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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

BIOL 2107K Biological Principles I (3-3-4)

An introduction to biology including the chemistry of life, cell structure and functions, bioenergetics, genetics, basic statistics, biotechnology, and evolution. The laboratory exercises supplement the class work.

BIOL 2108K Biological Principles II (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2107K

Topics include organ system anatomy and physiology, a survey of the diversity of life, animal behavior, and ecology. The laboratory exercises supplement the class work.

BIOL 3000K Genetics (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2107K.

Structure, function, regulation, and transmission of hereditary information in viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes. Laboratory includes exercises in both classical and molecular genetics.

BIOL 3300K Ecology (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K or ENVS 2202K

An examination of the relationship of organisms with their abiotic and biotic environments. Population, community, and ecosystems interactions are evaluated from both ecological and environmental perspectives.

BIOL 4200K Zoology (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K

A survey of the animal phyla emphasizing morphology, life histories, ecology, evolution, behavior, and coordination of structure and function.

BIOL 4440K Botany (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K

A survey of land plants, with emphasis on the ecology, field identification, economic importance, and natural history of these organisms. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

BIOL 3100K Microbiology (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 3000K

The morphology, physiology, genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work. Biochemistry I is recommended , but not required, prerequisite for this course.

BIOL 3250K Ecosystem Ecology (3-3-4), Prerequisites: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L.

Ecosystem ecology is the study of energy and material flows (water, nutrients) through both the living (plants, animals, microbes) and non-living (soils, atmosphere) components of natural systems. Classes and lab exercises will examine the influence of biological, ecological and physical processes on energy and elemental cycling (C, N, P), considering the roles of microorganisms, plants and animals and whole ecosystems. Factors that regulate ecosystem function including soils, climate, disturbance, and human activities will be considered from the molecular to the global scale.

BIOL 3500 Biostatistics (3-0-3), Prerequisite: MATH 2260

This course provides an overview of commonly used statistics in biological research, including t tests, analysis of variance, regression analysis, covariate analysis, and other techniques. Students gain practical experience in applying statistical tests to biological data. Other topics covered include a review of the scientific method and proper design of research experiments in biology.

BIOL 3600 Freshwater Biology (3-0-3), Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K

An examination of freshwater biota and their environments, with emphasis on the ecology of organisms and the structure and function of freshwater communities and ecosystems.

BIOL 3700K Ichthyology (3-3-4), Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K

A survey of fishes, with emphasis on the anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, evolutionary history, and ecology of these organisms. Field and laboratory exercises will develop skills in fish identification and the analysis of fish populations and assemblages.

CET 3130 Applied Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (2-3-3)

A study of basic physical principles applied to fluids under static and dynamic conditions. This course includes the study of fluid properties, pipe flow analysis, pump analysis and selection, types of open channel flow, and flow measuring devices and their application.

CET 3310 Water Treatment and Distribution (2-3-3), Prerequisites: CHEM 1211, 1211L, and (CET 3130 or CET 3343)

Application of chemistry concepts on water quality and treatment processes. This course also includes the performance of mass balance calculations and study of reactor configurations in the design and operation of water treatment systems; and the design approach for water distribution systems and their basic components.

CET 3320 Wastewater Collection and Treatment (2-3-3), Prerequisite: (CET 3310 or concurrent CET 3344) and MATH 2306

Application of hydraulics in the design of wastewater collection systems and ancillary structures. This course also includes a description of the metabolic processes and its application in wastewater treatment, design of conventional and individual wastewater treatment processes.

CET 4310 Stormwater Management and Erosion Control (2-3-3), Prerequisite: CET 3130 or CET 3343

Study of rain distributions, run-off generation, peak flow estimations, hydrograph generation, as well as stormwater conveyance systems. This course also includes the study of structures and best management practices for erosion control to maintain or improve water quality.

CET 4330 Solid Waste Management (2-3-3), Prerequisite: CET 3320 or CET 3344.

Study of management and equipment alternatives in solid waste generation, collection, processing, transferring, transporting and disposal. Consideration of legislation, regulation and management of solid wastes. Activities include field trips and a municipal solid waste landfill design with both oral and written project reports.

CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I (3-3-4), Prerequisite: MATH 1111

First course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Topics to be covered include composition of matter, stoichiometry, periodic relations, and nomenclature. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

 CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II (3-3-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L

Second course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

CHEM 2511K Organic Chemistry I (3-3-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L

An introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Topics include a study of the synthesis, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and properties of acylic and cyclic compounds and their derivatives. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

CHEM 2512K Organic Chemistry II (3-3-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 2511K

A continuation of the study of organic molecules. Topics include a survey of heterocycles, natural products and synthetic polymers. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

CHEM 3150K Environmental Chemistry (3-3-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 1212 , 1212L with a grade of "C" or better

This course provides the fundamentals of environmental chemistry. Topics covered include sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of important chemical species in atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Major environmental issues discussed ozone destruction, photochemical smog, acid rain, climate change, heavy metals and waste management. Laboratories involve sampling and sample preparation, qualitative and quantitative analysis and data treatment.

CHEM 3100K Analytical Chemistry (3-6-5), Prerequisite: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L

An introduction to instrumental methods of quantitative analysis and their underlying principles. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

CHEM 3200K Atmospheric Chemistry (3-3-4), Prerequisites: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, PHYS 1112 and PHYS 1112L.

