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Course Descriptions

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ENS 132 Orientation Seminar: Environmental Science (1)
One hour of lecture or discussion each week. Introduction to campus facilities, personnel, lower-division curriculum, and upper-division study options within the Environmental Science program. Fall.

ENS 200 Climate Change Science and Sustainability (1)
Climate Change Science and Sustainability is an introduction to climate science, the evidence of modern climate change, and an evaluation of some of the proposed solutions. The course integrates NASA and other web-based climate change media and products with outside readings.NASA's spatial and temporal climate change resources are the basis for most learning activities, which will enable students to continue their exploration of personal and societal climate change solutions.

ENS 250 Foundations of Environmental Health (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Introduction to environmental health. Foundations in environmental risk, epidemiology, toxicology, policy, and regulation. Agents of disease include vector-borne pathogens, toxic metals, pesticides, and radiation. Applications of environmental health focus on water and air quality, food safety, waste management and occupational health. Spring. (Course description may be revised prior to registration.)

ENS 260 Environmental Sampling Methods (3)
Principles of water, soil, and air sampling to detect and quantify environmental contaminants, including sampling techniques, statistical considerations, and data analysis, interpretation, and reporting. (Course description may be revised prior to registration.)

ENS 296 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1 - 3)
One to three hours of class meetings per week. Special topics of current interest to lower division undergraduate students in environmental science. A detailed course subject description will be presented as a topic area is identified and developed. Fall and Spring.
Permission of the instructor.

ENS 325 Energy Systems (3)
Three hours of lecture. An interdisciplinary overview of human dominated energy systems. Topics include: traditional extractive approaches, sustainable energy systems, energy return on investment, thermodynamics, energy flow analysis, resource supply, utilization rates, and environmental issues. Students are introduced to the multiple disciplines required to evolve more sustainable systems. A full day field trip. Fall.
Credits will not be granted for ENS 325 and ENS 525 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course). Prerequisites: EFB 120,FCH 150, and PHY 211.

ENS 335 Renewable Energy (3)
Technology and classroom resources: Classroom with computer projection system and chalk or dry erase board. Computing resources: Students are required to have access to the internet to complete reading assignments, homework and class projects. Lecture outlines will be made available by e-mail and posted on the SUNY-ESF website. Library resources: Students will need to have access to online journals (e.g. Renewable Energy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Biomass and Bioenergy, Energy) Transportation requirements: Vans will be required to transport students on one day field trip in central NY. Forest Properties or Field Practicum Facilities required: None.

ENS 350 Environmental Health Management (3)
Principles of communicable disease and contamination control, food protection, vector control, water supply safety, wastewater and solid and hazardous waste renovation, air pollution control, and controlling environmental hazards in special environments. (Course description may be revised prior to registration.)
Prerequisite: One year biology, one year chemistry, calculus I & II

ENS 422 Energy Markets and Regulation (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion concerning markets and regulation of energy. Topics include: the economics of energy markets, industry restructuring, and the development of markets for energy efficiency and renewable power. The role and impacts of energy regulation on markets will also be examined. Fall.
Credits will not be granted for ENS 422 and ENS 622 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course). Prerequisites: ENS 325 Energy Systems.

ENS 441 Biomass Energy (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Production and use of biomass as a source of renewable energy for the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. Characteristics of biomass sources, their conversion to different forms of energy and end products, and an assessment of source sustainability. Field trips to regional biomass facilities. Spring.
Prerequisite(s): ENS 325, ENS 335. Credit will not be granted for ENS 441 and ENS 641 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course)

ENS 450 Renewable Energy Capstone Planning (1)
One hour group meeting every two weeks. This course will afford the student an opportunity to select a topic, in conjunction with the instructor, for detail investigation in Capstone II. Each student will work individually with the instructor to arrive at a feasible project. Fall
Prerequisites: ENS 325, ENS 335. Co-requisite: ENS 422.

ENS 460 Renewable Energy Capstone (2)
One half hour meeting per week. Students will synthesize information from courses in the Renewable Energy minor by performing research and preparing a scientific report on topics related to renewable energy and energy. The research will consist of literature review/analysis, modeling, field work or laboratory research. Spring
Prerequisite: ENS 450

ENS 470 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Identification of environmental hazards to human and other life forms; methods for quantifying risk and their applicability and limitations; regulatory requirements governing risk assessment reporting; and effective public communication of environmental risks. (Course description may be revised prior to registration.)
Prerequisite: One year biology, one year chemistry, calculus I & II

ENS 480 Hazardous Materials Management (3)
In-depth examination of hazardous wastes from source to disposal and chemical fate; covers medical, nuclear, agricultural, industrial sources and reduction, prevention, containment, transportation, remediation. History, risk assessment, regulation and safety are included. (Course description may be revised prior to registration.)
Prerequisite: One year Biology, One year Chemistry, Calculus I & II

ENS 494 Environmental Science Capstone (1)
1 hour of lecture/discussion per week. Support and instruction for completion and presentation of the senior synthesis project for Environmental Science. Topics include research skills and literature review, data analysis, scientific writing including editing, and oral presentation. Research or internship must be nearly or fully completed.

