Environmental Studies

Listing of Course Designations & Rubrics

Environmental Studies - ENVS

1000 Environment and Technology: Perspective on Environmental Problems (3) Also offered as EMS 1011. Environmental quality problems involving water, air, and land, and society's response to such problems; analysis of the interrelationships and nature of ecological stresses.

1051 Soils and the Environment (3) F,S See AGRO 1051.

2144 Environmental Issues in Economics and Water Resources (3) Economic principles and control mechanisms governing man's interaction with the biosphere; engineering principles and technologies that transform the environment into commodities and unwanted waste; use cycles of water from its source through processing, reprocessing, use, reclamation, and disposal.

3999 Undergraduate Research (1-4) F,S,Su Prereq.: Permission of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. of credit. Individual study of a specific environmental problem or individual laboratory research.

4010 Applied Ecology (2) Prereq.: minimum of 10 sem. hrs. of biological and/or physical science. The biosphere, air, land, and aquatic environments; development of alternative techniques for correcting environmental pollution; environmental risk assessment analysis and management.

4101 Environmental Chemistry (2) See CHEM 4150.

4141 Radioecology (3) F See NS 4141.

4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems (3) Environmental systems planning at local, national, and international levels; identification of system requirements and available resources; definition of constraints, establishment of evaluation criteria; evaluation of alternative concepts and plans for subsystems; implementation using qualitative tradeoffs, mathematical models, and computer simulations.

4261 Energy and the Environment (3) Methods of stationary power generation; pollution related to fuel production, transportation, and use; energy use and pollution problems related to transportation; energy resources, regulatory aspects, and control technology related to stationary and moving sources of air pollution.

4477 Environmental Toxicology: Introduction and Applications (3) Prereq.: 6 hrs. of chemistry, 6 hrs. of life sciences, and permission of instructor. Introduction to the basic principles of environmental toxicology; applications of these principles in industrial and other job related environments; regulatory perspectives; spills; anthropogenic pollution problems; human risk management; overview of classes of toxic agents, routes of exposure, target tissues (human mammalian), and toxicological testing.

4500 Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants (3) Prereq.: minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of chemistry and 6 sem. hrs. of either biology or zoology. Effects of environmental pollutants on human health and quality of life.

4900 Watershed Hydrology (3) Prereq.: An introductory statistics course. 1 hrs. lecture; 1 hrs. lab. The principles of hydrology with emphasis on how natural systems are analyzed, modeled, and used in management decisions; laboratory exercises involve hands-on experience with hydrologic data analysis, use of geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial modeling.

7010 Mathematical Modeling in Energy and Environmental Management (3) S Prereq.: OCS 4410 or equivalent. Advanced studies in the development of models of energy and environmental systems.

7040 Environmental Planning and Management (3) Prereq.: ENVS 4149. Environmental systems planning and management at local, state, and federal government levels using problem identification; design of alternative solutions, evaluation of alternatives, political action decision processes, and implementation and monitoring.

7041 Environmental Policy Analysis (3) Prereq.: EXST 7003 or 7004 or 7005; ENVS 7040. Management-oriented approach to major phases of environmental policy; formulation, implementation, evaluation; theoretical bases and analytical techniques.

7043 Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Introduction to basic principles of federal and state laws, regulations, and court decisions involving pollution of the environment, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Oil Pollution Act; current topical legal developments.

7044 Regulation of Toxic Substances (3) Federal laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and policies regarding the development, production, use and disposal of toxic substances, including the Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide, and Fungicide Act, and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; toxic tort lawsuits will be reviewed.

7045 Land Use Law and Regulation (3) Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and polices regarding land use, land use planning, and environmental regulation of land use, including: zoning; subdivision regulation; planned unit development (PUD); comprehensive land use plans; limits on growth and urban sprawl; and regulatory "takings."

