Wilkes University

Earth And Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences Major

The major leading to the B.S. degree emphasizes the technical and analytical aspects of the earth and environmental sciences and is designed for those students intending to work as scientists in laboratory, field, or research positions. Students with this degree may enter graduate programs in geology, meteorology, and environmental sciences.

The major leading to the B.A. degree emphasizes human interactions with the earth and the environment. The student is required to choose an appropriate minor, such as political science, technical writing, and business administration. Another option is to satisfy the requirements leading to a Pennsylvania Secondary Teaching Certificate with certification in Earth and Space Science. By adding courses in chemistry and biology, the student may also satisfy requirements for certification in General Science.

Students interested in Secondary Education should make an appointment with the chairperson of the Department of Education as early as possible in their program of study to plan their professional studies. These students will declare a minor in Secondary Education. All Teacher Education students must apply for Admission to the Teacher Education Program in their sophomore or junior year. Candidates must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their secondary major courses, a cumulative 3.0 GPA to remain in the Teacher Education Program, and pass the appropriate PRAXIS tests in order to be certified.

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences B.S. Degree- Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence


First Semester Credits

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

CHM-113 Elements & Compounds Lab

1

CHM-115 Elements & Compounds

3

 

15

Second Semester

CHM-114 The Chemical Reaction Lab

1

CHM-116 TheChemical Reaction

3

Distribution Requirement

3

EES-211 Physical Geology

4

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

 

15

Third Semester

BIO-121 Principles of Modern Biology I

4

MTH-150 Elementary Statistics

3

Free Elective

3

Distribution Requirement

3

PHY-171 Principles of Classical and Modern Physics

4

 

17

Fourth Semester

BIO-122 Principles of Modern Biology II

4

EES-240 Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science

4

PHY-174 Appl of Classical & Modern Physics

4

CS Elective

3

 

15

Fifth Semester

EES-230 Ocean Science

4

EES-251 Synoptic Meteorology

4

EES-271 Environ. Mapping I or ENV Elective

3

EES-394 Field Study

1

ENV-321 Hydrology

4

 

16

Sixth Semester

EES-202 Biogeochemistry

3

EES-272 Environ. Mapping II or
EES/ENV Elective

6

EES-302 Literature Methods

1

EES-304 Environmental Data Analysis

2

Free Elective

3

 

15

Seventh Semester

Free Elective

3

EES/ENV Electives

6

Distribution Requirements

6

EES-391 Senior Projects I

1

 

16

Eighth Semester

ENV-330 Water Quality

4

OR ENV-332 Air Quality

3

EES/ENV Elective

3

Distribution Requirements

6

EES-392 Senior Projects II

2

 

14-15

NOTE:
B.S. candidates are encouraged to complete a science minor (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, or Biology); consult the undergraduate bulletin for details. Candidates are also encouraged to have relevant cooperative educational experiences, 6 credits of which may be applied as EES electives.

  1. Courses at the 200-level and above are intended for science and mathematics majors only. Exceptions may be made with permission of the instructor. Election of a 200-level course by a non-science major will preclude registration for the corresponding 100-level course.

 

Recommended Course Sequence for a B.A. Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and a Minor in Secondary Education Leading to Certification in Earth & Space Science in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 

First Semester

ED-180 Educational Psychology

3

PSY-101 General Psychology

3

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

ENG-101 Composition

4

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

 

17

Second Semester

ED-190 Effective Teaching with Field Experience

4

ED-191 Integrating Technology into the Classroom

3

EES-211 Physical Geology

4

MTH-150 Elementary Statistics

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

17

Third Semester

EDSP-210 Teaching Students with Special Needs

3

CHM-113 Elements & Compounds Lab

1

CHM-115 Elements & Compounds

3

EES-251 Synoptic Meteorology

4

EES-212 Historical Geology

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

17

Fourth Semester

ED-220 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

3

EES-240 Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science

4

CS-115 Computers & Applications

3

EES Elective

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

16

Fifth Semester

EDSP-225 Special Education Methods I with Field Experience

3

EES-230 Ocean Science

4

PHY-171 Principles of Classical & Modern Physics

4

EES-280 Principles of Astronomy

4

 

