Special Courses

The University of Saskatchewan offers many courses that help students examine water-related topics from a variety of research angles. The following is a listing of all active water research related courses that apply to the work of the Global Institute for Water Security.

Centre for Hydrology Short Course in Physical Principles of Hydrology, January 10 - 21, 2015
This course is directed to graduate students and early to mid-level career water resource engineers, hydrologists, aquatic ecologists and technologists who are either working directly in the disciplines or are looking to broaden their understanding of hydrological systems and processes. For more information and to register for this limited course, click here.

Please note: The information included on this webpage is compiled annually. For an official listing of available courses individuals should refer to the University Course Calendar. For course specific questions, contact the academic department listed. 

CourseDescriptionDepartmentCollege
BIOL 412LimnologyBiologyArts and Science

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Introduction to the ecology of lakes. The biological, chemical and physical properties of lakes are examined at lake and watershed levels. Theoretical and applied topics, including human impacts (e.g., eutrophication, climate change, ultraviolet radiation, contaminants, and angling) are examined. Laboratories and field trips provide training in limnological techniques.
BIOL 451IchthylogyBiologyArts and Science

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The biology of fishes including their morphological diversity, physiology, behaviour and ecology, and their management and utilization.
BIOL 466Aquatic InsectsBiologyArts and Science

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Identification of aquatic insects, discussions of current literature, field trips, collections, and laboratory work.
BIOL 475Ecological ToxicologyBiologyArts and Science

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An introduction to the principles of ecological toxicology, including: population modelling, experimental design and interpretation of field studies, and contaminant impact assessment on populations, communities and ecosystems. Computer laboratory exercises will be used to model populations and ecosystems and analyze changes in populations and communities resulting from contaminant impacts.
BIOL 815Advanced LimnologyBiologyArts and Science

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A review of current ecological and environmental issues concerning inland waters.
BLE 309Water ManagementChemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering

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Sustainable irrigation projects require management of irrigation water for profitable crop production without negatively altering the soil or depleting the source water resource. Water management topics discussed pertain to irrigation in the western Canadian prairie setting. Techniques of applying irrigation water to the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum to increase productivity and profitability are evaluated. Examples range from totally enclosed environments of greenhouses to the extra water in addition to natural precipitation of field crops. An appreciation is developed that irrigation projects increase regional growth and prosperity while operating within the bounds of societal control and regulation. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to organize sustainable irrigation projects, choose the irrigation equipment required and recommend how to operate it.
BLE 431Irrigation System DesignChemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering

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Engineering and hydrologic principles are applied to design of modern irrigation and drainage systems. Soil-plant-water relationships important to understanding water needs are emphasized.
BLE 432Soil and Water ConservationChemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering

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Land degradation and associated management practices within land bioresource systems are studied. Emphasis is placed upon prairie agricultural systems, with examples within other systems (e.g. forestry, wetlands) also considered. Major topics include wind and water erosion, soil compaction, soil carbon change, acidification, sodic soils, salinization, and desertification.
CE 315Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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Builds on the concepts studied in CE 225 Fluid Mechanics. Introduces the concepts of potential flow, dimensional analysis, boundary layer development, incompressible flow in pressure conduits, flow past objects, steady flow in open channels and hydraulic transients.
CE 319HydrologyCivil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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Basic hydrological processes such as precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff, infiltration, interception, and depression storage are introduced. Engineering applications such as streamflow and storm hydrographs, flood routing, hydrologic analyses and design, and watershed simulation are covered.
CE 327Sanitary and Environmental Engineering ICivil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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CE 327 Sanitary and Environmental Engineering I Civil and Geological Engineer Engineering Fundamental topics in the discipline of sanitary/environmental engineering are introduced. Topics include the design of municipal water distribution and wastewater collection systems; an introduction to water chemistry and water quality assessment; and design of physical and chemical treatment processes as they apply to water and wastewater treatment. A brief overview of storm water collection systems is also presented.
CE 414Sanitary and Environmental Engineering IICivil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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This course introduces additional topics in the discipline of sanitary/environmental engineering. It builds upon previously introduced principles of chemistry, fluid mechanics and fundamentals of sanitary/environmental engineering. Topics covered include design of lime soda ash softening in drinking water treatment; design of biological wastewater treatment systems; and sludge and residual solids management in water and wastewater treatment. An introduction to tertiary wastewater treatment and wastewater disposal issues is also presented.
CE 415Structures for Water ManagementCivil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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A design course in which the basics of fluid mechanics (hydrostatics, continuity, energy and momentum) are applied to hydraulic design. The concrete gravity dam and spillway structures are used to introduce the basic aspects of hydraulic structure design with respect to forces and hydraulic analysis, including the important topic of energy dissipation. Other structures, such as those used for flood control, irrigation, hydropower, navigation, water supply, land and highway drainage, wildfowl habitat preservation, and water-based recreation, are also considered.
CE 464Water Resources EngineeringCivil and Geological EngineeringEngineering

