CCPS Environmental Programs Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses:
ENVR 200: Environmental Geoscience
ENVR 201: Environmental Chemistry
ENVR 214: Environmental Microbiology
ENVR 220: Introduction to Ethical Environmental Issues
ENVR 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
ENVR 300: GIS and Remote Sensing
ENVR 312: General Ecology
ENVR 313: Resource Management
ENVR 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations
ENVR 316: Environmental Compliance
ENVR 319: Occupational Health and Safety
ENVR 320: Environmental Ethics
ENVR 321: Hazardous Materials
ENVR 323: Meteorology
ENVR 326: Environmental and Community Health
ENVR 327: Food Quality and Protection
ENVR 344: Toxicology
ENVR 375: Environmental Management
ENVR 390: Selected Topics
ENVR 391, 392: Research
ENVR 397, 398: Internship

400 Level Courses:
ENVR 490: Selected Topics
ENVR 491, 492: Research
ENVR 497, 498: Internship
ENVR 493: Senior Seminar


ENVR 200: Environmental Geoscience. 4 hours.
A study of the interrelationship between humans and the physical environment. The course will focus on natural resources, soils, hydrology, and water supplies, erosional processes, karst landscapes, land use planning, and geologic map interpretation. Includes laboratory. Field work required.. Same as PHYS 200, GEOG 200.

ENVR 201 Environmental Chemistry. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 103. A course with a topics based approach to the chemistry of the environment. Students in this course are expected to have some knowledge of chemisttry and a desire to apply this knowledge to the environment. Topics of interest include environmental chemistry of water, water pollution, water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, hazardous materials and resources. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Same as CHEM 201.

ENVR 214: Environmental Microbiology. 3 hours.
The practical relationships between microorganisms and the environment.  An introduction to the standard laboratory methods of the study of bacteria with emphasis on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Content will include symbiotic relationships, waste-water treatment, nutrient cycling, and eutrophication, as well as disease and other topics.  Lecture and laboratory. Same as BIOL 214. Prerequisite: BIOL 103 or BIOL 110, and CHEM 103.

ENVR 220: Introduction to Ethical 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 300: GIS and remote Sensing. 3 hours.
Remote sensing concepts and methods including multispectral image analysis and acquisition, radar imaging, satellite and airborne remote sensing systems, digital image analysis, the electromagnetic spectrum and its interaction with matter, use of global positioning system equipment. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) exercises applied throughout the course. Same as PHYS 300, GEOG 300. Offered spring semester

ENVR 312: General Ecology. 4 hours.
A study of fundamental ecological principles and their relationship to current environmental problems. Includes physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine the distribution and abundance of plants and animals, emphasizing population and community dynamics, species interaction, biogeography, nutrient cycling, and energy flow through food webs. Lecture and laboratory with field work. Recommended for students from all disciplines. Same as BIOL 312. Prerequisite: BIOL 110. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ENVR 313: Resource Management. 3 hours.
An overview of the principles involved in managing resources for sustainable community, economy and environment. Topics include global environmental problems and solutions, water quality in the Ozarks, environmental impact assessment, and local field work. Same as GEOG 313.

ENVR 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations. 3 hours.
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. Same as PLSC 315. Prerequisite: ENVR 312. Offered fall semester.

ENVR 316: Environmental Compliance. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: ENVR 315. Offered spring semester.

ENVR 319: Occupational Health and Safety. 3 hours.
This course will cover safety and health issues in the workplace, methods of control and regulations.  Issues will include environmental, chemical, physical, and ergonomic hazards. Offered fall semester of odd years.

ENVR 320: Environmental Ethics. 3 hours.
This course seeks to develop a better understanding of both the factual and ethical dimensions of our current and possible future environments. Explores several contemporary approaches in environmental ethics (including: deep ecology; ecofeminism; animal rights; market efficiencies; the loss of biodiversity and responses from deontological, utilitarian and virtue ethics, etc.) and representative theoretical problems (e.g., Aldo Leopold's "land ethic" vs. natural rights views; ecological holism vs. moral atomism; market efficiency vs. moral obligations, etc.). Using a case-study approach, students then learn to apply different ethical frameworks to several ethical choices occasioned by human interaction with the natural order. Offered spring semester. Same as PHIL 320 (Meets Values Inquiry).

ENVR 321: Hazardous Materials. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: One semester of college level chemistry. 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.

ENVR 323: Meteorology. 3 hours.
This course explores the processes that produce weather and climate patterns. Topics of study include: earth/sun relationships, global pressure and wind systems, weather forecasting, severe storms and global climate change. Same as GEOG 323. Prerequisite: ENVR 200.

ENVR 326:  Environmental and Community Health. 3 hours.
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 .Same as BIOL 326.Offered spring semester

ENVR 327: Food Quality and Protection. 3 hours.
This course will cover global potential food quantity and quality hazards and methods of protection.  Offered spring semesters of even years.

ENVR 344: Toxicology. 3 hours.
This course examines the basic concepts of the effects of toxins on human health, ways toxins are encountered and the consequences for individual and future generations. Methods of treatment also are discussed. Offered spring semester. Same as BIOL 344. Prerequisite: BIOL 103 or BIOL 110, and CHEM 103.

ENVR 375: Environmental Management. 3 hours.
Examination of the administrative and organizational aspects of environmental management. Topics include structure of government agencies and private industry with focus on proven environmental management practices and application of technology needed to comply with statutory requirements and voluntary efforts. Prerequisite: ENVR 321, BIOL 105 or BIOL 312, and PLSC 315.

ENVR 493: Senior Seminar; 3 hours 
An opportunity for an advanced environmental science student to work with a faculty member or environmental agency on an independent research project to fulfill the senior seminar requirement. This research project acts as the culminating experience of an environmental student's in-depth study.  Students will draw on their liberal arts experience as well as their major to consider topics in terms of their values implications, their historical context, and societal significance.  Written report on results of research required. Prerequisites: BIOL 110, BIOL 322, BIOL 312, and instructor's permission. Offered each semester.

ENVR 290, ENVR 390, ENVR 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.
 To include topics such as Hydrology, Ecology of Caves, Aquatic Entomology, Herpetology, The Dynamic Fluid Earth, etc.

ENVR 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.
With permission of Environmental Program Director and/or advisor

ENVR 397, 398, 497, ENVR 498: Internship.
With permission of Environmental Program Director and/or advisor