Course Descriptions - Environmental Science

ESCI 233 THE ENVIRONMENT

An introduction to the interactions between human society and our environment. Topics include the structure and functioning of natural ecosystems; local, regional, and global pollution problems; the growth of human populations through time; and factors relating to energy consumption by society. Laboratory.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

ESCI 243 PHYSICAL WORLD

An introduction to the environmental geologic forces and man’s interaction with them. Concentrates on environmental management that reduces geologic hazards and sustains natural resources. Topics include coastal erosion, groundwater management, river flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, global warming, rock types, energy production, and global changes. Laboratory.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

ESCI 309 WORLD ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

This course focuses on the connections between physical, cultural, and political geography and our economies. Case studies are used to explore both natural and global economic issues.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

ESCI 410 ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Particular attention will be given to options and tools for affecting resource allocation and environmental quality. Specific policy issues addressed will include water resources, energy resources, and ecosystem resources. These issues will be discussed, and management prescriptions to sustainably manage these resources will be examined. It highlights corporate strategies that incorporate principles of environmental management that deliver value to shareholders while responding to environmental concerns.

Prerequisite: One environmental science with laboratory     
3 Hours, 1 Semester

ESCI 411 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROVERSIES

This course examines environmental controversies that arise as the results of opposing viewpoints regarding mankind’s use of the Earth’s resources. Topics include valuing Nature’s goods and services, population control, disposal of hazardous wastes, air pollution standards, environmental justice, and global warming, among others.

Prerequisite: One environmental science with laboratory     
3 Hours, 1 Semester

ESCI 470 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This course will consider a variety of topics of contemporary interest in the environmental field. Students will be encouraged to use primary sources to acquire current information on selected topics. A broad array of environmental problems will be studied.

Prerequisite: Will vary depending on the content of the course            3 Hours, 1 Semester

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII