze one product from the operon using several GCG protein analysis programs. Also extra exam questions.
Identical to:  PL P 528L; PL P is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 528R -- Microbial Genetics  (3 units)
Description:  Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages. Graduate-level requirements include a DNA sequence of an entire operon from any one of a variety of bacteria and additionally analyze one product from the operon using several GCG protein analysis programs. An extensive exam.
Identical to:  PL P 528R; PL P is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 428R.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 531 -- Soil Morphology, Classification and Interpretation  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and practice of describing characteristics of soils; principles of soil classification and classification systems; making soil interpretations for selected land uses. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 431.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 540 -- Biodegradation of Pollutants in Soil and Groundwater  (3 units)
Description:  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. Graduate-level requirements include analysis and oral presentation of a remediation case study and more comprehensive exams.
Identical to:  MBIM 540.
May be convened with:  SWES 440.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 541 -- Soil Genesis  (3 units)
Description:  Physical and chemical processes and mineralogy of weathering and soil formation; quantitative pedology; the soil as part of the ecosystem.
Prerequisite(s):  GEOS 251, CHEM 103B.
Identical to:  GEOS 541.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 544 -- Applied Environmental Law  (3 units)
Description:  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. Graduate-level requirements include extra term papers and case studies.
May be convened with:  SWES 444.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 546 -- Environmental Biotechnology  (2 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 525.
Identical to:  MBIM 546.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 547 -- Biometry and Quantitative Analysis  (1-3 units)
Description:  Statistical methods for laboratory and field sciences. Students will work with their own data sets or material closely related to their own interests.
Prerequisite(s):  consent of instructor.
May be repeated:  for a total of 6 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 553 -- Remote Sensing of the Environment  (3 units)
Description:  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. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 453.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 561 -- Soil and Water Conservation  (3 units)
Description:  Consideration of major world soil and water conservation problems and solutions; principles of soil and water degradation by erosion, ground water overdraft, chemical transport in surface and ground water and their effects on world food production and environmental problems. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
May be convened with:  SWES 461.
Usually offered:  Summer.

SWES 564 -- Environmental Chemistry  (3 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103B, CHEM 480A.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 565 -- Contaminant Transport in Porous Media  (3 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 570 or HWR 518 or HWR 531.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 566 -- Soil and Groundwater Remediation  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of characterizing and remediating contaminated soil and groundwater systems, with a focus on case studies.
Prerequisite(s):  HWR 531 or equivalent; SWES 564 or equivalent.
Identical to:  HWR 566.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 570 -- Soil Physics  (3 units)
Description:  Soil structure and physical constitution of soils; the physical properties of soil-water systems, movement and exchange of gases in the soil, and physical laws governing the movement and availability of soil water. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of a current topic.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
May be convened with:  SWES 470.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 573 -- Monitoring Biosphere Process  (3 units)
Description:  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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 330 or SWES 453; SWES 200.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 574 -- Aquatic Plants and the Environment  (4 units)
Description:  The role of riparian areas, estuaries, and constructed wetlands in the environment. Emphasis on plants as wildlife habitat for nutrient cycling and bioremediation. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research project and class presentation.
Identical to:  ECOL 574, WFSC 574.
May be convened with:  SWES 474.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 575 -- Freshwater and Marine Algae  (4 units)
Description:  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.
Identical to:  ECOL 575; ECOL is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 475.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 583 -- Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Use of aircraft and satellite imagery for monitoring landforms, soils, vegetation and land use, with the focus on problems of land-use planning, resource management and related topics. Graduate-level requirements include the completion of a project report.
Identical to:  GEOG 583; GEOG is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 483.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 590 -- Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth  (3 units)
Description:  A multidisciplinary course delineating the physical basis of electromagnetic remote sensing, the concepts of information extraction, and applications pertinent to earth systems science. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper.
Identical to:  REM 590; REM is home department.
May be convened with:  SWES 490.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 593 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 599 -- Independent Study  (1-4 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 602 -- Nutrient Dynamics in Soils  (3 units)
Description:  Nutrient uptake by plant roots, soil microbial ecology, and soil chemical reactions affecting nutrients will be discussed and applied to processes of nutrient cycling in soils.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 200.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 605 -- Soil-Water Dynamics  (3 units)
Description:  Water flow in soils; closely related problems of solute, pollutant, and heat transfer; emphasis on current concepts and research.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 254.
Identical to:  ABE 605, HWR 605.
Usually offered:  Spring.

SWES 665 -- Advanced Contaminant Transport  (3 units)
Description:  The topic of this course is the transport and fate of contaminants in subsurface systems. We will discuss the many factors and processes influencing contaminant transport, and will emphasize the impact of these processes, and representative conceptual/mathematical models. 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.
Prerequisite(s):  SWES 565.
Usually offered:  Fall.

SWES 693 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 696A -- Soils ,Water, and Environmental Science  (1 unit)
Description:  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, and/or papers.
May be repeated:  for credit 4 times (maximum 5 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 699 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

SWES 900 -- Research  (1-6 units)
Description:  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 909 -- Master's Report  (1-9 units)
Description:  contact department.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 910 -- Thesis  (1-8 units)
Description:  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.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 920 -- Dissertation  (1-9 units)
Description:  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

SWES 930 -- Supplementary Registration  (1-9 units)
Description:  For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

 

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