The Environmental Sciences major provides strong preparation for (1) graduate school in Environmental Sciences or one of the disciplines it involves through its in-depth training in the theory and methods of atmospheric science, hydrology, geology, ecology and environmental chemistry; (2) professional schools through a focus on reasoning, analysis and management skills that involve natural processes; and (3) employment in natural resource fields through liberal arts science training. Many Environmental Sciences majors concentrate their programs in one or two fields with graduate or professional schools in mind. Others use the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum to prepare for careers in science writing, scientific methods, in mathematical modeling and computing, in teaching, or in environmental management.
Work in any of the areas of study within the department requires the acquisition of knowledge for related fields. Ecology depends upon a basic understanding of chemistry and biology. Hydrology, geology, and atmospheric science depend more on physics and chemistry, with biology related to pollution concerns. All of these areas depend on calculus and the techniques of statistics and computer programming. Most applicants and analyses of legal or policy issues depend on basic economics. The department's required related work in many of these areas encourages a student's success in research, and in the competition for top graduate schools and jobs.
Faculty There are more than thirty faculty members in the department. Many of these faculty are world-renowned for their research into such areas as atmospheric composition, global warming, transport of bacteria and other contaminants in groundwater, transport of Saharan dust to the Amazon, and coastal processes. All of the faculty are equally committed to teaching and working with students.
The University recognizes that environmental processes and concerns are among the most important issues of our time, and has enabled the department to link its research with scientists and others worldwide who deal with global environmental change.
Students There are currently more than 300 students majoring in environmental sciences. Students can specialize in one or more of the four areas of studies. Majors who aim for continued education in graduate and professional schools or specific job paths generally concentrate in one or two areas. Others interested in such careers as science writing, computing, or teaching select advanced courses from a broader range. Majors are employed in consulting, government agencies, forestry and agricultural firms, lobbying, weather forecasting, and many other exciting and enjoyable careers.
Introductory courses are usually conducted in a lecture format; some are large, but faculty members are easily accessible. Advanced courses are quite small and all are taught by faculty. The department encourages all majors to explore opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students in research projects, which provides practice in using the tools and concepts of various disciplines and helps develop career goals and opportunities.
Special Resources Departmental facilities include field vehicles, boats, electronics shops, greenhouses, environmental chambers, extensive computing facilities, Geographic Information Systems laboratory, aerial photographic interpretation equipment, the Office of the State Climatologist, Internet access to the McIDAS-X and GEMPAK weather information services, and four environmental research sites including the barrier islands of Virginia's eastern shore, two piedmont sites, the Blandy Farm Experimental Research Station at Front Royal, Virginia and the Pace site near Charlottesville, and the Mountain Lake Biological Research Station in Giles County, Virginia. Majors are encouraged to take advantage of all of these facilities.
Requirements for Major The Bachelor of Arts major in Environmental Sciences requires 30 graded credits of Departmental coursework. Three credits of non-core 100 or 200 level coursework, taken prior to the third year, may be counted toward the major. EVSC 280, 320, 340, and 350 with their laboratories are required. At least 11 credits of non-core courses at 300-level or higher must be taken. The department also requires related work in math and science. The required related work includes one semester of calculus (MATH 131 recommended) and two semesters of college-level chemistry, biology, or physics with laboratories (CHEM 141, 142; BIOL 201, 202; or PHYS 231, 232 recommended.
Environmental Sciences interact with many disciplines, and the related physical science work is usually selected on the following basis. Ecology and pollution concerns depend on a basic understanding of chemistry (CHEM 141, 142) and biology (BIOL 201, 202). Geology, Hydrology and Atmospheric Science depend more on chemistry and physics (PHYS 231, 232). All the areas depend on calculus (MATH 131, 132 recommended) and on the techniques of statistics (MATH 112 or SOC 311 ) and computer programming (CS 120 "C"or CS 182 FORTRAN). Many applications depend on basic economics (ECON 201, 202).
The Department requires related work to insure minimum preparation for work in Environmental Sciences. To do serious research and compete effectively in graduate school and employment, additional math and science is generally needed. It is strongly recommended that students begin this prerequisite and related work in their first year. If the related work has been accomplished, students can begin the department's core courses in the first or second year. With college level chemistry and calculus most students are prepared for EVSC 280, Physical Geology and EVSC 320, Fundamentals of Ecology. Training in biology is important for ecology and training in physics is important for hydrology and atmospheric science. Students are advised to obtain computer skills and an understanding of statistics as early as possible, and to take additional related science as their interests develop.
