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1101 An Introduction to Environmental Analysis (Lab)
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in ENV 1301.
Methods of collection, analysis, and interpretation of
environmental data as used in the social, behavioral, physical and biological disciplines.

1103 Wildlife Ecology Laboratory Exercises

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1303 or concurrent enrollment in ENV 1303.
Laboratory experience in basic ecological methodologies, including interpreting elementary graphic and statistical information, gathering population and habitat data, and understanding how science might be used to solve practical environmental problems.

1301 Exploring Environmental Issues

A survey of the fundamental physical, biological, and social forces affecting the solution of environmental problems. Principles of environmental history, political science, economics, biology, geology, physics, anthropology, and related disciplines.

1303 Wildlife Ecology

Introduction to wildlife identification, populations, life histories, behavior and habitats, and the role of wildlife in ecological communities and ecosystems.

2175 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology Laboratory

Co-requisite(s): ENV 2375.
Prerequisite(s): 1101 and 1301.

Introduction to measurement of standard water chemistry parameters, acute and chronic toxicity testing methodology, toxicity identification evaluation procedures, and rapid bioassessment protocols. A general overview of toxicity tests and biological community data analysis and interpretation.

2375 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology

Co-requisite(s): ENV 2175
Prerequisite(s): 1101 and 1301

A broad study of the subjects critical to the study of contaminant impacts on the environment. Topics include: major pollutant classes, environmental chemistry, chemical disposition in organisms, toxicity testing and assessment methods, effects on individuals, populations, communities and ecosytems, environmental regulations, and ecological risk assessment.

2376 Environment and Society

Introduction to ethical, historical and social science analysis of environmental issues, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, water pollutionand urbanization. Emphasis on case histories, and human dimensions of environmental problem solving.

2407 Ecology for a Changing World

An introduction to the principles of scientific ecology as they apply to environmental management.

3103 Seminar on Environmental Topics

Seminars by faculty and visiting speakers on various topics in environmental studies. May be repeated once, with different content.

3106 Conserving Biodiversity (Lab)

Prerequisite(s): ENV 3306 or concurrent enrollment in ENV 3306.
Laboratory and field sampling methods for determining species diversity, minimum viable population size, and impacts of human disturbance on species survival.

3133 Analytical Analysis of Water Quality

Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
This course provides instruction relating to the delineation of watersheds by the use of topographical maps and aerial photographs, and the use of scientific methodology to estimate quantitative values for contaminant levels.

3137 Wildlife Management Methods

Prerequisite(s): ENV 3337 or concurrent enrollment in ENV 3337.
Laboratory techniques used in wildlife management, abundance estimates, management of habitats, and resolving current issues in wildlife management. Studies of game, non-game, endangered, and exotic species.

3187 Environment Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1302 and 1316, and credit or concurrent enrollment in ENV 3387; or consent of instructor.
Introduction to experimental, field sampling, and analytical methods in environment chemistry. Emphasis on field detection of both organic and inorganic compounds in soil, water, and air via spectrometric, chromatographic, and fluorometric instrumentation.

3216 Air Quality and Monitoring Laboratory

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1300, 1301 or 1405; and credit or current enrollment in ENV 3316.
An introduction to laboratory, field sampling, and data analysis techniques used in air quality monitoring. Topics will include measurement and analysis of pollutants such as ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide, and basic modeling.

3300 The Environment and Political Processes

(Cross-listed as PSC 3300).
This course explores the causes, the magnitude, and the meaning of the Ecological Crisis, and analyzes the way in which environmental problems translate into political issues. Attention is given to the political processes on varying public levels and to political actions that have or have not been taken, or might be taken, on matters relevant to social and physical environments. The purpose of the course is to develop a broad base for informed judgment and for constructive attitudes regarding the growing ecological dilemma confronting all societies.

3301 Team Research in Environmental Studies

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore or junior standing or consent of the instructor.
Students will participate in a team research project under the supervision of a Baylor faculty member. Students will be expected to attend one hour of lecture and to complete a minimum of six hours of field or laboratory work a week. May be repeated once under different topic.

3303 Directed Reading in Environmental Studies

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 or consent of instructor.
Critical reading in environmental studies. Student-led discussion and evaluation. May be repeated with a change of topic for a maximum total credit of six semester hours.

3306 Conserving Biodiversity

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 or BIO 1306 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to causes of species and habitat loss. Application of ecological and genetic concepts to conservation and restoration of animal and plant species.

3314 Introduction to Environmental Health

(Cross-listed as HED 3314).
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
Study of environmental hazards to the health of humans and other vertebrates, including pollution, radiation, wastes, urbanization, and climate change. Topics include epidemiology, risk assessment, infectious diseases, emerging contaminants, and regulation.

3316 Introduction to Air Quality

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1300, 1301 or 1405.
Introduction to atmospheric chemistry, and transport and deposition of air pollutants. Topics include major sources of pollution, climate change, atmospheric regulation and impacts on human health.

3320 Environment and Human Behavior

(Cross-listed as ANT 3320).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Interrelationships between culture and ecological systems, with focus on food production, economic exchange, and religious beliefs.

3333 Watershed Assessment

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the scientific tools and methodology by which watersheds may be delineated and assessed with respect to point and non-point pollution. This course will deal primarily with surface waters.

3337 Principles of Wildlife Management

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1303 or 2407 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to techniques used in wildlife management including population estimation, forage evaluation , and habitat mapping. Investigation of the natural history and management strategies for a variety of game, non-game, endangered and exotic species.

3370 Managing Environmental Health and Safety

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1405, 1300 or 1301; and ENV 3314 or consent of instructor.
Anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, radiological, biological, and physical hazards in the workplace and in environmental contexts.

3387 Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1101, ENV 1301, CHE 1302.
An introduction to the chemistry of soil, water, and air, and the sources, fate, and transport of environmental pollutants. Topics include application of chemistry to remediation and waste minimization. Open to students with diverse backgrounds. Credit or concurrent enrollment in ENV 3387 is required to enroll in ENV 3187, Environmental Chemistry Laboratory.

3V90 Individual Research Problems

1 to 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of a departmental application providing a description of the project and consent of instructor. Download Application, Standard, and Safety Plan.
A research project conducted under the supervision of a Baylor faculty member in Environmental Science, a supporting department, or a pre-approved off-campus laboratory or field station. Three hours of laboratory or field work per week will be required during the fall or spring semester, or fifty hours total during the summer, for each semester hour of credit. The course may be repeated for up to six semester hours of credit.

4102 Seminar on Environmental Topics

Seminars by faculty, students and visiting speakers. Each student will prepare and present one 30-45 minute seminar. May be repeated once, with different content.

4104 Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Prerequisite(s): ENV 3387 or CHE 3331; and permission of instructor.
Review and critique of recent papers and research topics in environmental chemistry and analytic methods.

4199 Senior Thesis I

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in Environmental Science major.
Student selects an environmental problem for independent research project. After approval by thesis adviser, literature search is conducted and bibliography for the thesis is completed.

4287 Field and Laboratory Tests

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1316, 3331, 3332; and/or concurrent enrollment in ENV 4387.
Field and bench tests of chemically contaminated water and soil, using portable test kits, with simple bench tests of selected remediation methods such as ion-exchange, precipitation, and membrane separations.

4299 Senior Thesis II

Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in ENV 4199.
Preparation of information and data analysis in appropriate thesis form.

4302 Team Problem Solving in Environmental Studies

Students will contribute the skills of their specializations to analyze and to suggest a solution to a current environmental problem. May be repeated once with a change of content.

4306 Economic Anthropology

(Cross-listed as ANT 4306).
Prerequisite(s): ANT 2305 or consent of instructor.
Traditional food production systems worldwide are compared to patterns in modern capitalist societies.

