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.
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.
Environmental Science - 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.
This class was previously ENV120.
Environmental Science Lab - 1 Credit
This course is offered as part of ENV121 Environmental Science.
Laboratory fee required.
This class was previously ENV120 Lab.
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.
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.
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 to not only 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.
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.
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 carcinogen (natural and synthetic) and drug metabolism.
Prerequisite: ENV121 or BIO120 or BIO143 or permission of the instructor.
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
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 plan 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.
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 work place 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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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