7050 Spatial Modeling of Environmental Data (3) Prereq.: EXST 7003 or 7004 or 7005. Development of an approach to analyze spatial and temporal processes for environmental data modeling.

7061 Water Quality Management and Policy (3) Types, sources, and effects of water pollutants; water quality standards and criteria; approaches to water quality management; application of mathematical models to water quality management; federal regulations: the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act; policy analysis for water quality management planning.

7100 Environmental Toxicology (3) Prereq.: VPT 4001. Technical, ecological, and economic considerations relating to air, water, and soil contamination; classification and detection of environmental toxicants; their biological effects on current and future trends in agribusiness and the chemical, transport, and power industries.

7110 Toxicology of Aquatic Environments (3) Prereq.: ENVS 7100. Aquatic pollution and toxicology of industrial materials related to environmental risk assessment in coastal areas; physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting the fate of toxicants in marine and freshwater coastal areas.

7112 Concepts in Marine Ecotoxicology (3) Prereq.: ENVS 7100 and 7110 or permission of instructor. Also offered as OCS 7112.Marine pollution and toxicology of industrial and non-point sources materials related to ecological risk assessment in costal and marine areas; biological processes and wastes in the ocean; physicochemical processes and wastes in the ocean; laboratory and field techniques in epibiotic, endobiotic and fecal-sestonic habitats; benthic habitats and metals/chemical specification/geoavailability; fish as a biological model; microcosm theory and design for littoral and neritic habitats; approaches to ecological risk assessment in marine habitats.

7200 Comparative Metabolism of Environmental Pollutants (3) Prereq.: BIOL 4094 or consent of instructor. Same as VPT 7620. Biochemical systems from various invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant species involved in metabolic activation and detoxification of xenobiotic substances; use of these systems as biomonitors of pollution impact.

7220 Biochemistry and Toxicology of Metals (3) Prereq.: BIOL 4093, 4094; CHEM 2262. Also offered as BIOL 7220. Integration of metals and metal complexes with biochemical processes; adaptations of the coordination sphere of metal complexes to life function; metalloenzymes and metalloproteins; properties and modifications of metals that impart specialized biochemical function, as well as toxicity, mutagenicity, carcinogenicity.

7335 Water Quality Modeling for Management (3) Prereq.: ENVS 7061 or permission of instructor. Problems and approaches in water quality modeling, with particular attention to model uncertainty, model choice, and applications for management; basic modeling concepts, mechanistic models, empirical models, modern statistical methods and uncertainty analysis applied to problems of eutrophication, toxic substances, and trend assessment.

7385 Decision Theory and Environmental Risk Analysis (3) Prereq.: EXST 7003, 7004, or 7005 or equivalent. Applications of Bayesian decision theory in natural resource and environmental policy making.

7622 Fundamentals of Chemical Carcinogenesis (3) S-E Prereq.: VPT 7604 or consent of instructor. Same as VPT 7622 and BIOL 7622.

7623 Toxicology I (3) See VPT 7623.

7624 Toxicology II (3) See VPT 7624.

7625 Toxicology III (3) See VPT 7625.

7626 Toxicology IV: Genetic Toxicology (3) S-E Prereq: ENVS 4500 or ENVS 7623 and 7624 or approval of instructor. Also offered as VPT 7626; BIOL 7626. Evaluation of induced heritable and/or phenotypic changes in the organism and individual cell; emphasis on human and mammalian species; reproductive toxicology and teratogenesis; testing and screening agents for genotoxic activities; molecular genetic approaches to human and environmental biomonitoring.

7699 Toxicology Seminar (1) See VPT 7699.

7900 Special Problems in Environmental Sciences (1-4) May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. credit. Individual study of a specific environmental problem.

7950 Special Topics in Environmental Sciences (1-6) F,S,Su Research and methodological review of current topics.

7995 Environmental Seminar (1) F,S Reports and discussions of student/faculty activities in environmental sciences.

8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.

 

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