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Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta
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Dr. Wendy Lascell

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Environmental Science Courses


ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 s.h.
The interactions between the living and non-living components of the ecosystem. An introduction to ecological community concepts; the influence of chemical, geological, atmospheric, and physical factors on living systems will be considered. (LA, NS3)

ENVS 105 Environmental Science Laboratory 1 s.h.
This course is intended for Environmental Science majors in their first year. The course involves numerous field trips to local sites where discussion on relevant environmental issues will take place. It is expected that students are either currently in either ENVS 101 or ENVS 201 or that students have had the equivalent of one of these courses.
Prerequisite: ENVS or ENSS majors only.

ENVS 110 Environmental Sustainability 3 s.h.
The Brundtland Commission in 1987 defined "sustainability" as "meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Environmental Sustainability uses a holistic approach to understanding the complex nature of the environment, especially where the social institutions interact with natural phenomena. Lectures, readings, and discussions examine both the role and limits of natural resources and the environment in relation to human political, social, and economic goals and aspirations. Students gain a greater appreciation of how science can inform the policies and practices that will shape a more sustainable future. (LA, NS3)

ENVS 201 Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
The study of the effect of human activities on the worldwide ecosystem. An examination of the issues of human overpopulation, atmospheric warming, chemical pollution, and agriculture. Strategies of land planning and resource conservation will be considered. Offered Spring only. (LA)
Cross-listed as: GEOG 206
Prerequisite: ENVS 101 or ENVS 110

ENVS 205 The Atompospheric Environment 3 s.h. 
Environmental issues relating to the atmosphere featuring lectures and discussions on topics recently reported in the news. Two 90-minute lectures per week on Greenhouse warming, acid rain, air pollution, drought, and Ozone depletion. Offered irregularly. (LA)
Cross-listed as: METR 205
Prerequisite: METR 110 or ENVS 101

ENVS 214 Principles of Soil Science 4 s.h. 
Introduction to the principles of soil science to gain an understanding of soils as natural resources and integral components of the terrestrial environment. Focus on fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and processes governing formation, development and differentiation. Lecture and lab weekly. Labs will focus on practical experiences in soil classification and analyses. A 2-day weekend field trip is mandatory. Offered irregularly.
Cross-listed as: ESCI 214
Prerequisite: ENVS 101 or 3 s.h. of 100 level GEOL

ENVS 250 Environmental Monitoring 3 s.h.
Introduction to various methods and techniques commonly used in the field of environmental science to monitor nature. Emphasis is on designing statistically sound monitoring programs and applying learned statistical tests to analyze data.
Prerequisite: ENVS 201 and STAT 101, both "C+" or better

ENVS 251 Food, Society and the Environtment 3 s.h. 
Food is a critical aspect of human existence and its production and distribution lies at the core of the interaction between society and the environment. This course adopts a critical approach to examining the current issues and debates pertaining to the production, processing and marketing of food as well as the local and global political economy of access to food. A central theme in these discussions will be the challenge of environmental sustainability in the food production and distribution system, while drawing examples from the local, national and global levels. The course will examine the political economy of the global food system as well as the local and national food justice issues that include production, access and consumption. (LA)
Cross-listed as: GEOG 251 and SOCL 251
Prerequisite: ENVS 101, GEOG 100, or SOCL 100

ENVS 257 Global Climate Change 3 s.h. 
This course is an introduction to the scientific evidence for human-induced climate change, the natural variability of our climate system against which changes are assessed, and the impacts on the natural world and the predicted response of Earth’s ecosystems. It also focuses on the economic and policy proposals and debates about how humanity needs to respond. At the end of the course, students will present a research symposium on current issues in climate change, impacts and adaptations and efforts to mitigate human influence. It is expected that this course will be offered every spring. Offered irregularly.
Cross-listed as: ESCI 257
Prerequisite: METR 110 or ENVS 101

ENVS 284 Wetland Science 4 s.h. 
Introduction to wetland science. Focus on wetland history, use and classification. Introduces wetland definitions and their unique properties and functions. Focus on understanding the wetland environment; hydrology, soils, biological adaptations. Laboratory emphasizes practical experiences in understanding wetland functional properties. A 2-day weekend field trip is mandatory.
Cross-listed as: BIOL 284
Prerequisite: ENVS 101 or GEOL 182

ENVS 268 United States Environmental History 3 s.h. 
Study of the history of environmental perception in the United States, from 15th - 21st centuries. Topics include settlement patterns, land management policies, environmental degradation and disasters, and the environmental movement. Concepts include nationalism, expansionism, romanticism, conservation, "wilderness," the "Land Ethic," environmental justice, ecotourism, ecosystem services, and sustainability. Special emphasis on Adirondack Park. (LA)
Cross-listed as: GEOG 268
Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or ENVS 101 or SoS

ENVS 290 Waste Management 3 s.h. 
An introduction to the basic scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects of waste management. Includes an overview of all categories of waste options available to manage various wastes and environmental issues tied to waste management. Offered irregularly. (LA, WS2)
Cross-listed as: ESCI 290
Preqrequisite: GEOL 115, GEOL 120, GEOL 150, GEOL 182 or ESCI 100 and CHEM 111

ENVS 291 Interdisciplinary Junior Seminar 3 s.h. 
This is a seminar course for Environmental Science majors. The focus of this course in particular is to progressively develop the trans-disciplinary analytical skills that empower students to develop creative and collaborative solutions to complex environmental challenges. Students will be asked to integrate and frame knowledge in new ways. (LA)
Prerequisites: JrS, ENVS or ENSS major

ENVS 294 Special Topis in Environmental Sciences 1-6 s.h. 
This course gives students the opportunity to study in depth advanced and special topics in the field of environmental sciences. Topics and instructors will be announced prior to registration.