Requirements for Minor A minor in Environmental Sciences consists of at least 16 credits of Environmental Sciences coursework in a program of study to be proposed by the student and approved by the Faculty of the Department. The program must include at least two core courses (EVSC 280, 320, 340, 350) with laboratories and one non-core course at 300-level or higher, with no more than six credits of non-core courses below the 300-level.
Environmental Sciences Organization The Environmental Sciences Organization is recognized by Student Council. The Organization presents an undergraduate professionalization seminar, field trips, career and job search activities, curriculum review and planning, and many good parties. All University students are welcome to join.
Distinction and Prizes The department participates in the College's Distinguished Majors Program designed for highly qualified students. This program must be started early. Information can be obtained from an advisor.
Each year, the department gives five awards to members of the graduating class who have distinguished themselves academically during their four years of study at the University:
Research Opportunities Research projects throughout the Department provide a number of employment and experience opportunities for undergraduates.
Students in their third and fourth year are encouraged to gain research experience by participating in faculty research or initiating their own research projects with faculty supervision. These projects can be conducted for credit by arranging with a faculty member to supervise an independent study (EVSC 493, 494) or research project (EVSC 495, 496).
Additional Information For more information, contact
Department of Environmental Sciences
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Environmental Sciences World Wide Web site
Environmental Sciences faculty
EVSC 110N - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to geological concepts and their historical development. The processes actively at work in and upon the earth's crust. Development of ocean basins and continents, mountain building, landscape evolution in different natural regions of North America.
EVSC 115N - (3) (Y)
Environmental Biology and Ecology
General principles of biology, emphasizing how organisms have evolved and adapted to diverse environments. Evolution of biological structures and processes are examined at all levels of organization from the molecule to the ecosystem. Interactions between the environment and organisms, including humans.
EVSC 148N - (3) (Y)
Chemistry, Resources, and the Environment
Explores the phenomena and effects of waste generation by fossil-fuel combustion, nuclear energy, industrial processes, lead pollution, acid rain, CO2 contamination of the atmosphere, and the disposal of radioactive waste.
EVSC 155 - (2) (Y)
The Daily Weather Forecast
Interpretation of weather maps, weather data, and satellite imagery used in the preparation of daily weather forecasts.
EVSC 161 - (3) (SS)
Land Use and Environmental Impact
Introduction to atmospheric, hydrologic, geologic and biologic process affecting land usage. Analysis of land use change due to physical and economic processes.
EVSC 182N - (3) (Y)
Earth's Climatic History
Changes through geologic time of the Earth's climate system (ice sheets, oceans, atmosphere, vegetation) in response to solar variability, sea-floor spreading, mountain building, atmospheric CO-2 levels, volcanic eruptions, and earth-sun orbital changes.
EVSC 201 - (3) (S)
Materials That Shape Civilizations
Review of 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. Special emphasis given to effects of environment on materials and energy relationships.
EVSC 205 - (3) (O)
Climates of Hunger
Explores the role of climate in regions of the globe where population pressures and other factors lead to human stress and deprivation. The physical basis of the underlying meteorological and climatological controls are examined for these borderline regions.
EVSC 210 - (3) (Y)
Beaches, Coasts and Rivers
Geologic framework and biophysical processes of the coastal zone. Role of the major river systems in modifying the coastal environment. Emphasis on man's modifications, including case studies along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts.
EVSC 215N - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Oceanography
The basic principles that govern the world's oceans and their integration into an understanding of the major marine environments. Associated topics include marine pollution, global climate and marine policy.
EVSC 220N - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Ecology
The concepts and principles of ecology with examples from forestry, wildlife management, fisheries, and other areas of applied ecology. Application of the scientific method to understanding of population dynamics, community structure, ecosystem and biosphere processes.
EVSC 250N - (3) (Y)
Man's Atmospheric Environment
Long-term global climatic controls and short-term severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes are treated in terms of the physical laws governing the motions of the atmosphere and the energy driving the system. Climatic and atmospheric events which severely impact upon man's behavior are discussed. Responses by early and modern man to perturbations in the weather and climate are explored. The utilization of renewable energy residing in the sun, wind and water and advertent and inadvertent weather modification are examined.
