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|NOTE: Besides the courses listed below, graduate students, with the approval of their advisory committee, may also take courses at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and have these count toward their University of Toledo degree. The following restrictions apply. Students not on a graduate assistantship can take up to 49 percent of their credit hours at BGSU whereas students with a graduate assistantship can take no more than one-third of their credit hours at BGSU in any given semester. Click on Ecology or Geology for more information on the courses available at BGSU.|
|Graduate Catalog Course Descriptions|
|EEES - 5100 ADVANCED GLACIAL GEOLOGY [3 hours]
To understand glaciers and glacial landscapes. Topics include mass balance, ice flow, hydrology, erosion, deposition, landforms, glacial lakes and development of the Ohio glacial landscape. Field trip is mandatory. [Spring, odd years; Fisher] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5150/7150 ORGANIC EVOLUTION [3 hours]
The modern theory of evolution presented within a framework of theoretical genetics and population biology. [Spring, every year; Sigler] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 5200 ADVANCED QUATERNARY GEOLOGY [3 hours]
To provide understanding of such cyclical events as climate change, sea level fluctuations, vegetation change and ice sheet paleogeography during the Quaternary Period and to explore future changes for planet Earth. [Spring, even years; Fisher] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5220 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY [3 hours]
Chemical reactions of environmental concern. Water and soil chemistry related to contaminant fate and mobility.Petroleum formation, migration and accumulation in the subsurface. Computer software used. [Fall, odd years; Spongberg]. Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5240 SOIL SCIENCE [3 hours]
Basic principles of soil formation, physics, chemistry and biology with emphasis on their influence on fluid and chemical migration and preservation of soil quality from geological, agricultural and environmental perspectives. [Fall, even years; Spongberg]. Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5250 SOIL ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Underlying concepts and theory of modern soil ecology will be reviewed including spatial and temporal distributions, sampling methods, biogeochemical cycles and ecological functions of soil. [Spring, every year; Weintraub] Prerequisite: EEES 3050 and EEES 4240.
EEES – 5300/7300 ADVANCED FIELD BOTANY [3 hours]
Principles of systematics stressing identification of local taxa; field trips. [Taught on demand] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5410 HYDROGEOLOGY [3 hours]
Fundamentals of groundwater flow and geological controls including applications to water resource evaluation, utilization, chemical characterization and contaminant transport and geologic processes. Primarily for graduate students in environmental sciences, geology and engineering. [Spring, every year; Martin-Hayden] Prerequisite: MATH 1750 or 1850.
EEES - 5450 HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT [3 hours]
Environmental regulations concerning hazardous waste, characteristics of hazardous waste and disposal technologies, toxicology, characteristics of organic chemicals and heavy metals, biodegradation, soil science, groundwater contamination, risk assessment, and site investigation. [Fall, every year; Spongberg]. Prerequisite: none.
EEES – 5510 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY [3 hours]
Microbial diversity and activities in an applied environmental context. Topics include function of microbial ecosystems in energy and carbon flow, bioremediation, and the detection and control of pathogens. [Taught on demand; Dwyer]. Prerequisite: EEES 2150, CHEM 1210, or consent of instructor.
EEES – 5520 BIOREMEDIATION [3 hours]
The environmental fate and transport of contaminants; their transformation and biodegradation by plants and microorganisms; bioremediation strategies including solid phase, slurry phase, and vapor-phase treatments, and natural attenuation. [Taught on demand; Dwyer]. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES – 5530 PHYTOREMEDIATION [3 hours]
Course describes the process of phytoremediation with references to both physiological modes of uptake and transformation of contaminants and to field applications. [Taught on demand; Dwyer]. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 5540 ADVANCED MICROBIAL ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Students will learn the underlying processes that drive microbial population structure and function in the environment and become familiar with classical and current methodology used in microbial community analysis. [Taught on demand; Sigler]. Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 5550 ADVANCED METHODS OF MICROBIAL INVESTIGATION [3 hours]
Student will learn the classical and current methodologies (biochemical and molecular) used in microbial community analysis while developing an understanding of experimental design sample handling and data analysis. [Taught on demand; Sigler] Prerequisite: EEES 5540.
EEES - 5610 SOLID EARTH GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Survey of theory, field applications, interpretation principles of solid earth and exploration geophysics. Two hours lecture, three hours methods laboratory. [Fall, every year; Stierman] Prerequisite: MATH 1850, 1860 and PHYS 2070, 2080 or equivalents.
EEES - 5620 ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Electrical resistivity, electromagnetic conductivity, magnetometer and seismic refraction are used to characterize materials concealed under the earth's surface. [Taught on demand; Stierman] Prerequisite: PHYS 2070 or 2130 or equivalent.
EEES - 5630 NUMERICAL METHODS IN GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Numerical filters and matrix operations used to process potential filed data and wave forms, isolating anomalies and signals of interest; derivative maps, upward and downward continuation; current interpretation software. Term project. [Taught on demand; Stierman] Prerequisite: EEES 5610.
EEES - 5730/7730 ADVANCED AQUATIC ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Advanced cross-disciplinary concepts in the structure and functioning of freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis on understanding practical management problems involving water pollution, wetlands, dams, habitat restoration, invasive species, and tropical management of water resources. [Fall, every year; Gottgens, Bridgeman, Mayer] Prerequisite: EEES 3050 or consent of instructor.
EEES - 5740/7740 ADVANCED AQUATIC ECOLOGY LABORATORY [1 hour]
Laboratory and field exercises on the ecology of aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems with a special emphasis on the Lake Erie basin. [Fall, every year; Gottgens, Bridgeman, Mayer] Pre- or co-requisite: EEES 3050, EEES 5730/7730, or consent of instructor.
EEES - 5750/7750 ADVANCED CONSERVATION BIOLOGY [4 hours]
Advanced cross-disciplinary concepts in the application of principles and theory to the study and maintenance of biological diversity in temperate, subtropical, and tropical systems. Lectures, classroom discussion, readings and field activities. [Spring, even years; Chen, Gottgens, Philpott] Prerequisite or Corequisite: EEES 3050.
EEES – 5760 ADVANCED LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY [3 hours]
This course is for graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis will be placed on up-to-date knowledge and methods in landscape analysis, pattern-process relationships, and potential management applications at multiple spatial and temporal scales. [Spring, odd years; Chen] Prerequisite: EEES 3050.
EEES-5770 AGROECOLOGY [3 hours]
This course will introduce both natural and social science aspects of agroecology. The course examines natural sciences relating to food production including population, community, and ecosystem ecology, and the environmental impacts of both conventional and sustainable agricultural management systems. Lectures will also touch on the social, political, and economic forces that relate to farming communities, food distribution, transportation, and consumption. The course includes field trips and films. [Fall, odd years] Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment in EEES 3050, or permission of instructor.
EEES - 5790/7790 ECOLOGY FIELD TRIP [2-4 hours]
Field trip to a major ecosystem of a region other than northwestern Ohio. Includes analysis of structural and functional relationships within and between ecosystems with opportunities for individual student projects. [Taught on demand; staff] Prerequisite: EEES 3050 or equivalent.
EEES - 5800 ADVANCED PLANT PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY [4 hours]
Study of how form (morphology, anatomy) and function (physiology, metabolism biophysics) affect plant ecology. Laboratory emphasizes experimentation and introduction to techniques. Lecture includes reading and written critiques of scientific literature. [Fall, even years; Heckathorn] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 6100 GLACIAL STRATIGRAPHY AND GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
To integrate glacial sedimentology and stratigraphy, with near-surface, geophysical methodologies. Field work to collect a variety of field data to analyze in the lab is mandatory. Data to be presented as posters. [Fall, every year; Fisher & Krantz] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6400/8400 BIOSTATISTICS [4 hours]
Application of statistical tools to sampling and measurement in biology. Hypothesis testing is stressed. [Fall, every year; Mayer] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 6440 CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY [3 hours]
Groundwater contaminant sources, impacts, transport, geochemistry, and remediation in relation to geological environments with attention to sampling, detection, characterization, modeling and aquifer protection. [Taught on demand; Martin-Hayden] Prerequisite: EEES 5410.
EEES - 6450 ADVANCED APPLIED HYDROLOGY [3 hours]
Applications of hydrogeological monitoring, analyses, and modeling using mathematics, statistics and computers. Subjects include: well field and pump test design, sampling strategies, data presentation and analysis, and modeling fundamentals. [Taught on demand; Martin-Hayden] Prerequisite: EEES 5410.
EEES - 6500/8500 MULTIVARIATE GEOSTATISTICS [3 hours]
Application of multivariate statistical methods to scientific data. Emphasis is on applied correlation, regression, cluster, principal components, factor, correspondence, canonical correlation and discriminant analyses. [Spring, every year] Prerequisite: EEES 6400/8400 or equivalent.
EEES - 6600/8600 FOUNDATIONS OF ECOLOGY [4 hours]
An overview of the development of ecological concepts for beginning graduate students. Readings and discussion focus on classic papers and historical essays. [Fall, every year; Moorhead] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 6610/8610 CURRENT TOPICS IN ECOLOGY [4 hours]
Discussions dealing with current problems in the biology of populations, communities and ecosystems. [Taught on demand] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6650/8650 STATISTICAL MODELING IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [4 hours]
Statistical modeling techniques of factorial design and regression applied to environmental problems. [Spring, every year]. Prerequisite: EEES 6400/8400.
EEES – 6660/8660: BIOPHYSICAL PROCESSES OF ECOSYSTEMS [3 hours]
This course is for graduate students who are interested in the biophysical environment, energy flows, and microclimate. Emphasis is on hands-on experience and discussion of current literature. [Taught on demand; Chen] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6800/8800 DIGITAL FIELD MAPPING [3 hours]
Technology and techniques for determining locations and elevations during field surveys; transferring field measurements to a digital database; total station, GPS and other tools used in ecological and geological research. [Taught on demand; Stierman] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6810/8810 WRITING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [3 hours]
This course will familiarize students with technical and persuasive aspects of scientific text preparation. Writing exercises will focus on basic manuscript formatting for journal submission and grant proposals. [Taught on demand; Sigler] Prerequisite: none.
EEES - 6930/8930 SEMINAR [1 hour]
Individual presentation and discussion of papers in the environmental sciences. [Fall, every year] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6960 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH [1-15 hours]
Research on a particular problem leading to a written thesis which must be presented and defended before a faculty committee. [Fall, Spring & Summer, every year] Prerequisite: consent of adviser.
EEES - 6980/8980 SPECIAL TOPICS [1-4 hours]
A graduate course covering some aspect of the environmental sciences not covered in the formal graduate curriculum. Students may repeat the course for credit as topics vary. [Taught on demand] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 6990/8990 INDEPENDENT STUDY / ADVANCED READINGS [1 - 4 hours]
Student selects an appropriate approved subject for individualized study and prepares a detailed report or gives equivalent evidence of mastery of the selected subject. [Taught on demand] Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
EEES - 8960 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH [1-15 hours]
Research normally leading to the fulfillment of the Ph.D. dissertation requirement. [Fall, Spring & Summer, every year; staff] Prerequisite: consent of adviser.