4307 Environmental Law

(Cross-listed as PSC 4307).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of environmental protection laws in the United States, including environmental law in the areas of case law, common law and administrative law. Topics include air and water quality, toxic and hazardous substances, endangered species and wetlands, and coastal management issues.

4310 World Food Problems

(Cross-listed as ANT 4311).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
A seminar approach with emphasis on the various causes of malnutrition including the ecological basis for food production, the impact of economics and politics on food production and distribution, and the consequences of malnutrition.

4313 Agricultural Ecology

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 or BIO 1306 or BIO 1401.
Application of ecological principles to sustainable agricultural management. Emphasis on Texas and the tropics. Required weekend field trips.

4315 Research Methods

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301, 2375, and 2376.
Research design and methods. Students produce a comprehensive research proposal in their major field of study.

4323 The Environment and Economic Analysis

(Cross-listed as AVS 4323 and ECO 4323).
Prerequisite(s): ECO 2306 or ECO 1305/AMS 1305 or upper-level standing.
Economic analysis in description, analysis, and policy formulation of environmental problems such as natural resource development, ecology, energy needs, noise, water, and air pollution. Economic tools used will include social welfare analysis, externalities, and benefit cost analysis.

4325 Human Health Risk Assessment

Prerequisite(s): ENV 3314 or concurrent enrollment in ENV 3314; or consent of instructor.
Concepts, data sources, and methodologies used in the field of human risk assessment, including environmental hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and risk communication. Required project utilizing professional risk assessment software.

4327 Human Catastrophe and Cultural Response

(Cross-listed as ANT 4327).
Impact of major catastrophes on human society, with emphasis on coping strategies and the utility of disaster theory to help in the recovery process. Issues include disaster, toxic disaster, famine, epidemic, war and natural oppression.

4330 Urban Political Processes

(Cross-listed as PSC 4330).
Political institutions and processes in metropolitan areas, including social, economic, and governmental problems resulting from increased urbanization.

4332 Science Leadership: Community Environmental Research

(Cross-listed as GEO 4332).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing and consent of instructor.
Development of science leadership skills through community-based research on environmental problems.

4333 Coastal Zone Management

Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
Strategies for managing beaches, deltas, barrier islands and coastal seas, including issues in flood and storm risk, pollution mitigation, recreational development and fisheries exploitation.

4335 Applied Environmental Impact Analysis

Government regulations and increased citizen awareness relationship to the impact of plans and projects on the environment. The course includes an examination of major environmental legislation and its impact on decision making in the public sector. Legislative Acts pertinent to the development of Environmental Impact Analysis are studied. (3-0).

4340 Environmental Archaeology

(Cross-listed as AMS 4340, ANT 4340, ARC 4340).
Prerequisite(s): ENV 1101 or ANT 1305 or ANT 3304.
Distributional patterns of archaeological sites within specific environments. Archaeological/environmental field work in Texas, with respect to recent conservation laws protecting nonrenewable archaeological resources.

4344 Fundamentals of Toxicology

(Cross-listed as BIO 4344).
Prerequisite(s): CHE 1301, CHE 1302, CHE 3331, BIO 1305, BIO 1306, BIO 3422 or consent of instructor.
Basic concepts of toxicology, including historical perspectives, the disposition and metabolism of toxic substances, pharmacokinetics, target organ toxicity, non-organ directed toxicity, toxic agents, industrial toxicology, forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology, toxicity testing techniques, and risk assessment.

4345 Water Management

(Cross-listed as GEO 4345).
Interdisciplinary field of water management. Scientific, technical, institutional, economic, legal, and political aspects of water management.

4349 Pollution Abatement and Prevention Systems

Prerequisite(s): ENV 2375, 3333, 3387, CHE 1302, or EGR 1301; or consent of instructor.
Analysis, design, and performance of pollution treatment and remediation methods. Emphasis on the practices of pollution prevention, green chemistry, and industrial ecology as more sustainable pollution reduction strategies.

4350 Development and Indigenous Peoples

(Cross-listed as ANT 4350).
Prerequisite(s): ANT 1305 , SOC 1305, or consent of instructor.
With particular reference to indigenous peoples, this course examines the ethnographic context of Third World development and evaluates key issues that influence the development process.

4351 Futuristics

(Cross-listed with ANT 4351).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Biological and cultural forces that will likely shape humankind's future. Emphasis on trends in demography, globalization, science, and technology.

4354 Water Treatment

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1101, 1301, 2375 or consent of instructor.
Water use, treatment and disposal. Topics to be examined include the history of human use, resource access, water and wastewater treatment, disposal and re-use, anthropogenic impacts, regulations, current practices and theory in application of municipal, commercial and domestic treatment strategies. Activities include lecture, discussion, field trips, and student participation in the department's On-Site Wastewater Testing Program.

4355 Principles of Renewable Resource Management

Theory, principles, and management of renewable resources to meet human needs. Field trips to management activities will be included. (3-0).

4362 Applied Anthropology

(Cross-listed as ANT 4362).
Prerequisite(s): ANT 1305.
An introduction to applied anthropology where major research components are identified and specific fields such as medical, nutritional, environmental anthropology and Third World development are discussed.

4365 The Environment and Energy

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 and upper-level standing.
Fundamental concepts of energy: the nature of energy flows and storage, potential and kinetic energy, energy loss and reversible and irreversible processes. Renewable and non-renewable energy sources and the impact of energy consumption on problems of societal sustainability.

4369 Seminar in Anthropology

(Cross-listed and ANT 4369).
Prerequisite(s): ANT 3304, 3305, or consent of instructor.
Debate of current theoretical issues that reflect the continually changing nature of the discipline. Students will address all sides of a currently debated issue, drawing upon their studies in anthropology and related fields. Faculty participation.

4370 Environmental Toxicology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 1305 and 1306, CHEM 1302, ENV 2375 or consent of instructor.
Applications of basic and advanced principles of toxicology; use of toxicological information sources and data bases; ecological and human health risk assessment.

4371 Wetlands

(Cross-listed as GEO 4371).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Theory and application of the wetland concepts: classification, hydrology, biochemistry, soils, vegetation, construction, regulation, and delineation. Field lab.

4374 Global Soil Systems

(Cross-listed as GEO 4373).
Fundamentals of soil genesis, classification, geomorphology, ecosystems, and environmental interpretation. Includes the role of soil biogeochemical cycles in past, current, and future global change issues. Field lab.

4375 Natural Landscape Evaluation and Planning

(Cross-listed as GEO 4375).
Recognition of natural features that affect human uses. Evaluation of natural landscapes on a scale from complete preservation to full development. Experience in urban landscapes. Includes one or more Saturday field trips.

4377 Advanced Studies in Wilderness, Parks and Nature Reserves

Prerequisite(s): ENV 3306 or consent of instructor.
Topics in the management of national or state parks, nature reserves or wilderness areas, such as recreational impacts, disturbance ecology, or environmental interpretation. May be conducted as an off-campus field seminar.

4380 Restoration Ecology

(Cross-listed as BIO 4381).
Prerequisite(s): ENV 2375 and 2376, or BIO 3403.
Principles and practices for restoring natural systems that have been degraded or destroyed. Emphasis on reestablishment of soils, plants, and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Legislative, political, industrial, and regulatory perspectives considered. (3-0).

4386 Remote Sensing

(Cross-listed as AVS 4386, BIO 4386, GEO 4386, and GEOG 4386).
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Physical mechanisms of surface and atmospheric materials absorption, transmittance, reflection, and emittence of light measured by various remote sensing platforms. Survey various applications related to earth science, ecology, meteorology, and environmental science. (3-0).

4390 Chemical Investigation and Remediation

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1316, CHE 3332, and ENV 4387.
Methods of site analysis, toxicology of chemical contamination, use of chemical fingerprinting, determination of exposure methods and exposure routes, analysis of epidemiological data, general methods for remediation of toxic and hazardous wastes, and use of both technical and moral considerations in decision making.

