Water-Related Courses

Students in stream. Photo: Richard Moore.

May Term/Summer Semester 2014
Autumn Semester 2014


With over 250 faculty studying water-related issues and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning laboratories, Ohio State's course offerings in the water sphere cover all bases.

Summer Semester 2014

PUBHEHS 7360/FDSCTE 7360 

Water Contamination: Sources & Health Impact
G 3 Credit Hours
Water contamination affects our health and daily life in various ways. It has been one of the biggest pollution problems for the past decades and is gaining new attention since we now face and expect extreme weather events more frequently due to climate change and the water resources are becoming limited. The course is designed to cover major water contaminants, including microbial infectious agents, chemical pollutants, and other toxic agents in water that are transmitted via numerous ways and human activities. The lectures are designed to provide understanding about the sources of contamination, the pathways of transport, public health impacts and interventions. Emerging issues as well as fundamental issues will be discussed.
Meeting times: Tuesday, Thursday, 1-5:45 pm

ENR 5194

Group Studies: Climate and Sustainability
U&G 2 Credit Hours
A course at Ohio State's Stone Laboratory
More information: Arleen Pineda
An introduction to climate and sustainability designed for undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, and teachers. We will use the case of corn production to illustrate the concepts of climate change; examine links between climatic changes and our society; and investigate the impacts on and interactions among climate, local watersheds, society, and the environment. Topics will include the effect of corn production on climate, soil, water quality, local watersheds, and Lake Erie dead zones, as well as how climate changes will affect corn and soybean production through predicted increased temperatures, extreme storm events, changing phenology dates/growing seasons, and expanded pest ranges. There will be several field trips as well as guest lectures by Ohio State faculty working on an NSF grant in the Maumee watershed.
Meeting times: All day, Aug. 3-9, 2014

EEOB 5420 

Aquatic Ecosytems-Ecology of Inland Waters
U&G 4 Credit Hours
A study of the physical, chemical, and biological factors influencing the biological productivity of inland waters, and of techniques and equipment used in evaluating them. Also available summer session at Stone Lab.
Prereq: 3410, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 647 and 655.
Meeting Times
: Tu, Thu, Sa 8:00 am- 4:00 pm 6/22/14-7/26/14

This course is part of the Stone Laboratory Summer Program that offers courses and provides student room and meals at OSU's Island Campus on Lake Erie. Acceptance into the program is required prior to registration. For information on the application process, contact the Stone Lab Columbus office at 614.292.8949 or visit stonelab.osu.edu.


Autumn Semester 2014

EEOB 5420

Ecology of Inland Waters
3 Credit Hour Lecture and 1 Hour Lab
Ecology of Inland Waters (EEOB 5420) will be offered as a full-semester 14-week course in Fall 2014. This course will explore the ecology, physics and chemistry of lakes, wetlands, streams and rivers. The interactions between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, the balance between autotrophic and heterotrophic processes in inland waters, and the responses of these systems to current and future human impacts and climate change will be key themes throughout the course. Lectures will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach and will include discussions of papers from the primary literature. Labs will include plankton identification, nutrient analyses, and a 3-day field trip to OSU’s Stone Laboratory to gain experience in aquatic field sampling and analysis techniques.
Meeting times: Lecture, Tues/Thurs 11:10AM-12:30PM; Lab, Wed 12:45-3:45PM

ENR 5600

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
U&G 3 Credit Hours
As the climate continues changing and with a global population expected to expand from seven to more than nine billion by 2050, the question of how to sustainably and equitably feed the world has emerged as one of the greatest environmental, social, economic and ethical challenges of the day. This dynamic class on sustainable agriculture will examine a wide range of topics from a multidisciplinary perspective. ENR 5600 is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Meeting times: Thurs 5:30PM-8:10PM

EEOB 5420

Aquatic Ecosytems-Ecology of Inland Waters
U&G 4 Credit Hours
A study of the physical, chemical, and biological factors influencing the biological productivity of inland waters, and of techniques and equipment used in evaluating them. Also available summer session at Stone Lab.
Prereq: 3410, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 647 and 655.

Meeting Times: Tu Th 11:10 am-12:30 pm & Wed 12:45 pm- 3:45 pm 1315 Kinnear Rd 1120 

ENR 5250.01  

Wetland Ecology and Restoration
U&G 3 Credit Hours
Wetland hydorlogy, biogeochemistry, vegetation, biotic adaptations.  Ecosystem services, classification, and management of wetlands. Fundamental concepts of ecological engineering applied to wetland creation and restoration and river restoration. Prereq: EEOB 503.01 or Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 725 or 726.
Prereq: Concur: 5250.01. Not open to students with credit for 725 or 726.

