Below is a list of courses that involve fresh water. If you have a course you would like to add to this list, email

↓ Atmospheric Sciences ↓ Aquatic and Fishery Sciences ↓ Biology
↓ Civil and Environmental Engineering ↓ Earth and Space Sciences ↓ Environmental Health
↓ Environmental Science – Bothell ↓ Environmental Science – Tacoma ↓ Environmental Science and Resource Management
↓ Environmental Studies – Tacoma ↓ French ↓ Geography
↓ Interdisciplinary Studies – Bothell ↓ Landscape Architecture ↓ Law
↓ Oceanography ↓ Political Science – Tacoma ↓ Public Affairs


Atmospheric Sciences

  • ATM S 514 Ice and Climate (3)

    Examines the role of ice and snow in climate. Polar climate dynamics. Polar-global interactions. Modeling snow cover, sea ice, and ice-sheet balance, and flow in the climate system. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ESS 535; alternate years.
    Instructor Course Description: Cecilia Bitz

  • ATM S 585 Climate Impacts on the Pacific Northwest (4)

    Mantua, Snover 
    Knowledge of past/future patterns of climate to improve Pacific Northwest resource management. Topics include the predictability of natural/human-caused climate changes; past societal reactions to climate impacts on water, fish, forest, and coastal resources; how climate and public policies interact to affect ecosystems and society. Offered: jointly with ESS 585/ENVIR 585/SMEA 585; Sp.
    Instructor Course Description: Amy K. Snover


Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

  • FISH 101 Water and Society (5) I&S/NW

    Examines ecological and social issues associated with water resources as human populations increase and climate warms.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel E. Schindler Julian D. Olden

  • FISH 311 Biology of Fishes (3/5) NW

    Covers morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of fishes of the world; designed to provide a basic foundation for advanced courses in all areas of aquatic sciences. 3-credit option does not include laboratory. Recommended: 10 credits biological science. Offered: jointly with BIOL 311; W.
    Instructor Course Description: Theodore W Pietsch

  • FISH 312 Fisheries Ecology (3/5) NW

    Ecological characteristics of fishes and shellfishes in the important freshwater and marine habitats of North America. Relationship between physical aspects of the habitats and community structure. Impacts of human activities on diversity and abundance. Prerequisite: BIOL 220; recommended: FISH 311. Offered: Sp.
    Instructor Course Description: Thomas P. Quinn

  • FISH 423 Aquatic Invasion Ecology (4) QSR

    Explores the patterns, drivers, and consequences of species invasions in freshwater, estuary, and marine ecosystems. Focuses on the science and management needs for preventing, controlling, and eradicating invasive species. Topics illustrated with cases from the Pacific Northwest and the world. Prerequisite: either BIOL 462 or BIOL 180.
    Instructor Course Description: Julian D. Olden

  • FISH 428 Stream and Watershed Restoration (5) NW

    Overview of restoration principles and techniques with specific application to freshwater aquatic systems. Develops knowledge and skills to assess ecosystems conditions, identify and prioritize restoration opportunities, and evaluate them from a scientific and economic perspective. Prerequisite: either BIOL 356, ESRM 304, or FISH 312.
    Instructor Course Description: Philip Roni

  • FISH 447/547 River Ecology and Watershed Management (3) NW

    Characterization of streams and rivers from a watershed perspective with an emphasis on fundamental processes affecting the structure and dynamics of communities and the riparian zone. Identifies river-related conflicts and human-induced changes at the watershed scale, and explores approaches to improve river management
    Instructor Course Description: Iris M. Kemp Robert J Naiman

  • FISH 450 Salmonid Behavior and Life History (3/5) NW

    Behavior, ecology, life history, and conservation of salmonand trout, including their distribution, homing migration, reproduction, ecology of juveniles in different freshwater habitats, seaward migration, and the ecological and evolutionary factors affecting them. Recommended: FISH 312. Offered: A.
    Instructor Course Description: Thomas P Quinn

  • FISH 455 Fish and Wildlife Toxicology (3/5) NW

    Overview of fish/wildlife toxicology: history of the field; regulations; methods used to assess risks contaminants pose to fish/wildlife; classes of contaminants and their direct, sublethal and indirect effects; and contemporary threats of contaminants to fish/wildlife, their habitats and prey. Includes laboratory. Offered: jointly with ESRM 457; W.

  • FISH 473 Limnology (3) NW

    Ecology, conservation, and management of inland aquatic ecosystems. Explores interactions among biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other aquatic habitats. Prerequisite: BIOL 180. Offered: jointly with BIOL 473.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel E. Schindler

  • FISH 474 Limnology Laboratory (2) NW

    Examination of biota of fresh waters, survey of limnological methods, analysis of data, and writing of scientific papers. Prerequisite: BIOL 473/FISH 473/CEE 462, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: jointly with BIOL 474/CEE 463; A.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel E. Schindler

  • FISH 490 Aquatic Microbiology (3/5) NW

    Basic principles of aquatic microbiology and aquatic microbial ecology: role and identity of aquatic microorganisms; introduction to modern methodologies for research. Laboratory work with local freshwater and marine samples for those enrolled in 5-credit section. Offered: jointly with MICROM 490. Recommended: 15 credits of biological science, 10 credits of chemistry.
    Instructor Course Description: Russell P Herwig

  • FISH 491 Aquatic Ecological Research in Alaska (12) NW

    Intensive, full-time research training experience where a team of students works on focused research problems guided by a group of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student mentors. Examines behavioral ecology, limnology, and population dynamics. Students also choose specific research questions for their own exploration. Course location: Alaska. Offered: S.
    Instructor Course Description: Thomas P Quinn


  • BIOL 480 Field Ecology (4) NW

    Field projects examining ecological and behavioral topics such as foraging and social behavior, species interactions, and structure of terrestrial and aquatic communities. Two weekend fieldtrips required. Prerequisite: either BIOL 356 or 3.0 in BIOL 180. Offered: Sp.


Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • CEE 250 Environmental Processes and Flows (3) NW

    Introduces the concepts of environmental materials and energy balance within the context of Pacific Northwest case studies, in particular nutrient loading, eutrophication, hypoxia/fish kills, water treatment, and global climate change and its regional impacts on water resources and hydrologic cycles. Prerequisite: either MATH 120, or MATH 124. Offered: Sp.

  • CEE 345 Hydraulic Engineering (4)

    Extension and application of fluid mechanics principles to hydraulic engineering problems. Open channel flow, pipeline systems, turbomachinery, unsteady flow in pipes, diffusion and mixing processes, groundwater, surface water hydrology. Prerequisite: CEE 342. Offered: WS.
    Instructor Course Description: Mark Peter Batho

  • CEE 350 Environmental Engineering – Water and Air Quality (4)

    Description of water and air resources and parameters that characterize their quality, how their use alters their properties. Mass and energy balances as they apply to environmental systems. Global environment change. Basics of aquatic chemistry and microbiology applied to municipal water and wastewater treatment operations. Prerequisite: CHEM 142; either MATH 126, MATH 134, MATH 135, or MATH 136. Offered: Sp.

  • CEE 357 Environmental Engineering (5)

    Describes water and air resources, parameters that characterize their quality, and how their use alters their properties. Elements of hydrology. Mass and energy balances as applied to environmental systems. Global environmental change. Basics of aquatic chemistry and microbiology applied to municipal water and wastewater treatment operation. Groundwater contamination and treatment. Offered: AW.

  • CEE 444 Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering Capstone Design Project (4)

    Opportunity to effect design solutions for projects or major project components in such representative areas as reservoirs and associated systems for flood control, water supply, irrigation, and hydroelectric power, surface water control systems, fisheries related projects, small harbors, and coastal engineering problems. Prerequisite: CEE 345; CEE 440; either CEE 475, CEE 476, CEE 482, CEE 483, or CEE 484.

  • CEE 445 Environmental Engineering Capstone Design Project (4)

    Individual and group design studies addressing environmental engineering problems such as stormwater management, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and residual processing. Prepare proposals, engineering reports, and alternative evaluations; process equipment design, present reports on selected design problems. Prerequisite: CEE 345; CEE 440; either CEE 473, CEE 475 CEE 476, CEE 481, CEE 482, CEE 483, or CEE 484.

  • CEE 462 Applied Limnology and Pollutant Effects on Freshwater (3) NW

    Principles of aquatic ecology that relate to causes and effects of water quality problems in lakes and streams. Population growth kinetics, nutrient cycling, eutrophication; acidification, oxygen/temperature requirements, and effects of various wastes on aquatic animals.

