EVSP180 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 semester hours)
This course will give students the opportunity to learn and connect with the central issues in environmental science, from ecological to social to economic considerations. The basic concepts of ecology, geography, chemistry, economics, ethics, policy, and many other disciplines will be used to examine the overarching role that humans play in our planetary environmental problems, successes, and solutions. Assignments will allow students to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data regarding the human-environment relationship. Lifestyle examination, ethical considerations, and critical analysis of individual contributions to local and global impacts in regards to environmental sustainability will be emphasized. This is a course primarily for a non-scientist.
EVSP201 Environmental Economics (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to the economics of natural resource management and environmental policy. Topics include benefit-cost analysis, valuation, market failure, pollution control, sustainable development, market-based environmental policy, and the economics of renewable and non-renewable resource management.
EVSP300 Using Professional Literature in the Sciences (3 semester hours)
This course will provide students with the knowledge and practical tools necessary to understand, appreciate, and effectively use the scientific literature. Students will gain hands-on experience to recognize and avoid plagiarism as well as how to find, identify, and correctly format relevant references. Resource types and their relative importance and potential biases will be considered. In addition, the course will explore the history, progression, and current state of the scientific literature and the publication process will be explained. An emphasis will be placed on the environmental and biological sciences, but concepts will be broadly applicable to most scientific disciplines.
EVSP310 Water Science (3 semester hours)
An overview course on water sources, uses, management and conservation; biological, economic, and health issues. The course will use chemical and engineering approaches to water and wastewater treatment. It includes studies for assessing chemicals in water and wastewater. Students will cover the application of standardized analytical methods for evaluating water quality. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130 and MATH302)
EVSP311 Soil Science (3 semester hours)
A fundamental study of soil properties and reactions critical to the evaluation of how contaminants, as well as essential nutrients, behave in the soil environment. Interactions of potential pollutants with soils and the aquatic and atmospheric environments are emphasized. Methods of soil management or remediation to minimize pollution are presented. (Prerequisites: CHEM133 or SCIN131 and SCIN138)
EVSP312 Introduction to Sustainability (3 semester hours)
This course will introduce students to the principles of environmental sustainability. Students will explore various aspects of sustainability, including energy use, industrial processes, waste generation and disposal, and the built environment. As part of the focus on solutions, the course will introduce students to tools society can use to attain and implement sustainable practices, such as policy, law, education and communication, marketing, research advocacy, and international agreements and collaboration.
EVSP316 U.S. Federal Environmental Organization (3 semester hours)
This course is a study of the environmental organization at the federal level, to include duties and responsibilities of federal environmentally-focused agencies, non-environmental agencies and organizations that have environmental impact or related responsibilities, and other federal administrative issues focused on environmental bureaucracy, contracting, and/or outsourcing to private organizations.
EVSP320 Energy and Resource Sustainability (3 semester hours)
This course will introduce students to current and future trends in energy technology, policy, and sustainability. It will address topics such as resource sustainability, relevant aspects of economics, sociology of innovation diffusion, product design principles, and the environmental impacts of existing and emerging energy technologies. Analysis of the range of current and future energy choices will be stressed, as well as the role of energy in determining local environmental conditions and the global climate.
EVSP321 Land Use and Planning (3 semester hours)
This course will introduce students to the basic methods of land use planning, including: goal development and formalization, planning intelligence and information systems, population forecasting, land use forecasting, land suitability analysis, land use location requirements, land classification planning, natural/sustainable land use design, and the analysis of regional or local land use plans. Through lecture, discussion, case studies, and assignments, the class will examine fundamental land use controls (i.e., General Plans and Zoning), land use policy, and contemporary land use management techniques.
EVSP322 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (3 semester hours)
This course illustrates the fundamental concepts of GIS and remote sensing technologies in the context of land use planning and management. Topics include the physical basis for remote sensing, remote sensing systems, digital image processing, data structures, database design, and spatial data analysis. The course is not intended to provide students with extensive training in particular image processing or GIS packages; however course exercises and the final project will require GIS data analysis and presentation skills.
EVSP330 Fish and Wildlife Policies, Programs, and Issues (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on national fish and wildlife policy, programs, and contemporary issues. Topics addressed in the course include historical and contemporary fish and wildlife policy; major fish and wildlife federal, state, and local programs; economic incentives and disincentives associated with fish and wildlife; and non-U.S. approaches to fish and wildlife issues.
EVSP331 Public Lands Management (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the federal, state, and local agencies, policies, strategies, and public law that influences the public lands management of the United States, and, to a lesser extent, other countries. The focus of the course is the historical and contemporary land management approaches used to protect, exploit, manage, and/or use public lands in the United States. Topics include jurisdictional issues over public land, federal agencies involved in land management, state and local issues and land management, and contemporary issues associated with land management in the 21st Century.
