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SDSU Courses Relating to Water Resources and Inland Water Ecosystems

Arranged alphabetically by department. Generally only upper division and graduate courses are listed. For information on prerequisites and number of credits, see the SDSU General Catalog and the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.


460 Underwater Research Methods and Techniques
Preparation for scientific research underwater; scientific methods, techniques, operations and specialized equipment; scientific diver training and certification requirements; diving procedures and regulations; diving equipment; diving physiology hyperbaric conditions, fitness, practical diving skills, safety and emergency procedures.

507 Topics in Ecology
Treatment of particular advanced aspects of ecology not covered in regular courses, including insect ecology, intertidal ecology, and Ecology of the Colorado River Delta Region. See current Class Schedule for specific content.

519 Aquaculture
Principles and practices of the farming of aquatic organisms.

520 Ichthyology
Identification, systematics, evolution, structure, physiology, behavior and ecology of fishes.

521 Advanced General Microbiology
Taxonomy, comparative physiology and ecology of representative microorganisms found in various natural environments.

521L Advanced Microbiology Laboratory
Procedures and methods for isolation, characterization and identification of prokaryotes from soil, water and humans; includes both pathogenic and non-pathogenic prokaryotes.

539 Restoration Ecology
Ecological concepts pertaining to the restoration of disturbed ecosystems, including plant establishment, stability of man-made ecosystems, below ground biota, mineral cycling, succession, and other organisms and processes on disturbed lands.

540 Conservation Ecology
Human impacts on ecosystems, the resultant endangerment and extinction of plan and animal species, and strategies for the protection and recovery of threatened forms.

545. Limnology
Biological, chemical, and physical considerations of inland waters.

586 Medical Entomology
Role of insects and other arthropods in the transmission and causation of human diseases and the important diseases of domesticated animals.

588 Parasitology
Study of animal parasite with special reference to those of humans. Laboratory including identification of important human parasites, and collection and preservation of local forms.

604 Seminar in Aquatic Ecology
Ecological concepts as applied to the fresh water and marine environment.

766 Advanced Topics in Population and Community Ecology
Selected topics in population and community ecology.


550 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
Theory and application of those instrumental methods of chemical separation and analysis most frequently used in all subdisciplines of chemistry.

571 Environmental Chemistry
Fundamental of chemistry applied to environmental problems. Chemistry of ecosystems; analysis of natural constituents and pollutants; sampling methods; transport of contaminants; regulations and public policy.


355 Civil Engineering Environmental Studies
The application of civil engineering methodology to the solution of environmental problems.

530 Open Channel Hydraulics
Principles of open channel flow; analysis and problems of critical , uniform, gradually-varied, and rapidly-varied flows, design and environmental problems; computer simulations and applications; and culvert hydraulics.

555 Water and Wastewater Engineering
Water and wastewater. Physical chemical and biological methods of treatment. Advanced waste treatment processes. Water reclamation.

632 Computational Hydraulics and Hydrology
Computational methods applied to hydraulics and hydrology. Explicit and implicit schemes for solving hyperbolic problems. Method of characteristics. One- and two-dimensional nonsteady open channel flow simulation.

634 Surface Water Hydrology
Hydrologic systems. Physical hydrology. Kinematic wave theory. Diffusion and dynamic wave theories. Watershed and stream channel routing. Hydrologic simulation.

635 Water Quality Engineer
Development of water quality criteria. Survey of current methods of water treatment, wastewater treatment and water renovation. Economic considerations of water quality management.

636 Water Quality Processes
Theoretical and laboratory study of the chemical and microbiological processes which govern modern water and wastewater treatment.

637 Process Design for Industrial Waste Treatment and Bioremediation
Process design of physical, chemical, and biological treatment methods for in-plant treatment of specialized hazardous and nonhazardous industrial waste streams. In-situ remediation of problems associated with industrial waste spill and dump sites.