  • CEE 472 Introduction to Hydraulics in Water Resources (3)

    Hydraulics related to environmental issues. Global hydrology; stratified flows; two-phase (bubble) flows; pollutant transport and mixing in reservoirs, lakes, coastal waters, and oceans; diffuser design and related case studies. Prerequisite: CEE 342; CEE 345.

  • CEE 474 Hydraulics of Sediment Transport (3)

    Introduction to sediment transport in steady flows with emphasis on physical principles governing the motion of sediment particles. Topics include sediment characteristics, initiation of particle motion, particle suspension, bedforms, streambed roughness analysis, sediment discharge formulae, and modeling of scour and deposition in rivers and channels. Prerequisite: CEE 345.

  • CEE 475 Analysis Techniques for Groundwater Flow (3)

    Development of appropriate equations to describe saturated groundwater flow, and application of numerical methods for solving groundwater flow problems and flow to wells. Participants required to solve specific problems using numerical techniques developed during the course. Prerequisite: CEE 342.

  • CEE 476 Physical Hydrology (3)

    Global water picture, data sources and data homogeneity, precipitation and streamflow hydrography analysis; calculation of surface runoff, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge. Hydrologic data frequency analysis and probability theory. Hydrologic design: flood mitigation, drainage. Introduction to deterministic and stochastic models. Prerequisite: CEE 345.

  • CEE 477 Open-Channel Engineering (3)

    Water flow in natural and constructed channels. Analysis and design of canals, transitions, energy dissipators, and similar structures. Analysis of surface profiles and effect of nonlinear alignment on flow. Introduction to river mechanics. Design-oriented problems. Prerequisite: CEE 345.

  • CEE 481 Hydraulic Design for Environmental Engineering (3)

    Introduction to the theory and the practice of planning and design of urban water supply distribution, pump stations, and sewage and storm-water collection systems. Evaluation of service areas and service requirements and their relationships to urban and regional planning activities. Engineering methods and computer programs for designing basic system elements. Prerequisite: CEE 345; CEE 350.

  • CEE 482 Wastewater Treatment and Reuse (3)

    Introduces wastewater treatment and systems, emphasizing fundamental biological, chemical, and physical processes related to protection of public health environmental quality and water reuse. Process analysis of the configuration and sizing of major types of treatment processes for various sizes of plants and effluent requirements. Prerequisite: CEE 350.
    Instructor Course Description: H. David Stensel

  • CEE 483 Drinking Water Treatment (3)

    Studies scientific, engineering, and regulatory principles underlying drinking water treatment; development of conceptual models for how and why treatment processes work and mathematical models describing their performance under various design and operating scenarios; field trips to water treatment systems. Prerequisite: CEE 350.

  • CEE 484 Decentralized and On-Site Wastewater Management and Reuse (3)

    Design and performance of onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment. Determination of appropriate alternatives based on endpoints of water reuse, economics, policy, management, water quality, and ecological considerations. Meeting sanitation and water reuse for situations including, individual homes, rural areas, developing countries, and high density urban dwellings. Prerequisite: CEE 350.
    Instructor Course Description: Linda Strande Gaulke

  • CEE 485 Environmental Engineering Chemistry (3)

    Fundamentals of chemical equilibrium in natural water systems. Behavior of open and closed aqueous and multi-media (air/water/solids) systems. Chemistry of major species affecting the environment. Identification of key parameters for characterizing water quality. Recommended: one year of general chemistry or equivalent.
    Instructor Course Description: Gregory Korshin

  • CEE 486 Environmental Analysis Laboratory (3)

    Introduction to water quality parameters; theory of instrumentation and methods used for environmental analysis. Laboratory analysis of environmental samples using a variety of techniques including titrations, chromatography, and absorption and emission spectrophotometry. Recommended: one year of general chemistry.

  • CEE 489 Water and Air Quality Sampling (2)

    Samples collected from lakes, streams, precipitation, and air and resulting (and supplemental) data interpreted for cause-effect and statistical inference. Design for water and air quality monitoring programs. Prerequisite: CEE 462.

