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Environmental Sciences-Atmospheric Sciences
EVAT 5300Introduction to Climatology (3.00)
Examination of the fundamental radiative, thermodynamic, and fluid dynamic processes in Earth's atmosphere with an emphasis on climatic time and space scales. Topics include atmospheric composition and radiative transfer, synoptic climatology, atmospheric general circulation, climate change, El Niño, and teleconnections. Prerequisites include EVSC 3300 or an undergraduate science degree.
EVAT 5320Mountain Meteorology (4.00)
Examines the influence of mountains on typical and severe weather, including local wind circulations and downslope windstorms. A field study in the Shenandoah National Park provides the students with hands-on experiences in atmospheric measurement techniques and the interpretation of meteorological data obtained in mountainous terrain. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
EVAT 5400Boundary Layer Meteorology (3.00)
This course provides the student with an understanding of physical processes in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), that part of the atmosphere that is affected by the presence of the earth's surface on a diurnal time scale. These processes are important for understanding the spatial distribution and temporal variability of wind, temperature, moisture, and trace gases in the atmosphere above the surface.
Course was offered Spring 2015
EVAT 5410Atmospheric Dynamics (4.00)
Introduces theoretical meteorology encompassing dry and moist air thermodynamics, the mechanics of atmospheric motion, and the dynamics of atmospheric weather systems. Prerequisite: MATH 1310, 1320 and PHYS 2310, 2320; or equivalent.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2009
EVAT 5559New Course in Atmospheric Sciences (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of atmospheric sciences.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2011
EVAT 7320Mountain Meteorology (4.00)
Examines the influence of mountains on typical and severe weather, including local wind circulations and downslope windstorms. A field study in the Shenandoah National Park provides the students with hands-on experiences in atmospheric measurement techniques and the interpretation of meteorological data obtained in mountainous terrain. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
EVAT 7350Atmospheric Mesoscale Modeling (3.00)
Examines various aspects of atmospheric mesoscale models with an emphasis on a discussion of parameterization schemes. Students will learn how run a state-of-the-art mesoscale models in a lab-based part of this course. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2011
EVAT 7559New Course in Atmospheric Sciences (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of atmospheric sciences.
EVAT 7999Independent Study: Atmospheric Sciences (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of atmospheric sciences and interrelated areas.
EVAT 8530Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Sciences (3.00)
Detailed, integrative treatments of those atmospheric systems in which the nature and dynamics of the atmosphere are central. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVAT 8559New Course in Atmospheric Sciences (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of atmospheric sciences.
Environmental Sciences-Ecology
EVEC 5220Terrestrial Ecology (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Analyzes the patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Topic include macro- and micro-meteorological factors such as producer, consumer, and decomposer processes; hydrologic and biogeochemical pathways; and changes through space and time. Three lecture and four field or laboratory hours. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent, and instructor permission.
EVEC 5230Microbial Ecology (3.00)
Explores relationships of microorganisms to similar organisms, dissimilar (macro) organisms, and the physical-chemical environment to demonstrate basic ecological theory and indicate the importance of microbes in maintaining our world. Includes the organisms, microbial habitats, community formation and structure, interspecific relationships, nutrient cycling, and anthropocentric ecology. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800, 3200, 3600, 3300 or equivalent; or instructor permission.
EVEC 5231Microbial Ecology Laboratory (1.00)
Provides an opportunity to learn and experience the techniques used in microbial ecological research. Utilizes both classic techniques and state-of-the-art methods to determine microbial biomass in nature. Covers various methods of determining microbiological activity. Several exercises involve field sampling and analysis. Prerequisite: Instructor permission; corequisite: EVEC 5230.
Course was offered Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
EVEC 5250Ecological Issues in Global Change (4.00)
Introduces development and application of theoretical constructs and mathematical models for projecting the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems to large scale changes in the environment. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent, one year of college calculus, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2010
EVEC 5559New Course in Ecology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
EVEC 7100Management of Forest Ecosystems (4.00)
An ecosystem course which treats the ecology of forests and consequences of forest processes in natural and managed systems. The class emphasizes the "pattern and process" concept that is the central theme in modern vegetation sciences at increasing scales: from form and function of leaves and other parts of trees through population, community and landscape ecology to the role of forests in the global climate and carbon-cycling. Pre-requisite: Introductory Ecology or Instructor Permission.
EVEC 7110Estuarine Ecology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
An interdisciplinary course covering the physical, biogeochemical and ecological aspects of coastal estuaries. This class is a companion course to EVSC 4110. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
EVEC 7140Global Coastal Change (3.00)
A comprehensive treatment of global environmental factors affecting coastal marine systems, including climate change, sea-level rise, alterations in freshwater and sediment transport, disturbance and habitat loss, overfishing, alien species, and eutrophication. Includes case studies providing real-world examples and detailed reviews of the evidence of change and possible solutions.
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014
EVEC 7202Advanced Microbial Ecology (1.00)
Review and analysis of current research in microbial ecology.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
EVEC 7250Ecosystem Ecology (3.00)
Study of the flows of energy and the cycling of elements in ecosystems and how these concepts connect the various components of the Earth system. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent
EVEC 7290Limnology: Inland Water Ecosystems (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course will focus on lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs as ecosystems. The goal of the course is to provide an understanding through lectures and discussions of the main physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine similarities and differences among inland waters. Major human impacts on inland waters will also be considered. Prerequisites: EVSC 3200 or equivalent, one semester of chemistry, or instructor permission.
EVEC 7559New Course in Ecology (3.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
EVEC 7999Independent Study: Ecology (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of ecology and interrelated areas.
EVEC 8559New Course in Ecology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
Environmental Sciences-Geosciences
EVGE 5559New Course in Geosciences (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of geosciences.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Spring 2013
EVGE 5820Geomorphology (4.00)
Studies the processes that shape the land surface and their relationship to human activity. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 or 3600.
EVGE 5840Sediment Processes and Environments (3.00)
Studies the erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment; initial motion of sediment, bedload and suspended load transport and bedforms; and important sediment-transporting environments. Applies sediment transport theory to problems of geological and environmental interest. Prerequisite: one year of calculus and physics, or instructor permission; corequisite: EVGE 5841.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
EVGE 5841Sediment Processes Laboratory (1.00)
Laboratory and field investigations of sediment transport phenomena and readings of classic and current research. Corequisite: EVGE 5840.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2010
EVGE 5850Geochemistry (4.00)
Studies the principles that govern the distribution and abundance of the elements in the earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. Prerequisite: College chemistry and calculus; intorductory earth science or geology recommended.
EVGE 5860Isotope Geochemistry (4.00)
Investigates natural phenomena by means of stable and unstable isotopes and changes in their abundance, including isotope fractionation. Includes age dating, paleotemperature determination, and isotope tracers in natural systems.
EVGE 5870Aqueous Geochemistry (4.00)
Studies the principals of thermodynamics as applied to mineral-water systems. Treatment includes mineral stability, phase diagrams, solution thermodynamics, electrolyte theory, aqueous complex and hydrolysis equilibria, and electrochemical equilibria. Prerequisite: One year of college chemistry and calculus, and one mineralogy or petrology course.
Course was offered Fall 2011, Fall 2010
EVGE 7559New Course in Geosciences (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a enw course in the subject of geosciences.
Course was offered Fall 2010
EVGE 7810Geology of Virginia (3.00)
An examination of the geological evolution of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region in the context of plate tectonics, including stratigraphy, mountain building, metamorphism and deformation, and geomorphic processes. The human impact on this landscape through exploitation of mineral resources is considered.
EVGE 7832Water-Rock Interactions Seminar (1.00)
Reading and discussion of the research literature linking hydrological and geochemical processes in the environment. Prerequisites: One geology, geochemistry, or hydrology course, or permission of instructor.
EVGE 7999Independent Study-Geosciences (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of geosciences and interrelated areas, emphasizing earth-surface processes.
EVGE 8559New Course in the subject of Geosciences (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a enw course in the subject of geosciences.
EVGE 8580Advanced Topics in Environmental Geology (3.00)
Interdisciplinary study of the physical processes and responses which modify environmental systems. Exhaustive treatments of the nature and analysis of earth materials as environmental substrates and their responses to stress are represented, as are other techniques in geosciences focusing on earth-surface properties. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Environmental Sciences-Hydrology
EVHY 5559New Course in Hydrology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of hydrology.
EVHY 5640Catchment Hydrology: Process and Theory (4.00)
Introduces current theories of the hydrological response of catchments. Using an integrative approach, the course illuminates the derivation of theory in light of the time and location of the process studies on which they were based. Prerequisite: EVSC 3600.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2011
EVHY 5650Hydrological Transport Processes (4.00)
Studies the physical principles governing the transport of dissolved substances and of sediment and particulate matter in the terrestrial portion of the hydrological cycle. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 and 3600 or equivalent.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
EVHY 5670Environmental Fluid Mechanics (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies the mechanics of fluids and fluid-related processes occurring at the Earth's surface, including laminar, inviscid, and turbulent flows, drag, boundary layers, diffusion and dispersion of mass, flow through porous media, and effects of the Earth's rotation. Emphasizes topics related to the environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Integral calculus and calculus-based physics.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
EVHY 5700Forest Hydrology (4.00)
Study of hydrologic processes characteristic of forested regions. Prerequisite: Introductory hydrology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
EVHY 7559New Course in Hydrology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hydrology.
EVHY 7630Land-Atmosphere Interaction (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Study of energy, water, and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and the land surface. Prerequisite: One year of college physics and calculus, one hydrology or atmospheric science course, or permission of instruct.
EVHY 7640Dynamic Hydrology (3.00)
Studies the interrelationships of the various phases in the water cycle; principles governing that cycle; and the influence of human activity on natural circulation of water at or near the Earth's surface. Prerequisite: Introductory hydrology and differential equations, or instructor permission.
EVHY 7670Numerical Methods in Hydrology (3.00)
Application of numerical methods to the solution of hydrological problems. The Matlab computational and plotting software is used for all examples and assignments, including finite difference and finite element solutions to equations describing the flow of water and transport of contaminants in the terrestrial environment. Prior knowledge of Matlab is not required. Prerequisite: EVHY 5000-level course.
Course was offered Spring 2016
EVHY 7999Independent Study: Hydrology and Water Resources (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of hydrology and water resource analysis and interrelated areas.
EVHY 8559New Course in Hydrology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hydrology
EVHY 8560Advanced Topics in Hydrology and Water Resources (3.00)
Specialized research into specific hydrologic or water management problems. Emphasizes an integrative analysis of the physical, social, and economic nature of these problems. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Environmental Sciences
EVSC 1010Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces the principles and basic facts of the natural environment. Topics include earth materials, land forms, weather and climate, vegetation and soils, and the processes of environmental change and their implications to economic and human systems.
