This course introduces students to the physical, biological, and ecological processes that influence hydrology. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the hydrologic cycle and how it affects regional and global water supplies. Some attention is given to legal and economic aspects of managing fresh water as a renewable, but limited resource. Primary attention is given to the effects of land-use practices on hydrologic processes on urban, forest, and range landscapes. Labs consist of classroom exercises to develop relevant cartographic and computational skills as well as field experiences to physically parametrize and assess the condition of local watersheds.
This course is offered during fall semester of odd-numbered years and fulfills the following college requirements:
Quantiative Reasoning Skill
Natural Science elective in the EVS Program
Elective in the college Math/Science Division