ENS 498 Research Problems in Environmental Science (1 - 5)
Independent research in topics in environmental science for undergraduate students. Selection of subject area determined by the student in conjunction with an appropriate faculty member. Tutorial conferences, discussions and critiques scheduled as necessary. Final written report required for departmental record. Fall, Spring and/or Summer.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

ENS 519 Spatial Ecology (3)
Two hours of classroom instruction and three hours of laboratory, field trip, workshop, or group studio per week. Geographical modeling is the simulation of natural systems in a spatial context, interfacing the traditional tools of ecological modeling with those of Geographic Information Systems. Students in this course learn the fundamentals of ecological modeling and develop a spatial model using GIS tools to address their own research questions. Spring.
Prerequisites: EFB 518 or computer programming course; GIS course. Co-requisite: GIS course (if not already completed).

ENS 525 Energy Systems (3)
Three hours of lecture. An interdisciplinary overview of human dominated energy systems. Topics include: traditional extractive approaches, sustainable energy systems, energy return on investment, thermodynamics, energy flow analysis, resource supply, utilization rates, and environmental issues. Students are introduced to the multiple disciplines required to evolve more sustainable systems. A full day field trip. Fall.
Credits will not be granted for ENS 325 and ENS 525 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course). Prerequisites listed below or equivalent or permission of instructor. EFB 120, FCH 150, PHY 211.

ENS 535 Renewable Energy (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion providing an overview of the role of renewable energy in the context of energy supply. Sustainable sources of heat, power and fuels will be covered and compared in terms of economic and environmental impacts. A one day field trip of renewable projects is required. Spring
Credits will not be granted for ENS 335 and ENS 535 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course). Prerequisite: ENS 325 Energy Systems or equivalent.

ENS 596 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1 - 3)
Experimental or special coursework in Environmental Science for beginning graduate students, fifth year, and seniors with appropriate academic background. Subject matter and methods will vary. Fall or Spring.

ENS 601 Water Resources Management (3)
Three hours of lecture and discussion per week. This course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary water management. It draws upon subject matters from many areas, including water policy, planning, economics, hydrology, law, engineering and water quality. Fall.

ENS 607 Wetland Practicum (2 - 3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of group learning per week. Provides students with a working knowledge of wetland management, emphasizing wetland delineation, functional assessment and mitigation with module problems with reports required for each module. Two credits for completion of two modules; three credits for completion of three modules. Fall.

ENS 622 Energy Markets and Regulation (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion concerning markets and regulation of energy. Topics include: the economics of energy markets, industry restructuring, and the development of markets for energy efficiency and renewable power. The role and impacts of energy regulation on markets will also be examined. Fall.
Credits will not be granted for ENS 422 and ENS 622 (both undergraduate and graduate versions of the same course). Prerequisites: ENS 325 equivalent or permission of instructor.

ENS 696 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (1 - 3)
Experimental and developmental courses in new areas of interest to environmental studies faculty and graduate students not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Fall and Spring.

ENS 796 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (1 - 3)
Lectures and discussions, seminars, conferences and group research on advanced topics of special or current interest, in fields of interest to environmental studies faculty and graduate students. Fall and Spring.

ENS 797 Environmental Science Seminar (1 - 3)
Discussion of current topics and research related to environmental science. Fall and Spring.

ENS 798 Problems in Environmental Science and Policy (1 - 12)
Individualized, special study of environmental science and policy subjects and issues. Comprehensive oral or written report required for some problems. Fall, Spring and Summer.

ENS 898 Professional Experience (1 - 12)
Professional experience which applies, enriches and/or complements formal coursework. Graded on an "S/U" basis. Fall, Spring and Summer.

ENS 899 Masterís Thesis Research (1 - 12)
Research and independent study for the masterís degree and thesis. Fall, Spring and Summer.

ENS 999 Doctoral Thesis Research (1 - 12)
Research and independent study for the doctoral degree and dissertation. Fall, Spring and Summer.


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