About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Assessment

The environmental assessment and management degree is grounded in the basic sciences to ensure a solid foundation for the applied discipline of environmental management but also provides practical coursework relevant to the field. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in environmental management as either regulatory agents in military or civilian regulatory agencies, or as compliance officers in businesses, public schools, and/or hospitals. Graduates may also pursue careers in environmental consulting firms and not-for-profit environmental organizations.

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Assessment

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Assessment requires a minimum of 61 credit hours.

Math and Science Foundations: 28 hrs. 

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra. 
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics as descriptive statistics; correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, and tests of hypotheses and analysis of variance.

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry. 
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with emphasis on differentiation.

PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
4 credit hours

The principles of mechanics, heat, sound and electricity are presented in this one-semester, non-calculus course. The workshop format-integrated lecture with laboratory-emphasizes experiment, data collection, analysis and group work. Not intended for biology, chemistry or physics majors. Offered fall semester.

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. 
Development of the modern concepts dealing with the behavior of matter, kinetic theory, atomic theory, chemical bonding and periodic classification. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Held only on Springfield campus and St. Robert campus.

CHEM 212: Elementary Organic Chemistry
3 credit hours

A terminal course on the chemistry of carbon compounds designed for students in geology, medical technology programs or others who require an introductory course covering the entire field of organic chemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 212-L: Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite: CHEM 212. 
A laboratory to complement Elementary Organic Chemistry.

ENVR 202: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
4 credit hours

This course is an introductory study of environmental science from a chemistry perspective. Students in this course are expected to have a working knowledge of chemistry. Topics include environmental pollution of soil, water, water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, hazardous materials and resources. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

BIOL 200: Ecology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172. DAY Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: BIOL182.
An introduction to ecological principles, emphasizing processes and patterns within the six sub-disciplines of ecology. The laboratory will integrate common field methods with experimental design and data analysis. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 200-L: Ecology Lab
3 credit hours

Co-requisite: BIOL 200. 
This lab will accompany the Ecology class and will provide laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of the ecological concepts.

BIOL 106: Conservation Theory and Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 102.  
A study of our natural resources, current status, future prospects, development of the past compared to present practices. A review of outstanding conservationists and their ideas.

PHYS 210: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
3 credit hours

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of geographic data, data input, data models, spatial analysis, output, and the uses of Graphic Information Systems (GIS) in socio-economic and environmental studies. The course utilizes ArGIS software. Course fee required.

ENVR 220: Introduction to Environmental Issues
3 credit hours

An introductory approach to the factual and ethical views regarding current and future environments designed to familiarize students with various frameworks and choices. Course explores several contemporary approaches to environmental ethics and representative theoretical problems.

ENVR 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENVR 220. 
An introduction to hazardous waste regulations, solid waste management programs, the Clean Air Act, OSHA regulations, the Clean Water Act, environmental audits, remediation technology, and issues relating to the impact of environmental laws on society.

ENVR 321: Hazardous Materials
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 107 and ENVR 315. 
Provides an in-depth examination of substances classified as hazardous by various agencies and programs including the Department of Transportation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The course will explore chemical emergency preparedness, risk assessment, and emergency response planning and training. This course also qualifies as providing the skills and competencies required for employer certification under OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Rules, 29 CFR 1910.120, and National Fire Protection Association Standards, NFPA 472, for Hazardous Materials Response, Awareness Level. (Military credit given for this course if taken CBRN course #494- 74D30-C45 CBRN Advanced Leader Course).

ENVR 345: Environmental Assessment I: Water Monitoring
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENVR 321. 
This course include building an understanding of the fundamentals of water pollution, point and non- point sources and the influence of natural and anthropogenic processes on water sources. This course includes limited use of water testing instrumentation for monitoring water quantity and quality along with limited field experiments. Additionally, students will gain skills in management analysis, interpretation, oral reporting, and technical writing related to the reporting of complex environmental data sets. The hands-on, real-world experiences in water quality monitoring and maintenance includes required field trips that may extend beyond class time. (Military credit given for this course if taken CBRN course #4K-F20/494-F28: Civil Support Skills and course #6H-F38/300- F32(CT): Analytical Laboratory System Operator).

ENVR 346: Environmental Assessment II: Air Monitoring
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENVR 321. 
This course includes building an understanding of the fundamentals of air pollution including sources, and the influence of natural and anthropogenic processes on the atmosphere. Additionally, students will learn about the roles of local, state and federal governments in air pollution control and the importance of the Clean Air Act. Students will also receive limited training in the use of field and laboratory instrumentation for air monitoring outdoor and indoor air quality. Note: Additionally, students will gain skills in management, analysis, interpretation, oral reporting, and technical writing related to the reporting of complex environmental data sets. The hands-on, real-world experiences in water quality monitoring and maintenance includes required field trips that may extend beyond class time. (Military credit given for this course if taken CBRN course #4K-F9/494-ASIL4 (JBPDS): Biological Integration Detect System and course #6H-F38/300-F32 (CT): Analytical Laboratory System Operator).

ENVR 347: Environmental Assessment III: Environmental Analysis & Remediation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENVR 321. 
This course will focus on the fundamentals associated with environmental remediation in relation to the overall environmental quality and protection. Students will participate in Sample planning and conduct real-world environmental soil sampling and monitoring projects, as well as practices related to risk assessment, quality assurance and control, laboratory practice and safety. Topics covered include contaminant fate and transport; physical, chemical, and biological processes/characteristics of the air, soil, and water; remediation/restoration methods; environmental monitoring; environmental regulations; and water/wastewater treatment. Students will gain skills in oral reporting, and technical writing related to the reporting of complex environmental data sets.

ENVR 348: Environmental Assessment IV: Environmental Impact Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENVR 321. 
The course includes lectures and field practicum concerning problems addressed by environmental assessments and impacts. This lab involves students' analysis of impact assessments, principles, practices, and their evolution. Also included are practical implications of current regulatory requirements such as the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA, the endangered species act and the wetland act. Students will gain skills in oral reporting, and technical writing related to the reporting of complex environmental data sets.

ENVR 494: Senior Seminar in Environmental Management and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENVR 345ENVR 346ENVR 347ENVR 348, and senior status. 
This experience includes weekly seminars and group discussions to enrich and broaden student perspectives on the practice and development of environmental technology. Students will be expected to participate in oral and written reporting of seminar topics.