  • CEE 541 Biological Treatment Systems (3)

    Basic reactions, design principles, current design models, and operational considerations for biological treatment systems used in environmental engineering. Applications include activated sludge design and optimization, fixed film reactors, nitrification, nitrogen removal, phosphorus removal, anaerobic treatment, biomethane production, resource recovery, and toxic organics removal. Prerequisite: CEE 540 and CEE 482 or equivalent.
    Instructor Course Description: H. David Stensel

  • CEE 543 Aquatic Chemistry (4)

    Principles of chemical equilibrium applicable to natural water systems and water and waste treatment processes. Chemical thermodynamics. Characteristics of acid/base, gas/liquid, solid/liquid, and oxidation/reduction equilibria. Computer models for chemical speciation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

  • CEE 544 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes (4)

    Principles and design of major physical-chemical unit processes used in water, wastewater, and hazardous waste treatment. Topics include chemical kinetics, reactor design and analysis, ion exchange, adsorption, and gas transfer. Development of mathematical models and evaluation of current design practice.

  • CEE 545 Environmental Organic Chemistry (3)

    Covers characterization and modeling of properties and processes governing the distribution, fate, and transformation of organic pollutants in environmental systems. Explores linear free energy relationships and their application to examining the water/soil/air partitioning, bioaccumulation, substitution and redox reaction kinetics, and abiotic transformations of organic pollutants. Prerequisite: CEE 543 or permission of instructor.

  • CEE 546 Topics in Ecological Effects of Wastewater (3)

    Application of ecological concepts for analysis and interpretation of bioenvironmental problems and data (eutrophication, acid rain, and toxicity). Students participate in presentation and discussion of current research. Prerequisite: CEE 462 or BIOL 473 or permission of instructor.

  • CEE 547 Lake and Watershed Management (3)

    Application of current techniques for lake and watershed analysis and modeling using fundamentals of limnology. Approaches to restoring eutrophic lakes, land use impacts on water quality. Practical exercises using data from real lake systems. Prerequisite: CEE 462/FISH 434, BIOL 473, or permission of instructor.

  • CEE 550 Environmental Chemical Modeling (3)

    Physical/chemical principles controlling the fate and distribution of environmental pollutants, and use of models to apply those principles. Includes modeling of physical transport in conjunction with chemical equilibrium and reaction kinetics. Applications include acid mine drainage, acid deposition, and groundwater and lake water contamination. Prerequisite: CEE 543.

  • CEE 552 Environmental Regulations (3) GE

    Principal emphasis on regulations pertaining to construction site stormwater runoff, including regulatory background and requirements, how to analyze potential site problems and prepare plans to solve them, and specifying practices to avoid or reduce water pollutant releases. Briefer coverage of regulations concerning air pollutions, wetlands, hazardous wastes, and endangered species.

  • CEE 570 Hydrodynamics (4)

    Applications of the equations of motion to ideal and real fluid flow, with topics in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Kinematics, Navier-Stokes equations, viscous flows, Coriolis, density driven flows, free surface flows, and introduction to turbulence. Applications include: tidal flushing, lakes, estuaries, gravity currents and river plumes. Prerequisite: CEE 342.
    Instructor Course Description: Alexander Horner-Devine

  • CEE 571 Hydrodynamics in Water Quality (3)

    Theoretical, field study, and laboratory model approaches to diffusion in transport problems of concern to water resources engineers. Prerequisite: CEE 342 or permission of instructor.

  • CEE 573 Snow Hydrology (3)

    Introduces snow hydrology research, emphasizing current research methods and results in both measurements and modeling. Explores the impact of snow on hydrology and water resources. Offered: W.

  • CEE 574 Advanced Hydrology (3)

    Detailed treatment of statistical methods used in hydrology: trend analysis, hypothesis testing, flood frequency, and elements of stochastic hydrology and data generation. Detailed examination of hydrologic models with emphasis on evapotranspiration and water budget, use of a watershed model (e.g., Stanford Watershed Model) in catchment.. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

  • CEE 576 Water Resources Planning (3)

    Engineering, social, and economic factors involved in water resource development and management; water policies, programs, and administration; use relationships and conflicts; considerations for regional water resource systems.

  • CEE 577 Water-Quality Management (3)

    Application of biological, ecological, and chemical processes to modeling of water quality and use of such models in appropriate management of water resource systems. Includes units on the modeling of temperature, BOD, nutrient, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and other processes in lakes, streams, and estuaries. Recommended: CEE 476, CEE 485, CEE 462/FISH 434, and CEE 491.
    Instructor Course Description: Gregory Korshin

  • CEE 578 Water Resource System Management and Operations (3)

    A readings course in recent literature related to the modeling and management of water resources. Topics include drought management, expansion of existing water supplies, hydropower production, streamflow forecasting, water demand forecasting, regional water planning, climate change, and other topical issues. Offered: S.


