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Undergraduate Degrees, Majors and Concentrations

Environmental Science  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

ENVS1022 - Energy Fund and Sustainability
Fall 2014

The Energy Fundamentals and Sustainability course is an introductory course that focuses on energy production and use, while defining and discussing the principles of Sustainability. The course will focus on the current energy trends on a local, national and international level. Students will also be introduced to sustainable energy production. The students will participate in discussions about the environmental, political, and socioeconomic ramifications of conventional energy generation.
3 Credits

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ENVS1022-A Energy Fund and Sustainability
1 Seat!     Credits: 3 Days: T R
       Location: Moon Room: John Jay 233
    Time: 01:45-03:00 pm Instructor: Kerzmann
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1140 - Weather and Climate
Fall 2014

This course studies the physical and chemical properties of the Earth's atmosphere and their impact on humankind. The structure and dynamics of the troposphere, stratosphere, and ionosphere are examined. Elements of cloud formation, air masses, air pollution, and weather forecasting are reviewed. Methods for classifying and analyzing the world's climatic regions are discussed. The environmental hazards of tornadoes, chinook winds, monsoons, green house gases, and hurricanes, among others, are reviewed. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.
3 Credits


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ENVS1140-A Weather and Climate
Full     Credits: 3 Days: M W F
       Location: Moon Room: Hale Center 207
    Time: 12:45-01:35 pm Instructor: Snider
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1160 - Environmental Science
Fall 2014

The course is a first course in the study of environment science. The course is a study of interrelationships that equips students with the necessary information to understand the complex arena of environmental concerns, problems, and alternative courses of action. Questions of human populations and their interaction with the environment, as well as basic ecological principles, environmental ethics, resource use, and conservation are addressed. This course concludes with alternatives we might use to build a society capable of living on Earth with less harmful impacts. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.
3 Credits


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ENVS1160-A Environmental Science
0/0     Credits: 3 Days: ONLINE
       Location: Internet/Online Room:
    Time: - Instructor: Stuart
    Session: 4 (10/18 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Course is taught Fully Online.  
      Additional fees apply. See Details for more information.
 
ENVS1160-B Environmental Science
4 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: T R
       Location: Moon Room: Hale Center 207
    Time: 07:45-09:00 am Instructor: Bauknight
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1160-D Environmental Science
1 Seat!     Credits: 3 Days: T R
       Location: Moon Room: Hale Center 207
    Time: 09:15-10:30 am Instructor: Bauknight
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1170 - Environmental Health
Fall 2014

This course will concentrate on human populations and the need to control factors that are harmful to human life. Methods of controlling communicable disease, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, insect and rodent control, radiation control, and environmental health hazards are emphasized. The course concludes with a discussion of the human impact on resources and ecosystems, management of pollution, as well as environmental policy and decision making regarding the positive and negative effects of the choices a person makes that affect his or her health. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.
3 Credits


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ENVS1170-A Environmental Health
1 Seat!     Credits: 3 Days: ONLINE
       Location: Internet/Online Room:
    Time: - Instructor: O´Connor
    Session: 2 (08/23 - 10/17/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Course is taught Fully Online.  
      Additional fees apply. See Details for more information.
 
ENVS1170-B Environmental Health
30 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: M W F
       Location: Moon Room: Franklin Center 204
    Time: 01:45-02:35 pm Instructor: Kefeli
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1170-D Environmental Health
27 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: M W F
       Location: Moon Room: Franklin Center 204
    Time: 02:45-03:35 pm Instructor: Kefeli
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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ENVS1170-E Environmental Health
5 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: ONLINE
       Location: Internet/Online Room:
    Time: - Instructor: O´Connor
    Session: 2 (08/23 - 10/17/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Course is taught Fully Online.  
      Additional fees apply. See Details for more information.
 

ENVS1180 - Industry-Environment Ecology
Fall 2014

This course focuses on micro-level issues on environmental science for business managers and others interested in dealing with industry-environmental science for business managers and others interested in dealing with industry-environmental interactions. Topics include, but are not limited to: risk assessment, environmental economics, life cycle assessment, nature's budgets and cycles, industrial designs that are energy efficient, but minimize environmental impacts, dealing with industrial process residues, material selection, and environmental interactions during product use and recycling. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.
3 Credits


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ENVS1210 - Intro To Land/Energy Mgmt
Fall 2014

This course will provide a broad overview of the different disciplines the oil and gas industry consists of, focusing on environmental and land/business topics that induce oil and gas development. The purpose of this course will be to provide a general understanding of the foundation on which energy companies build their businesses, and how the multiple disciplines interact with one another to develop natural resources. Land topics will include the determination of mineral/oil & gas ownership, curing title defects, negotiating leases, and calculating mineral and royalty interests.
3 Credits