EVSP341 Introduction to Wildlife Management (3 semester hours)
The course explores conceptually the ecological knowledge needed for wildlife conservation, including how species behavior and life history evolves and ultimately how that shapes wildlife populations. Traditional wildlife management topics will be included, along with an added emphasis on ethological implications that affect biological diversity. In addition, human behavior and its impact on wildlife populations and diversity will be studied through case studies, scientific literature, and assigned readings.
EVSP342 Population Ecology (3 semester hours)
This course examines the fundamental laws of population ecology, providing an overview of the underpinnings of population theory. Emphasis is placed on these principles as applied to conservation and management of fish and wildlife populations. Topics include assessing extinction risk of rare species, invasion dynamics of exotic species, demographic and environmental stochasticity, metapopulation dynamics, structured populations, species interactions, interspecific interactions, and micro-evolutionary processes. Use of case studies will demonstrate the application of population ecology models and methods to the management of fish and wildlife populations, and provide the opportunity to apply concepts to current problems and challenges in this field. Students will complete quantitative analyses throughout this course, and a familiarity with college algebra or statistics is encouraged.
EVSP411 Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law (3 semester hours)
This course is an introduction to environmental policy, regulation, and law in the U.S. Subjects covered will include command and control of regulation, air quality, water quality, control of toxic materials, waste management, energy, and natural resources.
EVSP412 Environmental Management Systems (3 semester hours)
A major trend among world corporations and public agencies is the creation of formal environmental management systems. Official certification of such plans by a third party auditor marks the end of planning and the start of implementation. ISO 14001 certification is a complicated and labor-intensive process, but it can bring great tangible and intangible benefits. This course will study the process, and then apply it to six case studies.
EVSP413 Environmental and Ecosystems Management (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on contemporary theories and practices associated with environmental and ecosystems management. Industrial, economic, commercial, political, developmental, and other issues and concerns that influence environmental and ecosystems management are addressed. (Prerequisite: EVSP310)
EVSP414 Air Quality Management (3 semester hours)
In this course, the student will examine types of outdoor and indoor air pollutants, their sources, health effects, environmental and aesthetic effects, and methods of measurement and control. An in-depth review of the regulatory framework for air quality in the U.S. and related international treaties and agreements will be explored.
EVSP415 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the processes, tools, and techniques used to analyze environmental problems, establish state and federal standards, develop environmental impact statements, and make decisions regarding the environment. Students will analyze actual problems, study real environmental impact cases, and learn to use various environmental impact methodologies.
EVSP416 General Ecology (3 semester hours)
This course provides an intensive treatment of the field of ecology. Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions among organisms and their environment, which explains the distribution and dynamics of organisms, their traits, and the effects that they have on the natural world. Students will learn that ecology is an integrative discipline that draws from various fields of biology (physiology, morphology, behavior, evolution) and natural sciences (e.g., geology and chemistry), as well as other disciplines (e.g., economics and social sciences). The focus of the course will be on identifying and recommending solutions to ecological problems, e.g., habitat destruction and fragmentation, biodiversity, global environmental change, desertification, acidification of the oceans, and others.
EVSP417 Conservation Biology (3 semester hours)
This course examines the fundamental biological and ecological principles of conservation biology. Instruction covers measures of biological diversity, species concepts, genetics of small population viability analysis, and metapopulation dynamics; habitat fragmentation including edge effects, corridors and patch dynamics; reserve design principles; setting biodiversity priorities; and monitoring indices. Changes in land use patterns and the science of Landscape Ecology are also investigated. Current conservation techniques are reviewed through the use of case studies and computer exercises. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130)
EVSP418 Green Infrastructure and Renewable Technologies (3 semester hours)
This course will introduce students to the concepts of green infrastructure planning and design and the implementation of renewable technologies. The framework presented for planning and design will focus on increasing the performance of green infrastructure systems. Students will examine case studies and participate in exercises to develop richly layered, interconnected, and sustainable communities that increase human health and ecological resilience.
EVSP421 Water Resources Management (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to review the practical application of watershed planning as a tool to manage land, water, and ecosystem resources. Students will explore the public policies and practices of watershed planning by examining case studies in water supply, water quality, drought, floodplain, and storm water management in the U.S. The watershed management curriculum will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach, involving the fields of geography, environmental science, geology, public policy, urban and regional land planning, geographic information systems (GIS) and engineering.
EVSP430 Pollution and Pollution Management (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on pollution, its influence on the environment and ecosystems, and the major strategies designed to prevent or contain it. Topics include basic principles in pollution management, air pollution, marine and freshwater pollution, managing radiation, and the influence of society on pollution management. No prior experience with pollution management is needed, although the student is expected to have enthusiasm for the subject matter.
EVSP498 Senior Seminar in Environmental Science (3 semester hours)
As a senior seminar, this course will provide a review of core program content and a springboard for more advanced discussion on topics covered throughout the degree program. Students will review and analyze the environmental problem solving process with consideration for the social, environmental, and economic components. This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the course work and demonstrate knowledge of their selected concentration field of study. This is a capstone course to be taken after the environmental science courses have been satisfactorily completed. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 105 hours towards your program)