Environmental Sciences - Natural Resources Management Option

THE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option is designed for students interested in management, policy, and assessment of natural resources. The program offers a strong background in both the sciences and social sciences to allow students the knowledge base necessary for understanding the environment and the skills to manage natural resources. Students graduating from this option have a wide range of employment opportunities in state, federal, international and private industries. Job opportunities include managing parks, resorts and environmental impact assessment, and professional and graduate degree programs. See 4-yr. Curriculum.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES CURRICULUM - NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OPTION

 

Freshman Year
CR
  Sophomore Year
CR
CSCI 100 Intro to Computer Concepts
3
BIOL 140 Environmental Biology
3
ENGL 101 English Composition I #
3
BIOL 141 Environ. Biol. Lab
1
ENGL 102 Engl. Comp. II
3
CHEM 221                      3
EVSC 100 Environ. Science Orientation
2
CHEM 223 Gen., Org. & Biol.Chem Lab
1
EVSC 201 Intro. to Geology
3
CHEM 222 Gen. Org. & Biol. Chem II
3
EVSC/PLSS 210 Gen. Soil Science
4
CHEM 224 Gen/Org/Biol. Chem II Lab
1
MATH 107/110 Algebra & Trig./PreCalculus
4
ECON 201 Prin. of Economics
3
OREN 100 Freshman Orientation
1
ECON 202 Prin. of Economics II
3
OREN 101 Freshman Orientation
1
HIST 103 World Civilization
3
PHED   Physical Ed. Elective
1
HIST, 104 World Civilization
3
PHED   Physical Ed. Elective
1
PSYC 270 Elective (Hum.)
3
PLSS 211 General Plant Science
3
SOCI 240 Intro to Sociology
3
            Free Elective  
Total...
29
Total...
30

 

Junior Year
CR
  Senior Year
CR
FORE 205 Intro to Forestry
3
AGEC 501 Economic Planning
3
ECON 352 Micro Economics
3
AGEC 502 Nat. Resource Econ.
3
    Free Elective
3
EVSC   Elective ****
3
EVSC 210  Elective - Biol.
3
EVSC   Elective ****
3
PHYS 301 Elem. Gen. Physics I
3
EVSC   Elective ****
3
PHYS 303 Elem. Gen. Physics I Lab
1
    Free Elective
3
EVSC 404 Environmental Science I
3
SOSC/HUMN   Elective ***
3
EVSC 504 Environmental Science II
3
ENGL 203/204 Prof. or Crit. Writing
3
SOSC   Elective - Hist. 316
3
EVSC 400 Seminar
1
SOSC   Elective - ENGL 327
3
EVSC 400 Seminar
1
EVSC 300/500 Silviculture/Bio-Statistics
3
       
Total...
31
Total...
26

#Based on SAT/ACT results, a student may be required to take Reading 101 and/or Reading 102. Each Reading course yields one hour credit and must be taken during the first year of enrollment. Additionally, a student may be required to take English 100, a 3 credit hour course. A minimum grade of “C” is required in English 100 and each Reading course. Note: If required; credit does not count toward graduation.

* Credit will not be given for a lower math

** Internship for all Environmental Sciences majors

*** SOSC/HUMN Electives (12 hours): Any course in FPAR, HIST, ECON, SOCI, PSYC, POLS, GEOG, SOWK, PHIL, MUSC, ENGL (above 102), Foreign Language

**** EVSC Electives--Choose 12 hours

Agricultural Economics              AGEC 503, 505, 513, 515
Economics & Business               ECON 352, 510, 511, BUSN 452
Sociology, Polil Sci, & Phil         SOCI 381, 543; POLS 340, 422, 454; PHIL 350
Forest Resources                         FORE 215, 301, 401, 405, 410
Biology                                          BIOL 120, 230, 311, 353
Soil, Crops                                     PLSS 300, 315, 425, 521, 525, 530, 590, 595, 555
Environmental Sciences              EVSC 510, 507, 517, 521, 555, 590, 595A

Minimum grade for EVSC courses: Reading 101, 102, and English 101, 102 is "C".

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (EVSC)
COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (EVSC)


EVSC 0100. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ORIENTATION. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 2 credits. World food and fiber production - a survey of methodologies and cultures.

EVSC 0201. INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. The materials of the earth's crust, the processes that produce and modify them and the development of the earth through time. Same as PLSS 0201.

EVSC 0205. INTRODUCTION TO FORESTRY. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. Principles of use and management of forest land in relation to the needs of society for wood, water, forage, wildlife and recreation. Impacts of forest production on environmental quality. Same as PLSS 0205, FORE 0205.

