Environmental Studies Courses

Online University Undergraduate Catalogue

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduate Classes

Undergraduate Classes

EVS 120 (GLY 120). Environmental Geology (3) Introduction to the relationships between man and his geologic environment. Concerned with the problems that people have in using the earth and the reaction of the earth to that use. Emphasis is placed on earth processes, earth resources, and properties of rocks and surficial deposits insofar as they are important to or affect human activities.

EVSL 120 (GLYL 120). Environmental Geology Laboratory (1) Prerequisite or co-requisite: GLY 120. Laboratory analysis of earth materials and resources. Applications of geologic principles to solving current environmental problems. Three laboratory hours each week and required field trips.

EVS 195. Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) Interdisciplinary introduction to the scope and application of environmental studies. Emphasis will be placed on an integrated analysis of environmental principles and discussions centering on current environmental problems.

EVSL 195. Environmental Studies Laboratory (1) Prerequisite or corequisite: EVS 195. Laboratory analysis of environmental principles, resources, and problems. Application of scientific and social principles to solving current environmental problems. Three laboratory hours each week and required field trips.

EVS 205. Global Environmental Issues (3) Interdisciplinary study of global environmental issues concentrating on three major current problems: the Antarctic ozone hole and stratospheric ozone depletion around the world; global warming; and acid rain. Causes, effects, health concerns, policy implications, international negotiations, and development of treaties.

EVS 281. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Sciences (4) Prerequisite: EVS 195 or consent of instructor. An introduction to how GIS works and how it is used as a tool to address environmental management/study issues. An applied perspective on a fundamental tool for today's Environment manager/scientist. 2 hour lecture and 3 lab hours each week.

EVS 325 (ECN 325). Environmental Economics (3) Prerequisite: ECN 125 or 221 and junior standing. Application of basic economic principles to help understand environmental problems and evaluate alternative solutions. Economic principles used to analyze fundamental environmental issues such as property rights, externalities, conservation, public good, environmental protection, natural resource damage assessment, and pollution control. Specific focus on methods for non-market valuation.

EVS 330 (ECN 330). Natural Resource Economics (3) Prerequisite: ECN 125 or ECN 221 and junior standing. Economic principles developed and applied to evaluate public and private decisions involving the use and allocation of natural resources. Optimal control theory developed and applied to the management of natural resources. Attention to specific resource management areas such as forests and fisheries. Feasibility of alternatives for public policy.

EVS 360. Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195. The history, development, legislation, and management of natural resource-based recreation areas. Management techniques used by federal, state and municipal recreation resource agencies highlighted.

EVS 361. History and Philosophy of Natural Resources Management (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195. Development of natural resources management in the United States. Specific attention to historical development of natural resources management policy, and the philosophical stance of individuals who are instrumental in creation of those policies.

EVS 362 (BLA 362). Environmental Law (3) Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor. An examination of the purposes, methodology, and impacts of the environmental regulatory process, ranging from the traditional common law remedies to novel approaches such as the pollution rights markets.

EVS 364. Natural Resource Policy (3) Existing natural resource laws, institutions and programs are summarized in their historical context and in relation to current natural resource issues. Philosophical underpinnings of policy positions are examined and discussed. Models of policy creation, implementation, and reform, with specific examples focusing on natural resource management.

EVS 370 (PSY 370). Environmental Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSY 105. Interactions between the physical environment and behavior of the individual. Emphasis on perception of the environment, the behavioral effects of noxious factors in the environment, the psychology of environmental design, and the formation and change of attitudes about the environment.

EVS 420. (GLY 420) (PHY 420). Global Climate Change (3) Prerequisites: PHY 102, CHM 102, MAT 162. Analysis of natural and anthropogenic global climate changes. Historical and geological records of climate including sediment, tree ring and ice core analysis. Physics and chemistry of climate, including Earth's energy balance, global carbon cycle, climate modeling, atmospheric composition and dynamics.

EVS 430. Tropical Environmental Ecology (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195 or consent of the instructor. In-depth introduction to the issues, debates, and conservation of tropical environments, especially focusing on current ecological, social and economic environmental problems. Emphasis on the Neotropics of Central and South America and the Caribbean, though Asian, African, Australian, and Polynesian tropical locations will also be covered.

EVS 431. International Field Experience (1-3) Prerequisite: EVS 195, or consent of the instructor. An interdisciplinary introduction to environmental field methods and investigation in foreign countries. Focused study on environmental issues and problems specific to host country on local, regional and global scales. Course integrates field and classroom instruction.

EVS 460. Environmental Education Technologies (3) This course will focus on the use of new technologies to teach about the environment; current issues and trends in environmental education; the development, implementation, and assessment of new technologies; and effective instructional strategies to teach key environmental principles and concepts.

EVS 462 . Seminar in Environmental Law & Policy (3): Prerequisite: EVS 362 and junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor. This course is an opportunity to focus in depth on issues related to the environmental regulatory process, including research methods and current hot topics areas in environmental law and policy.

EVS 463. Environmental Education and Interpretation (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195. Techniques for interpreting natural and cultural resources to the public. Focus on the development of experiential program techniques and the use of written, visual, and audiovisual media to provide natural history, cultural heritage and ecological concepts to the public.