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ENVS1310 - Environ Planning/Remediation
Fall 2014

This course will focus on environmental planning and land use related to energy operations, which typically include exploration, production, and transmission for oil and gas. Proper planning of energy operations is the most important element to minimizing the risk of impacts to human health and the environment. Environmental permitting is an essential and required process related to planning energy operations. Impacts to human health and the environment may occur as a result of energy operations, in spite of the best planning efforts and having all required permits. Helping the student enrolled in this course understand the responsibilities of the energy companies when adverse impacts occur, including required remediation, proper waste disposal, and site reclamation to name a few -- essentially the impacts of oil and gas development, will be a key objective of this course.
3 Credits


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ENVS2012 - Renewable Resources
Fall 2014

This course provides comprehensive overview of renewable energy technologies including biofuels, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy (active and passive), tidal power, and wind energy. The types of energy and potential uses from each energy source will be covered. The energy budget and overall efficiency will be calculated. The economic, social, and environmental impact of each technology will also be considered.
Prerequisites: ENVS1022 or ENGR1022 and ENVS1023 or ENGR1023
3 Credits


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ENVS2440 - Environmental Health & Safety
Fall 2014

This course deals with the field of environmental health including risks to human health from pollution; the major routes of exposure in humans from chemical, physical, and biological contaminants in air, water, and soil; overview of occupational health and safety; calculations of exposures and dose-response effects; principles of epidemiology; environmental toxicology; and risk assessment and management.
Prerequisites: BIOL1310, BIOL1315, CHEM1210 and CHEM1215
3 Credits


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ENVS2500 - Ecology Fundamentals
Fall 2014

Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their natural environments. This course covers experimentation and models, relationships between organisms and their abiotic environments, population ecology and various symbiotic relationships, community ecology, ecosystem energetics and biogeochemical cycles, as well as aquatic and terrestrial biomes.
Prerequisites: BIOL1310 and CHEM1210 Co-requisite: ENVS2550
3 Credits


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ENVS2500-A Ecology Fundamentals
1 Seat!     Credits: 3 Days: M W F
       Location: Moon Room: Hale Center 301
    Time: 11:45-12:35 pm Instructor: Dress
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisites: BIOL1310 and CHEM1210 Co-requisite: ENVS2550
 

ENVS2540 - Hazardous Chemicals Handl/Safe
Fall 2014

This is a three-credit undergraduate course and is one in a series of undergraduate courses in Environmental Health and Safety. This course involves a great deal of reading and writing about hazardous chemicals, their use in the workplace, their effects on the environment, and their exposure hazards. Students will be expected to participate in specific hazardous chemical discussions that address their use in the industrial environment, regulatory requirements, human exposure hazards, and precautions that should be used when possible exposure exists.
Prerequisites: BIOL1310, BIOL1315, CHEM1210 and CHEM1215
3 Credits


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ENVS2550 - Ecology Fundamentals Lab
Fall 2014

This lab will focus on how the science of ecology is done, including examining the scientific method, the design of experiments, collection and analysis of data and finally the presentation of research results. The lab will use these methods to examine fundamental topics in ecology. Co-requisite: ENVS2500
1 Credits


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ENVS2550-A Ecology Fundamentals Lab
5 Seats     Credits: 1 Days: R
       Location: Moon Room: John Jay 248
    Time: 10:45-01:15 pm Instructor: Hanna
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Co-requisite: ENVS2500
 
ENVS2550-B Ecology Fundamentals Lab
10 Seats     Credits: 1 Days: R
       Location: Moon Room: John Jay 248
    Time: 01:45-04:15 pm Instructor: Hanna
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Co-requisite: ENVS2500
 

ENVS3000 - Envir Chem For Engnrng & Lab
Fall 2014

This course provides students with an introduction to the chemical basis of environmental issues and the environmental consequesnces of modern technology. The effect of man-made input and environmental analyitcal techniques are also studied.
Prerequisites: CHEM2210 and CHEM2215
4 Credits


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ENVS3022 - Energy Stor Convers and Transp
Fall 2014

This course introduces conventional and renewable mechanisms for the transfer and storage of electrical energy. The course beneficially integrates class presentations and hands-on demonstration activities. The topics include: electrochemical storage systems and related power densities; super capacitors, lithium batteries, fuel cell systems, proton exchange membranes, fuel cell stacks; basic principles of operation and future development needs; materials for energy storage and conversion; conventional lead-acid, zinc-air, nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries; fuel cell architectures and electrode life times; purely ionic conductors; mixed Ionic / electronic conductors; ionic transport, conductivity in polymers; AC to DC and DC to AC transformers and electrical circuits; economics of energy storage and conversion.
Prerequisites: CHEM1210 amd CHEM1215, PHYS1210 and PHYS1215, and PHYS2210 and PHYS2215
3 Credits


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ENVS3022-A Energy Stor Convers and Transp
5 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: T R
       Location: Moon Room: John Jay 111
    Time: 10:45-12:00 pm Instructor: Kerzmann
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisites: CHEM1210 amd CHEM1215, PHYS1210 and PHYS1215, and PHYS2210 and PHYS2215
 

ENVS4010 - Field Mth Monitor Aquatic Syst
Fall 2014

This course exposes students to various lab and field methods used to monitor the aqueous environment. Topics include: Water sampling, major constituents (solids, dissolved oxygen and oxygen demand, acidity and alkalinity, hardness, and conductivity), common ions (via UV/VIS spectroscopy, ion chromatography and ion-selective electrodes), and trace pollutants (metals and organics). Students collect and analyze samples from the field using portable sampling devices and instrumentation.
Prerequisite: CHEM3500
1 Credits


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ENVS4020 - Field Mth Monitor Atmosph Syst
Fall 2014

This course exposes students to various field methods used to monitor the atmospheric environment. Topics include: Field measurements, gases (time-weighted and instantaneous), particulate matter, and wet and dry deposition. Students collect and analyze samples from the field using portable sampling devices and instrumentation.
Prerequisite: METE3000
1 Credits


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ENVS4030 - Field Mth Monitor Geologic Sys
Fall 2014

This is a laboratory/field course that exposes students to the appropriate use, calibration and design of portable field equipment used to monitor the quality of geologic systems. Students become familiar with the operation of the equipment in field and laboratory settings. Use of fixed semi-permanent and permanent field stations are utilized to provide hands-on demonstrations of equipment use. Students quantify data collected and prepare reports relevant to the collection methods utilized and in compliance with the industry and governmental standards applicable to the system analyzed.
Prerequisite: GEOL4000
1 Credits


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ENVS4030-A Field Mth Monitor Geologic Sys
APPT     Credits: 1 Days: APPT
       Location: Moon Room:
    Time: - Instructor: Lasota
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisite: GEOL4000
 

ENVS4040 - Field Mth Of Industrial Hygien
Fall 2014

This is a laboratory/field course that exposes students to the appropriate use, calibration and design of portable field equipment used in industrial hygiene investigations. Students become familiar with the operation of the equipment in the field and laboratory settings. Air, water, sound and temperature conditions, among others, in buildings and other structures are monitored to provide hands-on demonstrations of equipment use. Students qualify data collected and prepare reports relevant to the collection methods utilized and in compliance with the industry and governmental standards applicable to the system analyzed.
Prerequisite: CHEM3500
1 Credits


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ENVS4050 - Field Mth Monitor Biol Syst
Fall 2014

This is a laboratory/field course that exposes students to the appropriate techniques and procedures used to field collect and preserve biological specimens in biological investigations. Students become familiar with these collection techniques in field and laboratory settings. Indoor and outdoor locations are sampled to provide hands-on demonstrations of the appropriate collection and preservation techniques. Students collect specimens and prepare relevant reports detailing their collection activities.
Prerequisite: ENVS2500
1 Credits


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ENVS4050-A Field Mth Monitor Biol Syst
APPT     Credits: 1 Days: APPT
       Location: Moon Room:
    Time: - Instructor: Dress
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisite: ENVS2500
 

ENVS4060 - Surv Environmental Technol
Fall 2014

This is a research course that exposes students to the industrial and governmental literature on the technologies and methodologies available to the environmental science professional to monitor the environment on local, regional or global sales. Students review the literature to identify the vendors and purveyors of the equipment to monitor specific environmental variables by examining the operating manuals of the equipment reviewed. Students prepare reports recommending appropriate suites of equipment capable of addressing the compliance or non-compliance of an ecosystem with applicable industry and governmental standards and regulations
Prerequisite: CHEM3500
1 Credits


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ENVS4060-A Surv Environmental Technol
APPT     Credits: 1 Days: APPT
       Location: Moon Room:
    Time: - Instructor: Short
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisite: CHEM3500
 

ENVS4100 - Advanced Ecology
Fall 2014

This is an advanced course in environmental science. This course will explore advanced topics in ecology, focusing on topics of particular importance for the environmental science discipline. The overall theme of the course will involve applying the ecological concepts covered in class to identifying and solving environmental problems. The course will explore aquatic and wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, techniques in ecological research, and industrial ecology. The course will incorporate reading from the primary literature
Prerequisite: ENVS2500
3 Credits


