CCPS Environmental Studies Courses

100 Level Courses
ENVR 170: Introduction to Environmental Science. 3 hours.

This course provides an introduction to the scientific principles that inform environmental problems and solutions. While acknowledging that all environmental problems have their root in cultural and political contexts, this course will focus on the science that we use to explore human impacts on the planet at local and global scales, and the science that informs alternative ways of living on the planet.

200 Level Courses
ENVR 202: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry. 4 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.

ENVR 220: Introduction to Environmental Issues. 3 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 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

ENVR 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

ENVR 297, 298, 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

300 Level Courses
ENVR 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations. 3 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 316: Environmental Compliance. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENVR 315. 
This course will provide a “next logical step” beyond Environmental Laws and Regulations, and focus on the practical and policy issues, as well as the varying options that may be available for compliance with those laws and regulations. It is specifically designed in addition to be of particular interest and use to those in the workplace who may currently have or may anticipate having responsibilities in the areas of environmental management and compliance issues.

ENVR 321: Hazardous Materials. 3 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 326: Environmental and Community Health. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENVR 220. 
This course will examine the relationships between the environment and human health. Specifically, looking at how our environment affects personal and community health throughout the world. Offered spring semester.

ENVR 345: Environmental Assessment I: Water Monitoring. 3 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 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 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 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.

400 Level Courses
ENVR 494: Senior Seminar in Environmental Management and Assessment. 3 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.