Atmospheric chemistry is a branch of environmental science in which the chemistry processes in the atmosphere are studied. It is designed for science major students with junior or senior status. Topics in this course include: atmosphere layers, atmospheric transport, biogeochemical cycles of gaseous nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, and sulfur compounds, aerosol, fog, smog, and acid rain, troposphere air pollutions, ozone hole and stratosphere ozone depletion, greenhouse gases and global warming, industrial revolution and anthropogenic climate change, chemical kinetics in mesosphere and thermosphere, circumstellar and planetary atmosphere. Atmospheric chemistry is aimed to show students how to use the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry to describe phenomena and solve problems in a complex system (atmosphere).

CHEM 3300K Instrumental Analysis (2-6-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 3100K

Principles of operation and application of instrumental methods including ultraviolet/visible and infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption and emission, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

ENVS 2202K Introduction to Environmental Science (3-3-4)

Examination of contemporary environmental issues related to Earth’s natural systems, human population dynamics, natural resources, environmental quality, global changes, and environmental values in society. Scientific principles and data needed for gaining an understanding of environmental challenges on local, regional, and global scales will be emphasized.

ENVS 3100K Soil and Water Science (3-3-4), Prerequisite: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L

This course will provide an overview of soil and water science including study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of each and how these properties relate to soil health and water quality. The class will consider human activities that impact soil and water resources, the assessment of those impacts, and management approaches towards them. Laboratory exercises will involve the application of techniques for monitoring soil and water quality and methods for remediation.

ENVS 3150K Environmental Toxicology (3-3-4), Prerequisites: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L

Environmental toxicology is the study of the nature, properties, effects and detection of toxic substances in the environment and environmentally exposed species, including humans. This course will provide a general understanding of toxicology including dose-response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and risk assessment.

ENVS 3250 Natural Resource Management (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENVS 2202K

Study and analysis of earth's natural resources and the role of human population in their use, sustainable development, and exploitation. Topics include the status and trends of topsoil, surface water, agriculture, forests, grasslands, energy, and wildlife.

ENVS 3450 Conservation Biology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 2108K

This course will cover the ecological, sociological, and economic principles influencing conservation biology, the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Topics include an examination of human impacts on plants and wildlife, interaction of conservation and society, and the management and conservation of endangered species and biological communities. Class exercises will cover quantitative techniques used to evaluate and predict the status of plant and animal populations and ecological methods for monitoring and maintaining biodiversity in ecosystems.

ENVS 4500 Environmental Science Internship (3-0-3), Prerequisite: Junior standing

Students will gain practical experience and training in environmental science by working on projects with governmental agencies or private companies. Availability of internships will vary from semester to semester.

GEOL 1011K Introductory Geosciences I (3-3-4), Prerequisites: MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 This course covers Earth’s materials and processes including: plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building and volcanoes; minerals, the composition of continents, and the earth's interior; as well as surface processes including landforms, weathering, erosion, transport and deposition. Special attention is given to the application of geology to land-use, groundwater, mineral and fossil fuel exploration.

MATH 2253 Calculus I (4-0-4), Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1113 or Placement by the Mathematics Assessment Test

A first course in Calculus. Limits, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and trigonometric functions, tangent lines, instantaneous rate of change, maxima, minima and graphing, related rates, linear motion. Also included: definite integrals, area between curves, moments, work, and volumes of rotation.

MATH 2260 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3-0-3), Prerequisite: MATH 1113

Topics include expectation, independent and conditional probability, combinations and permutations, organization and analysis of data, standard probability distributions, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis is on the applications and methods with applicability in technical and managerial fields.

PHYS 1111K Introductory Physics I (3-3-4), Prerequisite: MATH 1113

An introductory course which will include material from mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

POLS 3401 Environmental Law and Policy (3-0-3)

This course examines the formulation, implementation, and substance of environmental policies within the United States.  Topics covered will include air and water pollution, toxic and hazardous substances, public land management, threatened and endangered species, energy, and climate change.

STS 4300 Environmental Ethics (3-0-3), Prerequisite: STS 2400

This course is designed to extend the traditional boundaries of the ethical relationships between humans to the nonhuman world in the natural environment. Philosophical and social issues have surfaced in the twenty-first century emerging as environmental ethical dilemmas demanding resolution. Case studies and a variety of interdisciplinary literature pieces are incorporated to consider the impact of the ethical dilemmas and to evaluate their social influences.

SURV 2110 Introduction to Mapping (3-3-4), Prerequisite: MATH 1113

Introductory class in basic surveying and mapping skills including geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include scales, leveling, horizontal measurements, GPS mapping, topography, map projections, GIS analytical tools, data sources, raster and vector data and software applications. Emphasis will be on large area mapping.

SURV 3421 Geographic Information Systems I (3-3-4) Prerequisite: SURV 2221.

GIS concepts; spatial data analysis; information systems; digital elevation models; surveying and mapping components of GIS development.

TCOM 2010 Technical Writing (3-0-3), Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Introduction to organization, style, and mechanics of technical and professional writing. Includes practice in writing such typical documents as technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, and recommendation reports. Emphasis placed on planning, organizing, and writing reports; designing visual aids; and editing. Among other assignments, at least one complete technical report is required.