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BIOL 3217K. Ecology (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 2206K and BIOL 2207K both with a grade of "C" or better. A laboratory and field-oriented course dealing with the distribution and abundance of living organisms. Topics include an exploration of adaptations to environments, population dynamics, and community organization and function. Laboratory and field work will require time beyond the scheduled periods. (Course fee required.)


CHEM 2115. Quantitative Chemical Analysis (3-0-3) Prerequisites: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L with a grade of C or better in each. Co-requisite: CHEM 2315. An introduction into the field of analytical chemistry. Topics include acquisition of analytical data and statistical analysis; theory of simple and complex equilibria such as acid-base, precipitation, redox and complexation reactions, and their analytical applications; electrochemistry; spectroscopy, and chromatography.


CHEM 2315. Quantitative Chemical Analysis Lab (0-3-1) Prerequisite: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L with a grade of C or better in each; Corequisite: CHEM 2115. Laboratory course emphasizing wet chemical methods of analysis. Topics include data handling, volumetric, gravimetric, precipitation, acid-base, metal chelation, and redox titrations, non-aqueous titrations, gravimetry, ion-exchange equilibria, and spectroscopic methods of analysis. The sequence of the experiments in the laboratory is chosen to coordinate with the lecture materials. (Course fee required.)


ENVS 3105. Foundations of Environmental Science (3-3-4) Prerequisite: ENVS 1105/1105L or ENVS 1205K. Lecture and laboratory course exploring key concepts in the field of Environmental Science: the science of our environment including chemical, ecological, atmospheric, and geological systems; human-environment interaction; and the nature of environmental problems and solutions. The course emphasizes field and laboratory applications for environmental assessment and monitoring.


ENVS 4206. Water Resources Management (3-3-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 3217 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher. 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.


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.


GEOG 2215. Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems (3-2-4) Geography 2215 is the first course in the Geographic Information Systems sequence. This course introduces students to the art and science of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies, geographic analysis, map communication, and geographic inquiry. In the course, students will learn about the major components of Geographic Information Systems, including the hardware, software, people and data needed to make these systems useful.(Course fee required)


GEOL 5117. Climate and Global Change (3-0-3) This course examines climate and global change from a modern and historical perspective. The basic science of the natural controls over both present and past climate, as well as the methods of studying past climates are included, with some focus on the evidence for climate change using quantitative analysis. The course also addresses concerns over human influences on our present climate and the potential impacts of climate change globally, as well as possible solutions or adaptations. Undergraduate Prerequisites: MATH1111 and one of the following: GEOL1121 or GEOL1122 or ENVS1105 or CHEM 1125 or CHEM1211 with a grade of "C" or better.


GEOL 5255. Environmental Geology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121. Examination of human interaction with the geologic environment. Geologic hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions will be considered, as well as resources and waste management, and human impacts on the physical environment. (Course fee required.)


STAT 1127. Introductory Statistics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on math placement exam or completion of any of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: MATH 1001, MATH 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1125, or MATH 1131. Survey of modern statistical methods applicable to behavioral, biological, health and managerial sciences, and education. Organization and analysis of data, probability distributions, sampling distributions, point estimation, confidence interval, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. (Course fee required.)