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WATS 281
Introduction to Water Science Crosslisted as GEOG 281, NRES 281
Prereqs: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil.
Survey of the water science from the perspective of both natural and social sciences. Water budget, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff and stream flow, groundwater, water quality parameters, economics of water, water policy, water law and water politics.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 319
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission and advanced approval of plan or work.
Pass/No Pass only.
Student participation in water science applications. May include participation in water resource management, water measurement, water quality monitoring, water supply, water administration; research in laboratories, green houses and fields; or preparation of educational materials.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 354
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Crosslisted as MSYM 354, SOIL 354
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 153; and MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211.
Watershed hydrology, soil erosion, erosion control, water management, and land surveying and mapping. Includes rainfall-runoff relationships; determination of watershed characteristics; terraces, waterways, vegetative filters, and residue management; ponds, wetlands, non-point source pollution control, and water conservation; profile and topographic surveying.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 361
Soils, Environment and Water Quality Crosslisted as AGRO 361, GEOL 361, SOIL 361, NRES 361
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or above; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109, 110 or CHEM 113, 114)
Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 458
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
WATS 408
Microclimate: The Biological Environment Crosslisted as AGRO 408/808, GEOG 408/808, HORT 408/808, METR 408/808, NRES 408/808
Prereqs: Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering; or permission.
Physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light, and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 418
Chemistry of Natural Waters Crosslisted as GEOL 418/818, NRES 419/819
Prereqs: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission.
Principles of water chemistry and their use in precipitation, surface water, and groundwater studies. Groundwater applications used to determine the time and source of groundwater recharge, estimate groundwater residence time, identify aquifer mineralogy, examine the degree of mixing between waters of various sources and evaluate what types of biological and chemical processes have occurred during the water's journey through the aquifer system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 418L
Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory Crosslisted as GEOL 418L/818L, NRES 419L/819L
Prereqs: Two semesters college chemistry or permission.
Parallel: GEOL 418/818, NRES 419/819, WATS 418. Offered even numbered calendar years or as needed.
Basic laboratory techniques used to perform water analysis including various wet chemical techniques, instrument use (AA, IC, UV-Visible) and computer modeling. Techniques for sample collection and preservation, parameter estimation and chemical analysis.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 452
Irrigation Systems Management Crosslisted as MSYM 452/852, AGRO 452
Prereqs: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211.
AGRO/SOIL 153 recommended.
Irrigation management and the selection, evaluation, and improvement of irrigation systems. Includes soil-water measurement, crop water use, irrigation scheduling, irrigation efficiency, measurement of water flow, irrigation systems, groundwater and wells, pumping systems, applying chemicals with irrigation systems, and environmental and water resource considerations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 457
Water Law Crosslisted as AECN 457/857, NREE 457
Prereqs: AECN/NREE 357.
Course offered even numbered years. Offered through Extended Education and Outreach.
Environmental impact review; public trust doctrine; endangered species; land use controls; wetlands regulation; surface and ground water rights; Indian and federal water rights; impact of water quality regulations on water allocation.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Personalized System of Instruction
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 459
Limnology Crosslisted as BIOS 859/459, NRES 459/859
Prereqs: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS220x; two semesters CHEM.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in fresh water. Organisms occurring in fresh water and their ecology; biological productivity of water and its causative factors; eutroplication and its effects.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
WATS 461
Soil Physics Crosslisted as AGRO 461/861, GEOL 461/861, NRES 461/861, SOIL 461
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.
Recommended: Parallel AGRO/NRES/SOIL 458.
Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 465
Resource and Environmental Economics II Crosslisted as AECN 465/865, NREE 465
Prereqs: MATH 104 and one course in statistics.
Credit in AECN 865 will not count toward any advanced degree programs in ECON or AECN.
Application of resource economics concepts and empirical tools to resource management problems. Public policy issues involving environmental quality, land and water management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 468
Wetlands Crosslisted as BIOS 458, NRES 468/868
Prereqs: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.
Offered even-numbered calendar years.
Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 472
Applied Soil Physics Crosslisted as NRES 472/872, SOIL 472, AGRO 472/872
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or equivalent; MATH 104 or MATH 106 or equivalent.
Emphasis on applied soil physics. Discussion of theoretical principles followed by field and laboratory exercises and applications. Fluxes of water, solutes, air, and heat through the soil. Emphasis on water infiltration, water retention, other soil hydraulic properties. Components of soil water balance. Management of soil water.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 475
Water Quality Strategy Crosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, NRES 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOCI 475/875, SOIL 475
Prereqs: Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
WATS 479
Hydroclimatology Crosslisted as NRES 479/879, METR 479/879, BSEN 479/879
Prereqs: NRES 208 or METR 100 or METR/NRES 370.
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Interaction between earth’s climate and the hydrologic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaporation, snowmelt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydrologic cycle.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 481/881
Stream and River Ecology Crosslisted as BIOS 481, NRES 481
Prereqs: NRES 222 or equivalent.
Fundamental physical drivers operating in stream and river ecosystems and how those vary in space and time. Major classes of organisms associated with stream ecosystems and their functional roles. Fundamental controls on biotic diversity in stream and river ecosystems and its variance. Major aspects of stream ecosystem function including energy flow and nutrient cycling. Ecosystem services provided by stream and river ecosystems and causes and consequences of human impacts on streams and rivers. Underlying principles of bioassessment and current methods of stream restoration.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 484
Water Resources Seminar Crosslisted as NRES 484/884, AGRO 884/484, GEOG 484/884, GEOL 484/884
Prereqs: Junior or above standing, or permission.
Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: 15 hours in water science or closely related areas.
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a water science faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
WATS 498A
Prereqs: Senior standing.
WATS 498A is the first course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B.
Work as individual or as a team member to develop solutions to water resource problems. Problem involves multi-disciplinary features. Requires independent research, proposal preparation and presentation.
This course is a prerequisite for: WATS 498B
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
WATS 498B
Prereqs: WATS 498A.
WATS 498B is the second course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B.
Continuation of WATS 498A. Carry out proposal and present findings orally and in writing.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
WATS 499H
Prereqs: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10

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