Environmental Science and Geology

ENVS 131Q: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES WITH LAB (SNT)

Fall, Spring. Credit, five hours. Basic ecological concepts, study of ecosystems and application of ecological principles to local and global environmental problems. Labs focus on investigating local ecosystems and will be primary spent outdoors and involves light to moderate physical activity. This course does not fulfill requirements for the biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

ENVS 220: MINERAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND POWER WITH LABORATORY (SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Emphasis on the geologic formation and utilization of metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources and energy resources. Includes historic development, uses, environmental concerns, and future potential of these resources. Fulfills intermediate Earth and Atmospheric breadth and upper level lab course requirements for ENVS majors, but also appropriate for non-majors. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab period per week.

ENVS 222: EVOLUTION OF THE EARTH WITH LABORATORY (SNT)

Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. History of the earth in the context of changing environments through time. Special emphasis on the methods of analysis, environments of deposition, and organic change as seen through fossils. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fulfills Intermediate earth science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.

ENVS 229: METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY WITH LABORATORY (SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Study of weather (meteorology) and climate (climatology). Emphasis on the chemical components and physics of the atmosphere, meteorological processes, climate regions of the world, and climate change. Fulfills intermediate Earth and Atmospheric breadth and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors, but it is also appropriate for non-majors. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab period per week.

ENVS 230: FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY WITH LABORATORY (SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. Introduction to planet earth: fundamental concepts of geology developed through the study of minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and forces shaping the earth's surface. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fulfills Intermediate earth science and upper-level-lab course requirement for ENVS majors.

ENVS 243: MODERN AND ANCIENT TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT FIELD (SNT)

Credit, four hours. Additional tuition is required. Geological, biological, and paleontological examination of terrestrial and marine tropical ecosystems using Sapelo Island.Georgia (required weekend trip) and San Salvador Island, Bahamas (required spring break trip) as field-based case studies. Fulfills intermediate Earth and Atmospheric breadth and upperlevel lab or field course requirement for ENVS majors.

ENVS 299R: INDEPENDENT STUDY

On demand. Credit, one to four hours. Requires permission of the instructor and a ENVS course. This course provides ENVS students with foundational skills for research under supervision of a faculty member. A stepping stone to more advanced research work.

ENVS 385: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Variable topics in environmental science to be offered as irregular courses.