Course Descriptions

Environmental Science / Studies Course Descriptions

ENV-designated courses qualify as Natural Science or Liberal Arts electives. Only ENV110, ENV121 & ENV121L, ENV300, ENV301, ENV310 and ENV420 may be used to fulfill the general education science elective requirement.

ENV110

Introduction to Environmental Science - 3 credits

This interdisciplinary approach to our world emphasizes the history of environmental concerns, biomes, species interaction with each other and their environment, air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, land use management, and other related topics.  Principles of physics, chemistry and biology are incorporated throughout the course.  This course is open to non-majors.



ENV121

Environmental Science: A Global Concern - 3 Credits

This interdisciplinary approach to our world emphasizes the history of environmental concerns, biomes, species interactions with each other and their environment, air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, land use management, and other related topics. Principles of physics, environmental chemistry, and biology are incorporated throughout the course. Information learned in lecture is re-enforced or enhanced through laboratory activities and experimentation.

Laboratory fee required.



ENV121L

Environmental Science: A Global Concern Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of ENV121 Environmental Science.

Laboratory fee required.



ENV200

Environmental Policy - 3 Credits

This course provides the foundation for an examination of the role of government in the conservation, preservation, and utilization of natural resources and the environment. The history of federal legislation, regulation, and environmental law will be discussed in general terms. Major laws and treaties as well as agencies (and their programs) will be examined in detail.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV201

Environmental Ethics - 3 Credits

Students consider the intrinsic relationships of humans to their biotic and abiotic surroundings. They reflect on the issues of meaning, attitudes, and value. Topics include the historical roots of the ecological crisis and movement, conflicting views on ecological problems, and ethical conflicts associated with the environment and cooperation with nature.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV220

Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 Credits

Preparation and review of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) brings together people with diverse backgrounds, skills, and goals to generate an assessment of the impact of private or government projects. This course serves not only to provide students with procedural information associated with the production of an EIS, but also supply them with basic field techniques. The final work product of this field-based course includes but is not limited to an Environmental Impact Statement.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV235

Environmental Education - 3 Credits

This is a “hands-on” course emphasizing teaching methods for environmental concepts and issues. Students focus on ways to educate in formal and informal settings. They also gain a better understating of National Science Education Standards. Each student will regularly design unique lesson plans/ activities and participate in those designed by his or her fellow classmates.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV240

Ocean Conservation and Management - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the global concerns surrounding conservation and management of the marine ecosystem. The approach is interdisciplinary and focuses on applying an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes of the world’s oceans to the conservation economics and international policy that will govern sustainable change.



ENV300

Toxicology - 3 Credits

This course begins with the basic principles of toxicology including dose-response relationships, bioactivation and bioaccumulation, detoxification and risk determination. Principles will be applied to specific examples within the following: hepatic, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed on chemical carcinogens (natural and synthetic) and drug metabolism.

Prerequisite: ENV121 or BIO120 or BIO143 or permission of the instructor.



ENV301

Soils in our Environment - 3 Credits

This course expands on a student's collected knowledge-base in environmental science by applying it to the concepts of soil science. The principles of composition and genesis; chemical, physical and biological properties; classification and mapping; soil water; and management and conservation practices will be discussed and demonstrated. The course will also explore the role of soil in contemporary environmental quality, contamination and remediation issues.

Prerequisites: ENV121, BIO144, and one of the following: BIO360, BIO226, or permission of instructor



ENV310

Natural History - 3 Credits

Natural History examines the changes in a community, ecosystem, or organism over time. This course focuses on how geology and climate have determined the plant and animal populations and communities that live in New England. Discussions also include how humans have interacted with and affected not only the landscape, but also the flora and fauna distribution.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV315

General Occupational Safety and Health - 3 Credits

General Occupational Safety and Health are topics that should concern every person. How to find a listing of the federal regulations governing workplace safety and health, interpret the documents, and apply the information is the focus of this course. Students with a theoretical science background will have the opportunity to use that information in real-world settings, and those who excel in hands-on learning will find that this course allows them to utilize their strengths to learn science. Students may earn the 10-hour or 30- hour OSHA certification while learning not only rules and regulations, but also real-world applications of that material.



ENV330

Physical Oceanography - 3 Credits

This course is an overview of the world’s oceans and the role they play in global geologic, climatologic, and biologic systems. Students will investigate current ocean science and technologies, patterns of environmental change, and coastal dynamics.

Prerequisite: ENV240



ENV405

Environmental Law and Practice - 3 Credits

Students learn the relevant federal and state environmental laws together with their practical application to corporate and real estate transactions. Specific areas of study include environmental due diligence. The course covers the specific area in which individuals encounter environmental issues in the practice of law.

Cross listed with LAW405. Prerequisite: BUS204 or ENV121 or LAW101.



ENV410

Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration - 3 Credits

This course is a detailed exploration of the ecology of the coral reef ecosystem, including current conservation and restoration methods. Students will investigate fish, invertebrates, and plants common to coral reefs; causes of natural and human-induced tropical ocean pollution and their subsequent effects on coral reef ecosystem dynamics; and restoration techniques to recreate, reconstruct or repair damaged tropical reefs.



ENV420

Ecological Field Methods - 3 Credits

This course is an investigation into established ecological sampling and field methods.  Techniques for sampling plants, soils, aquatic invertebrates, small mammals, and insects will be discussed and demonstrated.  Students will learn to design, plan and conduct a field ecology research project, as well as how to effectively analyze, interpret and communicate the collected field data.

Prerequisites- ENV121, BIO144, and one of the following: BIO360, CHM310, or BIO226



ENV430

Strategies for Sustainable Development - 3 Credits

Our historic “Frontier Mentality” attitudes are no longer viable in the face of continuing human population increases. More than ever, people are faced with issues of renewable and nonrenewable resources, food production, water quality, and environmental health. This course will explore how the application of technology, identification of renewable resources, support of diversity, monitoring of the environment, and minimization of waste can result in resource planning and management strategies that are not only sustainable, but also lucrative in the environmental and business areas.

Prerequisite: ENV121.



ENV435

Independent Study/Internship 1 - 4 Credits

Students engage in independent research in either a laboratory or field setting. Students may also elect to complete a literature review. Results of this work are presented at the end of the semester. Application, proposal submission, and registration policies should be discussed with the faculty mentor prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

ENV440

Methods in Scientific Diving - 3 Credits

This course provides a detailed overview of the methodology and procedure associated with underwater science research. Students will explore mapping techniques, transect and quadrat use and proper sediment and biological sampling methods. Completion of the course requires one week of travel to a Caribbean destination to demonstrate proficiency in the learned underwater research techniques.

Open Water Dive Certification is required.



ENV498

Internship 1 - 3 Credits
Students engage in independent research in either a laboratory or field setting. Students may also elect to complete a literature review. Results of this work are presented at the end of the semester. Application, proposal submission, and registration policies should be discussed with the faculty mentor prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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