Earth and Space Sciences

  • ESS 203 Glaciers and Global Change (5) I&S/NW

    Explores how glaciers record climate change and human activities through bubbles of ancient air and trace impurities in the ice. Also reviews glaciers impact on societies through sea-level, coastlines, water supplies, and transportation routes. Open to non-science majors.
    Instructor Course Description: Edwin D Waddington

  • ESS 211 Physical Processes of the Earth (5) NW

    Overview of Earth. Deformation of soil, sediment, and rock. Erosional and depositional processes and landforms. Seismicity and plate-tectonics. Structural, geomorphic, and climatic interactions in major tectonic regimes. Use of stereonets, air photos, geologic maps, and cross sections. Two one-day field excursions. Prerequisite: either MATH 124 or Q SCI 291, either of which may be taken concurrently; either both PHYS 114 and PHYS 117 or PHYS 121. Offered: A.

  • ESS 230 Rivers and Beaches (3/5) NW

    Introduction to Earth surface environments, the processes that shape them, how humans affect them and are affected by them. Weekend field trips examine mountains, rivers, deltas/estuaries, beaches, and environments beyond. Focus on linkages between these environments to illustrate coupling between landscapes and seascapes. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 230.

  • ESS 302 Great Ice Age (5) NW

    Growth of mile-thick ice sheets, worldwide lowering of sea level, and other geological and paleoclimatological changes that accompany the harsh environments of a global glaciation. Geology of the last three million years, focusing on the causes and effects of global glaciation and future climate change. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211.

  • ESS 304 Volcanoes and Glaciers of the Pacific Northwest (5) NW

    Introduction to volcanic and glacial processes, emphasizing examples in the Pacific Northwest. Volcanic products, landforms, hazards, prediction, and history. Relationship to tectonics. Nature and distribution of present and former glaciers in Washington. Two all-day Saturday field trips to Cascade volcanoes required.

  • ESS 315 Environmental Earth Science (5) NW

    Analysis of geologic constraints upon human activity and the environmental consequences of such activity. Topics include hillslope processes, fluvial and groundwater processes, earthquake and volcanic hazards, and environmental aspects of deforestation and atmospheric pollution. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 313.

  • ESS 320 Changing Rivers of Puget Sound (5) NW

    Explores the physical and ecological evolution of Puget Sound rivers, their geologic origins, hydro-geomorphic processes, and associated ecosystems. Uses methods for detecting and evaluating natural and anthropogenic environmental change, and the historical context of resource management and restoration, including Native American treaty rights and impacts of population growth and climate change. Offered: jointly with AIS 320/ENVIR 320; Sp.

  • ESS 424 Water in the Environment (3) NW

    Discusses the unique physical and chemical properties of the water molecule in relation to the atmospheric greenhouse effect, precipitation formation, oceanic circulations, infiltration of water through soils, geyser eruptions, and glacier and sea ice thickness. Prerequisite: either ESS 310, MATH 126, or MATH 136; PHYS 123. Offered: jointly with ATM S 460/PHYS 460.

  • ESS 426 Fluvial Geomorphology (5) NW

    Hydraulic and morphological characteristics of streams and valley floors. Landscape evolution by stream erosion and deposition. Field exercises emphasize quantitative analysis of fluvial processes, channel forms, acquisition of various skills, such as mapping, topographic surveying, report writing. Prerequisite: either ESS 311 or ESS 326.

  • ESS 427 Hillslope Geomorphology (5) NW

    Theoretical, laboratory, and field study of hillslope evolution by mass wasting and water erosion. Prerequisite: either ESS 311 or ESS 326.
    Instructor Course Description: Bernard Hallet

  • ESS 431 Principles of Glaciology (4) NW

    Covers snow deposition and metamorphism, avalanches, heat and mass balance at snow and ice surfaces, glacier flow, ice sheets, sea ice, permafrost, methods of paleoclimate reconstruction, Ice Age theories. Prerequisite: PHYS 121.
    Instructor Course Description: Edwin D Waddington

  • ESS 432 Glacial Geology (5) NW

    Interpretation of glacial environments and history through study of sediments and landforms. The laboratory component is largely field based and visits some spectacular glaciated landscapes. Provides students an experiential learning approach to the field as well as an opportunity to conduct independent research.

