Environmental Science (ENVS)

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science

3 credits
Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences
Introduction to basic principles in the biological, physical, and social science areas of environmental science.

ENVS 102 Field Activities in Environmental Sciences

1 credit
Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences
Field studies for ENVS 101. Field demonstrations on waste management, water, air pollution, and the ecosystem. Field trips required.
Prereq or Coreq: ENVS 101.

ENVS 200 (s) Seminar

Credit arranged.

ENVS 225 (s) International Environmental Issues Seminar

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Cross-listed with IS 225.
Designed for individuals who have an interest in understanding environmental issues from a global perspective. The course focuses on various social and physical issues related to the environment and natural resources using human population dynamics as a backdrop. EnvS 101 recommended. (Spring only)

ENVS 299 (s) Directed Study

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ENVS 400 (s) Seminar

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Prereq: Junior standing.

ENVS 404 (s) Special Topics

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ENVS 405 (s) Professional Development

Credit arranged.

ENVS 409 Principles of Environmental Toxicology

3 credits
Cross-listed with FS 409. Joint-listed with ENVS 509.
Fundamental toxicological concepts including dose-response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity and teratogenesis, mutagenesis, and carcinogenesis; chemodynamics of environmental contaminants including transport, fate, and receptors; chemicals of environmental interest and how they are tested and regulated; risk assessment fundamentals. Students registering for FS 509 are required to prepare an additional in-depth report. Recommended Preparation: BIOL 102 or BIOL 115, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 275, and STAT 251.

ENVS 415 Environmental Lifecycle Assessment

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 515.
Environmental life cycle assessment is the study of the environmental impacts resulting from the human production of goods and services from raw material acquisition through ultimate disposition. The class covers the basic concepts of life cycle assessment including definition of system boundaries, inventory of energy and material inputs and resultant emissions, assessment of impacts on human health and the environment, and interpretation of results. Recommended preparation: basic physical and biological sciences and familiarity with spreadsheet programs such as Excel. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

ENVS 428 Pollution Prevention

3 credits
Basic concepts of pollution prevention and waste minimization; pollution prevention strategies and case studies for solid waste, hazardous waste, water and energy use, and air pollution. (Fall only)

ENVS 429 Environmental Audit

3 credits
Details on a variety of equipment and processes used by business in order to decrease generation of solid and hazardous waste. (Fall only)

ENVS 436 Principles of Sustainability

3 credits
Cross-listed with FS 436. Joint-listed with ENVS 536.
Presented as online doculectures, covering topics such as: Origins of Sustainability, Standards of Sustainability, Culture of Waste, Built Environment, Industrial Sustainability, Energy Sustainability, Water Resources, Measuring Sustainability, Sustainable Impact Assessment, and Our Sustainable Future. Readings and homework are assigned with each topic. Learning assessment will be from homework, exams and written papers. Additional work is required for graduate credit. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)
Prereq: Junior or higher standing .

ENVS 446 Drinking Water and Human Health

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 546
Understand the characterization, testing, and treatment of chemical, microbial and hazardous compounds and their impact on human health. Be familiar with drinking water standards, regulatory aspects and protection of municipal, community, and private well systems. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

ENVS 450 Environmental Hydrology

3 credits
Cross-listed with SOIL 450
Carries no credit after BE 355 or CE 325. Comprehensive understanding of the hydrologic processes associated with the environmental processes. Includes components of the hydrologic cycle, analysis of precipitation and run off, evapotranspiration, routing, peak flow, infiltration, soil and water relationships, snowmelt, and frequency analysis. (Spring only)
Prereq: MATH 170 .

ENVS 479 Introduction to Environmental Regulations

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 579
Interpretation and implementation of local, state, and federal environmental rules; introduction to environmental regulatory process; topics include regulatory aspects of environmental impact assessment, water pollution control, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste, resource recovery and reuse, toxic substances, pesticides, occupational safety and health, radiation, facility siting, environmental auditing and liability. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. (Fall only)

ENVS 482 Natural Resource Policy and Law

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 582
Course offered only at the University of Idaho at Idaho Falls.
Examination of U.S. natural resource policy and law including historical contexts and current policies and laws. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation: an undergraduate course in political science. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

ENVS 484 History of Energy

3 credits
Covers the history of humanity’s relationship to energy. Takes a historical approach beginning with ancient sources of energy, the discovery and exploitation of coal and the industrial revolution, the critical importance of oil and its derivatives, natural gas, nuclear and renewables. Finishes with a look to possible future energy sources.

