Environmental Sciences Graduate 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  530 ARID LAND GEOMORPHOLOGY      (3)

Analyzes arid to semiarid landforms, geomorphic processes involved in their formation and evolution, and human impact in arid to semiarid terrains.  Lab emphasizes standard geomorphic techniques.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GLG 430

 

ENV  540 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY      (3)

Scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity, emphasizing applications of ecology and genetics, drawing on other scientific disciplines, and integrating public policy and sociological analyses.  Co-convenes with ENV 440.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  Prerequisite: ENV 380 or BIO 326

 

ENV  540L CONSERVATION BIOLOGY LAB      (1)

Combines class field studies and independent research investigating the scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity.  Requires several all-day Saturday field trips.  Co-convenes with ENV 440L.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  Course fee required.  Prerequisites: graduate status and concurrent enrollment in ENV 540, or instructor's consent.  

 

ENV  544 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY       (3)

Theory and application of landscape ecology, an emerging discipline focusing on spatial patterns in natural and human-dominated landscapes and their role in determining the structure and function of ecological systems.  Cross-listed with FOR 544.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: ENV 380 or BIO 326 or FOR 311

 

ENV  555 THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE      (3)

Seminar examines the generation of scientific knowledge and how that knowledge is presented, evaluated, manipulated, and applied as political forces shape environmental policy.  Crosslisted as POS 555.  Prerequisite:  Graduate status

 

ENV  571 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY      (3)

Population, community and ecosystem ecology of microorganisms emphasizing interactions with plants and animals and the roles of microorganisms in ecosystem processes.  Co-convenes with ENV 471.  Cross-listed with BIO 471 and BIO 578.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: BIO 205 or BIO 220

 

ENV  580 ATMOSPHERIC CHANGE      (3)

Focuses on impact of human behavior on air quality-locally, regionally, and globally-by examining Earth's radiation budget, circulation models, and chemical processing in the atmosphere.  Prerequisite: CHM 151 and 152 and 3 hours of CHM coursework at the 200- or 300-level

 

ENV  593 PUBLIC IN-SERVICE WORKSHOP      (1-3)

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. you may count up to 6 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Pass-fail only.  

 

ENV  595 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE      (3)

Characteristics of global climate system, estimating past and predicting future impacts of human activities on climate and environmental systems, and policy implications.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: ENV 230 and STA 270 and (CIS 120 or CS 122 or CS 122H or CS 123)

 

ENV  596 QUATERNARY CLIMATE CHANGE      (3)

Analyzes the causes and effects of climate change during the Quaternary Period and methods used to reconstruct past climates from marine and terrestrial sediments, ice cores, and biological records. Cross-listed with GLG 596 and QS 596.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  Graduate status

 

ENV  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Letter grade only.  

 

ENV  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-12)

Directed research on selected topics in environmental sciences and policy. Pass-fail only. Department consent.  Prerequisite: graduate status, with plan of study approved by committee.  

 

ENV  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-9)

Pass-fail only.  Department consent.  

 

ENV  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1-3)

Reading and discussion of advanced topics in environmental sciences and policy. Content varies; see Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit.

 

ENV  699 THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Department consent.  Prerequisite: graduate status, with program of study submitted and thesis proposal approved by committee.