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ENVS4112 - Energy Research Seminar
Fall 2014

The Energy Research Seminar is the capstone course for the Alternative Energy Minor and should be taken by juniors or seniors (above 60 credits). The course will focus on current issues of importance in the Alternative Energy field. Expert speakers from the campus community and the Pittsburgh region will address topics following a particular course theme selected by the instructor. Students will be expected to review and critically discuss selected articles and will have the opportunity to serve as discussion leaders at least once during the semester. Each student will prepare a research paper on a specific topic of their own choosing and which is aligned with the Alternative Energy theme of the course.
Prerequisites: ENVS1022 or ENGR1022 and ENVS1023 or ENGR1023 Co-requisites: two electives in student's discipline of study
3 Credits


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ENVS4450 - Air/Water/Land Pol Cntrl & Mgt
Fall 2014

This is an advanced course in environmental science and examines techniques used to legislate, control and ameliorate anthropogenic pollution. Design and use of various devices used to reduce air pollution are discussed. Air pollution's role in acid rain and global warming are studied. Public water systems and sewage treatment techniques and their role in controlling stream, lake and groundwater quality are examined. Industrial use and management of water of water as a resource is reviewed. Landfill design, location and permitting are reviewed, as are solid wastes' impact on groundwater, urban aesthetics and cost to urban infrastructure. Case studies of governmental, industrial and residential attempts to successfully control and manage anthropogenic pollution are conducted. Other topics include research techniques, assessment, methods of monitoring and analysis and environmental law.
Prerequisite: PHYS1210 or PHYS2610
3 Credits


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ENVS4460 - Env Health Of Toxic
Fall 2014

The study of the nature, properties, effects and detection of toxic substances in the environment and in any environmentally exposed species, including humans. This course will provide a general understanding of toxicology related to the environment. Fundamental concepts to be covered include dose-response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity, teratogenesis, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and risk assessment. In the second part of the course, study focuses on the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. The course will examine a selection of chemicals of environmental interest and how they are tested and regulated.
Prerequisites: PHYS1210 or PHYS2610 and COSK2220 or COSK2225
3 Credits


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ENVS4460-C1 Env Health Of Toxic
12 Seats     Credits: 3 Days: M W F
       Location: Moon Room: John Jay 248
    Time: 09:45-10:35 am Instructor: Badger
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisites: PHYS1210 or PHYS2610 and COSK2220 or COSK2225
      This course satisfies part of the Communication Skills graduation requirement.
 

ENVS4470 - Environ Law, Ethics & Pub Pol
Fall 2014

An introduction to the theories and statutes of environmental law, designed to develop an understanding of how environmental activity is regulated. This course focuses on the U.S. legal system, with some comparative and international examples.
Prerequisites: 21 credits of 2000 level science or above.
3 Credits


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ENVS4480 - Nat Resource Mgmt & Conserv
Fall 2014

This is an advanced course in environmental science for students majoring in the life or related sciences who are considering careers in the public sector as managers or stewards of the public land and resources. The course utilizes a case study approach to engage students in discussion of appropriate techniques to manage and utilize the public resources of the U.S. Successful and unsuccessful management plans implemented in the U.S.'s national, state, and local parks are reviewed. Timber management of the national forests is discussed. Riparian and river management techniques within the nation's parks and game lands are reviewed. Mineral rights and oil and gas exploration within public land is examined, along with other mineral exploration and exploitation policies and agricultural practices within public lands. Management of deer, bear and other game species is discussed. Other topics include: opportunity cost analysis for evaluation policy options, techniques to identify sources of inefficiency in management of specific resources. This is a communication intensive course to fulfill students' communication skills VI-IX requirement.
Prerequisites: ENVS2500 and COSK2220
3 Credits


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ENVS4700 - Senior Thesis
Fall 2014

This is an elective course that can serve as a capstone course for the BS/BS degree in environmental sciences. The student works with his/her advisor to identify a project of mutual interest and researches the topic and prepares a significant written document or other work of scholarship that outlines the methods of investigation, the scope of the project, the results of the project, and the significance of the results. Extensive literature research and/or laboratory study are to be part of the senior thesis. Presentation of the results of the work at a departmental seminar is required
Prerequisite: Permission of the department head
3 Credits


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ENVS4700-A Senior Thesis
APPT     Credits: 3 Days: APPT
       Location: Moon Room:
    Time: - Instructor: Short
    Session: 1 (08/25 - 12/13/14) Term: Fall 2014
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      Prerequisite: Permission of the department head
 

ENVS4903 - Internship/Coop Ed
Fall 2014

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3 Credits


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ENVS4909 - Internship/Coop Ed
Fall 2014

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9 Credits


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