Course Requirements

For exact course requirements, please refer to the General Catalog or mymap through Web Portal. If you have questions regarding equivalent classes, transferring from another program or university, or general advising questions please contact the Office of the Registrar. For advice regarding career paths, courses of interest, job searches or other Environmental Sciences specific questions, please contact Dr.Matt Rahn

ENVS 100

All freshmen in Environmental Sciences are required to take ENVS 100, an entry-level course. The course is designed to give a broad overview of some of the issues and topics covered by the Environmental Sciences major. It is also an introduction to the four emphases offered by the major; a chance for students to decided which, if any, emphasis they would like to pursue.

ENVS 299

We recommend that before you enroll in ENVS 299, students should complete most of the courses for preparation for the major. With approval of the program director, students can enroll in 1-3 credits of Special Study units where an individual research project is identified. Student can gain valuable experience and interaction with faculty, graduate students, and researchers at an introductory level. Most projects require approximately 45 hours of laboratory or fieldwork per unit. Students are expected to provide a brief research report at the end of the course. Hours are flexible and should arranged directly with the researcher.

ENVS 301

Students interested in energy should enroll in ENVS 301. This course provides a broad foundation in energy issues, including a basic understanding of the fundamental physical and chemical concepts underlying energy. Topics include renewable energy, nuclear energy, fossil fuels, and other emerging sources. Students will learn about the costs and benefits of each type of energy source including their environmental impacts and policies.

ENVS 538

A significant part of environmental science is the application of policies, laws, and regulations. This upper division course will provide students with a basic history our federal and state environmental laws; regulations governing our natural and physical resources; the role of environmental scientists; environmental impact analysis, operation of regulatory and resource agencies; scientists as expert witnesses; wetland protection and mitigation, state heritage programs, and the role of nongovernmental agencies.

ENVS 544 and 544L

Climate change is an important and rapidly evolving issue for environmental scientists. Through this course, students will learn about how our climate is regulated, including processes that create controls on fluxes and stocks of nutrients within terrestrial ecosystems, ecosystem responses, and feedbacks to climate change. The course will also discuss climate systems, water transport, production and decomposition, nutrient cycling, stable isotopes, spatial and temporal integration. A two credit related lab course is also provided, teaching students ecological methods in ecosystem and climate change science, including chemical analysis (of stable isotopes and elements) and meteorological measurements, modeling, data interpretation, and presentations.

ENVS 498a/b

All senior level students in the general major are required to take the ENVS 498A and ENVS 498B series. These courses are designed to give students one-on-one time with an Environmental Sciences faculty member as they design their senior project, collect data, and complete a report.