May 26, 2022
ENSC 350 - Environmental Hydrology
Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: Sustainability
The hydrologic cycle and human impacts on the hydrologic cycle; quantitative assessment of hydrologic processes and concepts including precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff, water budgets, and groundwater flow; surface water and groundwater contamination and remediation. Lecture Units: 3; Lab Units: 1
Prerequisites: Either CHEM 100 or CHEM 111, and either MATH 120, MATH 125, or MATH 130, and either PHYS 115, PHYS 125, or PHYS 135.
Equivalent Quarter Course: ENSC 3500.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: Overlay - Sustainability
Cross-listed: GEOL 350.
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Practice calculating water budgets and residence times for individual basins, for California, and in the global water cycle.
- Demonstrate scientific literacy of human impacts on hydrologic processes.
- Perform quantitative assessment of hydrologic processes such as evapotranspiration, runoff, water budgets, and groundwater flow.
- Describe the fundamental differences between unconfined and confined aquifer systems, qualitatively and quantitatively.
- Analyze the problems associated with the common contaminants and their occurrence in drinking water and with remediation.
- Critically evaluate hydrologic data from publicly-available databases and the scientific literature
- Measure the hydraulic properties of different geologic materials and apply Darcy’s Law to determine the rate of groundwater flow in different geologic media.
- Measure and analyze field data to determine stream discharge.
- Calculate total maximum daily load (TMDL) using data gathered in the laboratory.
Sustainability Overlay Learning Outcomes
- identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
- analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
- describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
- explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.
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