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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.

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.

4323 The Environment and Economic Analysis

(Cross-listed as AVS 4323 and ECO 4323).
Prerequisite(s): ECO 2306 or ECO 1305/AMS 1305 and 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. (3-0).

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.

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.

4351 Futuristics

(Cross-listed as 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.

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 as 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.

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 re-establishment 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).

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.

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.

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. (4-0).

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. (4-0).

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 for up to a total of three credit hours on different topics.

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.

5104 Environmental Chemistry Seminar

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

5155 Advanced In-Situ Instrumentation Techniques

(Cross-listed as PHY 5155).
Prerequisite(s): PHY 4155, 4350, and concurrent enrollment in 4351.
Computer modeling and instrument design and development of detectors for the in-situ measurement of physical and dynamic characteristics of dust in interplanetary space and planetary ring systems. (0-3).

5300 Integrative Seminar in Environmental Studies

An in-depth interdisciplinary examination of environmental practices in six areas: The ecosphere, human ecosystems, principles and practices in areas such as the ecosphere, human ecosystems, natural resources and pollution, environment and society, methodology, and emerging themes.

5302 Foundations of Environmental Health Science

(Cross-listed as HED 5302).
Overview of current topics in environmental health, including environmental toxicology and disease, food security and safety, risk assessment, air and water quality, waste management, emerging contaminants and diseases, public health concepts of emergency preparedness, environmental regulation and mitigation of environmental risks.

5303 Environmental Chemical Analysis

Prerequisite(s): CHE 3331 or ENV 3387 or consent of instructor.
Analytic chemistry techniques used in environmental science including sampling, wet chemistry, chromatography, and spectroscopic methods.

5310 Agricultural Ecology

Ecological basis for food production in both temperate and tropical countries with emphasis on understanding the nature of the vulnerability of agriculture to environmental disturbance and on possible mechanisms to improve the stability and sustained productivity of agricultural systems.

5315 Research Design and Methods

Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing; or consent of instructor.
Research design and methods. Students produce a comprehensive research proposal in their major field(s) of study and submit for funding to appropriate agency or foundation.

5321 Energy Economics

(Cross-listed as ECO 5321).
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of economics.
Origins of the energy crisis, the effect of oil prices on inflation and the international monetary system, the origins and nature of OPEC, the economic feasibility of alternative energy sources, U.S. energy policy alternatives, and other current issues in the field of Energy Economics. A portion of the course is devoted to examining the energy industry in Texas and the Southwest.

5323 Research Design and Research Methods

(Cross-listed as PSC 5323).
Introduction to the discipline of political science, focusing particularly on research methods, research design, and questions relating to the philosophy of science.

5330 Conservation Biology

(Cross-listed as BIO 5330).
Prerequisite(s): BIO 2306 and 3403 or equivalent.
Biological forces influencing scarcity and diversity, emphasizing: genetics, fitness, population viability, extinction, endemism, habitat fragmentation, and community structure and stability. (3-0).

5342 Ecological Risk Assessment

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A thorough treatment of assessment procedures for quantifying hazardous effects of chemicals on the environment. Topics will include but are not limited to components of risk assessment paradigm, ecological risk assessment for contaminated sites, the precautionary principle, and other contemporary risk assessment issues.

5350 The Environment and Third World Development

This course introduces students to the field of environmental issues and Third World development with emphasis on sustainable development and ensured environmental security.

5360 Biological Invasions: Ecology and Management

(Cross-listed as BIO 5360).
Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403 or equivalent.
The biology of invasive alien plants and animals, emphasizing evolutionary ecology, impacts on native species, and effects on biodiversity. Biological invasion causes, pathways, vectors, and management strategies in terrestrial and aquatic systems.

5368 Integrated Energy Resource Systems

(Cross-listed as AVS 5368).
A seminar approach which examines various examples of integrated energy systems combining different renewable and conventional resources.

5370 Advanced Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Prerequisite(s): Two semesters each of university-level chemistry and biology or consent of instructor.
Advanced principles of environmental toxicology, environmental fate of pollutants, and risk assessment. The course will focus on contemporary topics and methodology.

5373 Advanced Environmental Biotechnology

Prerequisite(s): Two semesters each of university-level chemistry and biology; or consent of instructor.
Special applications of biotechnology in the areas of degradation and remediation of environmental contaminants; environmental implications of genetic engineering.

5376 Advanced Urban and Regional Comprehensive Environmental Planning

Seminar which examines the application of the principles and practices of comprehensive planning at the urban and regional levels emphasizing the implications of the natural environmental characteristics of an area while addressing the social, economic, and physical environmental needs of a community.

5377 Landscape Ecology

(Cross-listed as BIO 5377).
Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403, MTH 1304, or equivalent.
Ecological factors influencing landscape structure and dynamics. Emphasis on landscape structure, exchanges among landscape components, and landscape stability and management. (3-0).

5379 Ecosystem Management

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A seminar in the application of ecological principles to the management of terrestrial, freshwater and marine communities and ecosystems. An overview for students from all environmental specialties with an emphasis on case histories.

5387 Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of university-level chemistry; or consent of instructor.
Sources and implications of chemical pollution, cost/benefit analyses, chemical implications of alternative energy sources, waste minimization, recycling, and decontamination considerations.

5391 Measurement Methods and Data Anlysis for Air Pollution Research

(Cross-listed as AVS 5391).
Prerequisite(s): CHE 1301 and 1302; or AVS 4320 and 4330; or consent of instructor.
Measurement methods, such as spectroscopy, and statistical analysis used to characterize the chemical and physical properties of air to determine pollution levels and air quality. (3-0).

5393 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

(Cross-listed as AVS 5393).
Prerequisite(s): CHE 1301 and 1302; or AVS 4320 and 4330; or consent of instructor.
Chemistry and physics of the troposphere and stratosphere, including photochemistry, chemical kenetics, aerosol formation, micrometeorology, atmospheric modeling, and other advanced topics. (3-0).

5404 Wetland Ecology and Management

(Cross-listed as BIO 5404).
Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403 or equivalent.
Lecture, laboratory, and field studies of the ecology and management of North American wetland environments. Emphasis will be placed on the ecology of aquatic and wetland plants and their role in determining wetland structure and function. Overnight field trip required.

5405 Stream Ecology

(Cross-listed as BIO 5405).
Physical, chemical and biological organization of streams. Topics include geomorphology and hydrology, water chemistry, ecosystem processes in streams, watershed-stream linkages, and bioassessment methods.

5413 Advanced Ecological Data Analysis

(Cross-listed as BIO 5413).
Prerequisite(s): BIO 5412 or equivalent.
Current approaches to analyzing and interpreting complex ecological data, particularly multivariate techniques relevant to community ecology and environmental assessment. Emphasis on integrative analysis strategies using techniques not typically available in statistics departments. Hands-on computer analysis of data sets. (4-0).

5V52 Special Topics in Environmental Analysis

1 to 6 semester hours.
The course may be repeated depending on the combination of semester hours up to a maximum of six semester hours.

5V90 Graduate Environmental Practicum

1 to 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor
A practicum supervised by an environmental professional. May be salaried or volunteer. Requires 150-160 hours of work per semester hour. Students are required to complete 3 hours of ENV 5V90 for their degree requirements.

5V99 Research for Master's Thesis

1 to 6 semester hours.
The course is required to be repeated depending on the combination of semester hours up to a minimum of six semester hours.