ENVS 485 Energy Efficiency and Conservation

3 credits
Includes aspects of science, policy, and economics of energy use and efficiency measures. Considers use trends and existing and potential efficiencies primarily on a national scale with some consideration of both global and local situations. Focuses on residential and transportation energy with some coverage of commercial and industrial energy use.

ENVS 497 (s) Senior Research

2-4 credits, max 4)
Gen Ed: Senior Experience
Open only to majors in environmental science. Preparation of proposal, poster, formal presentation and written thesis or report based on research or project conducted with a faculty member. Research addresses an environmental problem using laboratory, field, or library techniques.
Prereq: Senior standing
Prereq or Coreq: ENGL 316 or ENGL 317 .

ENVS 498 (s) Internship

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ENVS 499 (s) Directed Study

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ENVS 500 Master's Research and Thesis

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ENVS 501 (s) Seminar

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ENVS 502 (s) Directed Study

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ENVS 504 (s) Special Topics

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ENVS 505 (s) Professional Development

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ENVS 509 Principles of Environmental Toxicology

3 credits
Cross-listed with FS 509. Joint-listed with ENVS 409.
Fundamental toxicological concepts including dose-response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity and teratogenesis, mutagenesis, and carcinogenesis; chemodynamics of environmental contaminants including transport, fate, and receptors; chemicals of environmental interest and how they are tested and regulated; risk assessment fundamentals. Students registering for FS 509 are required to prepare an additional in-depth report. Recommended Preparation: BIOL 102 or BIOL 115, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 275, and STAT 251.

ENVS 515 Environmental Lifecycle Assessment

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 415.
Environmental life cycle assessment is the study of the environmental impacts resulting from the human production of goods and services from raw material acquisition through ultimate disposition. The class covers the basic concepts of life cycle assessment including definition of system boundaries, inventory of energy and material inputs and resultant emissions, assessment of impacts on human health and the environment, and interpretation of results. Recommended preparation: basic physical and biological sciences and familiarity with spreadsheet programs such as Excel. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

ENVS 536 Principles of Sustainability

3 credits
Cross-listed with FS 536. Joint-listed with ENVS 436.
Presented as online doculectures, covering topics such as: Origins of Sustainability, Standards of Sustainability, Culture of Waste, Built Environment, Industrial Sustainability, Energy Sustainability, Water Resources, Measuring Sustainability, Sustainable Impact Assessment, and Our Sustainable Future. Readings and homework are assigned with each topic. Learning assessment will be from homework, exams and written papers. Additional work is required for graduate credit. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)
Prereq: Junior or higher standing .

ENVS 541 Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants

3 credits
Covers the sampling and analysis of environmental contaminants from a statistical perspective. Includes designing sampling plans for environmental studies, statistically analyzing environmental data, and touches on more advanced techniques such as time series analysis and censored data. (Fall only)
Prereq: STAT 251 .

ENVS 546 Drinking Water and Human Health

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 446
Understand the characterization, testing, and treatment of chemical, microbial and hazardous compounds and their impact on human health. Be familiar with drinking water standards, regulatory aspects and protection of municipal, community, and private well systems. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

ENVS 552 Environmental Philosophy

3 credits
Cross-listed with PHIL 552
Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

ENVS 577 Law, Ethics and the Environment

3 credits
Cross-listed with AGEC 577
Examines the laws and related ethical questions pertaining to agricultural and natural resource issues. Graduate credit includes special projects and additional discussion meetings. Recommended Preparation: BLAW 265.
Prereq for ENVS 577: Graduate standing and FOR 235 or POLS 364; or Permission.

ENVS 579 Introduction to Environmental Regulations

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 579
Interpretation and implementation of local, state, and federal environmental rules; introduction to environmental regulatory process; topics include regulatory aspects of environmental impact assessment, water pollution control, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste, resource recovery and reuse, toxic substances, pesticides, occupational safety and health, radiation, facility siting, environmental auditing and liability. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. (Fall only)

ENVS 582 Natural Resource Policy and Law

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENVS 482
Offered only at the University of Idaho at Idaho Falls.
Examination of U.S. natural resource policy and law including historical contexts and current policies and laws. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation: an undergraduate course in political science. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

ENVS 598 (s) Internship

Credit arranged.

ENVS 599 (s) Research

Credit arranged
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Prereq: Permission.

ENVS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Credit arranged.

ENVS 604 (s) Special Topics

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Prereq: Enrollment in a Doctoral Program and Permission.