638 Sedimentation and River Engineering
Hydraulics of sediment transport; erosion and sedimentation problems; river mechanics and morphology; mathematical modeling of river hydraulics; sediment transport and river channel changes. Design and environmental problems; erosion control and river training.

642 Groundwater Seepage and Earth Dams
Groundwater seepage and contaiminant transport in saturated and unsaturated soils. Flow nets for homogeneous and layered soils. Design and stability analysis of embankments and earth dams.


453 Economics and Ecology
Relation of ecological problems to basic economic institutions. Examination of the apparent conflict between economic needs and ecological requirements. Economics of air, fresh water, ocean and land pollution, overpopulation and natural resource utilization. Investigation of possible solutions.


320 Skin and Scuba Diving
Function and knowledge of underwater diving to include diving physiology, hyperbaric conditions, medical hazards, safety procedures associated with scuba diving, proper care and operation of equipment.

320L Skin and Scuba Diving Laboratory
[No description. Can only be taken concurrently with ENS 320]

323 Advanced Scuba Diving
Theory, skills, and technique including underwater navigation, diving physics, diving physiology, diving medicine, diving safety. Qualifies for Advanced Diving Certificate form the National Association of Underwater Instructors.


409 Global Climate Change
Global climate system and feedbacks with biosphere. Past climates and potential future changes, including changes in greenhouse gases, ozone depletion and acid rain. Predictions and uncertainty regarding changes including natural and antropogenic causes.

484 Geographic Information Systems
Procedures for encoding, storage, management, and display of spatial data; theory of computer-assisted map analysis; examination of important geographic information systems.

488 Remote Sensing of Environment
Techniques for acquiring and interpreting remotely sensed data of environment. Electromagnetic radiation processes, aerial photographic systems, and human interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery. Geographic analysis of selected terrestrial, oceanographic, and atmospheric processes and resources.

508 Environmental Climatology
Interaction between the atmosphere and earth surface. Solar and thermal radiation, turbulent heat transfer, soil heat transfer. Change in the atmosphere due to natural variations and human activity. Impacts on the environment.

509 Regional Climatology
The causes of climatic types as they occur throughout the world. Principles of several climatic classifications.

510 Advanced Meteorology
Physical characteristics of the atmosphere including thermodynamics, moisture and condensation, atmospheric aerosol, and cloud processes.

511 Hydroclimatology
Hydrologic cycle, energy and mass fluxes from the earth to the atmosphere and land-atmosphere interactions. Agricultural and hydrologic significance of spatial variability of energy and mass fluxes.

670 Environmental and Resource Conservation Theory
Theories and principles involved in natural and environmental resources management.

674 Advanced Water Resources
Water resource development, organization and utilization.

683 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geographic information systems in geographic problem solving including data structures, project designs, and vector graphics.

683L Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Data processing and analysis in geographic information systems. Applications of overlay functions in spatial analysis.

688 Advanced Remote Sensing
Sensor systems, image interpretation and geographic applications in thermal infrared and microwave remote sensing. Principles of digital image processing.

688L Advanced Remote Sensing Laboratory
Processing and analysis of remotely sensed data. Laboratory training in sensor systems and digital image-processing methods including thermal infrared and microwave data analysis.

770 Seminar in Environmental and Resource Conservation
Natural and environmental resource conservation. May be repeated with new content.


551 Hydrogeology
Theory of ground water flow. Exploration for and development of the ground water resource. Aquifer tests, water quality, and water resource management. Occurrence of water in alluvial, sedimentary, volcanic, plutonic, and metamorphic terrains.

552 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrogeology
Use and application of common field and laboratory techniques in hydrogeology. Exercises include drilling, coring and sediment sampling, aquifer testing, unsaturated zone monitoring, fluid level measurement, tracer testing, laboratory measurement of permeability, capillary, and analysis of inorganic and organic constituents in groundwater.

