ENVI Courses

Some of the courses listed here are offered in alternate years. For a listing of courses currently offered, please consult courses offered list and the academic catalog.

Environmental Studies Courses Offered Under ENVI

ENVI 130 Introduction to Environmental Studies
An introduction to the applied field of environmental studies, this course encourages students to develop the interdisciplinary analytical and research skills needed to frame questions, evaluate environmental issues, and work toward solutions that are environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially equitable.  Course activities will draw from a number of disciplines including the natural and social sciences with emphasis on sustainability and resource management.  Lecture: 3hrs/wk

ENVI 230 Earth Systems Science
An examination of the interrelationships between matter and energy in the solid, fluid, and living Earth as well as the human interactions with these natural systems.  Lecture:  3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

ENVI 232 Introduction to Geology
This course is in the proposal process.  We expect to teach it for the first time in Spring 2014.  Lecture:  3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

ENVI 240 Environment, Ethics, and Culture
An examination of conceptions of Nature, the environment, and sustainability drawn from the Humanities.  Insights from these traditions will be used to explore contemporary environmental debates.  Lecture:  3 hrs/wk

ENVI 250 Environment and Society
An examination of the major concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks employed in the social sciences to study human ecological relations.  The implications of social organization, whether political or economic, for ecosystems will provide an opportunity to examine the impact of individual and collective decisions.   Lecture:  3 hrs/wk

ENVI 260 Special Topics
Examination of special topics concerning the environment. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  Prerequisites: None.

ENVI 265 Special Topics
Examination of special topics concerning the environment.  Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Lab: 3hrs/wk.  Prerequisite:  Permission.

ENVI 270 Geographic Information Systems
An exploration of techniques for modeling environmental interactions using a specialized database management system known as Geographic Information System. GIS is a comprehensive set of tools for analyzing patterns, relationships, and trends across the landscape with applications in natural resource management, conservation biology, regional planning, and risk assessment. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 

ENVI 305 Environmental Impact Assessment
This course will examine the development of environmental impact assessment policy in the United States and how such policy is applied to current environmental issues and problems. Examples will be taken from a variety of areas including toxicology, bioremediation, wetland protection and work/home environmental safety. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: ENVI 230.

ENVI 307 Appalachian Rocks and Waters
A systematic survey of Appalachian terrains, geology and paleoecology. This course examines foundational concepts of geology within a chronological scope associated with the Appalachian Mountain Belt. Topics include introduction to rock and mineral types, major index fossils, paleoecology, and basic landform geomorphology and rock process. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: ENVI 230

ENVI 360 Special Topics
Examination of a special topic concerning the environment.  Lecture:  3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites:  Permission

ENVI 370 Landscape Analysis in GIS
An introduction to the spatial analysis of landscapes using remote sensing.  This course will address consequences of spatial heterogeneity and include applications in environmental planning, risk assessment, and adaptive management.  Lecture:  3 hrs/wk.; O'Neill; Prerequisite:  ENVI 270 

ENVI 405, 406, 407 Independent Study and Research
A research or independent study project on an environmental topic that results in the production of a paper and oral presentation.  (½ , 1, ½)  Prerequisite:  Written proposal and permission

ENVI 416 Internship
Practical experience in a setting where environmental topics are applied.  Prerequisite:  Written proposal and permission

ENVI 430 Environmental Practicum
A team-based project where students work as environmental consultants to solve a real world problem. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.; Prerequisites: ENVI 230, 240, 250, and 270

ENVI 495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. ( ½ , 1, ½ )
Prerequisite:  To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or the summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee.  A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and the program coordinator.  A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required.


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