Meeting TImes: Tu Th 8:00AM - 9:20AM Howlett Hall 0164

ENR 5250.02

Field Laboratory
U&G 1 Credit Hour
Course conducted at Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park - Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building - 352 Dodridge St., Columbus, OH 43202. Laboratory on wetland hydrology, vegetation, water quality, soils, and aquatic biota.
Prereq: Concur: 5250.01. Not open to students with credit for 725 or 726.
Meeting Times: Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM Heffner Wetland 0101

ENR 5345

Methods in Aquatic Ecology
U&G 4 Credit Hours
Introduction to experimental designs, field and laboratory techniques, and statistical methods commonly used to study aquatic ecosystems.
Prereq: 2100 (201), or grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 626.
Meeting Times: We Fr 8:00AM - 8:55AM Kottman Hall 0231 Mo 9:00AM - 1:00PM Heffner Wetland 0128

CIVILEN 5130

Applied Hydrology
Engineering application of the principles of hydrology focusing on precipitation processes and data analysis, water budget analysis, evaporation and evapotranspiration processes, infiltration and rainfall-runoff relationships, hydrograph properties and unit hydrograph analysis, Hydrologic cycle, meterology, streamflow, evopotranspiration, runoff hydrographs, groundwater, unit hydrographs, flood routing, frequency and duration studies, and application of hydrologic techniques.
Prereq: 3160 (516) or EnvEng 516. Not open to students with credit for 613 or EnvEng 613.
Meeting Times : Mo We 8:00AM - 9:20AM Journalism Bldg 0239

EARTHSC 5206

Advanced Oceanography
U&G 3 Credit Hours 
Advanced study of geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography; their interactions; and their interactions with relevant current issues such as global change modeling, fisheries management, and energy exploration.
Prereq: EarthSc 1100 (EarthSci 100), 1105 (105), 1121 (121), GeolSci 100, 105, or 121; or Grad standing; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for EarthSc 2206 (EarthSci 206) or GeolSci 206.
Meeting Times : Tu Th 12:45PM - 2:05PM Mendenhall Lab 0252

EARTHSC 5621

Introduction to Geochemistry
U&G   3 Credit Hours 
Introduction to the chemistry of the solid Earth and hydrosphere describing the processes controlling the distribution of elements.
Prereq: Chem 1220 or above; Sr standing in EarthSc (EarthSci) or related field; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 621 or GeolSci 621.
Meeting Times: Tu We Th 11:30AM - 12:25PM Mendenhall Lab 0252

EARTHSC 5651

Hydrogeology
U&G 4 Credit Hours  
Geologic and hydrologic factors controlling the occurrence, movement, storage, and chemical quality of surface water and ground water; exploration, evaluation, development and management of water resources.
Prereq: EarthSc 1121 (EarthSci 121) or GeolSci 121; and Math 1152 (153) or above. Not open to students with credit for EarthSci 651 or GeolSci 651.
Meeting Times: Tu Th 9:35AM - 10:55AM Orton Hall 0080 We 3:00PM - 4:50PM Mendenhall Lab 0252

EARTHSC 5655

Land Surface Hydrology
U&G 3 Credit Hours
Physical processes of land surface hydrology in the context of the global hydrologic cycle.  Consideration of the processes and mechanisms responsible for water and energy fluxes, with examples from various river basins.
Prereq: Math 1152 (153) or above, Chem 1210 (121) or above, and Physics 1250 (131) or above.
Meeting Times: Tu Th 2:20PM - 3:40PM Mendenhall Lab 0252

EARTHSC 5751

Quantitative Reservoir Modeling 
U&G  4 Credit Hours 
Principles of analytical and numerical techniques in modeling single- and multiphase flow in gas, oil, and water (aquifer) reservoirs. Development of Matlab code for two and three-dimensional flow in porous media.
Prereq: 2245 and Math 1152, or permission of instructor.
Meeting Times: Tu Th 12:45PM - 2:45PM Orton Hall 0080

FABENG 5750

Stream Geomorphology and Watershed Hydrology
U&G 3 Credit Hours  
Fundamental and advanced topics in stream geomorphology and hydrologic processes. Solving multi-objective engineering problems in a team setting involving protection, enhancement, and restoration of streams, rivers, and watersheds.
Prereq: 2720 (373) and CivilEn 413, or equiv; or Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 773.
Meeting Times: Tu We 9:35AM - 10:55AM Agriculture Engnr Bldg 0148 Tu 10:55AM - 2:40PM Agriculture Engnr Bldg 0148

ENR 8350

Ecosystem Management Policy
Theory and practice of integrating natural and social science for managing watersheds, forests, and regions. Evolution of policies to address human-ecological systems. Service learning "lab".
Prereq: Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 835.
Meeting Times: Tu Th 11:10AM - 12:30PM Kottman Hall 0382


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