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Environmental Science (ES) Course Descriptions

Department of Biology, College of Sciences


NOTE: All Environmental Science (ES) courses used as prerequisites for other Environmental Science courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

ES 2013  Introduction to Environmental Systems I [TCCN: BIOL 2306.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to the biotic principles of man-machine-community interrelationships within the natural and built environments. General attention is given to the biotic concepts of growth, processes, and changes occurring in ecosystems and social structures. Emphasis on understanding system dynamics and their relation to public policy formulation and natural resource use. May apply toward the Level I Core Curriculum requirement in science.

ES 2021  Introduction to Environmental Systems I Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Concurrent enrollment in ES 2013 is recommended.
Qualitative and quantitative methods in the study of biotic environmental systems.

ES 2023  Introduction to Environmental Systems II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ES 2013.
An introduction to the abiotic principles of man-machine-community interrelationships within the natural and built environments. General attention is given to the abiotic environmental factors including natural hazards (earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, landslides, and floods), pollution processes, energy resources, and changes occurring in ecosystems. Emphasis on understanding system dynamics and their relation to natural resource use.

ES 2031  Introduction to Environmental Systems II Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Concurrent enrollment in ES 2023 is recommended.
Qualitative and quantitative methods in the study of abiotic environmental systems.

ES 3023  Society and Its Natural Resources
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An in-depth analysis of humankind’s dependency on the major natural resources of the earth such as water, air, soils, forests, grasslands, minerals, fuels, and wildlife, and the environmental problems that arise through societal mismanagement.

ES 3033  Environmental Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 1404, ES 2013 and ES 2023, or equivalents.
Examination of the interactions of biotic and abiotic systems, including interactions of plants, animals, and the environment. (Formerly ES 3034. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ES 3033, ES 3034 or BIO 3283.)

ES 3042  Environmental Ecology Laboratory
(0-6) 2 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 1404, ES 2013, ES 2021, ES 2023, and ES 2031, or equivalents. Concurrent enrollment in ES 3033 is recommended.
A field-oriented course emphasizing modern ecological techniques, including examinations of plant and animal populations and measurement of selected chemical and physical parameters. (Credit cannot be earned for both ES 3042 and BIO 3292.)

ES 3053  Environmental Remediation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CHE 2603, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents.
This course will focus on the fundamentals associated with environmental remediation in relation to the overall environmental quality and protection. Topics covered include contaminant fate and transport; physical, chemical, and biological processes/characteristics of the air, soil, and water; remediation/restoration methods; environmental monitoring; environmental assessments; environmental regulations; and water/wastewater treatment. (Formerly ES 3054. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 3053 and ES 3054.)

ES 3061  Environmental Remediation Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: CHE 2603, CHE 2612, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents. Concurrent enrollment in ES 3053 is recommended.
This laboratory and field-based course will provide hands-on experience in environmental remediation that will focus on regulatory aspects of assessing environmental contamination, technologies/strategies used to remediate, and current literature research investigations into remediation.

ES 3103  Environmental Microbiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 1404, CHE 2603, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents, or consent of instructor.
This course will survey environmental microbiology and will emphasize microbial interactions in terrestrial and aquatic environments as well as the fate of microbial pathogens. Topics covered include microbial environments, detection of bacteria and their activities in the environment, microbial biogeochemical cycling, bioremediation of organic and inorganic pollutants, and water quality. (Formerly ES 3104. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ES 3103, ES 3104 or BIO 3713.)

ES 3112  Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
(0-6) 2 hours credit. Prerequisites: CHE 2603, CHE 2612, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents. Concurrent enrollment in ES 3103 is recommended.
This laboratory-based course will provide advanced techniques and methods in the environmental microbiology field, including various natural habitats. Special consideration is given to application of genetically engineering microorganisms for solving environmental problems. (Credit cannot be earned for both ES 3112 and BIO 3722.)

ES 3203  Environmental Law
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Present-day environmental enabling acts and regulations will be covered, with emphasis on federal acts, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and associated regulations.

ES 4003  Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CHE 2603, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents.
Chemical principles applied to the understanding of processes in aquatic and environmental systems. Emphasis will be on physical, chemical, and biological processes in treatment and processing of hazardous waste materials.

ES 4011  Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: CHE 2603, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents. Concurrent enrollment in ES 4003 is recommended.
Laboratory principles applied to the understanding of processes in aquatic and environmental systems. Emphasis will be on physical, chemical, and biological processes in treatment and processing of hazardous wastes materials.

ES 4103  Global Change
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 1404, CHE 2603, ES 2013, and ES 2023, or equivalents.
Changes in the global distribution of plants and animals and the causes of the changes will be examined. Factors that are apparently coupled to changes in these distributions will be examined including, but not limited to, atmospheric composition change and temperature change. Additionally, examination of the impact of humans and their activities on the environment: their effect on aquatic, marine, and terrestrial plant, animal, and human resources. (Formerly ES 4104. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 4103 and ES 4104.)

ES 4193  Field-Based Inquiry
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of mathematics and Level II science core curriculum requirements.
This course will enable future teachers to integrate fieldwork and inquiry into their curriculum. Observational and descriptive skills from a field-based research perspective will be emphasized. Mapping techniques will include pace-and-compass mapping, plane table mapping, and an introduction to Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. An interdisciplinary approach that explores Earth system interactions will be highlighted. Students will develop and carry out a research project based upon fieldwork. Students in this course will spend significant time outdoors traveling over rough terrain. (Same as GEO 4193. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 4193 and GEO 4193.)

ES 4203  Environmental Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013 and ES 2023, or equivalents.
Examination of environmental problems as well as their possible impact and potential solutions will be presented and explored from a variety of areas including soil, air, water, coastal and marine systems.

ES 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ES 4951-3  Special Studies in Environmental Science
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.


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