ENS 204 - Wetlands Ecology 3 credits; Offered as needed; Lab fee; Three hours integrated lecture/lab Prerequisite: BIO 102
This course takes a classroom and field-based approach to understanding wetland types and basis of classification. Students will examine wetland functional values and their relationship to surrounding ecology and assess threats (i.e., development, highway construction) that prevent long-term preservation and restoration of wetlands systems.
ENS/BIO 211 - Watershed Ecology 3 credits; Offered fall; Lab fee; Three hours integrated lecture/lab Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement
Ecologists have long used the small watershed as a unit of analysis of terrestrial ecosystems. This course aims to give students the skills and background they need to understand the physical, chemical, and biological components of their local watershed, and the interactions among those components, as well as a variety of human impacts on the watershed.
This course will be open to both science majors and non-majors and will integrate both field and laboratory components. Topics to be covered will include hydrology, soil science, nutrient transformations, pollutant transport, decomposition, macroinvertebrate population dynamics, and sustainability science.
ENS/CHE 320 - Environmental Chemistry 4 credits; Offered as needed; Lab fee; Three hours lecture, three hours lab Prerequisite: CHE 112
This course includes an in-depth study of the chemistry of pollution, acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming and energy issues.