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This course builds on and supplements various aspects of other hydrotechnical courses, especially those related to hydrology. The course focuses on three major parts of water resources engineering practice. Part I deals with watershed analysis and simulation, including use of state-of-the art software, and the effects of urbanization on watershed runoff, including the design of street drainage systems and detention ponds. It also covers determination of peak discharges for hydrologic design. Part II deals with water use and its associated analysis, including irrigation, drought management and hydropower. Part III deals with water excess management and flood damage mitigation. Several aspects of the course include consideration of economics as a decision-making tool, notably those aspects dealing with drought and flood management.
CE 821Surface Water QualityCivil and Geological EngineeringGraduate Studies and Research

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Water quality aspects of rivers and lakes and implications of waste water input are discussed. Topics include surface water quality parameters, point and non point source input characteristics, water quality measurements, mixing and self-purification processes, water quality modelling methods.
CE 840Surface Hydrology Prediction and SimulationCivil and Geological EngineeringGraduate Studies and Research

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Consists of two major parts; the first one focuses on modeling hydrologic processes and prediction of hydrologic events using soft computing/data driven techniques (e.g., artificial neural networks and genetic programming). The second part of the course focuses on presenting the concept of system dynamics and its applications in the field of hydrologic modeling. Case studies of watershed modeling, water balance, and environmental analysis will be discussed within an object-oriented simulation environment. Although environment and water resources-related applications will be dominant, the scope of the methodologies and models introduced during the course will be broad enough to benefit other students from different disciplines across campus.
CE 898Numerical Modeling for Environmental Engineers and ScientistsCivil and Geological EngineeringGraduate Studies and Research

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The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with a set of modeling skills to allow them to develop their own numerical models to solve problems of coupled flow and transport in porous media. The course requires a basic understanding of groundwater flow and transport processes. A particular set of numerical methods for solving sets of partial differential equations are introduced to the student. Models are written in MATLAB using ODE solvers. Specific applications include models for water supplies in aquifers, contamination in aquifers, and water and energy balances in soils. This will also provide the student with an in-depth understanding of widely used commercial and non-commercial software such as USGS MODFLOW. The models help the student to think through the physical processes and interpret field data.
CHE 322Mathematical ModellingChemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering

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Ordinary and partial differential equations as they relate to chemical engineering processes. Laplace transforms for ordinary differential equations. Analytic and numerical solutions to partial differential equations. An emphasis will be placed on the development of mathematical models for chemical engineering systems.
CHE 882Design of Industrial Waste Treatment SystemsChemical and Biological EngineeringGraduate Studies and Research

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Designed to provide students with fundamental information regarding air and water pollution problems. Procedures for the design of air pollution control systems and wastewater treatment plants are covered. Regulation and legislation associated with air and water pollutions are discussed.
ENVS 821Sustainable Water ResourcesSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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Will rigorously explore water resource sustainability in western Canada from physical, chemical, biological, socio-economic, and technological perspectives. Biophysical influences on water abundance and quality, current threats to water resources, and efforts to provide for sustainable management of water resources will be examined.
ENVS 831Current Issues in Land Reclamation and RemediationSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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Current issues in land reclamation and remediation are examined. The impact of human activity in a variety of environments is examined and strategies for reclamation and remediation are investigated. Biophysical factors are the emphasis of the course, however the context of social and economic issues are incorporated.
ENVS 898Introductory Numerical Modelling for Environmental ScientistsSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with a set of modelling skills to allow them to develop their own numerical models to solve problems of coupled flow and transport in porous media. A particular set of numerical methods for solving sets of partial differential equations are introduced to the student. Specific applications include models for water supplies in aquifers, contamination in aquifers, and water and energy balances in soils. This will also provide the student with an in-depth understanding of widely used commercial and non-commercial software such as USGS MODFLOW. The models help the student to think through the physical processes and interpret field data.
ENVS 898River ScienceSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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This course will teach students the fundamentals of biophysical science as applied in riverine settings. It will begin by examining physical and biological processes that naturally occur in rivers, then layer on top of that understanding the influence of climatic variables (ice and evaporation) and human influences (river channel modifications and contaminant loading).
ENVS 898Water Resources Management in Cold RegionsSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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This course will expose students to the management of water resources in cold regions. It will primarily focus on the components of river ice, snow and ground ice (permafrost). The students will receive a fundamental understanding of the physical processes of each component and an introduction to the management of each component. A human dimension will also be included to investigate the management implications on northern communities.
ENVS 898Breakthroughs in Water Security ResearchSchool of Environment and SustainabilityGraduate Studies and Research

