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environmental science courses


ENVS 3304. Alternative Energy Technologies – provides a survey of alternative technologies for using wind, solar, and biofuels as energy sources. Includes hands-on experience in the design, partial assembly, and operation of home-scale energy systems, including wind turbines solar panels, and photovoltaics. Prerequisite: ENVS 3301 or ENVS 3401, or school approval. This course will be offered only at the Plainview Campus.

*ENVS 3401. Environmental Science - study of human interactions with the environment
focusing on human population growth; hydrologic cycle; biodiversity; soils and agriculture;
patterns in energy usage; air and water pollution; global climate change; waste management, and sustainable technologies. Local and weekend field trips may be required. Note: ENVS 3301 may be taught at external campuses as three hour course without labs and without fees. Course will also meet life science requirement in the General Education Core. Prerequisite: three hours or more of life or physical science, or school approval. Fee: $90.

ENVS 4101. Environmental Science Seminar - Capstone seminar course for majors/minors in environmental science and environmental studies. Key topics include advanced readings in human population growth; energy production and use; food production and distribution; air, water, and soil pollution and control; environmental economics; environmental ethics; and sustainability and stewardship. Should be taken in last 2 semesters of BS-ENVS or BS-ENST degree, or last 3 terms of BAS-ENST degree.

ENVS 4302. Environmental Laws and Regulations – survey of Clean Air Act; Clean Water
Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act; and other relevant laws and regulations dealing with air and water quality and pollution effects. Prerequisite: ENVS 3301 or ENVS 3401, or school approval.

ENVS 4303. Natural Resource Management – introduction to the principles of and laws pertaining to natural resource management. Emphasis will be placed on management of public lands, wetlands protection, protection of endangered species, and principles of restoration ecology. Local and weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisite: ENVS 3301 or ENVS 3401, or school approval.

ENVS 4409. Conservation Biology (BIOL 4409) – management of vertebrate populations
emphasized through the study of environmental and other influences on population dynamics in the context of ecological communities. Field studies will be emphasized through local and regional field trips. At least one weekend field trip required. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402 or school approval. Fee: $90; additional fees may apply to cover the cost of field trips.