College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science

Objective

To study the biological and physical aspects of the environment and environmentally related issues, including methods of quantifying and abating or controlling environmental pollution and collateral damage.

Required Courses

ENV 103, 104L, 301, 302, 404 and 410. In addition, the student must complete AGR 211P, GIS 316 and BIO 409 and 423.

Course Description

Listed courses may not be taught every semester or every year. The department head and departmental advisors have information about projected course offerings for a semester/year.

ENV 103 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. (3).

Introduction to the principles and basic facts of the natural environment. Topics include earth materials, land forms, weather and climate, vegetation and soils, and the processes of environmental changes including contamination and their implications to economic and human systems. Three-hours lecture.

ENV 104L INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LABORATORY.(1).

Hands-on laboratory and field investigations designed to reinforce principles and basic facts of the natural environment. One two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: ENV 103 or concurrent enrollment.

ENV 301 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND RISK MANAGEMENT. (3).

Study of inorganic and organic contaminants, their sources, movement in the environment, and human health risk assessment. Two hours lecture and one two hour lab. Prerequisites: ENV 103, AGR 211P, CHM 101 and 102.

ENV 302 ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLING, METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS.(3).

Principles and methods of sampling, chemical, physical and biological analyses of soil, water, and air. Data handling and statistical analysis, interpretation of results. Two hours lecture and one two-hour lab. Prerequisites:

ENV 103, AGR 102P, CHM 102 and MAT 117.

ENV 404 CURRENT ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. (1).

Topics devoted to practical applications of environmental science. Prerequisites: ENV 103, AGR 211P, CHM 102.

ENV 410 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LAW. (3).

This course is designed to introduce students to environmental policy and laws and will be designed to encourage critical thinking in applying laws and policies to address environmental problems on the local, regional, national and global levels. Case studies that highlight specific issues affecting or involving some facet of environmental quality will be analyzed and discussed with regards to social and economic impacts. Prerequisites: ENV 103 and 301 or permission of instructor.

AGR 211P SOILS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT. (4, sp.).

Constitution of the soil and the various biological, chemical and physical processes as they relate to plant growth. Three hours lecture and one two-hour lab. Prerequisites: CHM 101 or 103 and 104 or consent of instructor.

GIS 316 FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. (3).

BIO 409 CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF SCIENTIFIC WRITING. (1).

Critical reading and discussion of scientific literature. Prerequisite: Eight hours 300-400 Biology credits.

BIO 423 ECOLOGY. (4).

 

This course will present the dynamics of coexistence among species and their interactions with the physical environment. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104. Four one-hour lectures.