ENV Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for all ENV Program classes

AGR 306 The Global Society’s Food Supply  (3)  A.  a study of the complexities of the global food and fiber supply including the production, manufacturing and distribution systems.  these studies include historical influences, current topics and health related food issues 

AGR 319/ENV 319 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems. (3) II. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102; and MAT 105.  Principles of energy and how those needs can potentially be met in the future will be discussed. Comparisons of existing energy sources (fossil fuels, nuclear power) with renewable sources (biomass, solar, and tidal). Credit will not be awarded for both AGR 319 and ENV 319.   

AGR 340/ENV 341 Conservation of Agricultural Resources. (3) A.  Prerequisite: any ENV or AGR course and Junior Standing.  Conservation of soils and their fertility, erosion and control, soil conservation methods for individual farms, water supply and distribution, problems of water and air pollution, problems resulting from the population explosion.  

AGR 345 Sustainable Agroecosystems. (3) A, I.  Prerequisites:  any course in chemistry, agr130, and 131; or oHo 131 and 132 or BIo 131.  acomprehensive study of new technology related to crop, and pest management practices which could enhance economic returns, environmental quality   

ANT 370 Primate Conservation (3) A.Prerequisite: ant 201. the local human and biological impact of conservation programs affecting primate communities throughout the world.  topics include forest fragmentation, historical perspectives on conservation, agroforestry, ecotourism, ethnography, and disease.   

ANT 371 Primate Ecology & Sociality. (3) A. Completion of ANT 201 is advised before taking ant 371. Ecological relationships within primate communities. Students examine primate social structure, habitat use, diet, locomotion, seasonality, plant-primate interactions, and predator-preyrelationships.  

BIO 112 Ecology & Evolution (4) I, II. An introduction to the fundamental principles of ecology and evolution: interactions among plants, animals, microbes, and their environment, and the diversification of life through evolutionary  processes. Designed for biology majors. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for BIO 121. 3 Lect/2 Lab. Gen. Ed. E4A [NS].   

BIO 317 [WLD 317/ENV 317 beginning Fall 2013] Conservation of Wildlife Resources . (3) I, II.  (3) I, II.  Introduction to the principles and practices of conservation of plants and animals; requirements and values of wildlife resources; impact of human activities on resources.  May not be used to satisfy area, major, or minor requirements.  gen. Gen Ed VII(NS) Natural Science and Gen Ed 15 Natural Science and Gen Ed 16 Natural Science   

BIO 532 Conservation Biology.  (3)  L.  Prerequisite:  BIo 316 or instructor approval.  Examination of principles and practices of conservingglobal biological diversity.  Causes, consequences and rates of extinction.  application of philosophical, biological, sociological, and legal principles to the conservation of genes, species and ecosystem  

ECO 340/ENV 340/APP 340 Environmental Economics.  (3)  A. Prerequisite:  ECO 230.  applications of basic economic analysis to a study of the environment and environmental problems.  Major topics include benefit-cost analysis for environmental decision making, the potential for market-based solutions to environmental problems, and the role and development of environmental policy.   

EHS 300 Water Supplies and Waste Disposal. (4) I, II.  Prerequisite:  EHS 280. Prerequisite/Corequisite:  BIO 320 or CLT 209 and CLT 211.  drinking water safety in both individual private systems and larger public systems. Maintenance of raw water quality, water purification, delivery systems, and surveillance.  techniques for collection, treatment, and disposal of sewerage also discussed.   

EHS 335 Hazardous and Solid Waste Management. (3) II.  Prerequisites: CHE 111, 111l and EHS 280; or departmental approval.  Corequisite: EHS 285.  nature of toxic and hazardous wastes and methods for their disposal to protect health and the environment and to prevent contamination of groundwater.  the environmental health and safety aspects of solid waste collection, treatment and disposal, and regulations governing waste management are also discussed.   

EHS 425 Environmental Health Program Planning. (3) A.  Prerequisites:  EHS 280 and 335.  administration, planning, implementation, and evaluation of environmental health programs. discussion of resources and promotional techniques, and the role of the environmental health specialist dealing with community, state, and regional agencies.  

ENG 208W/ENV 208W Environmental Literature. (3) A.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 105 (B) or HON 102. Writing intensive study of the human-environmental connection as expressed in literature, including attention to environmental sustainability and personal responsibility to the natural world within larger social and ethical values.  

GEO 302/ENV 302 Global Environmental Problems. (3) A. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102, and MAT 105; or departmental approval.  Examination of environmental problems and conservation strategies in the context of global change, with case studies from exemplary world regions, including rainforest, mountain, desert, and island biomes.  

GEO 325S/ENV 325S Environmental Land Use Planning.  (3) A Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102, and MAT 105, or departmental approval. Examines how principles of landscape ecology, resource conservation, and environmental impact analysis are incorporated into land use decisions and public policy. Emphasizes practical application at the site and regional scale. Credit will not be awarded for both GEO 325 and GEO 325S.   

GEO 430/ENV 430/APP 430 Sustainability in Appalachia.  (3)  A. Prerequisites: GEO 100 or GEO 210 or GEO 220. ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102. Examination of Appalachia’s ecological, social, and economic patterns, and the processes through which residents can ensure their social, economic and ecological sustainability in the future.   

GEO 435/ENV 435 Biogeography 3 (A). Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102; and MAT 105, or departmental approval. Study of plant and animal distributions and the nature of earth’s major terrestrial biomes, with an emphasis on formulating sound spatial hypotheses to explain the variety and ever-changing geographic ranges of living organisms.  

GLY 303/ENV 303 Environmental Geoscience. (3) A.  Prerequisite: any general education geology course or any general education geography course, or departmental approval. Investigation of the Earth as a complex set of interconnected systems that cycle elements, water, and earth materials over geologic and human time scales.  The course emphasizes global environmental changes that occur on the planet because of human actions.    

PHI 385/ENV 385  Environmental Ethics. (3) A. Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102.  An examination of historical and contemporary views of the values and rights of nature.  Possible topics include animal rights, conservationism, the land ethic, stewardship, deep ecology, ecofeminism, and indigenous approaches to the environment.    

REC 290/ENV 290 (3)  A.  Philosophy, history, and practical application of adventure programming using challenge course elements and activities. Emphasis on adventure-based education as a means to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability.    

REC 380 Natural Resource Tourism.  (3)  A.  Issues in understanding natural resource tourism, sustainability, tourism lifecycle, impacts associated with natural resource tourism, and effective management.  theoretical approaches, case studies and applications.  Emphasis on student participation and discussion.      

SOC 383 Environmental Sociology.  (3) A. the study and application of concepts from ecology, political economy and sociology to better understand the relationship between humans and their physical environment    

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