EVSC 280 - (3) (S)
Composition, structure and internal processes of the earth; 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.
EVSC 280L - (1) (S)
Physical Geology Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 280
Field and laboratory experimentation into the nature of earth materials and processes especially as applied to man's use and human problems.
EVSC 320 - (3) (S)
Fundamentals of Ecology
Recommended: One semester of college biology
Energy flow and nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems. Organization of species at the population and community levels. Interaction between man and the biosphere.
EVSC 320L - (1) (S)
Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 320
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of ecological systems; their checks, balances and cycles.
EVSC 340 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: Calculus; some background in physics is desirable
Physical principles governing the flow of water on and beneath the earth's surface. Fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics applied to the description of open channel hydraulics, ground water hydraulics, and dynamics of soil moisture. Introduction to elements of surface water and ground water hydrology. Man's influence on his hydrological environment.
EVSC 340L - (1) (Y)
Physical Hydrology Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 340
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of the hydrological cycle including energy and mass transfer in surface and ground water.
EVSC 350 - (3) (Y)
Atmosphere and Weather
Prerequisite: Calculus, MATH 131 recommended
An introduction to the physical laws governing atmospheric behavior so as to understand the atmospheric variables and their role in the fluid environment of the earth.
EVSC 350L - (1) (Y)
Atmosphere and Weather Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 350
Principles of measurements, instrumentation for measuring atmospheric parameters and methods of observing and calculating atmospheric variables will be established.
EVSC 384 - (4) (Y)
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Prerequisites: EVSC 280 or permission of instructor
Examination of erosional processes and their role in creating landforms. Influence of processes and landforms on land use and the human environment, including hazards from floods and landslides.
EVSC 385 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280, calculus and physics
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.
EVSC 386 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Geochemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 141, 142 and EVSC 280
Studies the principles that govern the distribution and abundance of the elements in the Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.
EVSC 401 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: MATH 131 and EVSC 320 or BIOL 201 and 202, or permission of instructor
An evolutionary approach to population ecology, animal behavior, and genetics. Topics include the principles of natural selection and the evolution of the phenotype, population regulation and life history evolution, mating systems, foraging behavior, speciation and phylogeny reconstruction. Includes a weekend field trip to Mountain Lake Biological Station.
EVSC 415 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Oceanography
Prerequisites: One year college level science
An introduction to oceanography together with a survey of marine resources and the scientific basis for their management.
EVSC 421 - (3) (IR)
Prerequisites: EVSC 320 and one year of college biology
The processes of population growth, dispersion, natural control of numbers and species interactions in plants and animals. Strategies of population management. Three lecture and three field or laboratory hours.
EVSC 422 - (3) (O)
Prerequisite: EVSC 320
The principles of ecology applied to resource management problems. The theories of maximum sustained yield and optimum yield related to fresh water and marine fisheries, wildlife management and aquaculture.
EVSC 423 - (3) (O)
Marine Environments and Organisms
Prerequisite: EVSC 320 or equivalent
A survey of the major habitats of marine and estuarine areas and the organisms that have adapted to life in these environments. Emphasis will be on the organisms and communities that have evolved in response to stress and competition in the sea. The systematics and natural history of marine organisms will be emphasized.
EVSC 424 - (3) (IR)
Prerequisites: EVSC 320 or permission of instructor
The physical, biological, and ecological characteristics of polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic), with emphasis on physiological ecology, ecological nutrient processes, community structure, and behavior. Marine mammals of polar seas given particular attention. Polar environments compared and contrasted with temperate and tropical ones.
EVSC 425 - (3) (O)
Plants and Insects
Prerequisites: EVSC 320 or permission of instructor
Classification, evolution, anatomy, ecology, and interactions of insects and flowering plants. Evolution of insect body plans and life-histories and of floral anatomy and pollinator specificity, plant and insect coloration, mimicry and crypsis, breeding systems in plants, sociality in insects, sexual selection, herbivory, pollination, and seed predation and dispersal.
