Course Details

ENVS 5125. Human Ecology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 1105, 1106, 1145, 5175, ENVS 1105, or ENVS 6207 with a grade of "C" or better; or instructor consent. Course provides an inter-disciplinary perspective blending biological ecology with social science approaches to examine the interrelationships between human societies and their environments. Problems examined include past and present intellectual frameworks, population ecology, environmental stressors, human subsistence strategies, processes of cultural and environmental change. Course aims to provide basic tools that will help students evaluate problematic human-environment relationships in order to confront them effectively.

ENVS 5225. Natural Environments of Georgia (1-14-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1215, GEOL 1221, and GEOL 1222. The geological framework and natural plant and animal communities of Georgia, examined through a series of weekend field trips to selected locations in the Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain provinces. Recommended for teachers and students wanting to broaden their knowledge of Georgia's geology, flora, and fauna. Some travel expenses will be paid by the students. (Course fee required.)

ENVS 5226. Culture and Environment (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ANTH 1105 and ENVS 1105 or ENVS 3126; or Department Approval. This course explores how societies in the past have not only adapted to their environments, but how they have manipulated and transformed their ecosystems, and how these processes in turn have shaped economic, demographic, political, social, and ideological, aspects of human populations. We will examine the development of theory regarding the emergence and history of ecological thinking in anthropology, and follow the development of varied approaches and major controversies, many of which remain unresolved today. The course will also utilize case studies from anthropology, archaeology and palaeoecology to evaluate changing interactions between the natural environment and human societies.

ENVS 5315. Stream Ecology (1-4-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3217, CHEM 1211, PHYS 1111 with a grade of "C" or better. This course examines the implications of water flow on the biota, chemistry, and physics of freshwater river and stream ecosystems. Laboratory exercises apply practical research methods to understand causes of human created environmental problems such as habitat degradation, biodiversity declines, and eutrophication.

ENVS 5365. Limnology: Freshwater Ecology (1-4-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1121, PHYS 1111, MATH 1125 with a grade of "C" or better. Investigates how ecology, chemistry and physical processes interact to structure lakes and wetlands. Laboratory exercises apply modern limnological methods to examine scientific and environmental issues affecting lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands in the Southeastern US.

ENVS 6109. Environmental Air Quality (3-0-3) Study of the structure and composition of the atmosphere, methods of analysis of pollutants in the atmosphere, and ozone depletion. Emphasis on transport and diffusion of atmospheric pollutants from the micro scale to the global scale, as well as an examination of global climate change.

ENVS 6206. Water Resources Management (3-3-4) An examination of fluvial and wetland ecosystems and their dynamics, as well as common practices in the management and maintenance of these resources. Topics will include analysis of open-channel hydrology and hydraulics, flood control and analysis, regulated river management, wetlands hydrology, and management alternatives for wetland ecosystems. (Course fee required.)

ENVS 6235. Introduction to Geographic Information and Global Positioning Systems (3-2-4) How to use GIS and GPS to portray existing spatial datasets, create new datasets and analyze datasets with emphasis on environmental applications, especially the analysis of change in environmental conditions on a landscape scale. Projects will require lab time beyond that scheduled. (Course fee required.)

ENVS 7145. Land Use and Waste Management (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENVS 5165 and ENVS 7115 recommended. Recommended for Advanced students in Environmental Science program. Analysis of the geological factors in urban planning and facilities siting, and the development and operation of urban waste disposal facilities. Topics include theory and methods of isolating water resources, floodplain protection and development, recycling systems, hazardous and radioactive waste containment, geology of site development for larger facilities, and assessment of geotechnical hazards.