EVS 470. Advanced Natural Resource and Wildland Management (3) Prerequisites: EVS 195 and EVS 360. An in-depth study of natural resource management. Emphasis on application of management techniques to resource problem solving in wildland areas.

EVS 471. Management of User-Oriented Natural Resource Areas (3) Prerequisites: EVS 195 and EVS 360. In-depth study of natural resource management. Emphasis on application of management techniques to user-oriented natural resource areas, including land use, planning practices and standards, and facility design.

EVS 472. Coastal Protected Areas Management (3) Prerequisites: EVS 195 and 360 or consent of the instructor. Study of resource management focused on protected areas maintained by government agencies and by private non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be on natural area significance, site selection, management plan development, policy formulation, protection options, use conflicts and public relations.

EVS 476. Topics and Issues in Sustainability (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195 and EVSL 195 or consent of the instructor. Fundamentals and current topical issues (global to local) related to the concept of a sustainable society. The environmental issues (energy, water, climate, soil, forests, food, population) will be the primary focus of the course but current social and economic issues will be woven into each topic.

EVS 477. Environmental Site Assessment (3) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of the instructor. Study of ASM guidelines for environmental site assessment. Emphasis on historic overview, regulations, and preparation methods associated with environmental site assessment. Lecture and field trips.

EVS 478. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOpER) (3) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor. Study of the physical and chemical hazards present at hazardous waste sites and those encountered during environmental clean-ups, as well as OSHA regulations pertaining to those sites. The class will meet the 40 CFR 1910.120 requirements for 40+ hours of training and OSHA certification will be issued.

EVS 479. Introduction to Research Diving (2) Prerequisites: SCUBA certification, medical exam, and permission of instructor. Introduction to advanced diving, research diving, enriched air nitrox, dive rescue, and oxygen administration techniques. Student will be eligible to participate as a scientific diver-in-training or scientific diver at their home institution after completion (including UNCW). Instructors are experienced in using scuba diving as a research tool.

EVS 480. Undersea Science and Technology (3) Prerequisite: CSC 105, EVS 195. Interdisciplinary introduction to advanced technological developments, such as submersibles, robots, and technical diving, used to explore and work in the undersea environment. Emphasis is placed on case studies.

EVS 485. Special Topics in Advanced Environmental Science (1-6) Prerequisite: EVS 195 and junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor. Selected topics in environmental science not covered in detail in regular course offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 semester hours under different subtitles.

EVS 488 (BIO 488). Forensic Environmental Science (3) Prerequisite: CHM 102 or equivalent and junior status. Presentation and practice of the techniques for applying scientific methods, investigative procedures, legal standards of evidence, and case preparation techniques to investigation of environmental problems. Three lecture hours each week.

EVS 490. Senior Project (1-6) Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. A research project and seminar under the supervision of a committee of environmental studies faculty. The project should involve the investigation of a current problem in the Environmental Studies field and the preparation of a written report on the findings.

EVS 491. Directed Individual Study (1-3) Prerequisite: Overall GPA of at least 2.00, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor, department chair and dean. Involves investigation under faculty supervision beyond what is offered in existing courses. For further information, consult the Directed Individual Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalogue.

EVS 495. Seminar in Environmental Studies (3) Prerequisite: EVS 195 and senior standing in environmental studies or consent of instructor. Individual reports and group discussions of the results of student field, laboratory or library research on selected topics in environmental planning and policies.

EVS 497. Practicum in Environmental Studies (1-12) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in environmental studies, 2.00 GPA overall, consent of instructor. Advanced field placement experience in governmental, corporate, NGO or other setting in the environmental field. Provides extended opportunity for fieldwork, research, and creative projects. Relates theory to practical application in the field. Requires a minimum of 150 hours of coursework.

EVS 498. Internship in Environmental Studies (1-12) Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in environmental studies, 2.00 GPA overall, consent of instructor, Director of Environmental Studies, and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Synthetic approach to the study of the environment. Development of the "holistic" view of the environment, its interrelationship with science, technology and society in a seminar format. Involves a work experience with an agency or organization in the area of environmental science.

EVS 499. Honors Work in Environmental Studies (2-3) Prerequisite: Senior standing. Independent study for honors students.


Graduate Classes

EVS 501. Introduction to Environmental Problems and Policy (3) Introduction to critical and practical skills necessary to identify, analyze, and assess environmental problems. Includes study and review of environmental policy issues.

EVS 505. Advanced Environmental Studies (3) Interdisciplinary examination into the scope of environmental studies. Emphasis will be placed upon integrated analysis of environmental principles through investigation of current environmental issues.

EVS 515. Field Methods in Environmental Studies (3) A survey of methods, techniques and instrumentation used in environmental fieldwork. Focus is upon data gathering, analysis, interpretation and application to environmental management. Required field trips.