EVSC 0210. GENERAL SOIL SCIENCE. 2nd Semester. Lect. 3, Lab 3, 4 credits. Introduction to the nature and properties of soils including origin, classification, microbiology, chemistry, physics, fertility and management. Prerequisite: CHEM 231. Same as PLSS 0210.

EVSC 0301. SILVICS. 1st Semester. Lect. 2. Lab 3, 3 credits. Methods of establishment, composition, growth, quality and treatment of forest stands. Prerequisite: PLSS 0215. Same as FORE 0301, PLSS 0301.
 
EVSC 0302. SILVICULTURE. 2nd Semester. Lect. 3, Lab 3, 4 credits. Theories and practices of controlling forest establishment, composition and growth in order to maintain or enhance the productivity or appearance of the forest. Prerequisite: PLSS 0215 and EVSC 0301. Same as FORE 0302, PLSS 0302.

EVSC 0400. SEMINAR. Lect. 1, 1 credit. Oral reports and discussion of current issues in environmental science.

EVSC 0401. FOREST PROTECTION. 1st Semester. Lect. 3, Lab 3, 4 credits. A description of destruction of the forest ecosystem and methods of protecting timber from these destructive forces. Prerequisites: EVSC 0301 and 0311. Same as FORE 0401.

EVSC 0402. MENSURATION. 2nd Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. Measurement of tree diameters and heights; determine volume of standing timbers or products cut therefrom; and determine and predict rates of forest growth. Prerequisites. EVSC 0500, EVSC 0302. Same as FORE 0402.

EVSC 0404. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE I. 1st Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. A survey of current issues, and corrective policies, including environmental regulations and market based policy alternatives, population pressures and natural resource scarcity, degradation depletion, biological diversity, and ethical concerns will be discussed from a policy perspective.

COURSES FOR ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS (EVSC)


EVSC 0500. BIO-STATISTICS I. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. Statistical methods in scientific research. An introductory course in statistics dealing with the application of various methods of analyzing research data to include sampling, randomization, the normal distribution, "t" test, linear regression, correlation, Chi-Square, and analysis of variance of random design. Laboratory assignments require the use of pocket calculators and the University's time share computer.

EVSC 0501. BIO-STATISTICS II. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. The application of advanced statistical methods in analyzing biological data to include analysis of two-way experiments, factorial experiments, covariance analysis, least-square analysis with unequal subclass numbers and curvilinear regression. Laboratory assignments require the use of the University’s time share computer and departmental microcomputers. Prerequisites: EVSC 0500 or Permission of Instructor.

EVSC 0504. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE II. 2nd Semester. Lect 3, 3 credits. Problems related to the presence of biologically active substances and potential hazardous synthetic chemicals in the environments. Strategies in minimization and management of these hazards will be discussed. Pesticides, radiation hazards, industrial chemical and potential biological hazards will be considered. Prerequisites: CHEM 0320 or Permission of Instructor.

EVSC 0505. ISSUES IN WILDLIFE ECLOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 1st semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Introduction to wildlife and conservation issues; relationships between humans and nature; exploration of current threats of species and habitats and novel solutions to these threats. Same as FORE 0505, PLSS 0505.

EVSC 0507. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 1st Semester. Lect 2, Lab 1, 3 credits. Introductions to GIS concepts. Basic theoretical concepts, computer catography, database systems, getting maps into digital form and geocoding. Familiarity with Arc-GIS software.

EVSC 0517. 2nd Semester. Lect. 2. Lab 1, 3 credits. SPECIAL STUDIES IN GIS. Research applications of GIS with special emphasis on complex spatial analysis of soil, water. Prerequisite EVSC 0507.

EVSC 0555. SOIL CHEMISTRY. 1st Semester, even years. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Theory and practice of the inorganic chemical reactions involved in soil development and nutrient availability and cycling; topics include chemical ion exchange equilibria and kinetics, colloidal systems, solubility diagrams and oxidation reduction. Prerequisites: CHEM 0231, 0232, PLSS 0210. Same as PLSS 0555.

EVSC 0590. SOIL/ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 1st Semester, odd year. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Description, location, taxonomy, abundance and significance of the major groups of soil microorganisms, major biochemical transformations carried out by the organisms; major biochemical transformations carried out by the soil micro flora and their relationships to soil fertility and environmental pollution are examined. Prerequisites: CHEM 0320 or Permission of Instructor. Same as PLSS 0590.

EVSC 0595. SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer, 1-2 credits. Special studies for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Sciences on subjects not in regularly offered courses.