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The purpose of this course is to expose students to the latest research in water security, to connect students to the top research in the field internationally, to help students understand what constitutes world class research and to further develop awareness and understanding of major concepts in water security. Each week will focus on a different sub-field of water security with an attempt o cover a co-equal blend of four thematic areas: hydrology, aquatic science, water policy and water resource engineering. The course structure centers around seminar attendance and then a weekly group discussion focused on key new papers in the field written by seminar speakers. Students will learn the art of journal article reading, how to critique scientific work and what makes for a good paper. The discussion sessions give the students the opportunity to critically evaluate a paper and discuss the topic with the guest speaker and course instructor. Written assignments given to the students by the course instructor will focus on how recent developments in the water security sub-fields can be applied to their own research or professional goals, and to follow up in greater detail on a topic of interest or relevance to them.
EVSC 203Sampling and Laboratory AnalysisSoil ScienceGraduate Studies and Research

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An introduction to the principles and practice of sampling and analysis of soils and related environmental materials. This course involves hands-on exercises on field soil and sediment sampling, sample handling, basic laboratory techniques and safety, selected laboratory analyses relevant to environmental science, and basic statistical analysis of data. For this course there will be costs in addition to tuition fees.
EVSC 210Environmental Soil Science Soil ScienceGraduate Studies and Research

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Essential physical concepts and processes (transport and storage of matter and energy) in the environment are introduced through applications and case-studies. Case studies include water cycles, natural and human-induced climate change, and the impact of human activity (industrial and agricultural) on the environment. Practicums are in the form of tutorials. Students will develop the essential ability to solve practical environmental problems through this course.
EVSC 220Environmental PhysicsSoil ScienceGraduate Studies and Research

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Focuses on soils as an integrator of a broad range of environmental processes and as a critical component inhuman-induced environmental change. Major topics include the influence of the environment on soil formation and the physical, chemical, and microbial/biochemical soil processes of relevance to environmental science.
GEOE 475Advanced HydrogeologyGeological EngineeringEngineering

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Contaminant transport; regional groundwater flow; petroleum hydrogeology; fluid migration in basins; surface-water groundwater interaction; introduction to groundwater modelling.
GEOG 225Hydrology of CanadaGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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The geographic distribution of hydrologic processes in Canada is outlined. The types of processes and their rates of operation are related to regional physical environments.
GEOG 233Introduction to Weather and ClimateGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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An examination of the elements of weather and climate including the composition and thermal structure of the atmosphere; radiation and energy balances; global circulation; air masses; fronts and atmospheric disturbances; and climates of the world.
GEOG 235Process GeomorphologyGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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The description and objective classification of landforms and the principles and processes involved in their origin and distribution. The role of weathering, mass movement, glacial, fluvial and aeolian processes in shaping Canadian landscapes will be emphasized in this course
GEOG 325Principles of Fluvial SystemsGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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Processes responsible for the spatial variability of available water resources are introduced and investigated analytically. Topics covered will provide an explanation of the pattern of precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, snowmelt and stream flow.
GEOG 328Groundwater HydrologyGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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Groundwater is the largest source of readily accessible freshwater. This course provides a rigorous understanding of subsurface hydrological processes and covers fundamentals of subsurface flow and transport, emphasizing the role of groundwater and soil water in the hydrological cycle, and groundwater-surface water interactions
GEOG 329Watershed Planning and ManagementDepartment of Geography and PlanningCollege of Arts and Science

