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The Soil Environment

Classified soils under the USDA system, and described soil processes and physical-chemical
characteristics. A soil science perspective on soils as a natural body. Introduction to the physical
and chemical characteristics of soil, the description and classification of soils under the USDA
system, and the processes of soil formation.

Climate change
Study the basics of climate change science at global and regional scales. We will evaluate the
probable impact on natural ecosystems, resources (food, water and energy) and society

Environmental Systems
Interaction of biotic systems with earth's physical systems; principles of ecology and natural
systems; ecosystem structure, function and management.

Analysis of Spatial Data

Applied intermediate level statistical techniques commonly used in solving geographic problems.

Soil Landscapes
Designed and implemented a research project exploring the functional relationships between
climate, soils and vegetation, soil erosion, landscape patterns of soil, and the application of soils
in paleo- environmental reconstruction.

Environmental Toxicology
Explore the foundations of how environmental pollutants affect biological health. Topics include
source and exposure routes of pollutants, basics of quantitative toxicology, effects of exposures,
risk perception, and environmental regulations as they relate to toxicology.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment requires a range of professional qualifications and involves a
wide spectrum of disciplines and methodologies. This interdisciplinary capstone course involves
class preparation of an impact assessment of a local project, summarizing physical, biological
and social aspects of a study area. Review of pertinent laws and EIS documents.

Pacific Northwest Society and Environment

Examination of distribution and character of economic activity, population plus settlement and
role of climate, landforms and resources in distributions.

Climatic processes, including patterns of climates at various scales; applied climatology; climatic

Environmental Dispute Resolution

Course considers several fact patterns involving disputes over natural resources and
environmental issues. Students will study and, in some cases, research the facts and will be
assigned roles to represent during dispute resolution sessions. Students have the opportunity to
practice a range of dispute resolution techniques which may include negotiation, mediation, and
other dispute resolution techniques