Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science

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  • Course description

    We have designed an Environmental Science program that will prepare our graduates to succeed whether they choose to continue their studies in graduate school or go directly into fields such as environmental education and advocacy, pollution prevention and remediation, or public heath.    

    The Environmental Science program is interdisciplinary.  Although our Environmental Science majors will emphasize either Chemistry or Biology, they also will become familiar with socially relevant disciplines such as economics, political science, geography, and philosophy. Our program also features practical application of classroom activities through internships and extended field trips to destinations such as the Black Hills of South Dakota.  
    Course work

    ESCI 110              Environmental Science   4 sem. hrs.

    A survey of environmental issues and problems facing today’s society. Includes a study of population biology, ecology, natural resources and energy, environmental quality, land use, and bioethics.    Three lectures, one lab per week.    Winter

    ESCI 211              Introductory Geology   4 sem. hrs.

    An introduction to the classification and formation of rocks, strata, and soils. Three lectures, one lab per week.    Fall 2008

    ESCI 212              Earth Processes   4 sem. hrs.

    A survey of the action of various geomorphological processes (such as volcanism, wind, water, and glaciation) which shape our globe.    Ecological hazards inherent to land-uses of the landforms associated with these processes will also be discussed. Three lectures, one lab per week.       Winter 2008

    ESCI 213             Weather And Climate   4 sem. hrs.

    An introduction to the daily variation of local atmospheric conditions and the results of the long-term patterns of such. Three lectures, one lab per week.    Spring 2008

    ESCI 237              General Ecology   4 sem. hrs.

    A study of the interrelationships of organisms to their environment and each other at the population, community and ecosystem levels reinforced with a survey of North American biomes. Field observations and lab exercises in natural habitats. Prerequisite: BIOL 111. Three lectures, one lab per week.   Fall

    ESCI  300                 Entomology    4 sem. hrs.

    This course is an introduction to the biology, ecology and identification of insects. Lecture topics will also include adaptations, evolution, classification and medical applications of insects. Laboratory and field activities include dissection, sampling, specimen preparation and identification. Three lectures, one lab per week.  Fall 2008

    ESCI 339               Principles of Microbiology   4 sem. hrs.

    An in-depth study of Microorganisms, including ultra structure, growth characteristics, metabolism and genetics. Prerequisites: eight hours of chemistry or permission of the instructor. Not open to students having credit for BIOL 239. Three lectures, two labs per week.   Spring

     ESCI 412              Field Botany   4 sem. hrs.

    An introduction to the classification, nomenclature and identification of vascular plants. Taxonomic and biogeographical relationships of families, genera and species will also be discussed. The laboratory will be devoted to an examination of the spring flora by emphasizing the identification and recognition of ferns, trees, shrubs and herbs. Proper collection and herbarium techniques will be practiced as students prepare specimens for a required plant collection. Three lectures, one lab per week.       Spring 2009

    ESCI 175, 275, 375              Independent Study/Extended Field Trip

    PSCI 401               Environmental Law And Policy   3 sem. hrs.

    A discussion of major environmental legislation and its impact.    Fall 2009

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