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Environmental Sciences Courses

ES 100- Introduction to Environmental Sciences

The course explains the relationships between human populations and the natural environment. Topics include human population trends, agriculture, air and water pollution, biological diversity, forest and land use, energy and mineral resources, and toxic substances. Social science issues such as economic factors, laws politics, political behavior, and ethics are discussed.

ES 200- Climate Change and Sustainability

The course explores the relationships between the human activities, climate change, and sustainability in an interdisciplinary context. Focus is on past impacts of climate change, the evolution of the relationship between humans and climate, and envisioning a sustainable future. Students develop seminars that count for 10% of the course grade. The course is open to all students, and is listed in the General Education Program as an Interdisciplinary Course and a Global Knowledge Course.

ES 295- Special Topics in Environmental Science

The course provides opportunities for instruction on rapidly emerging issues in environmental science. The course also provides opportunities to experiment with new courses before becoming additions to the curriculum.

ES 295- ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (Fall 2013)

This 4 hr. science course explores the biogeochemistry and ecological interactions of world forest ecosystems; paying particular attention to the NC Piedmont Pine-Oak biome. The course addresses, forest ecosystem dynamics, riparian and limnic ecosystems, soils, wildlife, and botanical classification. Effects of air pollution and Global Climate Change are discussed.  Sustainable forestry systems are explored.  Required lab sessions are held weekly at Lake Raleigh on the NC State Centennial Campus.  There are NO prerequisites for this course.

ES 300- Energy and Environment

The course explores the relationships between humans, energy, and the environment. Themes include definitions of energy, basic approaches for creating and using energy, methods of distributing energy, and emerging technologies for a new energy future. Environmental impacts of energy use are discussed including greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and effects of energy infrastructure such as roads, gas lines, dams, and the electrical grid. Social science themes include economic, social, and political issues related to energy use. Students develop projects that count for 50% of the course grade. The course is open to all students, and is listed in the General Education Program as an Interdisciplinary Course and a Global Knowledge Course. Prerequisites include a course in either chemistry or physics.

ES 400- Analysis of Environmental Issues

The course is a capstone for students in the Environmental Science Academic Program, and related majors. Students learn to use analytical approaches for solving environmental problems and enhance skills in communicating results in a report and seminar. The course emphasizes development of student projects that lead to environmental decision-making, such as devising resource management plan, developing a predictive model, prioritizing risk, identifying tipping points, designing new software or technologies, or predicting outcomes of environmental policies. Individual student projects fit within a team framework to simulate a work environment, or activities connected to continuing education in a graduate program or professional school. Prerequisites are ES 100, ES 200, and ES 300.

ES 495- Special Topics in Environmental Science

The course provides opportunities for instruction on rapidly emerging issues in environmental science. The course also provides opportunities to experiment with new courses before becoming additions to the curriculum.

ES 496- Environmental Science Internship

Students can earn 1-3 credits for completing internships in the public or private sectors. Working 50 hours on the internship earns one credit. Emphasis is placed on gaining work experience needed to explore and plan careers in the environmental field. Students must submit a proposal for an internship prior to enrolling.

ES 496 - Internship Packet

ES 497- Professional Development in Environmental Science

The course provides 1-3 credits for students who develop skills necessary to organize, promote, and participate in an event such as a workshop, conference, or seminar. Students earn one credit for 50 hours of work. Examples of acceptable activities include organizing a panel of speakers on a specific topic, a speaker series, a career fair, or a workshop. The formats and topics of events are determined by the organizing student(s). Students must submit a proposal for a professional development activity prior to enrolling.

ES 497 - Professional Development Proposal

ES 498- Research in Environmental Science

Students can earn 1-3 credits for environmental research. Students earn one credit for 50 hours of research activity. Research can be in a traditional laboratory, include fieldwork, or other creative activity. Research can be at the University, or other facility. Students will complete a final report or product that can be evaluated. Students must submit a proposal for research prior to enrolling.

ES 498 - Research Proposal

ES 499- Thesis in Environmental Science

The course provides 3 Cr for undergraduate students who complete a thesis. A thesis reports original, inquiry-based learning and discover in environmental sciences, and can follow ES 498 creating a research experience over two semesters. Students present the thesis to a community of peers and experts for evaluation. Students must submit a proposal before enrolling.

ES 499 - Thesis Proposal