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Environmental Studies Courses

ENST 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.

ENST 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, 102, BIOL 208, CHEM 111, or PHYS 101. 3 hrs.

ENST 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.

ENST 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.

ENST 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.

ENST 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.

ENST 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. Prerequisite: ENVR 101 and ENVR 300. Repeatable for a total of 4 hrs. 2 hrs.

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