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The process and practice of planning and management for watersheds in a North American context. A focus on water and land use policy and watershed governance structures. Institutional arrangements affecting water management in Canada will be investigated. Topics will include integrated watershed management, watershed plan preparation, and barriers to source water protection.
GEOG 427Advanced HydrologyGeography and PlanningArts and Science

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Examines the physical principles governing hydrological processes. Topics covered will be precipitation, interception, snow accumulation, snowmelt, evaporation, infiltration, groundwater movement, flood and drought frequency analysis and stream flow. Lectures and tutorials with hydrology instrumentation will be supplemented by problem solving assignments and an essay.
GEOG 827Principles of HydrologyGeography and PlanningGraduate Studies and Research

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This course aims to:

  • Describe and explain the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology with special reference to Canadian conditions.
  • Describe and explain mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology. 

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • describe the fetures of the primary Canadian hydrological processes
  • assess the effects of variable boundary conditions on hydrology
  • apply coupled energy and mass balance equations to calculate surface hydrological fluxes.
GEOG 898Integrated Water Resource ManagementGeography and PlanningGraduate Studies and Research

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The process and practice of planning and management for watersheds in a North American context. A focus on water and land use policy and watershed governance structures. Institutional arrangement affecting water management in Canada will be investigated. Topics will include integrated watershed management, watershed plan preparation, and barriers to source water protection.
GEOL 229Introductory GeochemistryGeological SciencesArts and Science

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An overview of geochemical theory and problem-solving techniques used by Earth Scientists to elucidate Earth system processes. Topics of discussion will include the origin of elements, stable and radiogenic isotopes, geochronology, thermodynamics, trace element partitioning in mineral fluid systems, weathering and aqueous geochemistry.
GEOL 330Climate HistoryGeological SciencesArts and Science

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Explores the record of climate variations preserved in recent earth materials, and the influence of these variations on contemporary societies. The focus will be on extreme periods, e.g., Pleistocene deglaciation, the Younger Dryas, 8.2ka event, Piorra Oscillation, Roman Warm Period, Dark Ages, Medieval Optimum, Little Ice Age, and 20th century warming.
GEOL 429Isotope GeochemistryGeological SciencesArts and Science

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An overview of theory and applications of stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry including the use of isotopes as geotracers, geochronometers and geothermometers. John Pomeroy's seminar course.
JSGS 870Water Policy in an Age of UncertaintyJohnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyGraduate Studies and Research

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Will ask whether contemporary water systems embody principles that will allow them to adapt and function in a changing climate, a rapidly evolving economy, a changing settlement system, and new lifestyles. The format will include lectures, class discussion, jigsaw readings in which students read separate material and then teach content to peers, guest lecturers, documentaries, and Web-based content. Students will develop a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework for evaluating sustainable water governance. Each student will use this framework to evaluate climate adaptation policy in the water sector in a major world city.
LAW 498The Fluid State of Water Law in CanadaLaw

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This seminar will offer students an overview of the fundamentals of Canadian water law as well as a brief outline of the intersection of international and domestic legal water regimes. The first half of the course will explore freshwater quality and quantity problems in Canada and provide students with an understanding of the context and legal framework of Canadian water governance regimes that play out at municipal, provincial and federal levels, including Nunavut and the territories and on the international level. The second half of the seminar will be structured around student presentations of their research papers in progress. Students’ research topics will be selected based on individual student interests in consultation with the instructor. The instructor will provide background readings to the class to support the presentation section of the course. 
SLSC 322Applied Soil PhysicsSoil ScienceAgriculture and Bioresources

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Combines theoretical and experimental elements aimed at providing understanding of the fundamental soil physical properties and processes, as well as the ability to solve practical problems related to agricultural and environmental problems. Topics include a discussion of the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases of the soil and the interactions between the phases, the movement of water, chemicals, air, and heat in soils, and the effects of these on plant growth and the environment. The laboratory involves the measurement of selected properties and their interpretation.
TOX 850Aquatic ToxicologyToxicology Graduate ProgramGraduate Studies and Research

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Will present a comprehensive overview of the technical aspects of predicting, monitoring, and evaluating the effects of toxic substances in aquatic systems. The class will cover levels of organization from sub-cellular to ecosystem. It is designed as an in-depth coverage of Aquatic Toxicology for students pursuing graduate degrees in the aquatic sciences. Students will be exposed to materials which will be useful in setting exposure standards and assessing hazards to aquatic ecosystems due to point or non-point releases of toxic substances.
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