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Environmental Sciences Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 20
  • This program requires summer terms.
The environmental sciences minor introduces students to the core concepts of environmental sciences. Students will gain an overall understanding of environmental sciences and its importance in today's society. This minor meshes well with major courses of study in biology, agronomy, horticulture, animal science, and natural resources giving these students a feel for how their disciplines interact with environmental sciences. It also helps develop critical thinking skills in applying science-based decision making as it pertains to the environment.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Requirements (12 cr)
BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques (3.0 cr)
ENSC 4100 - Capstone in Environmental Science (2.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
Electives
Take 2 - 3 course(s) totaling 6 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3496 - Special Topics in Environmental Sciences (1.0-12.0 cr)
· ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment (4.0 cr)
· ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration (2.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
 
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BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Overview of ecotoxicology ranging from molecular to global issues. Major classes of contaminants, bioaccumulation, toxic effects, and risks. prereq: CHEM 1001
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Advanced understanding of environmental science. Issues surrounding ecosystem management, risk assessment, sustainable energy, water quality, air quality. Remediation techniques(traditional/nontraditional), environmental laws.
ENSC 4100 - Capstone in Environmental Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Sr
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Explore controversial environmental topics. Capstone project. Journal about/present project to class at end of semester. prereq: Sr
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Quantitative methods used to emphasize the dynamic nature of biology. Modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: High school chemistry or consent of instructor
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: 1205 or 1206, Math 1031, or instructor consent
ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of solar, wind, and geo-thermal industries. Mechanical processes of design/utilization of these renewable energy sources. Economics, current legislation. Site tours, guest lectures. prereq: 2200
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of toxicology, including dose-response curves, classification/toxic action of chemicals from mechanistic approach, target organ toxicities, and risk assessment. Overview of field. prereq: BIOL 1009
ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Impact of water quality and air pollution on the development of diseases, including cancer, respiratory diseases, and foodborne illness.
ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Chemical and energy exchange associated with regional and global environmental problems.
ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Basic microbiological principles. Microbial metabolism. Identification/interactions of microbial populations responsible for biotransformation of pollutants. Mathematical modeling of microbially mediated processes. Biotechnology/engineering applications using microbial systems for pollution control.
ENSC 3496 - Special Topics in Environmental Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics cover contemporary issues in environmental sciences. Recent/significant primary literature. Critical thinking/evaluation. Application to research issues in environmental sciences.
ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Potential human health effects associated with global climate change. Topics include the effect of rising temperature on climate sensitive diseases, allergies, and food supply.
ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
How chemicals released into the environment are distributed in water, air, etc., based on chemical/physical properties. prereq: CHEM 2301, CHEM 2310
ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Environmental risk assessments, including cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, risk characterization. Develop environmental impact statements. Toxicity assessment, uncertainty analysis, risk management.
ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Fundamental concepts of microbial transformation of organic compounds and their application to biotechnology and biodegradation. Emphasis on influence of the chemical structure of pollutants and environmental conditions.
NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of restoring/repairing disturbed/damaged ecosystems. Assessing site conditions, establishing reference criteria, determining restoration goals/objectives, manipulating successional trajectories, determining measures of successful restoration. prereq: 3374
NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Science underlying methods of conservation of populations, species, ecosystems. Exploration of theory/practice of conservation within social, political, economic context of conservation problems. prereq: Biol 1009
NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: 3374, 3480
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced topics in ecological restoration, including evaluation of case studies. Explore current advancements, topics/emerging issues in theory/practice of restoration. prereq: 3374, 3480
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent