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Environmental Studies Courses

Earth Science ENV 135

Physical and chemical processes related to the past, present and future behavior of the Earth system and the energy systems that drive these processes. The course will focus on the Earth’s materials, the Earth’s surface and the Earth’s interior. Laboratory included.

Ecology & The Environment ENV 201

This course is a survey of the basic scientific concepts underlying ecology and an examination of how humans interact with, depend upon, and affect natural resources and ecosystems. Special attention will be paid to the magnitude and scope of global and local environmental problems, with a focus on measures that can be taken by individuals and communities to address those problems. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and use of the scientific method. Laboratory included.

  • Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107, MTH 099; Term Fall (even), Summer (odd). Fee: yes. General Education option. Cross-listed with BIO 201
  • Categories: Environmental Studies Courses

Weather & Climate ENV 300

This course will orient you to the fundamentals of weather and climate. The course seeks to answer questions such as: Why is there weather in the first place? What drives the movement of air and water around the globe? How do the climates of various places differ, and what factors drive these differences? Why do the great majority of the world’s peoples live near the coasts? How might the climate be changing, and what factors might be driving these changes? Various aspects of meteorology will be discussed, including solar radiation, global circulation, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles behind the weather, terminology, and weather analysis will be explored.

Introduction to Environmental Sustainability ENV 320

This course introduces students to the dynamics between the influences of social, economical and environmental factors important in any analysis of environmental sustainability. The course will examine both historical and current perspectives of sustainability and the challenges in creating a balance between development and the environment.

Environmental Chemistry ENV 350

Introduces students to environmental chemistry, the branch of chemistry dealing with the origins, transport, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, air, soil and living environments.

Environmental Policy and Regulations ENV 370

This course is intended as a simple, practical introduction into America’s environmental politics, policies and regulations. It will answer questions such as; who governs the environmental regulations, what are examples of these regulations, are the regulations and politicians focusing on the most important priorities? What are the environmental concerns in Michigan and the Metropolitan Detroit Area?

Cooperative Field Experience ENV 388

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

Special Topics in Environmental Studies: Urban Issues ENV 410

Advanced study of urban environmental problems ranging from health, crime, pollution and policy. 

Cooperative Field Experience ENV 488

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

Independent Study ENV 491

Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

  • Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; science major or minor; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Categories: Environmental Studies Courses

Junior Seminar ISC 312

Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS. Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work. In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports. The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one. A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity. This is the program’s writing intensive course.

Science Senior Seminar: Library Research ISC 496A

This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project. Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B. Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research ISC 496B

This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member. The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

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