EVSC 425L - (1) (O)
Plants and Insects Laboratory
Prerequisite or Corequisite: EVSC 425
Laboratory exercises and field trips demonstrating the anatomy, morphology, identification, and classification of plants and insects.
EVSC 426 - (3) (E)
Prerequisite: EVSC 320
A critical discussion of the roles of earth history, adaptation to the physical environment, and biological interactions in determining plant and animal distributions. Geographical patterns in species diversity, composition, morphology, and abundance are examined with particular reference to insular situations. Includes both an historical development of ideas in biogeography as well as quantitative analysis of geographical patterns. The implications of biogeographic data for ideas about community ecology are examined.
EVSC 427 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280 and 320; one year college chemistry or permission of instructor
Introduction to the study of soils as a natural system. Fundamentals of soil chemistry, hydrology, and biology with respect to genesis, classification and utilization.
EVSC 428 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: BIOL 201, CHEM 141, 142, EVSC 320
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; microbes as contaminants. The quantitation of microbial activities is emphasized.
EVSC 430 - (3) (O)
Management of Forest Ecosystems
Prerequisites: EVSC 320, 340 or 350 recommended
An integrative study of processes in forest ecosystems which affect management decisions. Emphasis is on the interactions between the physiological processes of plants and system level functions such as the cycling of nutrients and the flow of energy and water. Examples of current and projected uses of forest systems are discussed throughout including harvesting for fibre and energy and preservation of forests as water purification and air pollution control systems.
EVSC 431 - (2) (Y)
Prerequisite: EVSC 320 or equivalent
The classification, evolution, and biology of modern-day mammals. Evolutionary diversification; reproductive/life-history strategies; behavior and the evolution of sociality' population/community ecology; field techniques for the study of natural populations; topical issues in conservation. Required field trip.
EVSC 431L - (1) (Y)
Laboratory and field exercises in mammalian classification, evolution, and biology. Nomenclature, identification of common Virginia mammals, cranial morphology, dentition, and field census techniques.
EVSC 443 - (3) (IR)
Prerequisites: EVSC 340 and MATH 111, 112 or equivalent
Application of elements of mathematical statistics and probability theory to sampled data of hydrological processes; synthesis of data for information applicable to the design and management of water resources systems.
EVSC 444 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisite: EVSC 340
An introduction to 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.
EVSC 447 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Climatological Analysis
Prerequisites: One semester of calculus, recommended: EVSC 350
Discussion of the general circulation of the atmosphere, followed by quantitative analyses of climatic fluctuations and their impact upon ecologic and economic systems.
EVSC 451 - (3) (Y)
Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Prerequisite: EVSC 350
Analysis and interpretation of meteorological data and development of forecasts with emphasis on synoptic data, satellite imagery and case studies.
EVSC 455 - (3) (O)
Prerequisite: EVSC 350 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
A study of the formation, movements, and meteorological and climatological attributes of synoptic-scale weather systems and their impact upon the environment. The relationship of these systems to problems such as air quality, atmospheric transport, climate change, and evaporation and precipitation regimes will also be addressed.
EVSC 458 - (3) (O)
Introduction to Tropical Meteorology
Prerequisite: EVSC 350 or equivalent course in introductory meteorology; or permission of instructor
Atmospheric processes of the tropics and the role which the tropics plays in the global atmosphere.
EVSC 459 - (3) (E)
The Weather of the Rain Forest
Prerequisites: EVSC 350 or equivalent course in introductory meteorology; or permission of instructor
The equatorial rain forest is presented as an interactive system where the state of the atmosphere is an integrated result of interactions between the hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.
EVSC 462 - (3) (Y)
Land Use Management
Prerequisites: ECON201, 202 recommended, two Environmental Sciences core courses
Techniques for analyzing, projecting, and managing land usage. Examines goals for, and the interaction of economic, social and physical processes in land use management.
EVSC 464 - (3) (Y)
Land Use and Environmental Models
Prerequisites: Some computer programming experience
Experimental applications of environmental and land use models and modeling.
EVSC 465 - (3) (IR)
Urban Spatial Systems
Prerequisites: ECON 201-202
Analysis of processes of urbanization, the spatial organization of urban systems, and evaluation of programs to deal with environmental quality related to urban activities.
