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ESF Course Descriptions
ESF Courses by Prefix
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- APMApplied Mathematics
- BPEBioprocess Engineering
- CMEConstruction Management Engineering
- EFBEnvironmental and Forest Biology
- EHSEnvironmental Health
- ENSEnvironmental Science
- EREEnvironmental Resources Engineering
- ESTEnvironmental Studies
- EWPEnvironmental Writing Program
- FORForestry (Resources Management)
- FTCForest Technology
- GNEGeneral Engineering
- LSALandscape Architecture
- PSEPaper Science and Engineering
- RMSRenewable Materials Science
- SRESustainable Renewable Energy
- SUSSustainability Management
Catalog and Registrar Resources
NOTE: The catalog is updated as changes become official. For the program requirements that apply to you, see the catalog of record for your entering year.
- Academic Catalog (and catalogs of record)
Introductory Research Problem
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 232 Professional Development in Environmental Science (1)
One hour of lecture, discussion, or activity each week. This course will continue to guide and support Environmental Science students in both personal and professional growth. Course topics include time management and study skills, choosing an "option area", research methods, (literature review, field skills, project development), finding and solidifying experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, research projects), current topics/issues in Environmental Science, and effective interaction for group work. Spring. Prerequisite: ENS 132 or equivalent.
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 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 420 Internship in Environmental Science (1 - 5)
Full or part time position as an employee or volunteer in a professional setting with an environmental science focus. Internship will be structured in collaboration between ESF faculty advisor and on-site supervisor. Requires initial plan outlining learning goals and objectives, supervisorís assessment and final report by student to be graded by faculty advisor. Students shall report their activities to their instructor on a weekly basis for the duration of the course. Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisite: Permission from instructor.
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)
Three hours of lecture per week. Identification of environmental hazards to human and other life forms; application of statistical tools and methods required for quantifying risk and their applicability and limitations; regulatory requirements governing risk assessment reporting; and effective public communication of environmental risks. Fall. Prerequisite: APM 106, APM 391, EFB 103, FCH 152
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. Students shall report their activities to their instructor on a weekly basis for the duration of the course. 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 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 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 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. Students shall report their activities to their instructor on a weekly basis for the duration of the course. Fall, Spring and Summer.
ENS 898 Professional Experience (1 - 12)
Professional experience which applies, enriches and/or complements formal coursework. Students shall report their activities to their instructor on a weekly basis for the duration of the course. Graded on an "S/U" basis. Fall, Spring and Summer.
Course Numbering System
100-499: Undergraduate courses for which no graduate credit may be given.
500-599: Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll by permission of the instructor.
600-699: Graduate courses designed expressly for advanced levels of specialization. Undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better may enroll in these courses with an approved petition.
700-999: Advanced graduate level courses for which no undergraduate students may register. Shared resources courses, designated as 400/500 or 400/600, are designed when the topic coverage of both courses is the same. Separate course syllabuses are developed expressly differentiating the requirements and evaluative criteria between the undergraduate course and the graduate course. No type of cross-listing may be offered unless approved by the ESF faculty.