15

Sixth Semester

EES-302 Literature Methods

1

EES-304 Environmental Data Analysis

2

EES-210 Global Climate Change

3

PHY-174 Applications of Classical & Modern Physics

4

EES-271/[[EES-272]] Environmental Mapping I/Environmental Mapping II

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

16

Seventh Semester

ED-380 Content Area Literacy

3

ED-371 Teaching Methods in Science with Field Experience

4

EES-391 Senior Projects I

1

EES-394 Field Study

1

EES Elective

3

Distribution Elective

3

 

15

Eighth Semester

ED-390 Student Teaching with Seminar

12

EDSP-388 Inclusionary Practices (taken concurrently with ED 390)

3

EES-392 Senior Projects II

2

 

18

Grand Total - 129 credits

The above course sequence is designed to be completed in four years.  There are additional options that can be added to the above:  (1) the addition of coursework that would lead to certification in General Science as well as in Earth & Space Science and, (2) upgrading the minor in Secondary Education to a double major (both B.A. degrees) in Secondary Education.  Note that the B.A. degree in Secondary Education cannot stand alone; it must be paired with another major.  It should also be understood that adding these options to the basic program will require additional courses which may require more than four years to complete.  A summary of the options is as follows:

(Basic Program)  Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences

     Minor in Secondary Education
     Secondary Teaching Certification in Earth & Space Sciences 

     Total credits required:  129 credits

(Option 1)  Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences

     Minor in Secondary Education
     Secondary Teaching Certification in Earth & Space Sciences
     Secondary Teaching Certification in General Science
     Total credits required:  141 credits
          add:  BIO 121 (4 credits) + BIO 122 or 225 (4 credits) + CHM 114/116 (4 credits)

(Option 2)  Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences

     Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education  (double major)
     Secondary Teaching Certification in Earth & Space Sciences 
     Total credits required:  136 credits 
           add:  ED 345 (3 credits) + ED 375 (4 credits)

 In addition to the course requirements, there are non-course requirements:

  • All Teacher Education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in sophomore or junior year. 
  • In order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program, candidates must:
    • Attain a 3.0 GPA
    • Complete 48 credits including six credits in both Mathematics and English
    • Pass a test of basic skills
    • Submit required clearances showing ‘no record'
  • To remain in the Teacher Education Program, candidates must: 
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
    • Adhere to the Code of Professionalism and Academic Honesty
  • To be certified as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in grades 7 – 12, candidates must:
    • Successfully complete all required Education courses including student teaching
    • Graduate with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
    • Pass the appropriate exit test(s) in their content area
    • Apply for certification through the Pennsylvania Teacher Information Management System (TIMS)

Students interested in becoming secondary teachers in these programs should make an appointment with the chairperson of the Wilkes Education Department or the Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program as early as possible in their course of study to plan their professional studies.  These students will declare a major in Earth & Environmental Sciences and a minor or major in Secondary Education.  Students will be advised both by a faculty member in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Program and by the Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program.  The advisors will ensure that the student is aware of course prerequisites which is especially important for some of the education courses which require completed clearances which can take months to acquire.  Students should also refer to the Education Department section of this bulletin for complete details of the education curriculum.  

Earth and Environmental Sciences Major with a Minor in Biology and a Marine Science Option

Wilkes University is a member of the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium, an association of both state and private institutions that oversee the operation of the Wallops Island Marine Science Station located in southeastern Virginia. Through its membership in the Consortium, Wilkes offers to its students the full range of courses in marine sciences and oceanography regularly taught at the field station each summer. Interested students in Earth and Environmental Sciences may formally pursue a Marine Science Option concentration in a four-year program that is fully integrated into their EES major and a minor in Biology. On a less formal basis, students who meet course prerequisites may complement regular course work with these unique summer field experiences in oceanography.

Courses taken at the Wallops Island facility typically carry three credits and involve three weeks of intensive field and laboratory study at the Marine Science Station and related field sites (e.g., the Florida Keys and Honduras). Facilities at the Station include dormitory space, cafeteria, labs, lecture halls, a variety of field and laboratory equipment (e.g., one large oceanographic vessel and three inshore vessels) and a range of inshore, offshore, and estuarine field sites. To participate in the Marine Science Option concentration or to enroll in individual courses, students must first contact the coordinators of the Wallops Island Program at Wilkes University (prior to the spring semester) and then register for the appropriate course through the Wilkes University Registrar. 

Courses regularly offered at the Wallops Island Marine Science Station include:

MS 110 – Introduction to Oceanography MS 394 – Physiology of Marine Organisms
MS 211 – Field Methods in Oceanography MS 431 – Ecology of Marine Plankton
MS 221 – Marine Invertebrates MS 432 – Marine Evolutionary Ecology
MS 241 – Marine Biology MS 433 – Advanced Methods in Coastal Ecology
MS 250 – Wetland Ecology MS 450 – Coastal Geomorphology
MS 260 – Marine Ecology MS 451 – Coastal Environmental Oceanography
MS 300 – Tropical Invertebrates MS 464 – Biological Oceanography
MS 331 – Chemical Oceanography MS 470 – Research Diver Methods
MS 342 – Marine Biology MS 471 – Scanning Electron Microscopy: Marine Apps.
MS 343 – Marine Ichthyology MS 490 – Marine Aquaculture
MS 345 – Ornithology MS 491 – Coral Reef Ecology
MS 352 – Modeling in Environmental Biological Sci. MS 492 – Marine Mammals
MS 362 – Marine Geology MS 493 – Behavioral Ecology
MS 390 – Undergraduate Research in Marine Science MS 500 – Problems in Marine Science

See the Coordinators of the Wallops Island Program for outlines of individual course and for information on the structure of the Marine Sciences Option.

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences Major (B.S. Degree) with a Minor in Biology and a Concentration in Marine Science - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

 

First Semester

BIO-121 Principles of Modern Biology I

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

CHM-113 Elem. & Compounds Lab

1

CHM-115 Elements and Compounds

3

 

15

Second Semester

BIO-122 Principles of Modern Biology II

4

ENG-101 Composition

4

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

CHM-114 The Chem. Reaction Lab

1

CHM-116 The Chemical Reaction

3

 

16

Third Semester

EES-230 Ocean Science

4

BIO-225 Population and Evolutionary Biology

4

Distribution Requirements

6

 

14

Fourth Semester

EES-211 Physical Geology

4

Computer Science Elective

3

EES-240 Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science

4

BIO-226 Cellular & Molecular Biology

4

 

15

 

MS_Summer College MCS (BIO Course)(2)

3

Fifth Semester

PHY-171 Classical and Modern Physics or

4

PHY-201 Introductory Physics I

 

EES-251 Synoptic Meteorology

4

EES-394 Field Study

1

EES/ENV Elective

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

15

Sixth Semester

PHY-174 Appl Classical & Modern Physics or

4

PHY-202 General Physics II

 

BIO/EES-343 Marine Ecology 3**

3

EES/ENV Elective

3

EES-302 Literature Methods

1

EES-304 Environmental Data Analysis

2

MTH-150 Elementary Statistics

3

 

16

Marine Science Summer College - Marine Science Consortium (MSC)*

 

BIO Course (see MSC course listings)

3

Seventh Semester

EES-391 Senior Projects I

1

EES/ENV Electives

6

Distribution Requirement

3

Free Electives

7

 

17

Eighth Semester

EES-392 Senior Projects II

2

EES/ENV Electives

6

Distribution Requirements

6

Free Elective

3

 

16

*The minor in Biology includes 2 MS courses (biology content) at the Marine Science Consortium (MSC) Wallops Island, excluding MS 110 and MS 260.
**EES/BIO 343 counts toward both the EES degree and the Biology minor. The 22 minimum credits for the Biology minor includes BIO/EES 343.
NOTE: 3 of the 15 credits of EES/ENV Electives must include either EES 271 or EES 272.

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geology Minors

Two minors are offered by the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. A minor may be awarded to students with demonstrated expertise in Earth and Environmental Sciences or Geology, as determined by the faculty of the department.

The minimum requirements for the minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences consist of 18 credits of course work in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), 12 credits of which must be at the 200-level or above. For the Geology minor, 18 credits of prequalified environmental EES geology courses are required, 15 credits of which must be at the 200-level or above. Only those course credits for which a student has achieved a grade of 2.0 or higher will count toward the minimum requirements for either minor. Courses counted toward the Geology minor may not be counted toward the existing EES minor. Since there is no major in Geology, however, EES majors, like any other major, may pursue a minor in Geology. Additionally, EES majors may take any of the Environmental Engineering courses (ENV), if prerequisites are satisfied.

Geology Minor Course Offerings

Students should select from the following list to satisfy the requirements for the minor in Geology.

Course

Credits

EES-105 Planet Earth

3

EES-211 Physical Geology

4

EES-212 Historical Geology

3

ENV-315 Soils

3

ENV-321 Hydrology

4

EES-370 Geomorphology

3

EES-381 Mineralogy*

3

EES-382 Petrology*

3

EES-391 Senior Projects I**

1

EES-392 Senior Projects II**

2

EES-395* Independent Research I**

1-3

EES-396* Independent Research II**

1-3

* Required for minor in geology.
** Content must be within the field of geology.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES-105. Planet Earth

Credits: 3

The nature of our planet and how it works are examined in the context of Earth as a constantly changing dynamic system. An emphasis on global scale processes and the interaction of humans and their physical environment is coupled with in-depth coverage of how science is done and the scientific principles that influence our planet, its rocks, mountains, rivers, atmosphere, and oceans. Major sub-topical areas in the Planet Earth series may include geology (Forces of Geologic Change), oceanography (The Restless Ocean), astronomy (The Cosmic Perspective), geography (Global Regions and Geography), and the relationship between people and their physical surroundings (The Global Environment). Intended for students who are not majoring in science, engineering, pre-pharmacy, nursing, or B.S. programs in mathematics or computer science. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
No previous background in science or college-level mathematics is required.

EES-198. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Departmental courses on topics of special interest, not extensively treated in regularly scheduled
offerings, will be presented under this course number on an occasional basis. May be repeated for credit.


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Pre-Requisites
Will vary with topic studied.

EES-202. Biogeochemistry

Credits: 3

Fundamentals of the circulation of materials through the earth’s air, soils, waters, and living organisms are examined from the perspective of introductory chemical principles. Global cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur are investigated in detail with emphasis on the roles of microorganisms, chemical equilibrium, and oxidation-reduction processes in biogeochemical cycling. Laboratory focuses on 1) student designed projects to gather data that illustrate key concepts in chemical weathering processes in aqueous solutions, oxidation-reduction reactions, and microbial mediation of elemental cycling and 2) building problem solving skills. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

EES-210. Global Climate Change

Credits: 3

The nature and function of earth’s global climate are examined from a unified system perspective. Major questions focus on scientific versus public understanding of trends in global temperature, precipitation, and sea level. The course emphasizes negative and positive feedback processes that force key changes in the earth’s climate system: past, present, and future. Topics include fundamentals of global and regional heat and water balance, the role of elemental cycles in controlling climate (e.g., the carbon cycle), descriptive climate classification, long-term, short-term, and catastrophic climatic change (e.g., ice ages and bolide impacts), and human effects on climate (e.g., enhanced greenhouse, rising sea level). This course integrates a scientific understanding of climatic change and explores contemporary social and economic policy responses to change scenarios. Three hours of lecture per week.

EES-211. Physical Geology

Credits: 4

Description, analysis, and laboratory studies of earth materials, structure, and processes, including earth’s surface, interior, age, and origin. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Requirements: For CS, Engineering, Math, and Science majors only. Cross listed with GEO-211.

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EES-212. Historical Geology

Credits: 3

A study of the geologic record of the earth’s formation and evolution, including methods of dating. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross listed with GEO-212.

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Pre-Requisites
EES-211 or permission of the instructor.

EES-218. Environmental Ethics

Credits: 3

An examination of the central problems of environmental ethics as viewed from the perspectives of science and of philosophy. The value of nature and 'natural objects,' differing attitudes toward wildlife and the land itself, implications of anthropocentrism, individualism, ecocentrism, and ecofeminism, bases for land and water conservation, and other topics will be examined within a framework of moral and scientific argument. Cross-listed with PHL-218.

Pre-Requisites
PHL-101 or EES-240 or permission of the instructor.

EES-230. Ocean Science

Credits: 4

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the fundamentals of oceanography emphasizing physical, chemical, and biological interrelationships. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab. Requirements: For CS, Engineering, Math, and Science majors only

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EES-240. Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science

Credits: 4

A study of physical, chemical, and biological components of environmental systems and a discussion of processes involved in water quality management, air quality management, waste management, and sustainability. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
MTH-111 or higher.Requirements For CS, Engineering, Math, and Science majors only.

EES-242. Environmental Health

Credits: 3

To provide students with an understanding of man’s impact on the environment and how those impacts can be controlled or mitigated. Students completing this course should be able to recognize environmental problems and understand control and preventative measures. Three hours of lecture.

Pre-Requisites
Introductory physics and chemistry. Students who have taken EES-240 will be admitted only with the consent of the instructor.

EES-251. Synoptic Meteorology

Credits: 4

Topics include surface and upper air weather systems, weather phenomena, climate, and local weather influences. Synoptic map analysis and interpretation are emphasized. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Requirements: For CS, Engineering, Math, and Science majors only

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EES-261. Regional Geography

Credits: 3

Topics covered include maps and charts and basic elements of physical, cultural, historical, and economic geography as applied to specific geographic regions. Three hours of lecture per week.

EES-271. Environmental Mapping I: The Global Positioning System

Credits: 3

An introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and environmental mapping concepts and applications. Topics include coordinate systems, reference ellipsoids, geodetic datums, and map projections. Practical field use of GPS is emphasized within the context of understanding system components, satellite signal processing, selective availability, base station differential correction, and data export to a geographical information system. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.

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EES-272. Environmental Mapping II: Geographic Information Systems

Credits: 3

An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include history of GIS, relational database management, data input and output, quality control, integration with CAD and remote sensing technologies, data analysis, and GIS as a decision support tool. Laboratory component emphasizes practical skills in GIS data management and analysis. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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EES-280. Principles of Astronomy

Credits: 4

Topics include orbital mechanics, results of planetary probes, spectra and stellar evolution, and cosmology. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Requirements: For Science majors only

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EES-298. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Departmental courses on topics of special interest, not extensively treated in regularly scheduled
offerings, will be presented under this course number on an occasional basis. May be repeated for credit.


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Pre-Requisites
Will vary with topic studied.

EES-302. Literature Methods

Credits: 1

The nature and use of important sources of information in earth and environmental sciences are developed through retrospective searching methods and current awareness techniques. The use of computer databases, the design of personal computer information files, information search strategies, and manual search procedures are included. Literature preparation for Senior Projects (EES 391-392).

Pre-Requisites
Junior standing.

EES-304. Environmental Data Analysis

Credits: 2

To acquaint students majoring in earth and environmental sciences with the techniques and methods of data acquisition and analysis, including environmental sampling methodology and data management. Emphasis will be placed on examination of real data sets from various areas of the earth and environmental sciences with particular emphasis placed on using and applying graphical and statistical procedures used in EES-391-392 (Senior Projects). Two hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
MTH-150 and Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

EES-340. Conservation Biology

Credits: 3

This course will cover the major topics of conservation biology including an introduction to biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, and solutions to diminish extinctions and population declines. Lecture: three hours per week. Cross-listed with BIO-340.

Pre-Requisites
BIO 121-122, BIO 225-226 or permission of the instructor.

EES-341. Freshwater Ecosystems

Credits: 3

A study of the biological and ecological aspects of streams, lakes, and wetlands from a watershed perspective. An initial introduction to physical, chemical, and geological principles of limnology is followed by a focus on freshwater biology. Laboratories include field-based watershed investigations and lake management assessments using geographic information systems techniques. Cross-listed with BIO-341. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Offered in alternate years.

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Pre-Requisites
EES-211 or 240 or BIO-121-122 or permission of the instructor.

EES-343. Marine Ecology

Credits: 3

An examination of the biology of marine life within the context of modern ecological principles. The structure and physiology of marine organisms will be studied from the perspectives of adaptation to the ocean as habitat, biological productivity, and interspecific relationships. Emphasis will be placed on life in intertidal zones, estuaries, surface waters, and the deep sea. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross-listed with BIO-343. Offered in alternate years.

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Pre-Requisites
EES-230 and BIO-121-122 or permission of the instructor.

EES-344. Ecology

Credits: 4

Ecology examines contemporary ecological thinking as it pertains to the interrelationships of organisms and their environments. Interactions at the populations and community level are emphasized. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross-listed with BIO-344. Offered in alternate years.

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Pre-Requisites
BIO-121-122, 223-224, or permission of the instructor.

EES-366. Field Botany

Credits: 3

This is a specialized summertime field course, which emphasizes a taxonomic, phylogenetic, and ecological survey of higher plants indigenous to Northeastern Pennsylvania. Due to the extensive field work, enrollment is somewhat more restricted than in other courses; therefore, written permission from the instructor is the primary prerequisite for those upperclassmen who wish to register for the course. Cross-listed with BIO-366. Offered in alternate years.

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Pre-Requisites
BIO-121-122, 223-224, or permission of the instructor.

EES-370. Geomorphology

Credits: 3

Land forms, their evolution, and the human role in changing the surface of the earth, utilization of geologic and hydrologic information, and field investigations. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross listed with GEO-370.

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Pre-Requisites

EES-381. Mineralogy

Credits: 3

The systematic study of the major classes of the mineral kingdom utilizing the department's collection. Concepts in crystal chemistry, crystal structure, mineral behavior, crystallography and optical mineralogy are studied and advanced techniques in mineral analysis are used. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross listed with GEO-281.

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Pre-Requisites

EES-382. Petrology

Credits: 3

A study of the identification, classification, composition, genesis, and alteration of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and their relation to crustal processes and tectonic environments. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Cross listed with GEO-282.

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Pre-Requisites

EES-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1

Design and development of selected projects in earth and environmental sciences and other related fields under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economical factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress report are required.Requirements: Senior standing in Earth and Environmental Sciences and department permission. (See the department for more details about the department permission.)

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EES-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2

Design and development of selected projects in earth and environmental sciences and other related fields under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economical factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper to be presented and discussed in an open forum is required.

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Pre-Requisites
EES-391 or department permission. (See the department for more details about the department permission.)

EES-394. Field Study

Credits: 1-3

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Pre-Requisites

EES-398. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Departmental courses on topics of special interest, not extensively treated in regularly scheduled
offerings, will be presented under this course number on an occasional basis. May be repeated for credit.


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Pre-Requisites
Will vary with topic studied.

EES-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.Requirements: Sophomore standing; minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

EES-498. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Departmental courses on advanced topics of special interest, not extensively treated in regularly
scheduled offerings, will be presented under this course number on an occasional basis. Available for either undergraduate or graduate credit. May be repeated for credit.


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Pre-Requisites

Senior or graduate standing

Environmental Engineering

ENV-198. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites

Permission of the instructor.

ENV-201. Environmental Engineering Systems I: Chemical Kinetics and Statistical Methods

Credits: 1

This course focuses on understanding the factors that control species behavior in environmental systems and provides the foundation for estimating pollutant concentrations and their fate in the environment. This course also provides an introduction of central ideas of probability and statistics and their application in the analysis of environmental data and information. One hour of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. 

Pre-Requisites
CHM-113, CHM-115 or instructor's permission.

ENV-202. Environmental Engineering Systems II: Analytical and Computational Analysis

Credits: 2

This course focuses on basic methods for obtaining numerical solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations, simultaneous linear equations, and curve fitting techniques; examples provided are relevant to environmental engineering processes; will include an introduction to problem-solving using Excel and MATLAB. Two hours of lab per week. 

Pre-Requisites
MTH-111, MTH-112 or instructor's permission.

ENV-205. Environmental Microbiology

Credits: 1

The foundational concepts in microbiology that are important in environmental systems will be explored in this course. This will include the function and formation of cellular components starting from basic molecules (carbohydrates, fatty acids, amino acids, and nucleotides) to the cellular structures that are formed (membranes, proteins, and the nucleic acids RNA & DNA); carbon, energy, and nutrient sources required for cellular growth; and the metabolic pathways for substrates common in environmental systems will be shown. Biodegradation and growth kinetic models will be introduced.

