Course Details

ENVS 5165. Introduction to Hydrology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L, and MATH 1132. Study of hydrological systems on and beneath the earth's surface. Topics include: precipitation and evaporation, runoff and stream flow, groundwater infiltration, flownets and flow direction analysis of groundwater, properties of aquifers, regional groundwater flow patterns, and water pollution.

ENVS 5255. Environmental Geology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1221. Examination of human interaction with the geologic environment. Geologic hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions will be considered, as well as resource and waste management, and human impacts on the physical environment. (Course fee required.)

ENVS 6105. Environmental Issues (3-0-3) Seminar and lecture course with a focus on the study of current environmental issues such as the generation, reduction and disposal of hazardous materials, management of air and water quality, the status and management of endangered species, as well as the research needs in these areas for the future. Case studies will be used where possible.

ENVS 6106. Environmental Law and Regulations (3-0-3) Study of federal, state, and local laws related to the protection of the environment and populations. Effects and implications of such laws and regulations and the relationships among agencies in the promulgation and enforcement of them. Requirements and obligations of scientists testifying as expert witnesses in environmental cases.

ENVS 6207. Ecological Methods (3-3-4) Applications of ecological principles to societal challenges such as population management, establishment, exploitation and assessment of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed upon experimental design and methods employed for the analysis of the abundance and distribution of lying organisms and the structure and function of communities. (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.)