ANTH 5555. Selected Topics in Archaeology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ANTH 1107 or ANTH 5175 with a minimum grade of "C" or instructor's permission. Examination of selected topics in archaeology. Topics will vary, with no topic repeated over four consecutive semesters to accommodate students earning a minor in anthropology. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
BIOL 5515. Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology (0-0-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and BIOL 3216K, both with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor. An opportunity to study in depth one of many specialized fields in cellular and molecular biology. The specific topic will vary by semester and instructor. Topics include, but are not limited to histology, developmental biology, advanced cell biology, cytological toxicology, and histotechniques. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs. Laboratory experiences, when included will introduce the student to basic cytological study techniques for that specific field. Lecture and lab hours vary with topic, and laboratory work may extend beyond scheduled hours. (Course fee required.)
BIOL 5525. Selected Topics in Organismic Biology (0-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 3218K with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor. An opportunity to study one of the fields encompassed by organismic biology. The specific topic will vary by semester and instructor. Topics will be related to knowledge and investigation of the structure, function, and adaptations of groups of living organisms. Topics include, but are not limited to: morphology, physiology, physiology or taxonomy of various groups of organisms. Lecture and lab hours vary with topic, and laboratory work may extend beyond scheduled hours. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Course fee required.)
BIOL 5535. Selected Topics in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology (0-0-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3217K and BIOL 3218K, both with a grade of "C" or better. An opportunity to study one of the fields encompassed by ecological or evolutionary biology. The specific topic will vary by semester and instructor. Topics will be related to knowledge and investigation of the distribution, abundance and adaptations of living organisms as mediated by the environment and natural selection. Topics include but are not limited to aquatic ecology, biogeography, organic evolution, applied ecology, and toxicology. Lecture and lab hours vary with topic, and laboratory work may extend beyond scheduled hours. Course may be taken twice for credit by undergraduate students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Course fee required.)
BIOL 5899. Independent Study (0-0-1) Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission from Department chair. An opportunity to study a biological topic or carry out a research project in an area of interest. A proposal must be submitted to the department head by the midpoint of the semester prior to the one in which the study is to be undertaken. The proposal must be approved and a faculty mentor identified before registration. Assessment of this study will include a public presentation. (Course fee required.)
CHEM 7555. Selected Topics in Environmental Chemistry (1-1-1) Prerequisite: Approval of department chair. This course provides in-depth coverage of major topics in the chemistry of the environment, including tropospheric air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, aquatic chemistry, water pollution and water treatment, soil chemistry, and toxic organic and inorganic compounds.
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 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 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 6235. Introduction to Geographic Information and Global Positioning Systems (3-2-4) Utilization of 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 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 7145. Land Use and Waste Management (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENVS 5165 and ENVS 7115 recommended. 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.
ENVS 7555. Selected Topics in Environmental Science (0-0-1) Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Semester-length or short courses in specialty areas of environmental science, available as needed or as required by current environmental situations. These are topics not usually available on a regular schedule, such as risk analysis, environmental impact assessment, etc. May be repeated for unlimited credit.
GEOL 5115. Geochemistry (3-0-3) Prerequisite: GEOL 3266, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. An overview of geologically significant chemical systems. Topics include: cycling of elements within the Earth's crust and mantle, composition and evolution of igneous magmas, chemical weathering, formation of chemical sediments, metamorphism, and development of natural resources. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5116. Meteorology: Introduction to Weather and Climate (3-2-4) This course will introduce concepts that include: properties and circulation of the atmosphere, the scientific principles that govern weather and climate, interactions between the atmosphere and the other components of the Earth system, and the implications of those interactions for humankind. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5135. Introduction to Oceanography (3-0-3) An overview of the world's oceans, including: geology of ocean basins and oceanic sediments; the physical oceanography of currents, waves, and tides; the chemistry of seawater; and the nature of shorelines and coastal processes. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5175. Physical Anthropology and Archeology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A survey of primate and human origins, the paleontological record of human evolution and the study of Paleolithic cultures and the diverse biologies of modern human populations. Course work will include techniques of lithic archeology and focus on North American native prehistory. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5215. Geomorphology (3-2-4) Prerequisites: GEOL 1121, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. Evolution of land forms in various climates and the formation of soils. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 7565. Selected Topics in Environmental Geology (1-0-1) Graduate seminar addressing advanced topics of interest to students pursuing environmental geology specialization. (Course fee required.)
MATH 5175. Mathematical Statistics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: MATH 3175 with a grade of "C" or better. Statistical inference, estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses, multivariate distributions, linear regression. Appropriate computational devices and statistical software will be used.
STAT 5176. Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments (3-0-3) Prerequisite: STAT 3127 with a grade of "C" or better. Completely randomized designs, treatment comparisons, diagnosing agreement between the data and the model, experiments to study variances, factorial treatment design and applications. Appropriate statistical software will be used.