Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

ENV 101 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE    (3)

Studies human impacts on the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere from a natural sciences perspective. (Note: This liberal studies course does not meet any requirements for a major or minor in environmental sciences.)   SAS    

 

ENV 101H INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - HONORS     (3)

Studies human impacts on the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere from a natural sciences perspective. (Note: This liberal studies course does not meet any requirements for a major or minor in environmental sciences.) Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SAS    

 

ENV 101L INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB    (1)

Investigates the impacts of humans on the natural world while developing an appreciation of the value of scientific inquiry and the tools for scientific research. 3 hrs. lab.   LAB    

 

ENV 110 EARTH'S DYNAMIC ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT     (3)

Explores basic physical and chemical atmospheric processes and how humans affect, and are affected by, atmospheric conditions. Includes study of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, air pollution, ozone depletion, and global warming.   SAS    

 

ENV 120 PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE    (1)

Explores the different subfields of the environmental sciences from the perspectives of practitioners and teachers in the field.        

 

ENV 230 FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT    (4)

Introduces scientific methods of investigating and solving environmental problems. Interdisciplinary analysis of interactions among living and nonliving environmental components, focusing on human interactions. Lab emphasizes experimental design and presentation. Majors only. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: CHM 151and CHM 151L and Corequisite: CHM 152 and CHM 152L      

 

ENV 280 PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND HYDROSPHERE    (4)

Integrated approach to Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere, emphasizing composition, chemical processing, physical transport, and aspects of human impacts and policy. Lab includes experimental design, statistics, and writing. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENV 230 and CHM 151 and 151L and CHM 152 and 152L      

 

ENV 285 INTERMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL LAB    (1)

Lab and field experiences for all of the environmental major fields, demonstrating the interrelationships of the environmental subdisciplines. Prerequisite: ENV 101 or CENE 150      

 

ENV 299 MODULAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE    (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.        

 

ENV 300 PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE     (1)

Analytical approach to selected problems in the environmental sciences; fieldwork and lab research with selected problems. May be repeated for up to 2 hours of credit.        

 

ENV 330 ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGY: SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATIONS   (4)

Introduces ecological science and its applications in environmental management. Lab sections focus on land and resource management issues and emphasize hypothesis testing, using data collected in the field. For majors only. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENV 280      

 

ENV 385W ENERGY, RESOURCES AND POLICY    (4)

Origins and exploitation of energy and mineral resources, and the policies that control how we obtain and use them. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENV 330 JWRT    

 

ENV 389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION    (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.        

 

ENV 399 MODULAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE    (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.        

 

ENV 399H MODULAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE-HONORS     (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group      

 

ENV 408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE    (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.        

 

ENV 410 METEOROLOGY   (4)

Introduces meteorology emphasizing synoptic methods combined with theory to gain practical experience with the behavior of circulation systems and their surface and upper-level analysis. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.        

 

ENV 430 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY     (3)

Rigorous introduction to the chemistry of natural systems, including redox properties and complex equilibria, element cycling, and atmospheric chemistry. Crosslisted as CHM 440. Prerequisite: CHM 152  

 

ENV 440 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY     (3)

Scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity, emphasizing applications of ecology, drawing on other scientific disciplines, and integrating public policy and sociological issues. Prerequisite: ENV 330 or BIO 326 or FOR 311      

 

ENV 440L CONSERVATION BIOLOGY LAB    (1)

Combines class field studies and independent research investigating the scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity. Requires several Saturday field trips. 3 hrs. lab. Corequisite: ENV 440      

 

ENV 466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP     (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring semester. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall semester. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree and have completed all lower-division requirements and attained senior status at the end of the fall semester preceding the internship.) Registration is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.        

 

ENV 471 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY    (3)

Population, community and ecosystem ecology of microorganisms emphasizing interactions with plants and animals and the roles of microorganisms in ecosystem processes.  Coconvenes with ENV 571.  Crosslisted as BIO 471.  

 

ENV 485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH     (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Requires departmental approval. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.        

 

ENV 490C SENIOR SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES     (3)

Presentation of internship results in scientific meeting format. Participation in weekly seminar and cooperative project with a team of student colleagues is required. You must receive a 70% grade to be awarded the B.S. in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: ENV 408 or 485 CAP    

 

ENV 495 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE     (3)

Characteristics of the global climate system, estimating past and predicting future impacts of human activities on climate and environmental systems, and policy implications. Prerequisite: Senior Status      

 

ENV 497 INDEPENDENT STUDY    (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only. Department consent required.        

 

ENV 497H INDEPENDENT STUDY - HONORS     (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group      

 

ENV 499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS     (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.  No repeat limit.  Crosslisted as POS 499.