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ENVS 201 - HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MGMT

The generation, handling, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste. History, management, regulatory context, toxicology, treatment, monitoring, recycling and disposal, remediation of contaminated sites.

Credits: 3


ENVS 202 - POLLUTION CONTROL

The scientific, social, and regulatory context of pollution control. Sources of air, land, and water contaminants; environmental and health consequences of pollution; regulatory laws and agencies; technical approaches to reducing and controlling emissions.

Credits: 3


ENVS 314 - INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYST

Computer collection, use, and display of geographic data. GIS applications, input and manipulation of data, conversion of data into usable databases, data analysis, and generation of map output and reports.

Credits: 3


ENVS 315 - Intensive Hands on GIS Experience

PC-based, practical hands-on experience using the most recent version of the ARCGIS software. Find, collect, use, and display geographic data and acquire skills to input, manipulate, and convert data into usable databases as well as generate map output and reports. Students will produce a portfolio of learned skills and a GIS problem-solving project in the area of individual interest. A hybrid course available online and in Robin campus.

Credits: 3


ENVS 316 - ADVANCED GEOG INFOR SYSTEM

Further development of hands-on use of standard GIS software; overview of ARCGIS software; GIS implementation; acquiring, converting, and integrating data; creating GIS layers (themes) in multiple formats; editing and correcting GIS layers; processes to modify data and conduct geographical analyses; customization of applications; presentation of results from a completed GIS project. See Geog 316.

Credits: 3


ENVS 323 - Tropical Marine Biology

Exploration of tropical habitats, both marine and terrestrial, in terms of basic biology and ecology and current threats due to development. Emphasis is on coral reefs, including snorkeling of the second largest barrier reef in the world off Ambergris Caye in Belize, with opportunities to observe diverse wildlife in the field. Terrestrial field trips include beaches, mangrove swamps, and tropical deciduous forests. Visits to Mayan ruins and the Belize Zoo on the mainland emphasize local cultural ties to the environment.

Credits: 3


ENVS 330 - WETLANDS DELINEATION

Scientific, technical, legal, and public policy issues involved in defining, delineating, regulating, conserving, and restoring wetlands. Preliminary assessment of a natural or disturbed area's wetland status, including biology, hydrology, and soils. Potential issues involved in developing, conserving, or restoring the area. This course alone will not qualify students as professional wetlands delineators. See Biol 330.

Credits: 3


ENVS 332 - ECOLOGY OF TALLGRASS PRAIRIE

Offered Summer, 2004. Prairies have been described as the most endangered ecosystems in North America. This is a field-oriented introduction to prairies, including exploration of unique ecological processes found at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Special attention will be given to prairie plants, insects, soils, endangered species, and prairie restoration.

Credits: 4


ENVS 333 - NAT'L PARKS FIELD EXPERIENCE

This field course will integrate the role of public policy, government politics, interest groups, and the media in the management of the national park's natural resources, along with the natural science concepts underlying environmental management decisions. Topics include management of fires, sustainable habitat development, wolf reintroductions, bison and elk migrations, land use buffer zones, economic development, and tourism.

Credits: 3


ENVS 335 - GREAT LAKES

Ecology, chemistry, and environmental policy issues surrounding the Great Lakes, with emphasis on Lake Michigan. Lecture, field trips and guest lecturers. Recommended for science and education majors.

Credits: 3


ENVS 380 - GIS CAPSTONE PROJECT

Students work on an independent project in a field of interest with faculty supervision and guidance.

Credits: 3


ENVS 390 - INTERNSHIP

Credits: 3-6


ENVS 391 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE INTERN

Off-campus work experience with an approved government, nonprofit, or private organization. May include laboratory experience, field work, or other practical activities. Guidelines for internships are available from the school.

Credits: 3-6


ENVS 392 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCI.

Independent science laboratory research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher; 1 to 4 semester hours total may be applied toward the BS degree. Students may register in consecutive semesters.

Credits: 1-4


ENVS 395 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent library research culminating in a formal review paper on a topic approved by the instructor.

Credits: 1-2


ENVS 414 - INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYST

Principles and methods of geographic information systems (GIS); emphasis on spatial data; overview of data structures, data types, methods of data analysis and manipulation and applications. Practical experience with GIS through computer and manual exercises.

Credits: 3


ENVS 415 - Intensive Hands on GIS Experience

PC-based, practical hands-on experience using the most recent version of the ARCGIS software. Find, collect, use, and display geographic data and acquire skills to input, manipulate, and convert data into usable databases as well as generate map output and reports. Students will produce a portfolio of learned skills and a GIS problem-solving project in the area of individual interest. A hybrid course available online and in Robin campus.

Credits: 3


ENVS 416 - ADVANCED GEOG INFORM SYSTEMS

Further development of hands-on skills in the use of standard geographical information systems (GIS) software; overview of ARCGIS software; GIS implementation; acquiring, converting, and integrating data; creating GIS layers (themes) in multiple formats; editing and correcting GIS layers; developing processes to modify data and conduct geographical analyses; customizing applications; and presenting results from a completed GIS project.

Credits: 3


ENVS 435 - GREAT LAKES

Credits: 3


ENVS 480 - GIS CAPSTONE PROJECT

Students work on an independent project in a field of interest with faculty supervision and guidance.

Credits: 3


ENVS 495 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Literature review, analysis, or experimental design and execution. Faculty approval and supervision of projects required.

Credits: 1-4