Example PhD Core Courses Timeline

First Semester

- LAAS 5050, Integrated topics in Land & Atmospheric Science (3 cr, Fall), Nater

  • team taught by faculty
  • covers key bridging topics in an intellectually rigorous way, allowing for different
    student backgrounds

Second Semester

- LAAS 5051, Thesis Proposal Writing for Land & Atmospheric Science (2 cr, Spring), Allan

  • Proposal-based class (required for PhD only)
  • Write and review proposals
  • Present prospective research.
  • Discuss effective presentation skills as small groups
  • Learn communication skills needed for orals and PhD defense
  • Preparation for proposal part of preliminary exam

- LAAS 8128, Soil, Water & Climate Seminar (1.5 cr, Fall)

- PhD students will be required to take GRAD 8101 Teaching in Higher Ed (3 credits). This course is offered spring/fall.

Other Course Offerings

LAAS/SOIL courses (MS and PhD)

LAAS 5311 Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (3 cr)
LAAS 5425: Atmospheric Processes I (5000 level, 3cr)
- Atmospheric physics, dynamics
LAAS 5426: Atmospheric Processes II (5000 level, 3 cr)
- Atmospheric radiation, chemistry
- Climate variability and climate change
LAAS 5515 Soil Formation: Earth Surface Processes and Biogeochemistry (3cr)

Examples of courses that might be used in the Major Field

AGRO 5121 Applied Experimental Design (4cr)
AGRO 5321 Ecology of Agricultural Systems
BIOL 4121 Microbial Ecology (3 cr)
CE 4502 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)
CE 4562 Environmental Remediation Technology (3 cr)
CE 5180: Air Quality Engineering (3cr)
CE 5541 Environmental Water Chemistry (3 cr)
CE 5542 Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering (3 cr)
CE 8503 Environmental Mass Transport (4 cr)
CE 8506 Stochastic Hydrology (4cr)
CE 8521 The Atmospheric Boundary Layer (4cr)
CE 8542 Chemistry of Organic Pollutants in Environmental Systems (3 cr)
CE 8561 Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments I (3 cr)
CE 8562 Analysis and Modeling of Aquatic Environments II (3 cr)
EEB 4068 Plant Physiological Ecology (3 cr)
EEB 4611 Biogeochemical Processes (3 cr)
EEB 5053 Ecology: Theory and Concepts (4 cr)
EEB 5146 Science and Policy of Global Environmental Change (3 cr)
EEB 5601 Limnology (3 cr)
EEB 5605 Limnology Laboratory (2 cr)
EEB 8641 Spatial Ecology (3 cr)
ESCI 4401 Aqueous Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)
ESCI 4402 Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3 cr)
ESCI 5102: Climate Change and Human History (3cr)
ESCI 5205: Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3cr)
ESCI 5705 Limnogeology and Paleoenvironment (3 cr)
ESPM 5061 Water Quality and Natural Resources (3 cr)
ESPM 5111 Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods (3 cr)
ESPM 5601 Principles of Waste Management (3 cr)
ESPM 5609 Air Pollution Impacts, Management , and Ethical Challenges (3 cr)
FNRM 5262: Remote Sensing of Natural Resources and Environment (4cr)
FW 8459 Stream and River Ecology (3 cr)
GEOG 5401: Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change (4cr)
GEOG 5421: Introduction to Atmospheric Science (4cr)
GEOG 5423: Climate Models and Modeling (3cr)
GEOG 5426: Climatic Variations (3cr)
GEOG 8270: Climatology (3cr)
LAAS 5131: Environmental Biophysics and Ecology (3cr)
LAAS 5402: Biometeorology (3cr)
LAAS 5425: Atmospheric Processes I: Thermodynamics and Dynamics of the Atmosphere (3 cr)
LAAS 5426: Atmospheric Processes II: Radiation, Composition, and Climate (3 cr)
LAAS 5480: Special Topics in LAAS (1-4 cr)
LAAS 5515: Soil Formation: Earth Surface Processes and Biogeochemistry (3 cr)
LAAS 8195: Research Problems in LAAS (1-5 cr, 10 max)
MICB 4111 Microbial Physiology and Diversity (3 cr)
PBIO 5412 Plant Physiology (3 cr)
PubH 6100: Measurement and Properties of Air Contaminants (2cr)
PubH 6190: Environmental Chemistry (2cr)
PubH 6191: Air Pollution (3cr)
?SOIL 4505 Soil Geography (2 cr)
SOIL 5232: Vadose Zone Hydrology (3 cr)
SOIL 5555 Wetland Delineation (2 cr)
SOIL 5611: Soil Biology and Fertility (3cr)
SOIL 8252 Advanced Soil Physics (2 cr)
SOIL 8510 Advanced Topics in Pedology (2-4 cr)
SOIL 8541 Aquatic and Soil Chemistry (3 cr)
STAT 5021 Statistical Analysis (4 cr)
STAT 5302 Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr)
STAT 5303 Designing Experiments (4 cr)

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