ENV-298. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites

Permission of the instructor.

ENV-301. Environmental Engineering Systems III: Advanced Unit Operations and Processes

Credits: 1

Examination of unit operations and processes encountered in the environmental engineering field that will assist in the design and operation of advanced water, wastewater, and waste management treatment systems. One hour of lecture and one hour discussion per week.

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Co-Requisites
ENV-305, ENV-351 or instructor's permission.

ENV-305. Solid Waste Management

Credits: 3

Assessment of the scope of the solid waste problem and engineering and management strategies. Lecture topics include the following: solid waste sources; characterization and generation rates; collection and transportation technologies and management options; sanitary landfill design and operation; and recycling strategies and technologies. Three hours of lecture per week.

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EES-240, CHM-116 or EES-202, or permission of the instructor.

ENV-315. Soils

Credits: 3

Study of the structure, properties, and classification of soils. Fundamental concepts of soils science are applied to the environmental management of terrestrial ecosystems. Topics include soil genesis, the classification, and physical properties of soils, soil chemistry, and soil moisture relationships. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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ENV-321. Hydrology

Credits: 4

A quantitative analysis of the physical elements and processes that constitute the hydrologic cycle. Topics include precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, runoff, streamflow, and ground water flow. Ground water modeling and advanced treatment of Darcy’s Law is presented within the context of migration of ground water pollutants. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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ENV-322. Water Resources Engineering

Credits: 3

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A detailed progress report is required. Three hours of lecture per week.

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ENV-330. Water Quality

Credits: 4

The physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the quality of water in the natural environment. The measurement of water quality parameters in water and wastes. The behavior of contaminants in ground and surface water. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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ENV-332. Air Quality

Credits: 3

Study of atmospheric pollutants, their sources and effects; measurement and monitoring techniques for air pollutants; atmospheric chemical transformations; regulatory control of air pollution; meteorology of air pollution; transport and dispersion of air pollutants; and introduction to indoor air pollution. Lab work includes both problem-oriented and hands-on exercises. Exercises include basic gas concepts, volume measuring devices, flow, velocity, and pressure measuring devices, calibration of such devices, and various sampling techniques. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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ENV-351. Water and Wastewater Treatment

Credits: 4

Design of water and wastewater treatment systems. Estimation of demands. Physical, chemical, biological, and land-based treatment processes. Sludge handling and disposal. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

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ENV-352. Environmental Engineering Hydraulics

Credits: 3

Water distribution, sewage collections, pipe network models, piping materials, pumps and pumping stations, valves and tanks. Design and operation. Three hours of lecture per week.

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ENV-353. Air Pollution Control

Credits: 3

This course provides the philosophy and procedures for design of air pollution control systems. Methods used for controlling air-borne emissions of gases, aerosols, and organic vapors are covered. Designs are carried out based on data for typical systems. Evaluations of alternatives with cost comparisons are also presented. Three hours of lecture per week.

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ENV-354. Hazardous Waste Management

Credits: 3

An overview and application of engineering principles to management of hazardous wastes and the remediation of contaminated sites. Introduction to regulatory compliance and environmental laws. Three hours of lecture per week.

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ENV-351 or permission of the instructor.

ENV-373. Occupational Health

Credits: 3

Appraisal of environmental health hazards, sampling techniques, instrumentation and analytic methods. Principles of substitution, enclosure, and isolation for the control of hazardous operations in industry. Three hours of lecture and demonstration per week.Requirement: Junior or senior standing in engineering.

ENV-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress report are required. Requirement: Senior standing in Environmental Engineering and department permission. (See the department for more details about the department permission.)

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ENV-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2

Design and development of selected projects in the field of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. This is a continuation of ENV-391. A professional paper to be presented and discussed in an open forum is required.

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ENV-397. Seminar

Credits: 1-3

Presentations and discussions of selected topics and projects.Requirement: Senior standing in environmental engineering.

ENV-398. Topics

Credits: Varies with topic

Selected topics in the field of engineering and related areas. The may include the following topics: mechanical engineering; civil engineering; engineering management; geotechnology; and radiation.

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Pre-Requisites

Permission of the instructor.

ENV-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experiences, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.Requirements: Sophomore standing; minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson.


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