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ANTH 5125. Human Ecology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 1105, 1106, 1145, or 5175; ENVS 1105 or ENVS 6207; or Department Approval. 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 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 5405. Topics in Conservation (3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIO3217K with a grade of C or better. Human population growth and natural resource extraction have resulted in an unprecedented loss of species--often referred to as the 6th mass extinction. This course will explore various issues involving the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity. Students will learn why biodiversity has value to humans, what human activities cause extinctions, what laws and regulations exist to prevent biodiversity losses, and how conservation strategies can be effectively implemented to preserve biodiversity. May be repeated for credit with different topic.


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 7115. Environmental Chemistry (3-0-3) A study of aquatic chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and environmental chemistry analysis. (Course fee required.)


GEOL 5135. 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 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.)