EVS 518. Research Methods In Environmental Studies (3) Prerequisite: STT 501 or consent of instructor. Introduction to select research processes used in environmental studies, throughout project development research implementation, data analysis and reporting. Scientific ethics, quality assurance an investigator safety will be emphasized. Students will gain experience in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

EVS 520. Foundations of Coastal Management (3). Interdisciplinary investigation into the relationship between human society and coastal ecosystems, focusing upon the political, economic, socio-cultural and scientific challenges facing coastal managers. Core principles of coastal management will be used to develop potential solutions to contemporary coastal issues. Required field trips.

EVS 525. Foundations Environmental Education and Interpretation (3) Principles, philosophies and methodologies of environmental education and interpretation are examined within both formal and informal educational setting. Extensive field-based opportunities will allow students to not only develop foundational knowledge but to gain practical experience in developing, implementing and evaluating environmental education and interpretation programming. Required field trips.

EVS 530. Tropical Environmental Ecology (3) An in-depth introduction to the issues, debates, and conservation of tropical environments, especially focusing on current ecological, social, and economic environmental problems. Emphasis will be on the Neotropics, located in Central and South America and the Caribbean, though all tropical locations, Asian, African, Australian, and Polynesian will be covered.

EVS 531. International Field Experience (1-6). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An interdisciplinary introduction to environmental field methods and investigation in foreign countries. Focused study on environmental issues and problems specific to host country on local, regional, and global scales. Course integrates field and classroom instruction.

EVS 540. Foundations of Environmental Management (3) Policies and processes related to environmental management are examined within the context of the political, economic, socio-cultural and scientific challenges facing environmental managers today. Both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to environmental management are examined within the public and private sectors. Required field trips.

EVS 554. Remote Sensing For Environmental Management (3) Prerequisite: GGY 520 or GGY 522 or consent of instructor. Principles of remote sensing and its use in assessing and enhancing environment management. Students will learn concepts pertaining to remote sensing, principal sensors, data available, utility of the data for environmental management, data acquisition and processing, output data interpretation and use for management decision-making.

EVS 555. Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Management (3) Prerequisite: GGY 520 or GGY 522 or EVS 554 or consent of instructor. A problem-based approach to GIS, wherein students develop a GIS, manage data acquired from different sources, create new data, derive data and generate desired/required outputs. Students will enhance/develop geospatial analysis skills, ranging from basic GIS analysis to use of different extensions and remote sensing data while working on their own projects. Students will cover all aspects of a geospatial project, ranging from elaboration of a proposal, to presenting their results to the public.

EVS 560. Using Advanced Technologies to Teach About the Environment (3) This course will focus on the use of new technologies to teach about the environment; current issues and trends in environmental education; the development, implementation, and assessment of new technologies; and effective instructional strategies to teach key environmental principles and concepts.

EVS 564. Natural Resource Policy (3) Existing natural resource laws, institutions and programs are summarized in their historical context and in relation to current natural resource issues. Philosophical underpinnings of policy positions are examined and discussed to facilitate greater understanding of implicit goals. Class presents models of policy creation, implementation, and reform, with specific examples focusing on natural resource management.

EVS 570. Advanced Environmental Law and Policy (3) Prerequisite: EVS 501. Analysis of issues related to the regulatory process, including research methods and current topics in environmental law and policy. Methodology and impacts of current and proposed policies will also be reviewed.

EVS 572. Coastal Protected Areas Management (3) Prerequisite: EVS 520 or consent of instructor. Study of resource management focused on protected areas maintained by government agencies and by private non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be on natural area significance, site selection, management plan development, policy formulation, protection options, use conflicts and public relations.

EVS 577. Environmental Site Assessment (3) Study of ASTM guidelines for environmental site assessment. Emphasis on historic overview, regulations, and preparation methods associated with environmental site assessment. Lecture and field trips.

EVS 578. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOpER) (3) Study of the physical and chemical hazards present at hazardous waste sites and those encountered during environmental clean-ups, as well as OSHA regulations pertaining to those sites. The class will meet the 40 CFR 1910.120 requirements for 40+ hours of training and OSHA certification will be issued.

EVS 580. Research Diving (4) Prerequisite: SCUBA certification, medical exam and permission of Instructor. Training in advanced diving, research diving enriched air nitrox, rescue diving and oxygen administration techniques. Students will receive AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) Completion of Training Certificate.

EVS 582. Science and Technology of the Marine Environment (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Interdisciplinary introduction to the advanced technological developments, such as submersibles, robots and technical dividing, used to explore and work in the undersea environment. Emphasis is placed on case studies. Involves designing and developing an innovative, creative research plan to address a critical marine environmental issue of the student's choice.

EVS 591. Directed Independent Study (1-3) See graduate coordinator for details and permission.

EVS 592. Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-3) Topics of special interest in environmental studies not covered by current courses. May be repeated for credit.

EVS 595. Seminar/Final Project (3) Field, laboratory or literature-based research on selected topics in environmental planning and policy developed, implemented and presented in collaboration with selected faculty, staff and/or environmental professionals.

EVS 597. Practicum in Environmental Studies (1-6) Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Advanced field placement and experience in non-profit, governmental or private sector. Provides extended opportunities for fieldwork, research or creative projects and includes related theory to practical applications.

EVS 598. Internship (1-3) Supervised experience with credentialed professional in environmental studies.


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