ENV-SCI 110L Understanding the Earth Laboratory Credits: 2
Laboratory and field demonstration and exercises in environmental science. Weekly exercises or field trips.
Co-requisites: ENV-SCI 110R.
ENV-SCI 110R Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory Credits: 3
This introductory course surveys the processes that shape our planet. Topics include: plate tectonics and mountain-building, rivers and oceans, atmospheric circulation, weather and climate, and the amazingly complex relationships between life on Earth and the physical environment.
ENV-SCI 210 Issues in Environmental Science Credits: 3
Explores important environmental issues such as air and water pollution, water supply, climate change, agriculture and food supply, environmental health, ecosystem disruption, environmental management, environmental ethics, and energy resources. Topics may vary depending on current events.
ENV-SCI 220 Ecosystem Science for Decision Makers Credits: 3
This course addresses the fundamentals of ecosystem science with an emphasis on human-induced change in natural systems. Course content characterizes the biological patterns found in nature emphasizing application of underlying principles. Scientific tools are provided to evaluate ecosystem concerns and make informed decisions.
ENV-SCI 303 Weather and Climate Credits: 4
Overview of weather processes and the main components of the climate system. Emphasis is on the physical basis of daily weather patterns, seasonal climate variability and longer-term climate change at local, regional, and global scales. The theme throughout the course will be the importance of weather and climate as major drivers of environmental change.
ENV-SCI 310 Field Experience in Waste Management Credits: 2-3
This course provides an overview of waste management issues, including nature, classification and disposal of various wastes, and U.S. laws governing the management of solid, hazardous, biologic and nuclear waste. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented by visits to waste management facilities to study methods and technologies used for treatment and disposal of wastewater, solid, hazardous, and biologic wastes. This field-intensive course includes travel to neighboring states and includes an overnight out-of-town stay. Final report required.
ENV-SCI 321 Climate Change Impact Assessment and Policy Response Credits: 3
This course introduces how scientists assess observed climate change and predict future climate change. Lectures, discussions, problem sets, and term papers help students explore interactions among climate change, human activities and policy responses. It helps students achieve an appreciation for the role of accurate scientific information as foundation for shaping political agreements and policies on climate change.
Prerequisites: ENV-SCI 110R.
ENV-SCI 332CZ Environmental Sustainability Credits: 3
This course will introduce the concept of sustainability and review how sustainability might work at the individual, neighborhood, state, nation and global scales. Students will participate in some form of community engagement on sustainability as well as reflect upon how their own practices impact the environment.
ENV-SCI 416 Understanding and Living with Volcanoes Credits: 3
This course will examine the distribution, tectonic setting, and morphology of a range of volcano types on Earth and a few examples from other planets. Students will study volcanic processes including explosive and passive processes and how we investigate them. This will involve discussion of volcanic hazards and hazard assessment, risk communication, and the challenges of volcanic crises response. The course will also cover how volcanoes impact the local and global economy and Earth’s climate. Recommended preparation: GEOG 314 / GEOLOGY 314 or GEOLOGY 325 or GEOLOGY 342.
ENV-SCI 449 Global Water and Sustainability Credits: 3
This course examines the physical characteristics of water and its role in Earth systems. The challenges facing societies in an era of rapidly-changing climate are explored.
Cross Listings: GEOG 449.
ENV-SCI 496 Environmental Internship Credits: 1-4
Students obtain practical experience working for local engineering and environmental firms, or governmental agencies. Specific duties and application requirements will vary depending on the funding organization's needs. Junior or senior standing required for undergraduates.