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This course provides an overview of the environmental technology field and also serves as the introductory course for the Environmental Technology program. The course applies the chemical, geological and biological sciences to environmental issues, and relates these issues to various possible career paths. Topics covered in the course include: governmental processes; hazardous materials, pollution and related health effects; basic ecology; hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal; biofuels and alternative energy technologies. In addition, the laboratory portion of the course will provide hands-on experience with work associated with the environmental industry. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Fall semesters only.
This course introduces fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and the major functionality contained within the ArcGIS software system. In course exercises, students follow the GIS analytical process and work with a variety of software tools to solve realistic mapping problems. This course emphasizes practical GIS and GPS (Geographic Positioning System) skills. ArcGIS is now used in fields as diverse as emergency management, law enforcement, business, engineering, etc. ENV 103 is a required course for the Environmental Technology AAS degree program.
This course applies fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and the major functionality contained within the ArcGIS Desktop software system, as well as its extensions, Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, building on the concepts covered in ENV 103. In course exercises, students follow the GIS analytical process and work with a variety of tools to solve realistic environmental problems, eventually presenting the result of an independent project in a professional grade presentation. This course emphasizes practical GIS and GPS (Geographic Positioning System) skills. ENV 104 is an elective course for the Environmental Technology AAS degree program. Prerequisite: ENV 103. Spring semesters only.
A one credit field course designed for those students contemplating a career in Environmental Technology. The class will visit active, unrestricted sites currently undergoing remediation for soil and/or water contamination. Sampling protocols and proper field notetaking will be practiced. Two classroom sessions and two all day field trips during the fall semester.
Bioenergy, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies (ENV 162) will provide a general overview of various current and emerging bio-based and other sustainable technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and materials. ENV 162 will introduce the fundamentals of the biorefinery concept for sustainable manufacturing, along with more detailed investigations of specific bioprocesses and renewable energy technologies. Specifically, the course will highlight several biomaterials (i.e. bio-plastics, -chemicals, -pharmaceuticals), biofuels (i.e. bio-ethanol, -butanol, -methanol, -diesel, -methane, and -hydrogen), and alternative energy technologies (i.e. wind, solar, hydrological, geothermal, and fuel cells). Prerequisite: CHE 171 (formerly CHE 103) or BIO 151.
This course provides a comprehensive overview, covering all facets of hazardous waste management and emergency response. Topics include practical exercises and training, which may be applied to business, industry, construction and institutions, including Federal and State rules and regulations, handling procedures and proper operation of a designated waste facility, storage, labeling, manifesting, shipment, employee training, proper use of safety equipment, emergency response procedures (spills response and clean up), cost-effective waste reduction, and environmental reporting procedures. This course is offered as a one week 40-hour course over the winter intersession and will provide 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification as specified in OSHA 29CFR 1910.120. Winter sessions only.
This course is designed for students in their last semester of the ETG AAS degree program, enabling them to gain real world experience with a private consulting firm or government agency. Students will spend a minimum of 40 hours working with a qualifying business or agency and attend two three-hour seminars. Spring semesters only.
Introductory survey of oceanography relating the physical, chemical, geological, biological, meteorological, and engineering aspects of the field. This course satisfies the science elective requirement of the Math-Science curriculum and also satisfies the science requirement of those curricula which require science. Three class hours or equivalent per week. No prerequisite.
Includes investigation of ocean waters in terms of physical and chemical properties, and the interactions of the water on air, sediments, coastal areas, and life forms. This course is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of oceanography and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. One three-hour session per week. Prerequisite/ co-requisite: GEO 105.
An introduction to the principles of applied geological science related to solving environmental problems. As such the course provides an introduction into scientific studies of human interaction with the geologic environment, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics of study will include human population dynamics, soil generation and erosion, energy and mineral resources and management, waste management and disposal, water resources and water rights, water and air pollution, climate change, and related geologic principles that interact with these environmental problems. This course along with its optional laboratory course GEO-106L satisfies the requirements of those curricula demanding a science or laboratory science course. Only GEO-106L may be used with this course to represent a single laboratory science course. GEO-106 consists of three one-hour lectures or equivalent. Prerequisite: MAT-087 or higher.
This is a laboratory component to the Environmental Geology lecture (GEO-106). The laboratory provides practical hands-on experience for applied geological problems. Topics of study will involve waste management and methods of waste disposal including: sewage treatment, landfilling, recycling, waste minimization, and incineration. In addition, surface water and ground water hydrogeology will be investigated, especially in terms of groundwater resources. Basic mapping skills will also be investigated. Lastly, laboratory identification of rocks and minerals will be included in laboratories, while considering the economic uses and availability of these rocks & minerals. This course is intended for those who wish a deeper understanding of environmental geology and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. The class will consist of one three-hour session per week. Prerequisite: MAT-087 or higher, co-requisite GEO-106.
A two-week, three credit course of fieldwork in biology and geology in a tropical marine setting. Environments, present and past, to be studied by snorkeling and walking include: beach, intertidal, coral reef, and associated shallow water habitats. Studies include evening lectures and independent research projects. Location: The Gerace Research Center, San Salvador Island, Bahamas. San Salvador is at the eastern end of a chain of 700 islands and cays that form the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Requirements: The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. No prior coursework is required to participate; however, some background in general biology, geology, or oceanography is helpful.