This course is an introduction to environmental science and environmental studies for non-science majors. It examines the environmental impact of population growth on natural resources; mineral and resource extraction; water resource use and water pollution; air pollution and climate change; and conventional and sustainable energy supplies. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using class discussions, laboratory exercises, and environmental surveys to reinforce scientific principles. Offered every semester.
This course serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of environmental science and environmental studies. For all cases, the resulting environmental impacts are studied in detail. Specifically, this course examines the risks associated with growth in a developing world; environmental impact of population growth on natural resources; mineral and resource extraction; water resource uses; and renewable and non-renewable sources for power generation. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using laboratory exercises, environmental surveys, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles.
First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Prerequisite: ENVS 100 or ENVS 110. This course introduces students to biological and ecological aspects of environmental science. The course will include lectures, laboratory, and field exercises that emphasize basic ecology principles. The goal of the course is to give the student an overview of basic ecology, ecological management issues, and ecosystem policy with special emphasis on local issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cross-listed With: ENVA 210.
Prerequisite: ENVS 100 or ENVS 110 and MATH 108. This course covers broad physical and chemical aspects of the atmosphere and water resources. Specifically, this course considers atmospheric composition, weather processes, and air pollution; water resources, regulations, and defining water quality based on intended use. For all cases, the resulting environmental impacts are studied in detail. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using field trips and sampling exercises, laboratory exercises, environmental surveys, and class discussion to reinforce scientific principles. Cross-listed With: ENVA 212.
Prerequisites: ECON 111 or ENVS 110 or ENVA 110. Is there a conflict between the profit motive and the health of the environment? Focusing on real-world problems through case studies, students explore the link between environmental issues and economic decisions.
Prerequisite: ENVS 100 or ENVS 110 and MATH 108. Provides students with foundations in quantitative analysis methods used to analyze environmental data. These methods are applied to real-world cases, and students will conduct a full analysis and prepare a professional report as part of a group process. Cross-listed With: ENVA 250.
Prerequisites: CHEM 113 with a grade of C- (1.7) or higher, and one of the following: ENVS 212, CHEM 230, or CHEM 236. This course provides in-depth coverage of major topics in the chemistry of the environment, including tropospheric air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, aquatic chemistry, water pollution and water treatment, soil chemistry, and toxic organic compounds. Offered intermittently. Cross-listed with: CHEM 311.
This course explores two primary aspects of water resource availability: surface water hydrology and water quality. Process analyses of environmental problems are used throughout this course to aid in the development of scientific knowledge and environmental impacts on water. Prerequisite: ENVS 212
Prerequisite: ENVS 210. An overview of concepts and practices in restoration ecology. Emphasis will be on the application of ecological principles to restoration design, implementation, and monitoring. Two lectures and one laboratory session each week.
Prerequisite: ENVS 210 or permission of instructor. This upper-division lecture and laboratory course reviews basic concepts of ecology as they apply to wetland ecosystems. Major course topics include: wetland hydrology and soils, wetland biota and their adaptations, wetland types, and policies for wetland management.
This course will explore the diversity of ecosystems found throughout California with a focus on plant ecology. Students will be introduced to main concepts and current research in plant ecology in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Course content will highlight how the availability of water, nutrients, light, interactions with neighboring plants or animals, and the frequency of disturbances such as a fire interact to influence the plant communities or vegetation in an ecosystem. This course will also examine human impacts on California’s ecosystems, their management, and current state of restoration efforts. Emphasis will be placed on a holistic and hands-on approach to ecosystem ecology, using field trip exploration of ecosystems, laboratory exercises, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles.
This course explores how poisons in the environment impact both people and ecosystems. Topics include environmental estrogens and the feminization of amphibians, heavy metal toxicity, pesticide use, and the spread of diseases. Prerequisite: CHEM 113.
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 CHEM 113 Recommended: CHEM 236 . Environmental health is concerned with effects the environment can have on the general health and well being of humans. Environmental toxicology investigates the impacts pollutants have on the structure and function of ecosystems. Major topics will include toxicological aspects of water and air pollution, biological contaminants, heavy metals, and pesticides and other toxins as they relate to environmental health.
This elective introduces the biological, chemical, and physical processes that shape marine environments. It explores how these processes are impacted by anthropogenic activities, such as overfishing, eutrophication, ocean acidification, climate change, and pollution. Prerequisite: ENVS 212 with C or higher.
Prerequisites: ENVS 212 and ENVS 250. In this course, students will examine energy production and consumption as an underlying cause of multiple environmental problems. Beginning with an overview of energy-environment connections, the course will cover major fuel types and energy sources--from coal and natural gas to solar, and advanced energy carriers and storage systems (e.g., hydrogen and fuel cells).
Prerequisites: ENVS 210 ENVS 212 and ENVS 250. In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the greenhouse effect and human influences on the Earth's climate. Building on this scientific base, the course will emphasize climate change mitigation--options for changing human activities and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to avert negative climate change impacts.
Examines the effectiveness and shortcomings of mechanisms in US and California environmental policies from physical, ecological, institutional, and other perspectives. Engages students in policy analysis and exploration of emerging approaches based on a systems view, life-cycle analysis, and collaboration. Upper-division course, ENVS 110 pre-requisite.
Prerequisites: ENVS 100 or ENVS 110 and ENVS 210 and ENVS 250. This course serves as an introduction to environmental remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is designed to provide students with basic concepts, principles and applications of remote sensing and GIS and their use in natural resource management. This course has a corequisite laboratory.
Environmental Engineering develops engineering problem solving skills. Students apply their skills to real-world issues including pollution migration, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste treatment, and green engineering and pollution prevention. Prerequisite: ENVS 212.
Courses offered occasionally on a special topic in Environmental Science.
Prerequisites: ENVS 210, ENVS 212 and ENVS 250. Capstone field and laboratory methodologies class that draws upon materials presented in the foundation courses.
Topics in Environmental Science. Open to Juniors and Seniors only.
Original research supervised by a member of the staff, with credit to be fixed in each case. Designed to give students an acquaintance with, and an appreciation of, the principles and methods of original scientific investigation. A research report must be filed. Cross-listed With: ENVA 498