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Course Descriptions

1110 TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (1-4 hours)
An introductory study of a topic selected from the environmental sciences.

1111 EARTH SCIENCE (4 hours)
An introduction to earth materials and land forms, the forces and processes shaping the earth’s surface, and the interrelationships between the atmosphere and the earth. Lecture and laboratory.

1112 ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS AND ISSUES (3 hours)
A study of broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment. Students may not receive credit for both ENV 1112 and ENV 1411.

1125 CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4 hours)
Same as CHEM 1125. A study of environmental chemistry to include discussions of basic chemistry, toxins, meteorology, air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, water supply, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous waste management. Lecture and laboratory.

1411 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (4 hours)
A course designed for Environmental Science majors in their first year. Lectures will examine some of the major areas in environmental science and employment opportunities that might exist. Lecture and laboratory. Students may not receive credit for both ENV 1112 and ENV 1411.

1511 CONCEPTUAL INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 hours)
A study of basic principles and concepts of integrated science as seen through the lens of the environment.

2475 TROPICAL BIOLOGY (3 hours)
An introduction to the biology of tropical ecosystems. Content may vary but typically will include a history of tropical plants and animals, tropical ecology, and eonservatrion and sustainable use of tropical resources. Includes a trip to the tropics. Same as BIO 2475.

2570 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (4 hours)
 A study of the chemistry of the environment applying the principles of chemistry to such topics as atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, water chemistry, water pollution, hazardous chemicals, and hazardous waste management. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1502. Same as CHEM 2570.

2579 SUSTAINABLE FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS (2 hours)
A systematic exploration of how businesses and organizations can create facilities and operations that have a reduced impact on our natural resources and our environment. Students will learn about sustainable practices other university campuses and businesses and will study and practice the tools for successful campus change in the context of Catawba College. Prerequisite: ENV 1411 or ENV 1112.

3506 RESOURCE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A study of renewable natural resources from a holistic and management viewpoint, with a particular emphasis on the economic, policy and ethical dimensions. Topics include history of natural resource conservation and environmentalism in the US; conservation and management of soil, land, landscapes, forests, wildlife, biodiversity, and other resources; and public lands policy and management. Lecture and some field trips. Prerequisite: BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1503 and either ENV 1112 or ENV 1411.

3510 SELECTED TOPICS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (1-4 hours)
An advanced study of an environmental science topic. Topic is announced at Registration. Prerequisite: ENV 1411 and permission of Instructor.

3567 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS (2 hours)
An overview of environmental education methods for science professionals including design of and participation in experiential learning programs that emphasize environmental and nature center education. Students receive credit toward state supported environmental education certification. Prerequisite: ENV 1411.

3568 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER EXHIBITS AND EDUCATION (2 hours)
An overview of aspects of ongoing nature or environmental center activities including examination of creation of displays, exhibits, and use of animals in educational settings. Students receive credit toward state supported environmental education certification. Prerequisite: ENV 1411.

3570 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESOURCES I (3 hours)
A course designed to provide students with professional development experiences and resources in environmental education that will lead to certification as Environmental Educators by the State of North Carolina.

3571 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESOURCES II (3 hours)
Acourse designed to complete the preparation that provides students with professional development experiences and resources in environmental education that will lead to certification as Environmental Educators by the State of North Carolina.

3594 ECOLOGICAL CHANGE AND HUMAN HEALTH (3 hours)
A study of the principles and processes by which the environment affects human health, to include the examination of health consequences of alterations in global systems, regional ecosystem disruptions, the generation of toxic substances, and new infectious disease threats.

3596 FUNDAMENTALS OF LAND CONSERVATION (2 hours)
An introduction to the fundamentals of land conservation drawing on a real world approach to conservation, including legal strategies used by nonprofit land trust, governmental policies pursued in the interest of resource protection, and ongoing land management programs. Lectures and student project. Prerequisite: ENV 1112 or ENV 1411.

3597 PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (2 hours)
An introductory look at the emerging field of planning for environmentally sustainable communities focusing on traditional government land use and environmental regulations, but also on private sector initiatives to create ecologically sensitive new developments. Lectures and several field trips. Prerequisite: ENV 1112 or ENV 1411.

3598 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) (3 hours)
An examination of the theory and practice in the use of GIS for the biological and environmental sciences as students learn how to create maps, analyze spatial data, and create their own data from field observations, with emphasis on conservation-related applications.

3599 FIELD GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) (3 hours)
This course provides instruction in both the theory and practice of using GPS instrumentation and the incorporation of positional data into geographic information systems, for navigation, surveying or tracking. Prerequisite: ENV 3598.

4105 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SEMINAR (1 hour)
Reports and discussions on various topics in environmental science presented by students and faculty. Prerequisite: ENV 1112 or 1411 and Junior/Senior standing.

4211 PRACTICUM IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (1-6 hours)
Field experience in some aspect of Environmental Science with the formal evaluation, supervision and direction determined by the supervisory professor and student. Prerequisites: Permission of coordinating professor and departmental approval. Application must be approved in the semester preceding the one in which the practicum is to be undertaken.

4221 INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (1-6 hours)
Field experience in some aspect of Environmental Science with the formal evaluation, supervision and direction provided by an outside agency in concert with the supervisory professor and student. Prerequisites: Permission of coordinating professor and departmental approval. Application must be approved in the semester preceding the one in which the internship is to be undertaken.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and conducted under a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Junior standing in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education, or Sustainable Business & Community Development, permission of coordinating professor and program head approval.

4501 CAPSTONE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (1 hour)
A senior level seminar course for majors or minors that draws upon the knowledge and training the students brings from their academic experience in the major. Each year the course will approach a theme of broad interdisciplinary scope central to the Environmental Sciences. Prerequisites: ENV 1112 or 1411 and Senior Standing.