EVSC 1020Practical Concepts in Environmental Sciences (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Practical concepts and problem solving in environmental sciences through demonstrations, hands-on activities, structured discussions, and problem sets beyond those of traditional lectures or discussion groups. Emphasizes experience and critical thinking in the four core areas: geology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and ecology.
EVSC 1040Virginia's Environments (3.00)
A general survey of the basic foundation, concepts, and dynamics of the total Earth system with natural Virginia as the unifying concept. Understanding is built on the foundation of geological and geomorphological processes that form and modify the landscape of Virginia, including basic geology, processes of mountain building, flooding, and erosion. Also examined are various ecosystems in the state, especially the Chesapeake Bay, and the human impact of these varied landscapes, particularly through exploitation of mineral and water resources, waste disposal and pollution, and land use issues.
EVSC 1050Ethics, Protocols, and Practice of International Research (3.00)
Ethics, Protocols, and Practice of International Research
EVSC 1080Resources and the Environment (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Explores the impact of people on the environment in the past and present with projections for the future. Addresses the phenomena and effects of food and energy production and industrial processes, including such topics as lead pollution, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and the disposal of radioactive waste. Demonstrates how the environment works in the absence of humans and discusses how human use of resources perturbs the environment.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
EVSC 1200Elements of Ecology (3.00)
Introduces the science of ecology and its application to current environmental issues. A number of topics relating to population growth and regulation, biodiversity, sustainability, and global change are used as a framework to investigate basic ecological principles. Emphasizes the application of basic science to the understanding and mitigation of current environmental problems.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2010
EVSC 1300Earth's Weather and Climate (3.00)
An overview of the atmospheric sciences primarily for non-science majors. Topics include weather forecasting, the greenhouse effect and global warming, ozone depletion, El Niño, air pollution, atmospheric optical effects, global climate, and the impacts of weather on human health. Three lectures per week. No science/math background is required.
EVSC 1450An Inconvenient Truce: Climate, You and CO2 (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Carbon is the building block of life, the way we trap the energy of the sun to feed all biological systems, and the way we power human civilization. It is also the driver of global climate change. How does the climate system work? How has climate changed? How will it change in the coming decades? What are the likely impacts on humanity and the ecosystems on which we depend? What can we do about it? We explore climate change, top to bottom.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
EVSC 1559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2012
EVSC 1600Water on Earth (3.00)
Studies the natural history of the Earth's hydrosphere, including its origin, evolution, and importance in Earth processes. Introduces the hydrological cycle and the role of water in a variety of Earth processes. Discusses human influences on the hydrosphere and current topics in hydrological science and water resources, such as contamination and resource allocation, emphasizing the scientific basis for past, present, and future decisions.
EVSC 1762Water: Understanding our Essential Natural Resource (3.00)
Surveys the major topics of the water cycle, water use, management of water resources, and water quality. Emphasis is on the personal connection to issues involving water.
EVSC 2010Materials That Shape Civilizations (3.00)
Reviews the structure, properties, methods of production, uses, and world supply of the materials on which present and past civilizations have been based; including materials used in heavy industry, construction, communications, medicine, as well as textiles and naturally occurring organic materials. Emphasizes the effects of environment on materials and energy relationships. Cross-listed as MSE 2010.
EVSC 2030Politics, Science, and Values: An Introduction to Environmental Policy (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces a wide variety of domestic and international environmental policy issues. Explores how political processes, scientific evidence, ideas, and values affect environmental policymaking. This class satisfies the social sciences area requirement and not the natural sciences/mathematics area requirement, since EVSC 230 is devoted to the subject of environmental policy. Cross listed as ETP 230 and PLAP 230.
EVSC 2050Introduction to Oceanography (3.00)
Analyzes the principles that govern the world's oceans and their integration into an understanding of the major marine environments. Topics include marine pollution, global climate, and marine policy.
EVSC 2070Earth Systems Technology & Management (3.00)
Earth Systems Engineering Management (ESEM) is a comprehensive perspective that combines engineering, environmental science and psychology to explore how human beings can take care of the ecosystem. Students will listen to lectures and discuss background readings from a variety of perspectives related to ESEM. Then they will apply what they have read to a practical problem: identifying and managing national parks and other national entities.
EVSC 2200Plants, People and Culture (3.00)
This course will explore the interrelationships between humans and plants. An introduction to basic plant biology provides a framework for exploring the process of plant domestication and the economic and cultural consequences for humans, including plant diversity and use of indigenous plants. The origin and dispersal of major plants used by humans as food, drink, fiber, medicine and fuel will be considered.
EVSC 2220Conservation Ecology: Biodiversity and Beyond (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies ecological science relevant to sustaining populations, species, ecosystems, and the global biosphere. Includes discussion of genetic inbreeding, critical population size, community structure and organization, maintenance of critical ecosystem function, and global biogeochemistry. Case studies from around the world demonstrate links between human-driven environmental change and the health of the biosphere, at all levels, from the organism to the planet.
EVSC 2221Conservation Ecology Laboratory (1.00)
This course offers hands-on study of ecological science relevant to sustaining populations, species, ecosystems and the global biosphere. The laboratory includes three modules that teach the scientific method while exposing students to current topics in conservation ecology. Modules include assessment of land use change in various localities based on the students' origin, assessment of stream health in the Rivanna watershed, and assessment of soil fertility under alternative land management. Case studies in the local community will demonstrate links between human-driven environmental change and the health of the biosphere. Offered to complement EVSC 2220, but may be taken on its own.