651 Numerical Modeling of Ground-Water Flow
Finite difference approximations of ground water and mass transport equations. Direct and iterative solutions to simultaneous equations. Calibration, verification and application of numerical models to analyze ground water hydrologic problems.

653 Groundwater Aquifer Testing
Theory and practice of conducting and analyzing constant-rate aquifer tests, step-drawdown tests, and slug injection tests. Analysis of results for confined, unconfined, leaky- confined, and fractured aquifers.

675 Groundwater Geochemistry
Processes affecting inorganic solute acquisition and deposition in groundwater. Applications to radioactive and metal contaminant transport.

676 Solute Transport in Groundwater
Theory of dissolved solute transport in groundwater. Applications to contaminant delineation, modeling and characterization of aquifer heterogeneities. Case studies of tracer tests and contaminant plumes.

677 Environmental Fate of Organic Contaminants
Physical and chemical properties and processes affecting distribution of organic contaminants in the environment. Focus on subsurface environments with applications to surface waters.

680 Sedimentary Geochemistry
Topics in low temperature geochemistry.


540 Environmental History of the United States
The relationship of Americans to their environment from colonial times to the present with emphasis on how attitudes and values have affected personal behavior and public policy toward the land.


355 The United States-Mexico International Border
History, culture, economics, and politics of US/Mexico border region. Theories and policy issues surrounding development of region; local regional problems and major agencies, institutions, organizations addressing these problems.

597 US/Mexico Border: Urban and Regional Development
US/Mexico border region as seen through the lens of city and regional planning and geography.


305 Scientific Scuba Diving
Entry level scientific diver training and certification course. Theory and practical diving skills to include diving physiology, hyperbaric conditions, medical hazards, proper selection, care and operation of diving equipment, marine environment, emergency procedures, scientific diving techniques and regulations.

306 Scientific Scuba Diving for Certified Divers
Scientific diving operations, techniques and procedures; dive planning and lead diver responsibilities; underwater work, mapping search and salvage, navigation, deep, night and small boat diving; emergency procedures and rescue. Physics, physiology, medicine, decompression theory, oceanography, marine life and marine environment.


675 Seminar in Environmental Policy and Planning in the US
Concepts and analytical approaches geared to environmental policy planning and decision-making. Public regulatory programs and environmental protection organizations; relationship between science and policy-making; environmental issues which require binational management.

685 Seminar in International Environmental Planning
Relationship between economic development and environmental protection policies in developing nations. role of environmental issues in development and planning decisions. Emphasis on Mexican experience and its relevance to San Diego region.

720 Seminar in Land Use and Environmental Law
Cases and studies in zoning, coastal planning, growth management and environmental assessment.


604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health
Environmental determinants and their influence on human health. Biological, physical, and chemical factors which affect the health of a community.

621 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Utilizing selected infectious diseases and environmental settings, provides scientific background on which epidemiological investigations and control measures are based.

634 Environmental Protection
Rationale and mechanisms for control of water supplies, liquid and solid waste disposal, lighting, heat, food and housing, pesticides and community noise.

637 Biological Mechanisms of Environmental Toxicants
Biologic effects and underlying mechanisms of action of harmful environmental agents on mammalism cells and tissues. Emphasis on toxic chemicals and applications of basic mechanisms research to public health situations.

638A Principles of Toxicology
Dose-response and other principles for evaluating the effects of toxic chemicals on mammalian organ systems.

638B Methods in Toxicity Testing
Laboratory methods used in evaluating chemicals for potential human toxicity.

639 Water Quality Investigation
Human health in problems associated with water usage and with various aquatic environments.

721 Environmental Epidemiology
Uses of epidemiological methods in study of environmental hazards affecting community health and health of workers. Case studies.

738 Topics in Toxicology
Topics in toxicology to include food toxicants, pesticides, soil and groundwater pollutants, industrial toxicology and quality assurance, toxicokinetics, genetic toxicology and toxicology in risk assessment.

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