ENVS 299 Independent Study in Environmental Sciences 1-6 s.h.
Individual studies under regular faculty supervision. Enrollment by consent of program director and instructor.

ENVS 305 Mineral Resources and the Environment 3 s.h
An overview of the basic geologic, engineering, economic, and environmental factors controlling the availability of mineral resources. Topics will include metallic and non- metallic ores, energy resources, construction and industrial minerals. Examination of the environmental consequences of exploration and development of mineral deposits. Discussion of global mineral reserves and resources. Offered alternate fall semesters. Intended clientele: undergraduate environmental science, geology, water resources, and secondary education earth science majors. (LA)
Cross-listed as: GEOL 305
Prerequisites: GEOL 242 or ESCI 215

ENVS 320 Technical Science Writing 3 s.h.
Introduction to technical writing skills in the sciences. Topics include organization, format, style, and narrative. Familiarization with professional journal style and format within the discipline is expected. (LA, BC3)
Prerequisite: COMP 100 and STAT 101 and pass the CWE

ENVS 323 Global Biogeochemisty 4 s.h. 
Introduction to the study of the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment. Focus on cycles of matter and energy that transport Earth’s components in time and space. Concepts from Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Geology and Soil Science. Lecture and lab weekly. Labs will focus on student presentation and discussion of case studies. Offered irregularly.
Cross-listed as: ESCI 323
Prerequisite: GEOL 386

ENVS 383 Wetland Environments and Delineation 4 s.h. 
Focus on understanding concepts of wetlands and methods for identifying, describing, classifying and delineating wetlands in the USA using State and Federal criteria. Use of key indicators to focus on soils, hydrology and vegetation to gain understanding of wetland development and their significance in the natural world. Laboratory emphasizes wetland identification and classification. (LA)
Cross-listed as: BIOL 383
Prerequisite: BIOL 282 or ENVS 214 or GEOL 282, JrS

ENVS 385 Water and the Environment in Guatemala 3 s.h. 
This international field course prepares students to find solutions to contemporary water resources problems and environmental issues in the developing world. Water and the Environment of Guatemala largely focuses on the water resources of Lake Atitlan and its watershed. Students will take water samples and analyze water quality data from Lake Atitlan and the surrounding drainage basin. Based on observations, interactions with local residents, and data collection, students will identify sustainable solutions to local water resources problems. Students will also be exposed to Guatemala's natural systems, from volcanoes and climate, to soils and biomes. This is an experiential course and active participation is required for successful completion. Permission of the instructor is required. Students must have a valid passport. Enrollment is limited and students must apply to participate during the preceding Fall semester. There is a special course cost associated with this class. This course will be offered during the Summer Semester. (LA)
Cross-listed as: GEOG 385 and GEOL 385
Prerequisite: JrS and permission of instructor

ENVS 390 Environmental Sciences Seminar 3 s.h. 
This course serves as a capstone course for the Environmental Sciences major. The course focuses on contemporary issues in environmental sciences. Students are required to produce a synthesis evaluation of a particular topic, including data analysis and presentations. Group research projects or primary literature readings will be required. Evaluations will be based on participation and quality of products. (LA)
Prerequistie: SrS and ENVS 250 "B" or better

ENVS 394 Special Tops in Environmental Science 1-6 s.h. 
This course gives students the opportunity to study in depth advanced and special topics in the field of environmental sciences. Topics and instructors will be announced prior to registration. (LA)
Prerequisite: JrS, ENVS 201 and permission of intstructor

ENVS 395 Teaching Assistantship in Environmental Science 1-3 s.h. 
Teaching Assistantship in Environmental Sciences provides a college level teaching experience for students who are exceptionally qualified to undertake appropriate responsibilities and demands including such activities as tutoring, assisting in course preparation, participation in classroom presentations, and/or assisting in laboratory exercises. Students must be recommended by a faculty member and have completed the appropriate coursework required for the particular assistantship. The precise responsibilities, amount of credit, and grading criteria will be agreed to and outlined in writing prior to the beginning of the course. A student may earn 1 to 3 s.h. of credit during a single assistantship depending upon specific responsibilities and demands.
Prerequistite: JrS, passing grade on CWE; completion of the ENVS course for which the student will be a T.A.; a minimum 3.0 GPA and permission of the insturctor and Program Director.

ENVS 397 Environmental Internship 1-6 s.h.
Practical experience with an appropriate organization or agency. Students are required to submit a journal of their experiences at the end of the internship. Requirements follow College internship policies. Only one internship can count as an elective towards the major.
Prerequisite: JrS, passing grade on CWE

ENVS 399 Independent Study in Environmental Sciences 1-6 s.h. 
Individual studies and research under regular faculty supervision. Enrollment by consent of program director and instructor.


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