Enviromental Studies Course Offerings

The course descriptions, copied from the Undergraduate Bulletin, have no official standing and are repeated here for convenience only. Official course descriptions are posted by the College under the Schedule of Classes.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES COURSES DESCRIPTIONS  
These course descriptions, copied from the Undergraduate Bulletin, have no official standing and are repeated here for convenience only. Official course descriptions are posted by the College under the Schedule of Classes.  
   
1020 (16) Principles of Ecology
2 lecture hours; 4 lab. and field hours; 4 credits
The fundamentals of theoretical and applied ecology are presented with an emphasis on various ecosystems. The importance of understanding ecology in relation to environmental quality is stressed. Laboratoy exercises include study of material recycling and energy flow; effects of environmental stress and water pollution, population growth, and carrying capacity; and developmental changes in ecosystems. Weekend field trips to local ecosystems and recycling plants are required. (Not open to students who have taken ECL 1020.)
3001 Introduction to Environmental Science
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course is a descriptive introduction to those aspects of natural science that relate to current problems of environmental deterioration. It examines how wcientific principles and methods may be used to conserve and extend mineral resources, to recycle materials in short supply, and to safely dispose of waste products.: a one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.
Prerequisite: a one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.
   
3002 Energy Conservation
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
A survey is made of the many different sources of energy and the many ways in which it is produced. Some of the main features of the Earth are described. A connection is made between energy production and its possible effect on some of these Earth features. Energy policy and cost are also brought into the total picture.
Prerequisite: a one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.
3003 Human Conservation
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course is a description of the impact of the environment on humanity and of the impact of humanity on the environment. The nature and courses of these interactions are examined within the frame work of the biological nature of the human species and with concern for survival of the species.
Prerequisite: a one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.
   
3005 Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course examines some unifying ecological-economic-legal principles directly related to understanding the nature of environmental problems. The economic and legal dimensions of pollution and natural resources are discussed within an ecological framework. The laboratory and field exercises will cover environmental impact analysis, natural resource inventory, the bionomics of development and preservation, and application of ecological models in environmental management.
Prerequisites: ENV 1020 or BIO 1003 or departmental permission and ENG 2100. ECO 1002 is recommended.
3006 Global Ecology
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course focuses on the study of environmental problems that are international in scope. Topics include world carrying capacity, population growth and policies of developed and developing nation-states, world food production and famine, and pollution of the global commons (e.g., ozone depletion, greenhouse effect). The purpose of the laboratory is to give students hands-on experience in system modeling and the application of computer-simulation of world modeling.
Prerequisite: a one-semester college natural science coure with laboratory.
   

3008 Air and Water Pollution
3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
The subject matter of this course is sources, types, and effects of air and water pollutants. Students study air- and water-quality analyses and pollution control techniques. Laboratory exercises include measurement of particulates in air and chemical analysis of airborne and water pollutants.
Prerequisite: a one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.

 

5000-5004 Independent Study
Hours and credits to be arranged

  4020 Microbial Ecology
2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course is a study of the interrelationships of microorganisms with other organisms and the abiotic environment. Lecture topics include the metabolic diversity of microorganisms, the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, and industrial use of microorganisms. Laboratory exercises include a study of microorganisms found in soil, water, and food; analysis of food and water quality; and microbial indices of pollution of food and water.
Prerequisites: one 3000- level course in biology or environmental studies and permission of the department.
This course will be offered if there is sufficient demand.