Environmental Science (ES) Course Descriptions

  • 514 Environmental Risk Assessment. 3 hrs.

The course will provide a comprehensive review of currently used methods and applications of risk assessment in environmental science and engineering. The course will focus on the analysis of potential risks in all media, and will include state and federal requirements and guidelines for human health and ecological risk assessment. (PR: Consent)

  • 550 Environmental Law I. 3 hrs.

Introduction to major federal environmental legislation and related state programs, including policy issues, judicial review, and practical effects. Includes CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, NEPA, ESA, and SDWA. (PR: Consent)

  • 582-83 Special Topics. 1-4 hrs.

Occasional offerings of current topics in environmental sciences, providing important supplementary material for participating students.

  • 585 Introduction to Environmental Science. 3 hrs.

The principles of chemistry, geology, and mathematics used in pollution analysis and control. Topographic maps, environmental regulations, field testing, and compliance. Economics of use of pollution control devices.

  • 586-88 Independent Study. 1-4 hrs.

An approved study of special interest concerning environmental science that is appropriate for the student’s program of study. Carried out under the supervision of a faculty member.

  • 602 A Study of the West Virginia Environment. 3 hrs.

An overview of the diversity of the local natural environment, including the plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, other wildlife, and the impact of human activities on the local environment.

  • 603 Seminar In Current Environmental Issues. 3 hrs.

The influence of environmental laws, common law, contract law, tort law, and regulatory interpretations, as well as the impact of citizens’ groups, professional societies, and trade associations on current practice. (PR: Consent)

  • 604 Air Pollution. 3 hrs.

Major air pollution sources; meteorological concepts; physical and chemical characterization; effects on plant and animal life; and development of air pollution laws, with emphasis on West Virginia regulations. (PR: Consent)

  • 605 Analytical Principles of Environmental Sampling. 3 hrs.

Identifying and measuring contaminants in air, water, soil, and sludge. Methods of analysis including gas chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, colorimetry, infrared absorption, ultraviolet absorption, atomic absorption, and mass spectroscopy. (PR: Chemistry and ES 600, or equivalent experience)

  • 609 Topics in Bioscience Education. 1-6 hrs

Selected topics of interest to teachers of biology. (PR: Consent)

  • 610 Environmental Sampling Practice. 3 hrs.

Current practice in environmental testing and monitoring. Traditional wastewater (SPSY_tests, bioassay analysis, aquatic toxicity. Current procedures in gas chromatographic analysis, mass spectrometry. Sample preservation, quality control, and quality assurance. (PR: analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, or ES 605)

  • 620 Environmental Management Systems. 3 hrs.

EMS principles and elements; environmental, health and safety regulatory issues; ISO 14000 EMS specifications and guidelines; environmental auditing; environmental performance evaluation; life cycle assessment and environmental labeling.

  • 626 Remote Sensing and Map Use. 3 hrs.

Introduction to topographic, soil, and geologic maps and aerial and satellite photography as sources of environmental information. Application of various data sources to specific types of environmental problems.

  • 630 Environmental Site Assessment. 3 hrs.

Site inspection and investigation, emphasizing the “due diligence” clause of Section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act of 1980, site remediation, and data analysis and reporting.

  • 640 Groundwater Principles and Monitoring. 3 hrs.

Introduction to groundwater hydrogeology; including porosity, hydraulic conductivity, aquifers, groundwater flow, well hydraulics, groundwater geology, and water chemistry. (PR: A background in environmental science or geology is recommended)

  • 645 Applied Hydrogeology. 3 hrs.

The fundamentals of hydrogeology are utilized to implement a case study investigation of a contaminated groundwater site from the planning stage through a final report. (PR: ES 640 or equivalent experience)

  • 646 Dynamics of Ecosystems. 3 hrs

Species interaction; population, community and ecosystem ecology; productivity; nutrient cycling; physiological ecology, population dynamics;
pollution and conservation; and aquatic, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. (PR: Consent)

  • 648 Vegetation of West Virginia. 3 hrs.

Introduces the student with a minimal biology background to basic field and laboratory botany. Introduction to science of plant taxonomy and community ecology, with emphasis given to West Virginia. (PR: Consent)

  • 650-653 Special Topics in Environmental Science. 1-4 hrs.

(PR: Consent)

  • 654 Environmental Microbiology. 3 hrs.

Microbiology of the environment; ecology of the microbial cell; microbial ecosystems; the microbe’s interaction with other micro-organisms and macro-organisms; how micro-organisms obtain nutrients, and the effect on the environment. (PR: General biology and general chemistry or consent)

  • 655 Environmental Ethics. 3 hrs.

Introduction to the subject of ethics, environmental ethical theory, moral reasoning, free market regulation, right to know, proprietary information, product liability, cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, waste disposal, and resource depletion. (PR: Consent)

  • 656 Preparation and Evaluation of Environmental Impact Statements. 3 hrs.

A practical course designed to provide students with the ability to prepare and evaluate impact statements. The course is based on the concepts of the environment as a single interrelated system.

  • 661 Environmental Regulations 3 hrs.

Practical applications and concentrated study of regulations under all major federal environmental programs, including permitting, reporting, and other compliance issues. Includes discussion of procedures used in development of regulations. (PR: ES 660)

  • 662 Environmental Policy 3 hrs.

Introduction to processes for formulation and development of env. policy, including administrative procedure and the policy process. Discussion of current env. policy issues in relevant political, legal, social, and scientific contexts.

  • 663 Environmental Law II. 3 hrs.

Course covers three general topic areas: environmental assessment and biodiversity (NEPA and ESA), risk management and regulation of toxic substances (TSCA, FIFRA, and SDWA), and international environmental law. (PR: ES 660)

  • 665 Water Resources Management. 1-6 hrs.

Course surveys the processes that govern the earth’s hydrologic cycle and the human activities which effect that cycle. It seeks to provide an integrated science/management/policy approach to water resource issues.

  • 674 Epidemiological Health Research Techniques. 3 hrs.

An introduction to techniques of epidemiological health research. The primary focus will be health problems in the industrial setting.

  • 675 Brownfields Management. 1-6 hrs.

Environmental management and development of abandoned, idled or underused industrial or commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

  • 680 Thesis. 1-6 hrs.

A student completing ES 680 must defend his or her thesis in an oral examination.