EVSC 2559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
Course was offered Spring 2016, January 2016, Fall 2009
EVSC 2800Fundamentals of Geology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies the composition, structure, and internal processes of earth; the classification, origin, and distribution of earth materials; earth's interior; and the interpretation of geological data for the solution of problems of the natural environment. Recommended: At least one semester of college chemistry with lab such as CHEM 1410, 1420.
EVSC 2801Fundamentals of Geology Laboratory (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Field and laboratory experimentation into the nature of earth materials and processes, especially as applied to use and human problems. Corequisite: EVSC 2800.
EVSC 2900Beaches, Coasts and Rivers (3.00)
Studies the geologic framework and biophysical processes of the coastal zone, and the role of the major river systems in modifying the coastal environment. Emphasizes human modifications, including case studies along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts.
EVSC 3020GIS Methods (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Explores the theory of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications in a range of disciplines using various GIS software packages. Example applications are from physical and social sciences, often with a focus on the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. For students interested in immediate applications of GIS in their work. Experience with word processing, file managers, and other computing skills is essential. Prerequisite: The equivalent of the College natural science/mathematics and social science area requirements.
EVSC 3060Biomechanics of Organisms (3.00)
This course explores interactions between biology and the fluid within which terrestrial organisms (air) and aquatic organisms (water) function. Topics covered include locomotion, heat exchange, diffusion and mass exchange, bio-acoustics, and bio-optics in the two different fluids, as well as living at the interface between air and water. Prerequisite: MATH 1190 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or APMA 1090.
EVSC 3200Fundamentals of Ecology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies energy flow, nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems, organization of species at the population and community levels, and interaction between people and the biosphere. Prerequisite: One semester of calculus; recommended; at least one semester of college-level chemistry and biology with labs such as CHEM 1410, 1420, and BIOL 2020.
EVSC 3201Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of ecological systems, and their checks, balances, and cycles. Corequisite: EVSC 3200.
EVSC 3300Atmosphere and Weather (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces the physical laws governing atmospheric behavior and examines atmospheric variables and their role in the fluid environment of the earth. Prerequisite: MATH 1190 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1220 or MATH 1310 or MATH 1320 or MATH 2310 or APMA 1090 or APMA 1110 or APMA 2120.
EVSC 3301Atmosphere and Weather Laboratory (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies the principles of measurements, instrumentation for measuring atmospheric parameters, and methods of observing and calculating atmospheric variables. Corequisite: EVSC 3300.
EVSC 3559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 3600Physical Hydrology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies the physical principles governing the flow of water on and beneath the earth's surface, including fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics applied to the description of open channel hydraulics, ground water hydraulics, and dynamics of soil moisture. Introduces elements of surface water and ground water hydrology and explores humanity's influence on its hydrological environment. Prerequisite: One semester of calculus.
EVSC 3601Physical Hydrology Laboratory (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of the hydrological cycle, including energy and mass transfer in surface and ground water. Corequisite: EVSC 3600.
EVSC 3660Tropical Field Ecology (4.00)
This course is designed to introduce students to the plants and animals found in the tropical marine environment of the Caribbean and to study their adaptations in the context of community ecology.  Fishes, invertebrates, and marine plants will be in the major groups encountered.  Cross-listed with BIOL 3500.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 2010 or instructor permission.
EVSC 3665Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Belize (3.00)
This course is an introduction to the organisms and ecosystems of Belize, including fresh water, marine and terrestrial examples. Special emphasis will be placed on the interactions of the ecosystem components and on the conservation of specific ecosystems and locales. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 or EVSC 3200, 3201 or permission of instructor.
EVSC 3810Earth Processes as Natural Hazards (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies the dynamic processes of Earth's interior and surface and the impact of natural hazards on society. Geological topics, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods, will be described. Observations and geological data will be used to make decisions about risk to human life and property. Prerequisite: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or equivalent college-level introductory geology course by transfer credit.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
EVSC 3840Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Examines erosional processes and their role in creating landforms. Explores the influence of processes and landforms on land use and the human environment, including hazards from floods and landslides. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 or instructor permission.
EVSC 3841Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Lab (1.00)
Examines erosional processes and their role in creating landforms. Explores the influence of processes and landforms on land use and the human environment, including hazards from floods and landslides. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2010
EVSC 3850Geodynamics (3.00)
Studies the basic principles of continuum mechanics and their application to problems in the geological sciences, including the behavior of the Earth's lithosphere, rock mechanics, and flow of water. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800, calculus, and physics.
Course was offered Spring 2011
EVSC 3860Introduction to Geochemistry (3.00)
Studies the principles that govern the distribution and abundance of the elements in the Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. Prerequisite: CHEM 1410, 1420 and EVSC 2800.
EVSC 3880Watersheds of Lewis and Clark (3.00)
Explores geological and hydrological processes that form and modify the landscape of the American West. Following the route of Lewis and Clark, the processes of mountain building, glaciation, flooding, and erosion are studied. Also considered are the human impact on this landscape, particularly through exploitation of mineral and water resources. Prerequisite: One course (including high school) in geology, Earth Sciences, or environmental sciences, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
EVSC 3881Watersheds of Lewis and Clark Laboratory (1.00)
In-depth exploration of some of the geological and hydrological aspects of the concurrent lecture course, with particular emphasis on the use of maps and the completion of hands-on activities. Observation, identification, and data analysis will be developed as tools useful in the study of the landscape. The laboratory section is an optional experience for students enrolled in the lecture course. Several field trips will be conducted.
