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Swenson College of Science and Engineering
D Earth & Environmental Sci
ESCI 2210 - Science and Management of Environmental Systems
(4.0 cr; Prereq-GEOL 1110 and (CHEM 1155 or 1162); A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Scientific foundations of major environmental issues that impact society, including water, natural resources, and global climate change. Issues and human impacts will be explored through field and lab exercises designed to give the student hands on experience in environmental characterization and monitoring.

ESCI 3101 - Nonrenewable Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2210, Chem 1151 or 1161, Phys 2011 or 2013 and 2014, or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Geology of nonrenewable resources and introduction to extractive industry methods and procedures. Formation and occurrence of natural resources, theory and practice of technologies associated with the production, separation, purification, conversion, consumption, and waste disposal of nonrenewable energy and mineral resources.

ESCI 3102 - Renewable Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Principles of renewable energy, energy conversion, irreversible thermodynamics and thermodynamic engines, thermoelectric generators, turbines, photovoltaic conversion, electrochemical conversion, fuel cells, pumping efficiency, wind energy, conversion of wave energy, heat pumps, ecosystems and biomass energy, and energy transmission and storage.

ESCI 3201 - Mineral Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MATH 1290 or 1296 or 1596 and PHYS 1001 or 2013 or 2017 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
An introduction to the geology, extraction, processing, and disposal of mineral deposits, including major metal deposits (Fe, Al, Pb, Zn, Cu), scarce metals (high-technology metals, rare earth metals), non-metal deposits (salt, fertilizer, chemicals) as well as industrial minerals and resources (stone, sand/clay). Also, includes topics related to the environmental footprint of resource mining and the impact of technological and societal development.

ESCI 3202 - Energy Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MATH 1290 or 1296 or 1596 and PHYS 1001 or 2013 or 2017 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Geologic principles of carbon-based energy resources, with emphasis on coal and conventional and unconventional (e.g. shale oil, oil-sands, ultra-heavy crude oil) petroleum and gas; fundamentals of nuclear energy; introduction to technologies associated with the extraction, production, refinement, consumption, and byproduct treatment/disposal of carbon-based and nuclear-energy resources; importance of carbon-based energy in global industrialization and associated population growth; limits of population growth imposed by energy requirements; principles and associated technologies of renewable energy and energy conversion, with focus on solar (direct and indirect), geothermal, tidal, and biofuel energy resources.

ESCI 3291 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed, student motivated, study arranged with instructor and ESCI director before registration.

ESCI 3296 - Internship in Environmental Science
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Environmental Science major and instructor consent; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical work experience with an employer closely associated with student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement between student, department, and employer. Written report and assessment by non-academic supervisor at the end of the work experience.

ESCI 4101 - Pollution and Technology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2210, Chem 1151 or 1161, Phys 2011 or 2013 and 2014, or instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Sources, distribution, and ultimate fate of air, water and solid/hazardous wastes. Principles of treatment of point and non-point source wastes. Case studies of successful remediation technologies. Models of contaminant movement in the environment. Landfill construction. Application of federal law: National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Pollution Prevention Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.

ESCI 4102 - Environmental Assessment
(3.0 cr; Prereq-instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Environmental issues identification and investigation. Review of case studies of environmental investigations and the components of environmental impact statements. Selection of local or regional environmental issues and evaluation of the environmental problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. Preparation of draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


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