EVSC 480 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280; prerequisite or corequisite: one year of college chemistry
Crystallography, crystal chemistry and optical mineralogy. Study of mineral symmetry as related to chemical bonding; interaction of crystals with polarized light; identification of minerals by physical, optical and x-ray diffraction techniques. Field experience and laboratories are included.
EVSC 481 - (4) (O)
Prerequisite: EVSC 480
Origin and classification of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on rock series and tectonic associations of rock types. Study of thin sections and hand samples in the laboratory. Field experience and laboratories are included.
EVSC 482 (3) (IR)
Prerequisite: EVSC 280
Fundamentals of geological chronology including principles of sedimentation and sequences in layered rocks; stratigraphic classification of sedimentary rocks with emphasis on spatial and temporal relationships; study of lithofacies and biofacies for interpretation of geologic history; systematic examination of geologic periods.
EVSC 484 - (3) (E)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280 and 340
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.
EVSC 485 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: EVSC 280
A review of wave generation, wave prediction, wave refraction, transformation, shoaling, and associated inshore currents. The generation of littoral drift and shallow water surge are discussed. Beach and barrier island geomorphology and problems of erosion are topics considered. The course includes the historical development of research in coastal processes and a quantitative analysis of spatial patterns along sandy coasts.
EVSC 485L - (1) (Y)
Coastal Processes Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 485
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.
EVSC 486 - (3) (Y)
Chemistry of Natural Waters
Prerequisites: CHEM 141, 142, or 151, 152 or equivalent; recommended: CHEM 182
A survey of natural water chemistry which considers fresh waters, seawater, estuary waters, geothermal waters, sub-surface waters, closed-lake brines and "polluted" waters; emphasis is placed on utilizing basic chemical principles to interpret the characteristics and environmental controls of water composition.
EVSC 486L - (1) (Y)
Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 486
Sampling and analysis of natural waters for major and selected minor components. Analytical instrumentation includes pH and conductivity meters, ion-selective electrodes, titrations, atomic absorption and UV-visible spectro-photometry.
EVSC 487 - (3) (IR)
Prerequisites: Six credits in Environmental Sciences or permission of instructor
An examination of the variables which establish climate and climatic changes including glaciation. The structure of atmospheric, ecologic, geomorphologic and anthropologic aspects of the environment within the last 10,000 years.
EVSC 488 - (3) (O)
Prerequisite: Introductory course in geosciences or astronomy
Origin and evolution of the solar system, with emphasis on the geology of the planets and satellites of inner solar system and the satellites of the gaseous planets. The Earth is compared and contrasted with Venus and Mars.
EVSC 489 - (4) (E)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280, or permission of instructor
Study of the origin, development and classification of microscopic and macroscopic structures in folded and faulted rocks; the response of rocks to stress and strain; brittle and ductile deformation; tectonic evolution of mountain belts. Field experience and laboratories are included.
EVSC 493, 494 - (1-3) (IR)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty.
EVSC 495, 496 - (3) (IR)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more members of the faculty. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction.
EVSC 501 - (3) (Y)
Environmental Law and Policy
Introduction to major environmental legislation for air, water, toxic and hazardous pollutants, requirements for environmental impact statements, and related significant current legislative, administrative and judicial developments.
EVSC 503 - (4) (Y)
Applied Statistics for Environmental Scientists
Prerequisites: MATH 111 Intro. to Probability or MATH 112 Intro. to Statistics; corequisite: EVSC 503L
A one semester course designed to provide students a firm knowledge of experimental design, hypothesis testing and the use of statistical methods of data analysis.
EVSC 503L - (0) (Y)
Applied Statistics Laboratory
Corequisite: EVSC 503
Computer laboratories in the analysis of quantitative data.
EVSC 511 - (4) (E)
Systems Analysis in Environmental Sciences
Prerequisites: MATH 132 or equivalent, computer programming experience
The application of a variety of techniques of systems analysis to the environmental sciences, particularly ecology. Simulation models of ecosystems, of biological populations, and of hydrological, atmospheric and geological systems are examined and used to address scientific questions in the environmental sciences. Student projects apply techniques to specific problems.
EVSC 521 - (3) (IR)
Air Quality Planning
Methods for formulating and evaluating air quality plans. Techniques and strategies for air quality management.
EVSC 544 - (3) (O)
Prerequisites: PHYS 231, 232 or equivalent, two semesters calculus, MATH 131, 132 recommended, or permission of instructor
Physical properties, processes and structure of the oceans; mass and energy budgets, methods of measurements, the nature and theory of ocean currents, waves and tides in the open sea, near shore and in estuaries.
EVSC 560 - (3) (Y)
Land Use Policies
Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202
Goals for land use, analysis of legislation, and land use controls, evaluation of resource allocation and environmental impacts of national and local land use policies.
EVAT 542 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 350 or permission of instructor
Principles of radiation transfer, soil heat flux, atmospheric heat transfer, atmospheric moisture, and evapotranspiration, motions near the Earth's surface, and surface energy balances are covered to provide a basis for describing the microclimate of various surfaces.
EVAT 546 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVAT 541 or permission of instructor
An introduction to weather analysis and forecasting, with attention to temperature and precipitation forecasting, and the diagnosis and prediction of atmospheric weather systems.
EVAT 550 - (3) (O)
Corequisites: EVSC 350 or the text The Science and Wonders of the Atmosphere
An advanced-level survey of the theoretical and experimental research areas in climatology and meteorology, with particular emphasis on environmental problems associated with the atmosphere. Fundamental principles used in these studies are introduced and discussed, along with procedures used to present and analyze atmospheric information.
EVEC 522 - (4) (O)
Prerequisites: EVSC 320 and permission of instructor
Patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems: macro- and micro-meteorological factors; producer, consumer and decomposer processes; hydrologic and biogeochemical pathways; changes through space and time. Three lecture and four field or laboratory hours.
EVEC 523 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280, 320, 340, 350, or permission of instructor
The relationships of microorganisms to similar organisms, to dissimilar (macro) organisms and to the physical-chemical environment are treated both as a demonstration of basic ecological theory and to indicate the importance of the microbes in maintaining the world as we know it. The major subject divisions of the course are: the organisms, microbial habitats, community formation and structure, interspecific relationships, nutrient cycling, and anthropogenic ecology.
EVEC 523L - (1) (Y)
Microbial Ecology Laboratory
Prerequisites: EVSC 523 (corequisite) and permission of instructor
Intended to complement EVEC 523 which is a corequisite for registration in this course. Students are given the opportunity to learn and experience the techniques used in microbial ecological research. Both classic techniques and state-of-the-art methods for determination of microbial biomass in nature are utilized. Various methods of determining microbiological activity are covered. Several exercises will involve field sampling and analysis.
EVGE 507 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: 1 year of calculus, 1 year of chemistry, 1 mineralogy or petrology course
Principals of thermodynamics as applied to mineral-water systems. Treatment will include mineral stability, phase diagrams, solution thermodynamics, electrolyte theory, aqueous complex and hydrolysis equilibria, and electrochemical equilibria.
EVGE 578 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280, 340, two semesters Calculus, MATH 131, 132 Recommended, CHEM 141, 142; corequisite: EVGE 578L
The geology of groundwater including aquifer characteristics and occurrence. Factors which influence groundwater flow and water quality are developed together with methods of and techniques of exploration.
EVGE 578L - (1) (Y)
Corequisite: EVGE 578
Geological and geophysical field techniques for groundwater exploration. Field and laboratory geochemical and microbiological methods for groundwater quality assessment and monitoring.
EVGE 582 - (4) (Y)
Prerequisites: EVSC 280 or 340
Processes that shape the land surface and their relationship to human activity.
EVGE 584 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisites: One year of calculus and physics, or permission of instructor; corequisite: EVGE 584L
Erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment. Initial motion of sediment, bedload and suspended load transport and bedforms. Important sediment- transporting environments. Application of sediment transport theory to problems of geological and environmental interest.
EVGE 584L - (1) (Y)
Sediment Transport Laboratory
Corequisite: EVGE 584
Laboratory investigation of sediment transport phenomena and readings of classic and current research.
EVHY 545 - (4) (Y)
Hydrological Transport Processes
Prerequisites: EVSC 280 and 340
Physical principles governing the transport of dissolved substances and of sediment and particulate matter in the terrestrial portion of the hydrological cycle.
EVHY 547 - (4) (Y)
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites: One year of calculus and physics or permission of instructor
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. Special attention is given to topics related to the environmental sciences.