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CSES 5314: Water Quality for Professionals

Concentration: Environmental Science
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Global water resource sustainability and management. Current water quality policies. Physical, chemical, biological, and anthropogenic factors affecting water quality, fate and transport of contaminants in water. Approaches of water quality risk assessment. Water treatment and management technologies.  


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Delineate the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of water quality.

  • Justify the impact of natural processes and anthropogenic activities on water quality.

  • Assess the environmental fate and transport of contaminants in water systems.

  • Demonstrate and value the importance of water quality to global ecosystem sustainability.

  • Apply different steps of the monitoring cycle in a water system

  • Use common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation

  • Employ common water quality standards as risk assessment and decision making tools.

  • Design sound and sustainable approaches of risk assessment and water management.

  • Communicate water quality policies to general public and decision makers.

  • Evaluate and synthesize literature on water quality and it relationships with food, energy,

    and environmental health and sustainability. 

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Kang Xia