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ENV 100 - Basic Environmental Science
Presents and discusses basic scientific, health-related, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of environmental activities, policies/decisions. Emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems and their potential solutions.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 108 - Environmental Microbiology
Studies characteristics and activities of micro-organisms, showing their essential relation to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Explores fundamentals of bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology, emphasizing their relationships to community health. Includes soil, water, wastewater, and industrial microbiology.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 110 - Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment Tech
Provides entry-level students with a general overview of the entire water supply, treatment, and disposal system. Traces water supply from raw state through treatment, storage, distribution, use, waste collection, and discharge back to the environment. Covers aspects of water supply and wastewater treatment.
Lecture 1-3 hours. Laboratory 0-6 hours. Total 1-7 hours per week.
2-3 credits
ENV 115 - Water Purification
Explores principles of water purification including secretion, sedimentation, rapid sand filtration, chlorination, treatment, and prevention of disease. Studies fundamentals of bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology, emphasizing their relationships to community health. Includes soil, water, wastewater, and industrial microbiology.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 1-6 hours. Total 2-7 hours per week.
2-3 credits
ENV 149 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation
Teaches principles, practices and desired function and operation of a variety of wastewater treatment unity processes. Evaluates the operation of processes by determination of the information and testing required for evaluation and performing the subsequent necessary calculations.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 1-6 hours. Total 2-7 hours per week.
2-3 credits
ENV 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ENV 211 - Sanitary Biology and Chemistry I
Teaches theory and laboratory technique for control tests of water purification including bacteriology, color, turbidity, pH, alkalinity, hardness, coagulations, chlorides, fluorides, iron, manganese, detergents, bactericides, and nitrates. Includes in-plant studies at nearby plants. Studies theory and laboratory techniques for the determination of solids, dissolved oxygen, oxygen consumed, relative stability, bacteria, bio-chemical oxygen demand, organic nitrogen, volatile acids, toxic metals. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 220 - Environmental Problems
Studies the relationship of man to his environment; ecological principles, population dynamics, topics of current importance including air, water, and noise pollution; poisoning and toxicity, radiation, conservation and management of natural resources.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 227 - Environmental Law
Introduces environmental law including the history of environmental laws, the National Environment Policy Act, state environmental acts, hazardous wastes, endangered species, pollution, and surface mine reclamation.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
ENV 230 - GIS: Applications in Environmental Science
Introduces Global Positioning Systems(GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) hardware and software and applies the principles of GPS and GIS to Forest Science and Environmental Science. Includes: Natural Disasters; Pest Control; Water Quality; Prescribed Burning; Identifying Sources of Pollution. Prerequisite(s): ENG 04, ENG 03, MTH 02, GIS 200. [This course covers the same content as GIS 230. Credit will not be granted for both courses].
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 235 - Soil Conservation and Spoils Management
Teaches principles of soil conservation, erosion and sediment processes, spoils placement, both mechanical and natural methods of stabilization, and impacts of not practicing prudent soil conservation methods.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ENV 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ENV 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ENV 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits