Course Descriptions

In addition to the courses listed below, any 5000, 6000, or 7000 level courses offered by the university and approved by a student's Graduate Committee may be included in that student's Program of Study as part of the 18 hrs of electives. A copy of the Program of Study is included in the Appendix of this Handbook.

Core

EVSA 6010 . Environmental Agriculture. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Provides a summary of the actual and/or relative environmental impacts of existing and emerging agricultural production technologies.

EVSG 6010. Environmental Geology. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to geology and the application of geologic knowledge to issues and potential solutions of problems arising from the interaction of human activities and natural earth processes.

EVSS 6010 . Environmental Social Policy. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Social, political, legal, and scientific issues that influence environmental policy decisions.

EVS 7910. Environmental Science Seminar. Lec. 1. Cr. 1.  Syllabus (PDF file)

Discussions and reports on the current literature and research in environmental science.

Biology

EVSB 6010 . Environmental Biology. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Biological concepts, community and ecosystem structure and function, population biology, water pollution, land and wildlife resources, endangered and threatened species, resource management, human impact, and environmental economics. This course cannot be taken for credit toward graduation by students with a degree or concentration in biology or wildlife and fisheries sciences.

EVSB 7050 . Environmental Risk Assessment. Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: BIOL 6060, EVSC 6010, or consent of instructor. Assessment of ecological risk associated with new chemicals and effluents, existing chemicals and mixtures of chemicals, and human actions.

EVSB 7060. Ecological Toxicology. Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: BIOL 6060, EVSC 6010, or consent of instructor. A study of the mechanisms of toxicity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including the measurement of response, uptake, metabolism, and excretion of toxicants; design and interpretation of toxicity tests, hazard evaluation, risk assessment, and toxics reduction plans; fate and transport processes and advanced approaches in automated computer-assisted monitoring will be evaluated.

EVSB 7110 . Environmental Approaches to Fisheries Management. Lec. 3. Lab. 2. Cr. 4.

Prerequisite: WFS 5710 and BIOL 6630, or consent of instructor. An in-depth analysis of current fisheries management practices assessed from the ecosystem perspective.

EVSB 7210 . New and Re-emerging Environmental Human Pathogens. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: 7 hours of microbiology courses or equivalent. Aspects of emerging human pathogens, including case histories of outbreaks, methods of detection in food and water, and techniques for enumeration and identification.

EVSB 7220 . Molecular Ecology and Evolution Seminar. Lec. 1. Cr. 1.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 and BIOL 4150, and consent of instructor. Review of current literature concerning application of modern molecular techniques to solve ecological and evolutionary questions. Course may be taken up to 3 times for credit.

EVSB 7230. Molecular Ecology and Evolution. Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Role of molecular techniques in the study of ecology and evolution, including techniques used to study phylogeny, microorganism detection, population structure, gene flow, and kinship.

EVSB 7310 . Plant Ecology. Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2130, 5240, or consent of instructor. Interrelationships between plants and their environment, and evaluation of community structure.

EVSB 7320 . Aquatic Botany. Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.

Prerequisite: EVSB 7310 or consent of instructor. Anatomy, ecology, morphology, physiology, reproductive biology, evolution, and taxonomy/systematics of aquatic plants.

EVS 7900 . Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Full standing in Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program or consent of instructor. The overall goal of this course is to help students acquire writing skills and Grantmanship skills that will help them become competitive for research funds and be successful in publishing research papers.

EVSB 7970. Topics in Environmental Biology. Lab. 2-8. Cr. 1-4.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Special study in an approved field under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. Course may be taken for credit more than once for a maximum of 6 hours of credit.

EVSB 7990. Research and Dissertation. Cr. 3, 6, 9.

Chemistry

EVSC 6010 . Environmental Chemistry. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in environmental sciences; one year of chemistry. This is a broad-based course applying the fundamentals of chemistry to the environment. This course cannot be taken for credit toward graduation by students with a concentration in chemistry.

EVSC 7110 . Water, Soil, and Air Chemistry—Part I. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: CHEM 5520, 5710, or consent of instructor. Composition of waters and soils; kinetics and thermodynamics of environmental chemical and physical processes in waters and soils. Equilibrium modeling exercises are employed to prepare students for professional activities, and to reinforce course material.

EVSC 7120 . Water, Soil, and Air Chemistry—Part II. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: EVSC 7110 or consent of instructor. Electrochemistry and solubility of soil minerals. Kinetics, reaction dynamics, photochemistry, and heterogeneous phase chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere. Students will become familiar with watershed modeling and the use of geographical information systems in environmental chemistry.

EVSC 7210 . Organic Chemistry in the Environment. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3520 and 6210 or consent of instructor. Introduction to specific organic compounds, their physical and chemical properties, chemical and photochemical transformation reactions and mechanisms in the environment, and literature case studies effectively used in their decontamination.

EVS 7900 . Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship. Lec. 3. Cr. 3.

Prerequisite: Full standing in Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program or consent of instructor. The overall goal of this course is to help students acquire writing skills and Grantmanship skills that will help them become competitive for research funds and be successful in publishing research papers.

EVSC 7970 . Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry. Lec. 1-3. Lab. 0-3. Cr. 1-4.

Prerequisite: Full Standing in Ph.D. program in environmental sciences or consent of instructor. Timely topics in environmental chemistry. Course may be taken for credit more than once.

EVSC 7990. Research and Dissertation. Cr. 3, 6, 9.