  • ESS 505 The Cryosphere (4)

    Waddington, Warren 
    Covers snow deposition and metamorphism, avalanches, heat and mass balance at snow and ice surfaces, glacier flow, ice sheets, sea ice, permafrost, methods of paleoclimate reconstruction, and Ice Age theories. Prerequisite: PHYS 121. Offered: A.

  • ESS 531 Physics of Ice (3)

    Structure of the water molecule. Crystallographic structures of ice. Electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties of ice. Growth of ice from vapor and liquid phases. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ATM S 510.

  • ESS 532 Snow and Ice on the Earth’s Surface (3)

    Snow and ice climatology. Formation of the ice crystals in clouds. Snow metamorphism. Transfer of radiative, sensible, and latent heat at snow and ice surfaces. Remote sensing of snow and ice. Growth and melt of sea ice. Climatic records from ice. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ATM S 511.
    Instructor Course Description: Stephen G Warren

  • ESS 533 Dynamics of Snow and Ice Masses (3)

    Rheology of snow and ice. Sliding and processes at glacier beds. Thermal regime and motion of seasonal snow, glaciers, and ice sheets. Avalanches and glacier surges. Deformation and drift of sea ice. Response of natural ice masses to change in climate. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ATM S 512.

  • ESS 535 Ice and Climate (3)

    Examines the role of ice and snow in climate. Polar climate dynamics. Polar-global interactions. Modeling snow cover, sea ice, and ice-sheet balance, and flow in the climate system. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ATM S 514; alternate years.
    Instructor Course Description: Cecilia Bitz


Environmental Health

  • ENV H 440 Water, Wastewater, and Health (3)

    Review of water supply, water quality, and water/wastewater treatment as they relate to human health. Includes water law and regulations, source water protection, basic treatment technologies for water and waste, chemical and microbial contaminants, and recreational water. Prerequisite: ENV H 311. Offered: A.

  • ENV H 451 Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards (3)

    Focuses on the transmission of infectious microorganisms by air, food, water, and other environmental media. Provides an introduction to environmentally transmitted pathogens, and discusses factors affecting their environmental fate, transport, and persistence. Offered: A.

  • ENV H 452 Detection and Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards (3)

    Focuses on the detection and control of infectious microorganisms in air, food, water, and other environmental media. Provides a discussion on sample collection, processing, and detection for infectious microorganisms. Provides coverage of engineered controls and disinfection/decontamination processes for infectious microorganisms. Recommended: ENV H 451. Offered: W.

  • ENV H 541 Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbial Hazards (3)

    Focuses on the transmission of infectious microorganisms by air, food, water, and other environmental media. Provides an introduction to environmentally transmitted pathogens, and discusses factors affecting their environmental fate, transport, and persistence. Offered: A.

  • ENV H 542 Detection and Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbial Hazards (3)

    Focuses on the detection and control of infectious microorganisms in air, food, water, and other environmental media. Provides a discussion on sample collection, processing, and diction for infectious microorganisms. Provides coverage of engineered controls and disinfection/decontamination processes for infectious organisms. Offered: W.

  • ENV H 545 Water, Wastewater, and Health (4)

    Review of water supply, water quality, and water/wastewater treatment as they relate to human health. Includes water law and regulations, source water protection, basic treatment technologies for water and waste, chemical and microbial contaminants, and recreational water. Offered: A.


Environmental Science – Bothell

  • BES 302 Environmental Problem Solving (5)

    Introduces different aspects of environmental problem solving. Uses real-world situations for thinking quantitatively and creatively about such environmental concerns as energy and water resources, food production, indoor air pollution, acid rain, and human influences on climate.

  • BES 311 Environmental Chemistry (5) NW/QSR

    Uses fundamental chemical principles to examine fate, reactivity and transport of environmental pollutants. Emphasis given to atmospheric pollution, chemistry of natural and polluted waters, soil chemistry, chemistry of organic and inorganic toxins. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Charles F Jackels

  • BES 315 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (5)

    Covers the basic techniques for chemical analysis of environmental samples including air, water and soil. Students learn to utilize electronic data acquisition systems and further develop their scientific writing skills. Required background: statistics (BIS 315 or equivalent); prerequisite: BES 301; BES 311.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

  • BES 318 Hydrogeology (5) NW, QSR

    Examines details and mechanisms of the natural processes associated with the hydrologic cycle. Explores rivers, groundwater, and watershed management issues within Washington State.
    Instructor Course Description: Robert Joseph Turner

  • BES 415 Advanced Environmental Measurements Laboratory (5)

    Analysis of air, water, and soil samples using advanced methods. Instrumental methods include: atomic absorption spectroscopy and liquid chromatography. Prerequisite: BES 311, BES 315.
    Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

  • BES 439 Computer Modeling and Visualization in Environmental Science (5) NW/QSR

    Addresses the ways scientists use computer simulations and modeling. Uses case studies from problem areas such as global climate change, regional air and water pollution, and the interaction between biological species and their environment. Recommended: BES 311; BES 312.

  • BES 460 Water Quality (5) NW/QSR

    Examines the chemical and physical processes that influence the fate of nutrients and contaminants in natural surface, ground, and soil waters. Addresses basic environmental chemistry in natural waters and soils, potentially important inputs, transformations and movement, and the environmental impacts of nutrients and contaminants.
    Instructor Course Description: Robert Joseph Turner

  • BES 486 Watershed Ecology and Management (5) NW

    Overview of the ecology and management of watersheds. Explores physical, biological, and ecological components of watersheds and their interrelationships. Examines human and natural impacts on watersheds, and planning and management through theory and case studies. Prerequisite: either BIS 390 or BES 312.


Environmental Science – Tacoma

  • TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts and Watershed Studies (6) NW

    Investigates components of a water-quality study, within the focus of a watershed. Covers design concepts for environmental studies, sample collection, and aspects of data analysis. Includes field sampling and laboratory exercises involving commonly measured properties in water studies.

  • TESC 321 Soils and Environmental Applications (5) NW

    Discusses interactive aspects of soil composition and properties and their influence on the environment. Covers soils and hydrologic cycle, soil ecology and nutrients, soil erosion, and aquatic sediments. Includes hands-on analysis of soils and field studies of soil properties.

  • TESC 378 Environmental Microbiology (6) NW

    Explore microbial diversity and the applied effects of microorganisms on the environment and human welfare. Topics include metabolic diversity, ecological interactions, biogeochemistry, microbial habitats, and waste treatment and bioremediation. Prerequisite: TESC 340.

  • TESC 433 Pollutant Fate and Transport in the Environment (6) NW

    Introduces the hydrological processes involved in the transport of contaminants in surface water and groundwater, and the factors that affect the fate of these pollutants in the environment (e.g., retardation, degradation, and chemical reactions). Using case studies, examines the complex issues involved in remediation. Prerequisite: either TQS 124 or TQS 211.

  • TESC 434 Biology, History, and Politics of Salmon in the Pacific Northwest (5/6) NW

    Explores issues such as the biology of salmon, habitat degradation, and the impact of salmon loss on biological and social systems through the study of history and political economy.

  • TESC 435 Limnology (7) NW

    Introduces students to sampling methods, analytical tools, and scientific concepts related to the study of freshwater lakes ands streams and the impacts of natural and anthropogenic processes on these water bodies. Topics of study include physical processes, biological systems, and aquatic chemistry, focusing on human-impacted water bodies. Prerequisite: TESC 340 which may be taken concurrently.

  • TESC 437 Stream Ecology (6) NW

    Provides a comprehensive overview of stream ecology, including watershed hydrology, stream hydraulics, applied chemistry, biology, and ecosystem processes. Explores concepts by evaluating local Puget Sound streams. Emphasizes activity-based learning. Prerequisite: TQS 120; either TESC 110 or TESC 120; TESC 141.

  • TESC 439 Analytical Chemistry with Environmental Applications (6) NW

    Focuses on the measurement of pollutant concentrations in various environmental matrices, including soil, water, air, and biological tissues, emphasizing analytical theory, instrumentation, and methodology. Allows students to gain hands-on experience using modern analytical instrumentation. Prerequisite: TESC 161; T MATH 110.

