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Environmental Science Courses

ENVR 101 Environmental Science
Environmental Science: A study of some of the environmental issues confronting our modern society.
Selected scientific principles are considered for a basic understanding of environmental problems, and some attention is given to the role of science and technology in the development and possible solutions of the problems. Specific topics include natural ecosystems, human population, food production, energy, transportation, water pollution and air pollution. Lab fee applies. 4 hrs.

ENVR 102 Intro to Geology
Introduction to Geology: This course covers Earth properties and the dynamics of geologic systems to
provide a basic understanding of the resources, environments, and evolution of our planet. The course
considers Earth materials, interior structure of the planet, Earth surface processes, landform development, environmental geology, and physical evolution of the Earth. Specific topics include minerals and rocks, plate tectonics, ocean basins, continents, river and groundwater systems, glaciers, volcanism and earthquakes. Laboratory or Field work. This course requires one weekend field trip. Lab fee applies. 4 hrs.

ENVR 201 Physical Geography
Physical Geography: The simple ingredients of water, soil, rocks, and gravity combine to produce wonderfully complex landscapes on earth. In order to learn how the earth works, this course examines how earth's physical processes (e.g., hydrology, geology, geomorphology, climatology) create and modify those landscapes. The design and execution of field research techniques in physical geography (field notes, sketching, soil and water sampling, and mapping) will be emphasized through team and individual research projects. Briefly considered is how landscapes affect other natural phenomena such as vegetation and wildlife. Prerequisite: ENVR 101 or BIOL 100 or BIOL 208 or CHEM 111 or permission of instructor. Lab fee applies. 4 hrs.

ENVR 202 Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology: This course focuses on the protection and management of biodiversity. Topics
include species conservation, causes and consequences of declines in global biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, management approaches, biological reserve design, restoration of ecosystems, sustainable use of biological resources, and the role of conservation biologists in policy making. Prerequisites: ENVR 101, BIOL 208, or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

ENVR 204 Tropical Island Systems
Tropical Island Systems: Tropical islands, often surrounded by thousands of square miles of ocean, have
developed from a careful balance of geologic, climatic, and biologic processes. Human activities, too, have evolved as a part of these tightly connected ecological systems. However, isolation leaves these systems and the people that depend on them vulnerable. This course is intended to provide an overview of the social and ecological processes operating on tropical islands. Specifically, we will examine how islands are formed, how mangrove forest and coral reef ecosystems function, how sustainable development of islands might work, and how island cultural norms affect natural resource management. Special consideration will be given to the islands of Micronesia. No prerequisite. 3 hrs.

ENVR 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences
Data Analysis for Natural Sciences: An introduction to the statistical concepts necessary for analyzing data generated through research in the natural sciences. This course will introduce the student to data description, the basics of probability, and hypothesis tests using examples from environmental science, biology, biochemistry, medicine. Access to Microsoft Excel is required. 4 hrs.

ENVR 250 Topics in Environmental Science
Topics in Environmental Science: This course provides an opportunity for students and faculty to pursue a subject that is not offered on a regular basis in the curriculum. May be repeated for credit under different subtitles. Lecture and laboratory hours may vary. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

ENVR 300 Research Methods
Research Methods: This course is designed to prepare students to conduct independent research projects in their senior year. The course will be organized around a group research project. The course will develop skills in research planning; experimental design; use of field, laboratory, and computer techniques; statistical analysis; preparation, criticism, and oral presentation of study plans; communication of research findings. Prerequisites: ENVR 101, ENVR 102, BIOL 208, CHEM 111, or PHYS 101. 3 hrs.

ENVR 301 Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful computer tool used not only for making maps, but also for managing and analyzing information shown on the map. Understanding the location and the status of any landscape feature (and how that status might have changed over time) greatly improves our knowledge of how the landscape works. This course aims to provide students a combination of mapping theory and practical knowledge of ArcGIS software. 3 hrs.

ENVR 302 Soil and Water Science
Soil and Water Science: This course will examine the components and processes of soil, a dynamic, complex, multi-dimensional environmental system. Soil is a global natural resource vital for water, nutrient, and energy cycling, food production, and environmental conservation. Topics covered will include soil physical, chemical, and biological properties and functions; water, nutrient and energy cycles; plant growth; land use and environmental quality; and impacts on society and culture. This
introductory course will instill awareness of soil as a basic natural resource, the use and exploitation of which has considerable influence on human society and life in general. This course requires significant outdoor lab work. 4 hrs.

ENVR 320 Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics: Economics depend upon the environment as a source of inputs such as minerals, metals, fossil fuels, and living organisms and as a location for the disposal and dissipation of wastes. This course will examine the intimate intertwining of economic and environmental issues. Topics covered will include introductory economic theory, resource use, externalities, the tragedy of the commons, pollution, cost-benefit analysis, and economic solutions to environmental problems. Some topics will be investigated through case studies of problems and policies in the United States and abroad. 3 hrs.

ENVR 325 Environmental Philosophy
Environmental Philosophy: This course examines key issues in environmental philosophy including the
philosophical nature of the environment, environmental ethics (moral obligations to animals and  ecosystems), environmental justice, environmental continental philosophy, and environmental aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to critically think about and articulate positions on these issues. 3 hrs.

ENVR 450 Independent Study
Independent Study: This course allows students to pursue independent research projects in areas of the student's interest. Written reports and/or oral examinations will be required. This course may be taken more than once for credit, but total credits may not exceed six hours. Prerequisite: Permission from instructor. 1, 2, 3, or 4 Hrs. 4 hrs.

ENVR 460 Environmental Science Seminar
Environmental Science Seminar: Invited guests, faculty and students present oral reports on topics of their specific interest and experience in environmental science and related fields. One hour per week lecture or discussion. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 208, CHEM 101, ENVR 101 or permission of instructor. 4 hrs.

ENVR 490 Senior Project
Senior Project: This course consists of an independent research project. The topic and its scope are determined by the student in consultation with a faculty member. Careful research technique, critical evaluation of data, depth of specialized knowledge, independence and originality are cultivated as the project develops. An oral defense before Division of Science and Mathematics faculty and written thesis are required. Senior Project may be taken twice for projects that span two semesters 2 hrs. Prerequisite: ENVR 101 and ENVR 300. Repeatable for a total of 4 hrs. 2 hrs.

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