4393 Environmental Ethics

(Cross-listed as AMS 4393 and REL 4393).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing and REL 1310 and REL 1350.
Moral perspectives which inform and support environmental activity in our society. The primary focus will be on the various interpretations of how humanity is properly related to its environment and the consequences of these interpretations for the environmental action of individuals and social institutions.

4394 Internship in Environmental Education

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Econnections coordinator.
Participation as a teaching intern in the Baylor Econnections program for Waco Schools, or in an approved off-campus program. Students must engage in preparation and teaching a minimum of six hours a week.

4397 Tropical Environments: Ecology and Sustainable Management

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and upper-level standing.
Off-campus field course exploring tropical ecosystems, such as rainforests and coral reefs. Investigation of past impacts of human cultures, and of sustainable practices for future environmental management. Topics may include agriculture, forestry, aquatic resources, energy production, and ecotourism.

43C1 Environmental Capstone

Prerequisite(s): Twenty hours of Environmental Science courses and upper-level standing.
Advanced seminar on application of environmental sciences and social science to environmental problem solving. Completion of research paper, research or management plan, and field examination.

4450 Applied Forest Ecology

Prerequisite(s): ENV 1301 or BIO 1306.
Ecological analysis of forest and woodland structure, energy and nutrient cycling, population dynamics and response to disturbance. Application of concepts to sustainable forest management.

4485 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

(Cross-listed as AVS 4485, GEO 4485 and GEOG 4485).
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
The course covers the use of GIS to acquire primary geographic data, solve geographic problems, automate geographic analysis, and render explainations for geographic patterns and trends. Students will use the latest GIS software and data layers in a lab section.

4487 Advanced GIS Analysis

(Cross-listed as AVS 4487, GEO 4487 and GEOG 4487).
Prerequisite(s): GIS professional certification or AVS 4485, ENV 4485, GEO 4485, GEOG 4485 and upper-level standing.
Principles and techniques for geospatial data collection, manipulation, modeling, visualization, and analysis. Emphasis is placed on current raster modeling techniques, spatial statistical analysis methods, and using GIS as a predictive tool for environmental research.

4613 Field School in Environmental Studies

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Application of the scientific method to the investigation and resolution of an environmental issue.

4680 Field School in Cultural Anthropology

(Cross-listed as ANT 4680).
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Residence for 5-6 weeks in a selected area to observe and analyze social, economic, and environmental systems. (Fee)

4V13 Special Topics in Field and Laboratory Methodologies

Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
A field experience centered on a region, ecosystem type, or environmental issue. Incorporates system-specific sampling methodologies. Requires off-campus field trips. May be repeated up to a total of three credit hours when content differs.

4V50 Problems

1 to 3 semester hours.
Advanced interdisciplinary study of the environment. Subject and hours credit mutually agreed upon by student and directing professor(s) prior to registration. May be repeated for a maximum total credit of three semester hours.

4V90 Advanced Individual Research Problems

1 to 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor; and ENV 3V90 or completion of a departmental application providing a description of the project.
A research project conducted under the supervision of a Baylor faculty member in Environmental Science, a supporting department, or a pre-approved off-campus laboratory or field station. Students must participate in project design, data analysis or reporting. Three hours of laboratory or field work per week will be required during the fall or spring semester, or fifty hours total during the summer, for each semester hour of credit. The course may be repeated for up to six semester hours of credit.

Internship Handbook may be downloaded from the following link:Undergraduate Internship Handbook and Forms

4V93 Internship in Environmental Planning or Management

1 to 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of a Baylor faculty sponsor and completion of a departmental application.
An internship with the City of Waco, a federal or state agency, Christian or non-profit organization or with industry to acquire practical experience in environmental planning or management. The course may be repeated for up to three semester hours of credit.

Internship Handbook may be downloaded from the following link:Undergraduate Internship Handbook and Forms


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