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Graduate Course Offerings
Environmental Studies (ENVR)

College-Program Codes: 7-11
NOTE: Please see your advisor regarding course sequencing and any expected preparation.


5040/ECON 5040 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS (3 credits) Examines environmental problems as consequences of market's failure to accurately value environmental resources. Alternative private and public policies are examined in terms of their effectiveness in improving the efficiency and equity with which water, air, and other resources are allocated.

5050 GEOCHEMISTRY (3 credits) A review of geochemical processes that are active at the earth's surface. The course will include the inorganic and organic chemistry of natural water systems, chemical weathering of clays, and the effects of pollutants on geochemical systems.

5101 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY I (3 credits) Intensive study of biogeochemical cycles of natural and man-made pollutants including transformations, transport, fate and persistence mechanisms. Environmental effects, long-term impacts, and methods of treatment/prevention are discussed.

5102 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY II (3 credits) A study of the environmental chemistry of condensed phases, atmospheric environmental chemistry, applied environmental chemistry, and chemical principles for various environmental processes that relate to green chemistry for pollution prevention and cleanup. Prerequisite: ENVR 5101.

5200 WASTEWATER TREATMENT (3 credits) Introduction to the operation of the principal methods and treatment processes of municipal and industrial wastewaters, and for the disposal of treated effluent and sludges, and other solid materials. Integration of fundamental principles of science with different aspects of sanitary technology.

5210 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (3 credits) Environmental laws, regulations, and policies regarding waste management and pollution will be overviewed.

5220 SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS (4 credits) Methods of sampling and analysis of air, water, soil and other environmental compartments will be described in lecture and experienced in laboratory session. The focus is on regulations and prescribed protocols for environmental field and lab work. Prerequisite: ENVR 5210.

5230 AIR POLLUTION TECHNOLOGY (4 credits) In-depth overview of sources and types of air pollution, major environmental impacts, regulations, and technologies for control and cleanup. Prerequisites: ENVR 5210 and ENVR 5300.

5240 WASTE MANAGEMENT (4 credits) An overview of the solid and hazardous waste situation at the local, state, national, and international levels. The focus on management will include a systems approach to prevention, control, and remediation of wastes. Prerequisite: ENVR 5300.

5260 RISK ASSESSMENT AND AUDITING (3 credits) Overview of human/environmental risk assessment methods and environmental auditing techniques, with a focus on regulatory compliance and case studies. Prerequisites: ENVR 5210, ENVR 5240, and ENVR 5300.

5300 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY (3 credits) Helps students pursuing environmental studies to develop environmental management skills required in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing businesses. Safe handling, transport, and storage of hazardous materials with respect to their physical and chemical nature, and application of regulatory requirements relevant to specific business and hazardous materials involved.

5400 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (3 credits) Fundamental aspects of microbiology and biochemistry as related to land production, environmental pollution and water quality control processes. The role of major groups of microorganisms as pollutants, as purifying agents, and as agents of biochemical changes, and ecological importance of each group in the environment.

5500 ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY (4 credits) An overview of major environmental pollutants, their transport, fate, and toxicology. Pollutant effects studied from practical and theoretical focus on stress at various levels of biological organization.

6010 RESEARCH IN NATURAL SCIENCE (2 credits) A comprehensive overview of the scientific method as it applies to the natural sciences, including formulation of hypotheses, hypothesis testing, experimental design and conduct, data analysis, and scientific communication/publication.

6890 GRANTS AND CONTRACTS (2 credits) A practical investigation of grantsmanship with emphases on funding sources, creative writing, effective conduct of project and reporting results. Gives students first-hand practice in all phases of grantsmanship. Prerequisite: ENVR 6010.

6920 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY (2 credits) When taken as Graduate Seminar the following description applies: Interdisciplinary study and detailed discussion of major areas of environmental controversy with emphasis on individual investigation of the available literature and effective oral presentation.


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