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Environmental Hydrology
 | BAE 450-2, 3 credits | Jan Boll | 208-885-6113 | Spring semester

This course is designed for non-engineers in the fields of environmental science, natural resources, geography, soil science, and other related sciences. The overall objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of hydrologic processes associated with environmental processes and to develop initial conceptual evaluations that are part of most assessments. 

GIS Applications in Natural Resources  | NR 502, 1-2 credits | Eva Strand | 208-885-5779 | Spring semester

Application of GIS principles to natural resource problems. Topics include GIS/GPS integration, habitat inventory, site suitability studies, risk assessment, sources of spatial data, map accuracy, etc. ArcView software and extensions will be used in hands on exercises. 

GIS Applications in Fire Ecology and Management  | REM 407, 2 credits | Eva Strand | 208-885-5779 | Spring semester

Introduces applications of GIS in fire ecology, research, and management including incident mapping, fire progression mapping, GIS overlay analysis, remote sensing fire severity assessments, fire atlas analysis and the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class concept and the National Fire Plan. 

Principles of Vegetation Measurement/Assessment  | REM 410, 2 credits | Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Fall semester 
Overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel. 

Principles of Environmental Toxicology | ENVS 409/509 or FS 409/509, 3 credits | Gregory Moller | 208-885-0401 | Fall semester

Fundamental toxicological concepts including dose-response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity and teratogenesis, mutagenesis, and carcinogenesis; chemodynamics of environmental contaminants including transport, fate, and receptors; chemicals of environmental interest and how they are tested and regulated; risk assessment fundamentals. Students registering for FS 509 are required to prepare an additional in-depth report. 

Food Toxicology | FS 464/564, 3 credits | Gregory Moller | 208-885-0401 | Fall semester

General principles of toxicologic evaluation of chemicals, which intentionally or unintentionally enter the food chain. Toxicology of food additives, colors, preservatives, drugs, pesticides and natural toxins in foods and risk characterization. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Water and Energy Systems | ENVS 483/583, 3 credits | Gary Johnson | 208-282-7985 | Fall semester

The class covers the basic science of water and energy and the applied interrelationships of those two resources in today's society. The broad spectrum coverage of the topic includes the energy linkage to both the supply and demand of water and also the water linkage to the supply of and demand for energy. The class includes development of systems dynamics models for describing the resource interactions. 

Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing | GEOG 424/524, 3 credits | Karen Humes | 208-885-6506 | Fall semester 

Concepts of area-based hydrologic modeling and assessment and the various types of spatially distributed information commonly used in these activities, such as topographic data, vegetation cover, soils and meteorologic data. Hands-on experience in manipulating these types of data sets for hydrologic applications.