WATS281
Introduction to Water ScienceCrosslisted with GEOG 281, NRES 281

Prerequisites: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil.

Description: 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: AGRO 361, GEOL 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361; NRES 319

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS299
Career Experiences

Prerequisites: Permission and advanced approval of plan or work.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

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WATS354
Soil Conservation and Watershed ManagementCrosslisted with MSYM 354, SOIL 354

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; and MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

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WATS361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted with AGRO 361, GEOL 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109,110) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS408
Microclimate: The Biological EnvironmentCrosslisted with AGRO 408, GEOG 408, HORT 408, METR 408, NRES 408, AGRO 808, GEOG 808, HORT 808, METR 808, NRES 808

Prerequisites: Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering; or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS418
Chemistry of Natural WatersCrosslisted with GEOL 418, GEOL 818, NRES 419, NRES 819

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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WATS418L
Chemistry of Natural Waters LaboratoryCrosslisted with GEOL 418L, GEOL 818L, NRES 419L, NRES 819L

Prerequisites: Two semesters college chemistry or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

WATS452
Irrigation Systems ManagementCrosslisted with MSYM 452, MSYM 852, AGRO 452

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

AGRO/SOIL 153 recommended.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS457
Water LawCrosslisted with AECN 457, AECN 857, NREE 457

Prerequisites: AECN/NREE 357.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:PSI

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS459
LimnologyCrosslisted with BIOS 459, BIOS 859, NRES 459, NRES 859

Prerequisites: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS220x; two semesters CHEM.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

WATS461

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS465
Resource and Environmental Economics IICrosslisted with AECN 465, AECN 865, NREE 465

Prerequisites: MATH 104 and one course in statistics.

Description: Application of resource economics concepts and empirical tools to resource management problems. Public policy issues involving environmental quality, land and water management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

WATS468
WetlandsCrosslisted with BIOS 458, NRES 468, NRES 868

Prerequisites: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

WATS472
Applied Soil PhysicsCrosslisted with AGRO 472, AGRO 872, NRES 472, NRES 872, SOIL 472

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or equivalent; MATH 104 or MATH 106 or equivalent.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Capstone course.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

WATS479
HydroclimatologyCrosslisted with NRES 479, METR 479, BSEN 479, NRES 879, METR 879, BSEN 879

Prerequisites: NRES 208 or METR 100 or METR/NRES 370.

Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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WATS481
Stream and River EcologyCrosslisted with WATS 881, BIOS 481, NRES 481

Prerequisites: NRES 222 or equivalent

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

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WATS484
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted with AGRO 484, GEOG 484, GEOL 484, NRES 484, NRES 884, AGRO 884, GEOG 884, GEOL 884, WATS 884

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing, or permission

Description: Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

WATS496
Principles and Problems in Water Science

Prerequisites: 15 hours in water science or closely related areas.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a water science faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

WATS498A
Senior Project I

Prerequisites: Senior standing

WATS 498A is the first course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B.

Description: 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

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:IND
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:2

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

WATS498B
Senior Project II

Prerequisites: WATS 498A

WATS 498B is the second course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B.

Description: Continuation of WATS 498A. Carry out proposal and present findings orally and in writing.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:IND
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:2

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

WATS499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product