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2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions



Course descriptions are listed on the following pages, alphabetically and by course prefix. The four letter prefix identifies subject area and the three numbers that follow identify the particular course. The  numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of lecture and lab hours per week, assuming a typical 15-week semester.

The description of each course indicates its credit value which determines the tuition charge and the number of credits available toward the requirements for a degree.
 

 

 
  
  • ENVI 101 - Environmental Studies

    (3,0) 3 Credits

    General Education Course: Science (non-lab)
    This course is an introduction to environmental studies. Students will explore current topics to understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems facing the world and efforts being made to address them. Students will apply scientific methods and technological tools to analyze and evaluate how these environmental concerns relate to their own lives from both global and local perspectives. One weekend field trip is required. Students cannot receive credit for both ENVI 101 and ENVI 102. This course may be used to fulfill one semester of a non-laboratory science requirement for non-science majors or as an elective for science majors.


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  • ENVI 102 - Environmental Science and Sustainability

    (3,3) 4 Credits

    General Education Course: Science (lab)
    This is an interdisciplinary lecture and laboratory course that uses a scientific approach to analyze the biophysical, social, political, and economic causes and consequences of environmental problems. Students will be encouraged to explore how these concepts and issues relate to their own lives, from both global and local perspectives. Students will study existing solutions and develop concepts and designs for their own potential solutions to common environmental problems documented on campus, at home, or in the surrounding community. Students will gain hands-on experience and build skills in environmental science and research through field work, online databases, group projects inside and outside the classroom, and service learning opportunities. The course will use campus sustainability as an overarching framework to introduce students to the theory and practice of environmental science. Students cannot receive credit for both ENVI 101 and ENVI 102.

     


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  • ENVI 103 - Energy and the Environment

    (3,0) 3 Credits


    General Education Course: Science (non-lab)
    Prerequisite(s): MATH 020 Elementary Algebra  or satisfactory score on the placement test.
    This course provides a broad introduction to energy and energy issues as they relate to generation options, utilization and environmental impacts. Topics include overviews of traditional carbon based energy sources, nuclear options and alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, biofuels and hydrogen. The crucial link between energy and climate change will be examined. The environmental consequences of energy choices on local and global scales will be discussed and integrated throughout the course. Topics will be evaluated by applying basic scientific principles and the scientific method to real world problems. Policy options and understanding energy in a societal context will also be explored.

     


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  • ENVI 201 - Environmental Science Applications

    (2,0) 2 Credits

    Prerequisite(s): ENVI 102 Environmental Science and Sustainability  or BIOL 231 Ecology   Offered in spring semester only. 
    A capstone class where students will apply what they have learned in ecology and environmental science to develop solutions to real-world environmental problems in areas such as ecosystem management and restoration, pollution control, and species conservation. Case studies will be used to explore various dimensions of these issues and help reinforce skills in data analysis, interpretation, and presentation, and their integration in environmental planning and problem-solving. Students will also be introduced to basic skills in remote sensing and GIS, environmental communication and outreach, and areas of environmental specialization. Two weekend field trips required


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