Examples of Elective Courses


ENVR 5313: Clean Air Act: Regulation, Compliance and Reporting

This course will present an overview of the Federal Clean Air Act including regulatory history and framework, key concepts such as technology forcing, enforceable and adequate margin of safety. This course addresses the preparation of emissions calculations for reporting and permitting, discussion of emissions monitoring and control technologies, and review of reporting requirements and legal standards for compliance. Course will focus on U.S. Federal and State application.

ENVR 5443: Hazardous Waste Regulations for Environmental Managers

Covers air, water and waste permitting and plans as well as DOT transportation of hazardous materials and several OSHA standards.

ENVR 5453: Bioremediation for Environmental Managers

Teaches the fundamental biological mechanisms that allow microorganisms and plants to degrade and/or remove contaminants from the environment.

ENVR 5523: Industrial Ecology

Provides students with an overview and broad understanding of ecology principles as applied to an industrial setting. The course begins with an overview of general ecological principles such as ecosystem components and structures, biogeochemical cycles, energy flows, and properties of populations. The course concludes with a consideration of industrial ecology principles such as sustainability, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment and waste minimization.

ENVR 5543: Environmental Management Systems

This course introduces strategies for the design and operation of environmental management systems that reduce environmental impacts in conformance with ISO 14000 standards. Topics include aspect identification, impact assessment, impact reduction strategies, and management oversight. Other topics such as training, internal and external auditing, and integration with other management programs will also be addressed.

ENVR 5573: Applied Standards for Environmental Managers

Foundation understanding of the complex regulatory framework related to waste management.

ENVR 5633: Physical Geology for Environmental Managers

Overview of the physical and chemical nature of the solid and fluid earth. Focuses on how these physical attributes and processes influence interactions between humans and the earth’s environment.

ENVR 5703: Chemical Aspects of Environmental Science I

For non-chemists with a basic understanding of industrial environmental chemistry. For the environmental professional student in the calculations required for permitting, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, release reporting (CERCLA), RCRA and Industrial Hygiene. The chemical interpretation of MSDS sheets and review of basic chemistry for individuals sitting for professional examinations.

ENVR 5713: Chemical Aspects of Environmental Science II

Applications of statistical methods for environmental monitoring, environmental sampling, chemical wastewater treatment, fugacity (air emission calculations) and environmental chemical analysis.

ENVR 5733: Environmental Site Assessment

This course introduces concepts associated with conducting environmental site assessments (ESAs) and contaminant remediation. Topics include review of federal regulations regarding site assessments, an overview of Phase I and Phase II ESA methodologies, proper soil/water sampling techniques, soil/geology/hydrogeology principles relating to environmental assessments, and various remediation strategies. The course includes field exercises simulating Phase I and Phase II ESA investigations, interpretation of historical aerial photos, and wetland identification.

ENVR 5743: Environmental Impact Assessment

The course teaches students how to understand and apply the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate and document potential environmental impacts for decision makers. The course reviews the development of environmental assessment, environmental impact statement and categorical exclusion documents that result from the NEPA process. Emphasis is placed on the development of an environmental assessment program.

ENVR 5753: Environmental Site Remediation

Introduction to concepts associated with environmental site remediation. Emphasis will be placed on the application and assessment of site clean-up.

ENVR 5823: Watershed Management

This course provides an overview of watershed management that integrates law, politics, economics, watershed science, engineering, education, social marketing, and conflict resolution. Students will also learn how to critically evaluate watershed management programs. Field trips to watersheds are included.

ENVR 5853: Field Stream Assessment

Techniques for evaluating the health of streams. Laboratory techniques for fish and aquatic insect collection, habitat assessments, chemical water quality analysis, and stream discharge measurement.