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Environmental Science Course Descriptions

ENV 135   Earth Science  4 hours
Prerequisite: LS 105; MTH 099 Term Fall (odd). Fee: yes. General Education option.
Physical and chemical processes related to the past, present and future behavior of the Earth system and the energy systems that drive these processes. The course will focus on the Earth’s materials, the Earth’s surface and the Earth’s interior. Laboratory included.

ENV 201   Ecology and the Environment 4 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107, MTH 099; Term Fall (even), Summer (odd). Fee: yes. General Education option. Cross-listed with BIO 201
This course is a survey of the basic scientific concepts underlying ecology and an examination of how humans interact with, depend upon, and affect natural resources and ecosystems. Special attention will be paid to the magnitude and scope of global and local environmental problems, with a focus on measures that can be taken by individuals and communities to address those problems. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and use of the scientific method. Laboratory included.

ENV 300 Weather and Climate 2 hours
Prerequisite: ENV 135; Term TBA. Fee: yes.
This course will orient you to the fundamentals of weather and climate. The course seeks to answer questions such as: Why is there weather in the first place? What drives the movement of air and water around the globe? How do the climates of various places differ, and what factors drive these differences? Why do the great majority of the world’s peoples live near the coasts? How might the climate be changing, and what factors might be driving these changes? Various aspects of meteorology will be discussed, including solar radiation, global circulation, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles behind the weather, terminology, and weather analysis will be explored.

ENV 320   Introduction to Environmental Sustainability 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108; ENV 201,  Term: TBA
This course introduces students to the dynamics between the influences of social, economical and environmental factors important in any analysis of environmental sustainability. The course will examine both historical and current perspectives of sustainability and the challenges in creating a balance between development and the environment.

ENV 350   Environmental Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241; CHM 325; Term: Fall (even). Cross-listed with CHM 350
Introduces students to environmental chemistry, the branch of chemistry dealing with the origins, transport, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, air, soil and living environments.

ENV 370   Environmental Policy and Regulations 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108; Term: Varies. Cross-listed with IS 324C
This course is intended as a simple, practical introduction into America’s environmental politics, policies and regulations. It will answer questions such as: who governs the environmental regulations, what are examples of these regulations, are the regulations and politicians focusing on the most important priorities? What are the environmental concerns in Michigan and the Metropolitan Detroit Area?

ENV 388   Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

ENV 410   Special Topics in Environmental Studies: Urban Issues 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENV 320 Term: TBA.
Advanced study of urban environmental problems ranging from health, crime, pollution and policy.

ENV 488   Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

ENV 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; science major or minor; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.