Environmental Science Classes

ES101 Physical Geology. 4 hours (3 lectures/2 lab hours). The study of minerals, rocks, composition of and changes of the Earth. Basic principles concerning plate tectonics, rock cycles, ground and ground-water pollution, glaciers, and geologic resources will be studied. Cross-listed with GL101. Fall.

ES202 Environmental Chemistry. 4 hours (3 lectures/2 lab hours) Introduction to the principles of chemistry and physics in the environment. Topics will include air, water, and soil chemistry; environmental pollution including air, water, chemical, nuclear, noise, and energy; and waste problems. Cross-listed with CH202. Prerequisites: CH111. Spring.

ES301 Ecology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). Study of the interactions and interrelations between organisms and the environment. Topics include natural history, evolution, adaptation to the environment, population ecology, species interactions, communities, ecosystems, landscape and global ecology. Prerequisite: BI101. Fall.

ES306 Environmental Health & Safety. 3 hours. An introduction to industrial hygiene. An examination of safety in today's world, accident causation, consumer product safety, civil preparedness, safety reporting, measurements used to evaluate the work place and related topics. Prerequisite: ES301. Spring.

ES311 Conservation Biology and Natural Resource Management. 3 hours. An exploration of the science of conservation biology, which is an applied field that combines the principles of ecology, population genetics, biogeography, economics, sociology, political science, philosophy and other fields to solve problems associated with conserving the world's biodiversity. The course will also investigate issues of natural resource management, including endangered species management, reserve design, and restoration ecology. Cross-listed with BI311. Prerequisite: BI 101 or instructor's permission. Spring.

ES318 Toxicology and Environmental Medicine. 3 hours. A discussion of corrosive and toxic substances that affect the environment. Topics include fundamentals of sample collection, reliability of measurements, methods of detection, chemical composition of cells, chemical processes of life, the effects of toxic substances on cells and organisms, and risk assessment. Cross-listed with BI318. Prerequisites: BI101 and CH/ES202.