EVSC 4002Undergraduate Seminar (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
A weekly, one-hour seminar series for majors, other interested undergraduates, and the University community dealing with environmental processes, research, issues, careers, and graduate study.
EVSC 4010Introduction to Remote Sensing (4.00)
Introduction to the physics and techniques of remote sensing. Prerequisite: at least one year of college-level chemistry or physics, or instructor permission.
EVSC 4020Dryland Ecohydrology (2.00)
Study of ecohydrologic processes characteristic of arid and semiarid regions. Prerequisites: Any introductory hydrology course or instructor permission.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
EVSC 4030Environmental Policymaking in the United States (3.00)
Exploration of the possibilities for, and constraints on, domestic environmental policymaking. Examination of the roles of Congress, the executive branch, and the courts in environmental policymaking. Critical analysis of the analytical principles and values commonly employed in environmental policymaking. Prerequisite: Completion of Natural Sciences/Mathematics area requirement and third- or fourth-year standing, or instructor permission.
EVSC 4040Climate Change: Science, Markets & Policy (3.00)
We will explore what many consider the greatest environmental issue of our time. Co-taught by professors in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the School of Law, our objective is to help students develop an integrated view of anthropogenic climate change and possible responses to it. We will review the evidence and critiques of it, impacts of climate change, and potential for markets and institutions to address/mitigate impacts.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
EVSC 4050Topics in Oceanography (3.00)
Introduces oceanography together with a survey of marine resources and the scientific bases for their management. Prerequisite: One year college-level science.
EVSC 4060People, Culture, and Environment of Southern Africa (3.00)
This course focuses on anthropogenic impacts on the environment and environmental contributions to the development of peoples and cultures in South Africa and Mozambique, with emphasis on the links between history, culture, power, and the environment. This course is offered concurrently with ANTH 4060. Students must be enrolled in both.
EVSC 4070Advanced GIS (3.00)
Explores advanced Geographic Information Systems concepts through use of Arc/Info, Erdas Imagine, and other GIS software in individual and group projects. Topics include data management, raster modeling, image manipulation, and 3-D visualization. Prerequisite: An introductory GIS course.
EVSC 4082Geology and Ecology of U.S. National Parks (2.00)
The seminar will involve a close reading of the text with additional outside readings from peer-reviewed journals and books. Students will lead discussions on geological and ecological topics specific to the parks. The impacts of humans on the ecosystems of the specific parks will also be a major topic of investigation and analysis. Prerequisites: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or EVSC 3200
EVSC 4090Analytical Chemistry (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Study of the utilization of modern analytical instrumentation for chemical analysis. Includes emission and mass spectrometry, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared absorption spectroscopy, atomic absorption, electrical methods of analysis, chromatography, neutron activation analysis, and X-ray methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 1420 or CHEM 1620 or CHEM 1810.
EVSC 4100Management of Forest Ecosystems (4.00)
An ecosystem course which treats the ecology of forests and consequences of forest processes in natural and managed systems. The class emphasizes the "pattern and process" concept that is the central theme in modern vegetation sciences at increasing scales: from form and function of leaves and other parts of trees through population, community and landscape ecology to the role of forests in the global climate and carbon-cycling. Pre-requisites: EVSC 3200, 3400, or 3500 recommended.
EVSC 4110Estuarine Ecology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
An interdisciplinary course covering the physical, biogeochemical and ecological aspects of coastal estuaries. Prerequisites: EVSC 3200
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
EVSC 4122Coastal Ecology Seminar (1.00)
A graduate/undergraduate seminar on current topics in coastal ecology.
Course was offered Spring 2013
EVSC 4140Global Coastal Change (3.00)
A comprehensive treatment of global environmental factors affecting coastal marine systems, including climate change, sea-level rise, alterations in freshwater and sediment transport, disturbance and habitat loss, overfishing, alien species, and eutrophication. Includes case studies providing real-world examples, and detailed reviews of the evidence of changes and possible solutions.
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014
EVSC 4142Seminar in Environmental and Biological Conservation (2.00)
In-depth investigation of current research and practice in environmental and biological conservation. Format will include the discussion of fundamental texts and recent readings in conservation along with guest speakers from the local scientific and conservation communities. Prerequisite: EVSC 320 or BIOL 301 and EVSC 222 or one other course in conservation, or permission of the instructor
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
EVSC 4150Terrestrial Plant Ecology (3.00)
The objective of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of factors influencing the distribution of terrestrial plants at the local, landscape, and global scales. We will focus on the basic principles of plant biology and their role on determining the relative distributions and abundances of plant species, patterns of community structure, and ecosystem function.
Course was offered Fall 2014
EVSC 4160Forest Sampling (3.00)
Study of quantitative methods for sampling forest ecosystems
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
EVSC 4190Ecosystem-based Marine Conservation (3.00)
The basis in ecosystem attributes, resiliency, and sustainability for marine conservation, policy development, and management. A number of case studies will be examined from the textbook, and students will be required to develop their own case studies in partial requirement for the grade.
Course was offered January 2017
EVSC 4200The Ecology of Coastal Wetlands (3.00)
Investigates the ecology of coastal interface ecosystems, including sea grass, mangrove, and salt marsh emphasizing biogeochemisty, succession, and dynamic processes related to the development and maintenance of these systems. Explores the differences between tropical and temperate coastal systems. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
EVSC 4210Methods in Aquatic Ecology (3.00)
Trains students in field and laboratory techniques used in aquatic ecological research. Two weekend field trips to the Eastern Shore of Virginia serve as the foundation. Laboratory exercises include the data and samples gathered in the barrier island lagoons and in the Chesapeake Bay. Analyzes water quality and patterns of primary and secondary production in aquatic ecosystems. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
EVSC 4220Aquatic Plant Ecology (3.00)
Studies the physiology and ecology of aquatic plants from tropical, temperate, and polar waters. Emphasizes comparisons among major plant groups (phytoplankton, macroalgae, vascular) of fundamental physiological processes, including photosynthesis, nutrient uptake, resource allocation, and growth. Discusses iterations between plant physiology an ecosystem function and the structure of plant communities for both marine and freshwater environments. Examples of human impacts on aquatic environments, including eutrophication and global climate change, are considered in the context of plant physiology and ecology. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
Course was offered Fall 2009
EVSC 4230Marine Environments and Organisms (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Surveys the major habitats of marine and estuarine areas and the organisms which have adapted to life in these environments. Emphasizes the organisms and communities which have evolved in response to stress and competition in the sea, and the systematics and natural history of marine organisms. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
EVSC 4240Restoration Ecology (3.00)
This course examines the science of restoration ecology and the practice of ecological restoration through lectures and in-class discussion. Emphasis is on application of ecological concepts, models, and methodologies to restoration of degraded and impaired ecosystems. The potential for exploiting restoration projects as large-scale ecosystem experiments and the importance of grounding restoration efforts in basic ecological theory are discussed. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
EVSC 4250Ecosystem Ecology (3.00)
Study of the flows of energy and the cycling of elements in ecosystems and how these concepts connect the various components of the Earth system. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 and one semester of chemistry or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2011
EVSC 4260Ecology of Grasslands and Tundra (3.00)
This course will emphasize plant community and ecosystem ecology of water-limited grassland systems and energy-limited tundra systems. Various topics will be covered including water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles, primary production, plant physiology, plant competition, and plant-herbivore interactions. We will examine the environmental factors that control these systems, as well as their geographic distribution throughout the globe. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or instructor permission.
EVSC 4270Soil Science (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces the study of soils as a natural system. Topics include the fundamentals of soil chemistry, hydrology, and biology with respect to genesis, classification and utilization. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 and 3200; one year college chemistry or instructor permission.
EVSC 4280Environmental Microbiology (4.00)
Analyzes the impact of microbial physiologic reactions on environmental quality: microbes as transformers of chemical pollutants; microbes as transformers of nutrient elements; microbes as agents of energy transfer in ecosystems; and microbes as contaminants. Emphasizes the quantitation of microbial activities. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, CHEM 1410, 1420, EVSC 3200.
EVSC 4290Limnology: Inland Water Ecosystems (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course will focus on lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs as ecosystems. The goal of the course is to provide an understanding through lectures and discussions of the main physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine similarities and differences among inland waters. Major human impacts on inland waters will also be considered. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 and 1 semester of chemistry or instructor permission.
EVSC 4320Mountain Meteorology (4.00)
Examines the influence of mountains on typical and severe weather, including local wind circulations and downslope windstorms. A field study in the Shenandoah National Park provides the students with hands-on experiences in atmospheric measurement techniques and the interpretation of meteorological data obtained in mountainous terrain. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
EVSC 4332Mountain Meteorology Seminar (2.00)
Mountain Meteorology Seminar
EVSC 4340Human Biometeorology: Weather, Climate and Human Health (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
We will explore how weather and climate impact human health from the individual to the societal level. Topics will include how the human body responds to heat and cold, weather and physiological stress and strain, impacts of poor air quality on human morbidity and mortality, and the role of weather and climate in disease transmission.We will likewise examine extreme weather events at the macro-level & the role of human adaptation to climate. Prerequisites include an introductory course in atmospheric science (EVSC 1300, EVSC 3300, or the equivalent).
Course was offered Spring 2011
EVSC 4350Synoptic Climatology (3.00)
Studies the formation, movements, and meteorological and climatological attributes of synoptic-scale weather systems and the impact on the environment. Explores the relationship of these systems to air quality, atmospheric transport, climate change, and evaporation and precipitation regimes. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
EVSC 4360Weather Forecasting (3.00)
This course draws upon the fundamental principles of dynamical and physical meteorology to forecast mid-latitude weather conditions with a focus on the 1-7 day time frame. The class reviews the full suite of modern meteorological observation systems and provides an introduction to numerical weather prediction. Along with lectures/discussions and classroom exercises, forecasting for various locations is a regular part of the course. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
EVSC 4370Microclimatology (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Analyzes the principles governing atmospheric processes occurring at small temporal and spatial scales near the Earth's surface, including energy, mass, and momentum transfer. Includes features of the atmospheric environment affecting plants and feedback mechanisms between plants and their local microclimates, trace gas exchange between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere, energy budgets, evapotranspiration, and motions near the surface. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
EVSC 4440Climate Change (3.00)
This course will focus on the history of Earth's climate and theories of climate change across a range of temporal scales. The course will initially focus on Earth's climate before the period of modern meteorological data collection, pre-1850. Then changes in climate during the period of instrumental data collection will be covered. The course will conclude with debates on the causes of current climate variation and potential impacts. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Fall 2010
EVSC 4452Global Climate Variability Seminar (2.00)
This seminar course will review the atmospheric and oceanic processes responsible for large-scale variability and change in Earth's climate system through readings and discussions of recent peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016
EVSC 4470Introduction to Climatological Analysis (3.00)
Examination of various techniques for the analysis of climatological data sets at a variety of temporal and spatial scales. Topics include large-scale atmospheric circulation, synoptic climatology, air quality, extreme event analysis, agricultural climatology, climatic water balance, and biometeorology. Prerequisite: EVSC 3300.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
EVSC 4490Air Pollution (4.00)
Study of formation, atmospheric transport, and deposition of airborne pollutants. Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry or instructor permission.
EVSC 4559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 4630Land-Atmosphere Interaction (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Study of energy, water, and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and the land surface. Prerequisite: Must have completed EVSC 3300 or EVSC 3600
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
EVSC 4640Applied Hydrology (4.00)
Introduces hydrology as applied to environmental problems including water resources, systems analysis, and the effects of urbanization and land use on the hydrological cycle. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: EVSC 3600.
EVSC 4650Water Sustainability (1.00)
In this course we will explore the dimensions of what "sustainability" and "sustainable development" mean in the context of water use and management. We will examine the different ways in which water is used, valued, and governed, examining sustainability through different lenses and perspectives.The course will NOT count for the Math/Science area requirement in the College.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014
EVSC 4660Hydrological Field Methods and Data Analysis (3.00)
Hydrological instruments are introduced; students employ the instruments to make field measurements and perform a range of data analysis exercises. Prerequisite: EVSC 3600.
EVSC 4700Introduction to Forest Hydrology (3.00)
Study of major hydrological processes typical of forested catchments and critical analysis of recent research on the interactions between forests and the water cycle. Prerequisite: EVSC 3600 or instructor permission
EVSC 4710Environmental Geochemistry (3.00)
This lecture course focuses on the occurrence and distribution of chemical elements and the processes influencing that distribution among the various reservoirs of the Earth-surface environment, including rocks, soil, water, and air. Prerequisite: CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1420 (one semester of college-level chemistry) and EVSC 2800 (one semester of college-level geology)
Course was offered Fall 2016
EVSC 4810Petrology (4.00)
Study of the origin and classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Emphasizes rock series and tectonic associations of rock types. Study of thin sections and hand samples in the laboratory. Field experience and laboratories are included. Prerequisite: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or equivalent college-level introductory geology course by transfer credit.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
EVSC 4820Geology and Ecology of U.S. Ore Deposits (3.00)
The seminar will primarily be an interdisciplinary study group to examine the interrelationships of geology, ecology and land-use issues during the exploration for, the exploitation of, and the environmental legacy of the mineral resources of the United States. Additional outside readings specific to the deposits will be utilized for environmental issues and concerns. Prerequisites: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or equivalent college-level introductory geology course by transfer credit.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
EVSC 4830Geological Field Methods in Environmental Sciences (4.00)
This course will integrate lectures, field exercises and trips, and computational techniques to develop solid skills important for Geosciences. Specific projects may include surveying, geologic mapping, soils descriptions, stream and groundwater monitoring, flooding hazards, use of tracers, sampling techniques and various other tools of the trade. Prerequisite: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or equivalent college-level introductory geology course by transfer credit.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
EVSC 4832Water-Rock Interactions Seminar (1.00)
Reading and discussion of the research literature linking hydrological and geochemical processes in the environment. Prerequisites: One geology, geochemistry, or hydrology course, or permission of instructor.
EVSC 4840Engineering Geology (3.00)
Studies engineering properties of earth materials and their behavior in response to surface processes as they affect land use and natural resource utilization. Two lecture hours and three field or laboratory hours. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 and 3600.
EVSC 4850Coastal Processes (3.00)
Reviews wave generation, wave prediction, wave refraction, transformation, shoaling, and associated inshore currents. Topics include the generation of littoral drift and shallow water surge; beach and barrier island geomorphology and problems of erosion. Includes the historical development of research in coastal processes and a quantitative analysis of spatial patterns along sandy coasts. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800; corequisite: EVSC 4851.
EVSC 4851Coastal Processes Laboratory (1.00)
Laboratory analysis of sediment, map, and aerial photo data sets. Lab demonstrations with the wave tank and rapid sediment analyzer. Weekly exercises and research projects required. Corequisite: EVSC 4850.
EVSC 4860Geology of Virginia (3.00)
The course examines the geological evolution of the state and mid-Atlantic region in the context of plate tectonics, including stratigraphy, mountain building, metamorphism and deformation, and geomorphic processes. The human impact on this landscape through the exploitation of mineral resources is examined. Field trips to the various provinces of the state will help provide fundamental understanding of the state's foundation. Prerequisite: Required prerequisite course EVSC 2800 or equivalent college-level introductory geology course by transfer credit.
EVSC 4870Global Biogeochemical Cycles (3.00)
Studies the processes that regulate the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus within and between oceans, continents, and atmosphere. Prerequisite: One semester of college chemistry and one or two of the EVSC core classes.
EVSC 4880Groundwater Geology (3.00)
Study of the mechanics of groundwater flow, with attendant heat and mass transport; regional geological controls on groundwater occurrence and movement; and the role of groundwater in geological processes. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800, 3600.
EVSC 4890Planetary Geology (3.00)
Studies the origin and evolution of the solar system, emphasizing the geology of the planets and satellites of the inner solar system and the satellites of the gaseous planets. Compares and contrasts the Earth with Venus and Mars. Prerequisite: Introductory course in geosciences or astronomy.
EVSC 4891Planetary Geology Lab (1.00)
Optional laboratory for EVSC 4890 students that will expose students to sources and types of information about processes and materials on planetary bodies as well as techniques for interpreting and mapping the surface features and geologic history of planetary objects.
EVSC 4991The Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Conservation (3.00)
The goal of this class is to rigorously compare real-life conservation program implementation with the theoretical goals of conservation science. This course is a senior-level offering designed to serve as a capstone class for students enrolled in the Environmental and Biological Conservation Specialization program and will be presented in a seminar format where a theoretical presentation of conservation science within the context is presented. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 (fund. of Ecology) or BIOL 3020 (Evolution and Ecology)
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
EVSC 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4995Supervised Research (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4999Thesis Research (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Provides credit for doing work in pursuit of the undergraduate thesis option for majors in Environmental Science
EVSC 5020Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is an introductory course focusing on the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology. The course combines related theory with practical laboratory assignments.
EVSC 5030Applied Statistics for Environmental Scientists (4.00)
Provides a firm knowledge of experimental design, hypothesis testing, and the use of statistical methods of data analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 1110, STAT 1120, or equivalent; corequisite: EVSC 5031.
EVSC 5050Advanced Oceanography (3.00)
The principles of oceanography with views on real world applications, especially to the teaching of this class at the high school as well. Prerequisite: At least one year of college-level chemisty or physics or instructor permission..
EVSC 5060Coastal Oceanography (3.00)
An interdisciplinary course covering physical, ecological and biogeochemical processes occurring along coastlines and within coastal ecosystems.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
EVSC 5082Nitrogen Seminar (1.00)
This course aims to provide a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the nitrogen cycle in a seminar format.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
EVSC 5440Physical Oceanography (3.00)
Studies the physical properties, processes, and structure of the oceans; mass and energy budgets; methods of measurements; and the nature and theory of ocean currents, waves, and tides in the open sea, near shore and in estuaries. Prerequisite: PHYS 2310, 2320 or equivalent, two semesters calculus, MATH 1310, 1320 recommended, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
EVSC 5559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 5993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017
EVSC 5995Supervised Research (1.00 - 6.00)
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017
EVSC 7010Introduction to Remote Sensing (4.00)
Introduction to the physics and techniques of remote sensing. Prerequisite: At least one year of college-level chemistry or physics, or instructor permission.
EVSC 7012Advanced Remote Sensing (1.00)
Remote sensing is a technique to obtain data about an object without physical contact with it. It is a powerful tool for extracting quantitative information about Earth's surface and subsurface. As an upper-level class in remote sensing, in this seminar, we will focus on advanced remote sensing techniques at different spatial scales that help to gain information about the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.
EVSC 7020Dryland Ecohydrology (2.00)
Study of ecohydrologic processes characteristic of arid and semiarid regions. Prerequisites: Any introductory hydrology class or instructor permission.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
EVSC 7040Climate Change: Science, Markets & Policy (3.00)
We will explore what many consider the greatest environmental issue of our time. Co-taught by professors in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the School of Law, our objective is to help students develop an integrated view of anthropogenic climate change and possible responses to it. We will review the evidence and critiques of it, impacts of climate change and potential for markets and institutions to address/mitigate impacts. Prerequisite: A graduate level or advanced undergraduate course in each of the following: Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Hydrology or permission of the instructor.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
EVSC 7070Advanced Use of Geographical Information Systems (3.00)
Geographical data is increasingly important i n understanding our society and our environment. This course will focus on teaching stiudents advanced principles and operation of GIS software. It's a im is to develop students who are prepared to apply GIS to a variety of research problems by expoing them to tools and techniques that go beyond those covered in a basic course on GIS. Prerequisite: EVSC 5020 or equivalent experience
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2014
EVSC 7092Departmental Seminar (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Studies current problems in environmental research management or public policy as presented by visiting speakers, faculty, or advanced graduate students.
EVSC 7122Coastal Ecology Seminar (1.00)
A graduate/undergraduate seminar on current topics in coastal ecology.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2010
EVSC 7140Global Coastal Change (3.00)
A comprehensive treatment of global environmental factors affecting coastal marine systems, including climate change, sea-level rise, alterations in freshwater and sediment transport, disturbance and habitat loss, overfishing, alien species , and eutrophication.
EVSC 7400Multivariate Statistical Analysis in the Atmospheric Sciences (3.00)
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of the major approaches used by atmospheric scientists in statistically analyzing multivariate data sets. Prerequisites: A course in univariate, parametric statistics and a course in the fundamentals of atmospheric science (e.g., EVSC 3300, EVAT 5300, or the equivalent), or permission of the instructor
Course was offered Fall 2011
EVSC 7559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 7820Environmental Chemistry (4.00)
Studies the natural and anthropogenic mechanisms that control the chemistry of the environment through biogeochemical cycling. Introduces more specialized topics, e.g., atmospheric chemistry and aqueous geochemistry. Prerequisite: One year of college chemistry with laboratory, EVSC 3860 or its equivalent.
EVSC 7999Independent Study-Water (1.00 - 3.00)
The utility of water markets in facilitatiing more efficient and productive shaing of water is gaining increasing attention around the world as water shortages become more frequent, with increasingly severe economic and ecological impacts. In this course, each student will conduct research and prepare a paper on an issue related to water markets.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2013
EVSC 8500Advanced Topics in Environmental Sciences (3.00)
Interdisciplinary treatments of environmental systems wherein the interrelationships of hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere are explored and analyzed. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 8559New Course in Environmental Science. (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 8998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 8999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 9559New Course in Environmental Science (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 9995Research Problems (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Individual or group research on interdisciplinary problems in environmental sciences.
EVSC 9998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EVSC 9999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For doctoral research, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.