Environmental Science and Resource Management

  • ESRM 426 Wildland Hydrology (4) NW

    Introduction to the hydrologic cycle and basic hydrologic methods as applied to wildlands. Effects of forest management activities on hydrologic processes. Offered: W.
    Instructor Course Description: Susan M Bolton

  • ESRM 429 Water Seminar (1, max. 6) NW

    Weekly seminars covering water resources and watershed topics with lectures from scientists on and off campus. Credit/ no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
    Instructor Course Description: Joseph H Cook

  • ESRM 472 Wetland Ecology and Management (5) NW

    Wetland types and functions, global and North American distribution, wetland plant types, soil chemistry. The influence of stresses on wetland composition and form. Autecology of wetland plants; response to and detection of stresses. Impacts of urbanization; management techniques. Recommended: coursework in biology or ecology. Offered: A.
    Instructor Course Description: Kern Ewing

Environmental Studies – Tacoma

  • TEST 221 Environmental History: Water (5) I&S/NW

    Examines the historical relationship between water and fire, irrigation, grazing, mining, deforestation, and urbanization upon the regional and global environment. Using case histories based on water, emphasizes the sources and methods historians use to study environmental change over time.





  • GEOG 270 Geographies of International Development and Environmental Change (5) I&S

    Explores how concepts, theories and ideologies of international development and environmental issues interrelate. Approaches development and environment through several interconnected topics: population, consumption, carbon, land and water. Examines how these issues connect our lives to the lives of people living in the Third World. Offered: W.

  • GEOG 370 Problems in Resource Management (5) I&S

    Principles and practices of effective conservation and utilization of natural resources. Role of technology in resource use. Physical, political, and economic aspects of resource management for food, population, land, water, air, energy, and timber resources.
    Instructor Course Description: Craig Zumbrunnen

  • GEOG 464/564 GIS and Decision Support (5) I&S

    Combines lectures about geographic information systems and decision methods with hands-on computer assignments about regional and urban issues associated with such complex decision processes as planning, improvement programming, and capital project implementation. Emphasizes land, transportation, and water resources decision problems. Prerequisite: GEOG 360. Offered: W.
    Instructor Course Description: Timothy L. Nyerges

  • GEOG 471 Methods of Resource Analysis (5) I&S

    Economic and noneconomic criteria for resource analysis. Theory and methods of linear models of natural resource analysis. Includes materials-balance modeling, residuals management, constrained system optimization approaches to water quality analysis, land-use patterns and interregional energy use, and multiple objective planning techniques applied to natural resource problems. Recommended: GEOG 370.
    Instructor Course Description: Craig Zumbrunnen


Interdisciplinary Studies – Bothell

  • BIS 392 Water and Sustainability (5) I&S/NW

    Provides an understanding of past and present water challenges and some of the possible opportunities for solving them. What is the state of water in the United States and how did we get to this point? Examines the future prospects for wisely using water resources.
    Instructor Course Description: Robert Joseph Turner


Landscape Architecture

  • L ARCH 523 Landscape Technology (1-6, max. 6)

    Studio on rehabilitation of stressed urban landscapes. Focus varies but often deals with an analysis of the potentials in urban watershed and the study of alternative site designs for enhancing a range of landscape functions related to water quality. Taught by an interdisciplinary team.





  • OCEAN 481/507 Puget Sound and Estuarine Oceanography (3)

    Keister, MacCready 
    Explores fundamental physical-biological processes in estuarine systems, using Puget Sound as a primary example. Topics include effects of circulation and mixing on residence time, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish. Also covers hypoxia, the estuarine turbidity maximum, the intertidal zone, harmful algal blooms, and effects of climate change. Offered: W

  • OCEAN 541 Marine Sedimentary Processes (3)

    Investigates fundamental process of marine sedimentation, including equations characterizing boundary-shear flows, initiation of grain motion, bedload and suspended-load transport, and sediment accumulation. Applies concepts to sediment dispersal in rivers, deltas, estuaries, beaches, continental shelves, slopes, and rises, with emphasis on the relationships between active processes and resulting deposits.

  • OCEAN 582 River Basin Biogeochemistry (3)

    The function of rivers and river basins in transporting materials to the oceans and their importance in biogeochemical cycles. Origin of water and water routing within drainage basins, sources and modification of dissolved and particulate materials in transport, ecological theory, and estuarine mixing zone transformations. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Political Science – Tacoma

  • TPOL S 438 Environmental Law (5) I&S

    Examines the historical and policy framework of major environmental laws and regulations. Takes a case law approach to evaluate laws in biological conservation, energy, land use, mineral rights, air and water quality, and other complex environmental arenas, and how courts (primarily in the United States) have interpreted such laws.


Public Affairs