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2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
ENV S&P-701

Perspectives in Environmental Science and Policy

Introduces the fundamental perspectives on environmental issues. Develops framework based on natural sciences, economics, and politics/policy by which the complex causes of environmental problems can be understood and viable solutions formulated. P: gr st.

Prerequisites
P: gr st.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    Even Only
    ENV S&P-708

    Public Policy Analysis

    A survey of public policy analysis methods and their role in the policymaking process, primarily in American government. Topics include: approaches to the study of public policy, policy formulation and adoption, methods for assessment of policy alternatives, ethics and policy analysis, policy implementation and evaluation, and the utilization of policy analysis in decision making.

    Prerequisites
    P: gr st.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      Odd Only
      ENV S&P-713

      Energy, Natural Resources and Public Policy

      Public policy issues related to energy and other natural resources with a special emphasis on the United States. Topics include fossil energy, nuclear energy, solar and other alternative sources of energy; natural resources ranging from soil, water and minerals to wildlife, forests and parks. P: gr st; REC: Pu En Af 608 and Env S&P 752. (FO)

      Prerequisites
      P: gr st; REC: Pu En Af 608 and Env S&P 752.
        Credits1
        Lecture
        Spring
        Fall
        ENV S&P-715

        Seminar in Ecology and Evolution

        This graduate course provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ideas in ecology and evolution. Students and faculty discuss weekly readings in an informal atmosphere. Topics are chosen from the current scientific literature; examples from recent semesters include ecosystem stability, competition and coexistence, group selection, trophic dynamics, and complex species interactions. P: Repeatable to 3 cr. gr st. (F,S)

        Prerequisites
        P: gr st.
        • Course is repeatable to 3 credits.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        Odd Only
        ENV S&P-724

        Hazardous and Toxic Materials

        The handling, processing, and disposal of materials which have physical, chemical, and biological properties that present hazards to human, animal, and plant life; procedures for worker safety and for compliance with regulations. The metals and nonmetals, carcinogens, radioactive materials, and pathogenic human, animal, and plant wastes. P: gr st. (SO)

        Prerequisites
        P: gr st.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Even Only
          ENV S&P-733

          Ground Water: Resources and Regulations

          An overview of the geology, properties, flow, and pollution of ground water systems. Techniques of aquifer characterization and water quality monitoring are introduced and evaluated. Regulatory and policy approaches to moderate use and ensure adequate high quality supplies of this valuable resource in the future are also reviewed. P: gr st. (FE)

          Prerequisites
          P: gr st.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Even Only
            ENV S&P-740

            Ecosystems Management

            This course seeks to impart the underutilized potential of our present understanding of ecology and system dynamics to management problems associated with human dominated and natural ecosystems. P: gr st. (SE)

            Prerequisites
            P: gr st.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Odd Only
              ENV S&P-743

              Landscape Ecology

              Landscape ecology emphasizes spatial patterning and focuses on ecological dynamics over large regions. Concepts and methods will be studied through lectures, readings, discussions, and practical applications. Prior experience with specific computer programs not required. P: gr st; REC: prior cse in ecological studies and statistics. (SO)

              Prerequisites
              P: gr st; REC: prior cse in ecological studies and statistics.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Fall
                ENV S&P-749

                Wetland Ecology and Management

                Ecological processes and characteristics of wetlands such as primary productivity, hydrology, decomposition and nutrient dynamics are studied. Wetland classification and delineation systems are examined and applied in the field. Management practices and potential as well as current approaches to values assessment are addressed. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                Prerequisites
                P: gr st.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  ENV S&P-752

                  Environmental Policy and Administration

                  The political and institutional aspects of environmental policy-making and implementation, including issues in environmental policy analysis. Emphasis is on national policy processes in the United States, but attention is given also to global and state and local environmental problems and public policy. P: gr st. (S)

                  Prerequisites
                  P: gr st.
                    Credits4
                    Lecture
                    Fall
                    ENV S&P-755

                    Environmental Data Analysis

                    This course emphasizes the principles of data analysis using the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) software package. It employs primarily environmental examples to illustrate procedures for elementary statistical analysis, regression analysis, analysis of variance and nonparametric analysis. P: intro stats cse and grad st. (F)

                    Prerequisites
                    P: intro stats cse and grad st.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      ENV S&P-760

                      Social Research Methods

                      Theory and methods of research in the social sciences. Topics include the philosophy of science, research designs, data collection and program evaluation. Emphasis is on applied research. P: gr st. (F)

                      Prerequisites
                      P: gr st.
                        Credits1
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        Fall
                        ENV S&P-762

                        Graduate Seminar

                        Provides opportunities to identify, develop and refine the thesis proposal. Focuses on key aspects of the proposal including the problem statement, literature review, methodology, and abstract. Also emphasizes other skills such as grant writing and technical presentations. P: major in Ms Env Sci. (F,S)

                        Prerequisites
                        P: major in Ms Env Sci.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          ENV S&P-763

                          Seminar in Environmental Science and Policy

                          Capstone course of the program in Environmental Science and Policy. Selected contemporary environmental issues such as acid deposition, radioactive waste management or groundwater contamination are chosen for review and analysis in a seminar format. Both policy and scientific aspects of the topics are addressed. P: major in Ms Env Sci and grad earned cr > or = 12. (F)

                          Prerequisites
                          P: major in Ms Env Sci and grad earned cr > or = 12.
                            Credits4
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            Even Only
                            ENV S&P-765

                            Environmental Modeling and Analysis

                            How and where mathematical models are used in real life environmental applications. Focus on discrete, continuous, and stochastic models. Students will create models and use them to analyze and interpret systems. P: gr st and intro to stats, alg and trig. (SE)

                            Prerequisites
                            P: gr st and intro to stats, alg and trig.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Fall
                              Odd Only
                              ENV S&P-766

                              Waste Management and Resource Recovery

                              Topics include generation, processing, and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste materials with emphasis on the technical and economic feasibility of various recycling processes. P: gr st. (FO)

                              Prerequisites
                              P: gr st.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                ENV S&P-771

                                BEHAVIORAL TOXICOLOGY

                                P: gr st.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: gr st.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  ENV S&P-775

                                  ECOLOGY OF FOOD PRODUCTION

                                  P: gr st.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: gr st.
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    ENV S&P-776

                                    BIOCLIMATOLOGY

                                    P: gr st.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: gr st.
                                      Credits1-4
                                      Lecture
                                      ENV S&P-783

                                      VARIABLE CONTENT

                                      P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st.
                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                      Credits1-3
                                      Lecture
                                      ENV S&P-795

                                      SPECIAL TOPICS

                                      P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st.
                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                      Credits1-6
                                      Field EXP
                                      Spring
                                      Fall
                                      ENV S&P-797

                                      Internship

                                      P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st. (F,S)

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st.
                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                      Credits1-3
                                      IND Study
                                      Spring
                                      Fall
                                      ENV S&P-798

                                      Independent Study

                                      P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st. (F,S)

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st.
                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                      Credits1-6
                                      IND Study
                                      Spring
                                      Fall
                                      ENV S&P-799

                                      Thesis

                                      P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st and thesis proposal on file. (F,S)

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st and thesis proposal on file.
                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.