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Environmental Science (ESC)

Environmental Science (ESC)

110 Introduction to Environmental Science
An interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the problems associated with humans and their relationship to the environment.  Environmental science enables us to understand how the world is operated by physical, chemical, and biological processes and how mankind, technology, and human social processes affect the natural world.
Six hours, four credits.

180, 181, 280, 281, 380, 381, 480, 481 Practicum
Allows the student to gain firsthand experience and knowledge of procedures and practices common to the field by providing service to program, college, business, and/or the community.  Repeated for up to 8 credits, assuming a range of experiences.  Pass/Fail.
Forty-five service hours, one credit.

195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, 496 Independent Research
Under faculty supervision, students will design and carry out a vigorous scientific study of a specific problem in environmental science.  Written and oral presentation of the research are required.  Prerequisites: Prerequisite coursework and skills determined by individual instructors.
One to three credits.

205 Tropical and Marine Ecology
An introduction to the geology, taxonomy, and ecology of tropical ecosystems.  Emphasis is divided between the study of a variety of tropical terrestrial ecosystems and marine organisms in coral reefs and eel grass communities.  This course requires a multiple week field trip in the Caribbean or Latin America.
Four credits.

206 Community Ecology of the Southeast
Designed to study the vegetation relationships of selected communities in the southeastern United States and to survey the associated vertebrate populations.  This course requires a two-week field trip through the southeast.
Four credits.

207 South African Ecology and Culture
This E-Term course provides a powerful cross-cultural experience and introduces students to the culture and ecology of Southern Africa and to planning that integrates environmental management with community development.  Participants will spend one week on campus and two weeks in South Africa, based at the Southern African Wildlife College near Hoedspruit.  Activities include game walks and drives, environmental assessments (animal, vegetation, and aquatic life), visits to local villages and schools, an archeological site, scenic tours and a camping trip to Kruger National Park.
Four credits.

208 Ireland’s Natural History: Interaction of Nature and Culture
This E-Term course is designed to study the unique natural history of Ireland and the effects on the Irish people and their culture.  This course requires a two week field component traveling through the countryside of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Five hours, four credits.

209 Physical Geology and Hydrology
An introductory course in geology emphasizing local mineral, rock, geological, and plate tectonic structures.  The hydrological cycle and hydrological processes are also described.  Field trips, including a Saturday field trip, provide hands-on experience in this area.
Five hours, four credits.

211 Fundamentals of Ecology
An introductory study of the interrelationship of organisms with the abiotic and biotic components of their environment.  Includes a basic introduction to population dynamics.
Five hours, four credits.

215 Quantitative Environmental Methods and Statistics
Provides students with a fundamental understanding of the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of a variety of quantitative data.  It integrates a complete course in introductory statistics with a survey of fundamental environmental techniques by combining lectures with a series of class research projects.   Required of all Environmental Science majors.  Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or higher is MTH 100 or High School Algebra I and II.
Six hours, four credits.

302 Conservation Biology
This course deals with principles of maintaining biological diversity in managed landscapes.  Conservation biology investigates human impacts on biological diversity and loss and develops practical approaches to preventing extinction of species.  Conservation biology has two underlying themes – seeking new approaches to sustainability and maintenance of biological diversity.  This course will explore the theories and methods related to these themes. 
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

310 Environmental Planning and Assessment
Introduction to environmental law and policy analysis, impact evaluation, planning, and decision-making.  Prerequisite: ESC 211.
Three hours, three credits.

313 Natural Resource Management
A survey of those naturally occurring resources which are useful and necessary to man.  The limits of these resources are examined, along with consideration of reasonable expectation of exhaustion of retrievable resources.
Three hours, three credits.

315 Soil Science and Management (also HOR 315)
(see AGR 315)
Six hours, four credits.

321 Aquatic Ecology
A survey of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on the geomorphology, physics, chemistry, and biology of inland freshwater systems.  Required laboratory and field trips emphasize techniques of sampling, analysis, and presentation.
Six hours, four credits.

390, 490 Selected Topics in Environmental Science
A course specifically designed for agriculture, biology, and environmental science majors to be able to design an independent study class in a specialized field that is not normally in the schedule.
One to four credits.

405 Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management
This course examines the ecology and biology of fish and wildlife species as a basis for teaching specific techniques related to the study and management of fish and wildlife populations and habitats.  Topics covered include habitat evaluation and management, capture and handling, age and sex determination, population estimation, diseases and parasites, stocking and hunting management, endangered species management and protected areas, and management of the human users of the wildlife.
Seven hours, five credits.

413 Forest Science and Management
A survey of the basic principles of managing forestlands.  Emphasis is placed on ecology, silviculture and management options for private landowners.
Seven hours, five credits.

421 Pollution Science
The logical starting point for individuals interested in pollution control.  The student will be introduced to the major perturbations causing air, soil, and water pollution.  Prerequisites: CHM 101 or higher.
Six hours, four credits.

424 Environmental Toxicology
Concepts from toxicology and ecotoxicology are introduced.  The first half of the course will address fundamental concepts of toxicology (effects of poisons on individual organisms), experimental toxicology, and chemical hygiene.  The second half of the course will introduce ecotoxicology (effects of poisons on ecosystem structure and function) and monitoring and assessment of ecotoxicological conditions.
Three hours, three credits.