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ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Technology (4 credits)

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.

ENV 103 Introduction to GIS (3 credits)

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.

ENV 104 Applied GIS (3 credits)

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.

ENV 110 Field Experience in Environmental Technology - Geoscience (1 credit)

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.

ENV 162 Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies (4 credits)

This course will provide a general overview of various current and emerging bio-based and other sustainable technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and materials. This course will also introduce the fundamentals of the biorefinery concept for sustainable manufacturing, along with more detailed investigations of specific bioprocesses. Specifically, the course will highlight several biomaterials (e.g. bio-plastics, bio-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.), biofuels (e.g. bio-ethanol, -butanol, -methanol, and -diesel; methane; and hydrogen), and alternative energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar, hydrological and geothermal). Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: ENV 101.

ENV 165 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (2 credits)

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.

ENV 201 Internship in Environmental Technology - Geoscience (2 credits)

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.

GEO 103 Physical Geology (4 credits)

An introduction to the basic principles of the earth sciences - geology, geochemistry, and geophysics - and their relation to materials and processes acting upon and within the Earth's crust. Consideration is given to rocks and minerals, structures and deformation of the Earth's crust, earthquakes, and volcanism, and the work of the wind, running water, ground water, the oceans and glaciers upon the Earth's surface. This course, together with GEO 104, satisfies the sequential laboratory science requirement of the Math-Science curriculum and also satisfies the requirements of those curricula demanding science or laboratory science courses. Three one-hour lectures or equivalent and one three-hour laboratory per week. No prerequisite.

GEO 105 Oceanography (3 credits)

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.

GEO 105L Oceanography Laboratory (1 credit)

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.

GEO 106 Environmental Geology (3 credits)

Introduction to the everyday geological problems of our world community. Topics which are covered include population growth, natural resources, water pollution, waste disposal, energy sources, and environmental health hazards. Selected other topics of concern are earthquakes, landslides, and flood dangers. The 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.

GEO 106L Environmental Geology Lab (1 credit)

Application of geological tools to the solution of environmental problems. Use of maps and aerial photographic interpretation and other analytical methods in seeking data on environment. Field trips include trips to local environmental problem and industrial sites. This course is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of environmental geology and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. One three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite or co-requisite: GEO 106.

GEO 203 Introduction to Forensic Geology (4 credits)

Forensic Geology is designed for math/science majors, criminal justice majors and non-science majors who have an interest in forensic science and the academic and/or professional experience needed to handle the subject matter. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the use of different geologic materials and techniques that can be used to solve crimes and disputes. Details from actual criminal cases and disputes will be used as examples in this course. This course includes a variety of geologic topics including rocks, minerals, other geologic materials, geologic and topographic maps, fossils, air particles and pollutants, and soils. Laboratory and classroom experience will include the analysis of different techniques employed in forensic geology. These techniques include fluorescence, stereoscopic analysis, optical microscopy, and various chemical analyses. Prerequisite: GEO 103 or 106, or Permission of Instructor.

GEO 290 Geology of the Bahamas (3 credits)

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.