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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 1111  Environmental Botany Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1111]
(0-3) 1 hour credit.
Laboratory studies to accompany Environmental Botany Lecture. Selected laboratories pertaining to the structure and function of plants.

ES 1113  Environmental Botany [TCCN: BIOL 1311.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of structure and function of plant cells, tissues, and organs. Includes an evolutionary survey and life histories of the following representative groups: algae, fungi, mosses, liverworts, ferns, and seed producing organisms. Plant reproductive and functional interactions with their environment and with humans.

ES 1121  Environmental Zoology Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1113]
(0-3) 1 hour credit.
Laboratory studies to accompany Environmental Zoology Lecture. Selected laboratories pertaining to the taxonomy, molecular biology, and ecology of animals.

ES 1123  Environmental Zoology [TCCN: BIOL 1313.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the principles of taxonomy, molecular biology, and ecology as they relate to animal form and function, diversity, behavior, and evolution.

ES 1211  Environmental Geology Laboratory [TCCN: GEOL 1105]
(0-3) 1 hour credit.
Laboratory studies to accompany Environmental Geology Lecture. Selected laboratories pertaining to urban and regional land use planning.

ES 1213  Environmental Geology [TCCN: GEOL 1305.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The earth as a habitat. Interrelationships between humans and the environment. Geologic factors in urban and regional land use planning.

ES 1314  Environmental Statistics [TCCN: MATH 1442.]
(3-3) 4 hours credit.
Collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of environmental data, and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate technology, including statistical software.

ES 2013  Introduction to Environmental Systems I [TCCN: ENVR 1301.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies needed to understand the interactions of the biotic component of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems within the biotic component of natural word, risk assessment of these environmental problems, and to examine alternate solutions. General attention is given to the biotic concepts of growth, processes, and changes occurring in ecosystems and social structures. May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Physical and Life Sciences.

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 [TCCN: ENVR 1302.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies needed to understand the interactions of the abiotic component of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems within the abiotic component of the natural world, risk assessment of these environmental problems, and to promote environmental sustainability. General attention is given to the abiotic environmental factors including natural hazards, pollution processes, energy resources, sustainability, and changes occurring in ecosystems. May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Physical and Life Sciences.

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 3033  Environmental Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: 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: 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: 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 3121  Introduction to Soils Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013 and ES 2023, or equivalents.
Laboratory exercise and field trips designed to develop student competency in soil description, analysis, and assessment.

ES 3123  Introduction to Soils
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013 and ES 2023, or equivalents.
A study of soil properties and processes and relationships to land use, plant growth, environmental quality, and society.

ES 3141  Watershed Processes Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013, ES 2023 and ES 1213, or equivalents.
Laboratory exercises and field trips designed to develop an understanding of watershed processes, watershed assessment, and watershed management.

ES 3143  Watershed Processes
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013, ES 2023 and ES 1213, or equivalents. This course focuses on watershed processes, watershed assessment, and watershed management.

ES 3153  Environmental Chemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013, ES 2023, CHE 2603, or equivalents.
This course explores the chemistry of the environment, the chemistry underlying environmental problems and solutions to environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on thermodynamics and kinetics of reaction cycles; sources, sinks and transport of chemical species; and quantitation of chemical species. Examples are selected from the chemistry of natural and contaminated air, water, and soil. (Same as CE 4613. Credit can only be earned for ES 3153 or CE 4613.)

ES 3163  Ornithology
(3-0) 3 hour credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
A course covering various aspects of the biology of birds, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Field trips may be required. (Same as BIO 4063. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 3163 and BIO 4063.)

ES 3173  Mammalogy
(3-0) 3 hour credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
A course covering various aspects of the biology of mammals, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Field trips may be required.

ES 3183  Entomology
(3-0) 3 hour credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
A course covering various aspects of the biology of insects, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Field trips may be required.

ES 3193  Herpetology
(3-0) 3 hour credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
A course covering various aspects of the biology of amphibians and reptiles, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Field trips may be required.

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 3213  Biology of Flowering Plants
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.
A study of the wildflowers of Texas emphasizing identification of the more common wildflowers, as well as family characteristics, flower anatomy, plant morphology, and plant-collecting techniques will be included. Lecture, laboratory, and fieldwork will be included as part of the course. (Same as BIO 3273. Credit can only be earned for ES 3213 or BIO 3273.)

ES 3223  Woody Plants
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.
A study of the woody plants emphasizing the characteristics of family, genus, and species. Includes identification of the common woody plants. Leaf, stem, and flower morphology, anatomy, and collecting techniques. Lecture, laboratory, and fieldwork will be included as part of the course. (Same as BIO 3263. Credit can only be earned for ES 3223 or BIO 3263.)

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: 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 4111  Field Biology Laboratory
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ES 4113 (Field Biology Lecture) is recommended.
A field-oriented course offering the opportunity for practical experience observing, collecting, and identifying Texas plants and animals. (Same as BIO 4241. Credit can only be earned for ES 4111 or BIO 4241.)

ES 4113  Field Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ES 4111 1 is recommended.
A study of the natural history of plants and animals in their native environment. Techniques for the identification of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and the dominant flowering plants will be discussed. (Same as BIO 4233. Credit can only be earned for ES 4113 or BIO 4233.)

ES 4123  Desert Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor.
An introduction to wildlife biology and management including ecological principles dealing with ecosystems, natural communities, and populations. The importance of animal behavior, the availability of food, cover, wildlife diseases, predators, hunting, and trapping will be included. Field studies will allow students to observe and apply classroom topics.

ES 4133  Natural Resource Policy and Administration
(3-0) 3 hour credit. Prerequisite: ES 3203 Environmental Law, or equivalent.
Factors in evolution of forest, range, wildlife and related natural resources administration and policies in the United States; policy components; policy formation implementation, administration and change processes; introduction to criteria for evaluating effectiveness of policies and administration.

ES 4143  Environmental Geomorphology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 1213 or consent of instructor, and junior or senior standing.
Examination of landforms on the Earth’s surface and landscape-forming processes. Field trips may be required.

ES 4153  Introduction to Sustainability
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2023 and junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor.
This course will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including biodiversity, population, food and water resources, climate change, energy, public health, and the overall forecast for the environment for the next several decades.

ES 4163  Renewable Energy
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2023 and junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor.
This course is an introduction to energy systems and renewable energy resources, with a scientific examination of the energy field and an emphasis on alternate energy sources and their technology and application.

ES 4173  Waste Water Treatment
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ES 2023 and junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor.
The application of chemical, biochemical, and physical processes to water treatment, wastewater treatment, and pollution control.

ES 4183  Environmental Toxicology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2023 and CHE 2604, or equivalents.
Examination of advanced or specialized hazardous or toxic waste treatment methods. Emphasis will be on physical, chemical, and biological processes in treatment and processing of hazardous wastes materials.

ES 4203  Environmental Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013 and ES 2023, or equivalents.
This course evaluates the framework of an impact assessment and details regarding the environment (air, water, soil), its pollutants (atmospheric, noise, water, solid waste), their impacts (physical, social, economic), relevant regulations, and pollution minimization or management strategies. Students use this information to review and comment on an existing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

ES 4211  Senior Seminar
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Senior status: Environmental Science majors and a minimum of 90 credit hours.
The techniques of seminar presentation will be studied by preparing and presenting individual seminars on topics of interest. Enrollment for credit is limited to, and required of, all senior students majoring in environmental studies.

ES 4213  Conservation Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
The class topics will include studying the nature of the biosphere, threats to its integrity, and ecologically sound responses to these threats. Also included will be the origin and preservation of biotic diversity, how the rich variety of plant and animal life around us arose, how it has been maintained by natural processes, and how we can prevent its destruction. (Same as BIO 4033. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 4213 and BIO 4033.)

ES 4233  Restoration Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
Applies ecological principles to the restoration of disturbed terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems. Includes the restoration of soils and waterways, of flora and fauna, and of natural ecological processes such as plant succession and nutrient cycling.

ES 4243  Wildlife Management
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ES 3033 or BIO 3283, or equivalents.
An introduction to wildlife biology and management including ecological principles dealing with ecosystems, natural communities, and populations. The importance of animal behavior, the availability of food, cover, wildlife diseases, predators, hunting, and trapping will be included. Field studies will allow students to observe and apply classroom. (Same as BIO 4053. Credit cannot be earned for both ES 4243 and BIO 4053.)

ES 4253  Sources, Fate, and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ES 2013, ES 2023, CHE 2603, or equivalents.
Sources of chemicals in the environment. Processes regulating fate and transport of metals, organics, nutrients, salts, pathogens, and radionuclides in the environment.

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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