Environmental Science Courses
Note: Most of the courses in this interdisciplinary program are in other academic departments and are not listed below. Please refer to the curricular requirements for a complete list of classes.
EnvS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr)
May be used with EnvS 102 as core credit in J-3-b. Introduction to basic principles in the biological, physical, and social science areas of environmental science.
EnvS 102 Field Activities in Environmental Sciences (1 cr)
Prereq or Coreq: EnvS 101
EnvS 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
EnvS 225 (s) International Environmental Issues Seminar (3 cr)
Designed for individuals who have an interest in understanding environmental issues from a global perspective. The course focuses on various social and physical issues related to the environment and natural resources using human population dynamics as a backdrop. EnvS 101 recommended. (Spring only)
EnvS 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Prereq: Senior standing
EnvS 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
EnvS J409/J509 Principles of Environmental Toxicology (3 cr)
See FS J409/J/509.
EnvS 428 Pollution Prevention (3 cr)
Basic concepts of pollution prevention and waste minimization; pollution prevention strategies and case studies for solid waste, hazardous waste, water and energy use, and air pollution. (Spring only).
EnvS 429 Environmental Audit (3 cr)
Details on a variety of equipment and processes used by business in order to decrease generation of solid and hazardous waste. (Fall only).
EnvS J436/J536 Principles of Sustainability (3 cr)
See as FS J436/J536.
EnvS J438/J538 Western US Water Resource Policy and Environmental Equity (3 cr)
Participatory online course focusing on social justice constraints reflected in the struggle over water resource management in the US West. Uses an environmental equity conceptual framework to analyze institutional control, rural-urban conflicts, and cultural impacts on disenfranchised groups. Additional assignments/projects required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: For 235 or AgEc J477/J577.
Prereq for EnvS 438: Junior Standing
Prereq for EnvS 538: Graduate Standing
EnvS J446/J546 Drinking Water and Human Health (3 cr)
Understand the characterization, testing, and treatment of chemical, microbial and hazardous compounds and their impact on human health. Be familiar with drinking water standards, regulatory aspects and protection of municipal, community, and private well systems. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
EnvS J479/J579 Introduction to Environmental Regulations (3 cr)
Interpretation and implementation of local, state, and federal environmental rules; introduction to environmental regulatory process; topics include regulatory aspects of environmental impact assessment, water pollution control, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste, resource recovery and reuse, toxic substances, pesticides, occupational safety and health, radiation, facility siting, environmental auditing and liability. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall only)
EnvS R-J482/R-J582 Natural Resource Policy and Law (3 cr)
Examination of U.S. natural resource policy and law including historical contexts and current policies and laws. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation: an undergraduate course in political science. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
EnvS J483/J583 Water and Energy Systems (3 cr)
The class covers the basic science of water and energy and the applied interrelationships of those two resources in today's society. The broad spectrum coverage of the topic includes the energy linkage to both the supply and demand of water and also the water linkage to the supply of and demand for energy. The class includes development of systems dynamics models for describing the resource interactions. Recommended Preparation: Basic Physical Sciences.
Prereq: Math 143
EnvS 484 History of Energy (3 cr)
Covers the history of humanity's relationship to energy. Takes a historical approach beginning with ancient sources of energy, the discovery and exploitation of coal and the industrial revolution, the critical importance of oil and its derivatives, natural gas, nuclear and renewables. Finishes with a look to possible future energy sources.
EnvS 485 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (3 cr)
Includes aspects of science, policy, and economics of energy use and efficiency measures. Considers use trends and existing and potential efficiencies primarily on a national scale with some consideration of both global and local situations. Focuses on residential and transportation energy with some coverage of commercial and industrial energy use.
EnvS 497 (s) Senior Research (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Open only to majors in environmental science. Preparation of proposal, poster, formal presentation and written thesis or report based on research or project conducted with a faculty member. Research addresses an environmental problem using laboratory, field, or library techniques. (Spring only)
Prereq: Senior standing
Prereq or Coreq: Engl 317 or Equivalent
EnvS 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)
EnvS 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
EnvS 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
EnvS 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
EnvS 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
EnvS 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
EnvS 509 Principles of Environmental Toxicology (3 cr)
See FS J409/J/509.
EnvS 536 Principles of Sustainability (3 cr)
Same as EnvS J436/J536.
EnvS 538 Western US Water Resource Policy and Environmental Equity (3 cr)
See EnvS J438/J538.
EnvS 541 Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (3 cr)
Covers the sampling and analysis of environmental contaminants from a statistical perspective. Includes designing sampling plans for environmental studies, statistically analyzing environmental data, and touches on more advanced techniques such as time series analysis and censored data. (Fall only)
EnvS 546 Drinking Water and Human Health (3 cr)
See EnvS J446/J546
EnvS 552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)
See Phil 452.
EnvS 577 Law, Ethics, and the Environment (3 cr)
See AgEc 577.
EnvS 579 Introduction to Environmental Regulations (3 cr)
See EnvS J479/J579.
EnvS R581 Applications of Environmental Regulations (3 cr)
Details of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); interpretation and application of environmental regulations to remediation of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal sites; detailed coverage of environmental regulatory affairs of concern in Idaho; interrelationships between RCRA, CERCLA, and other environmental laws. (Spring only)
Prereq: EnvS 479/579 or Permission
EnvS R582 Natural Resource Policy and Law (3 cr)
See EnvS J482/J582.
EnvS J483/J593 Water and Energy Systems (3 cr)
See EnvS J483/J583.
EnvS 596 Advanced Environmental Science (3 cr)
Interdisciplinary capstone graduate course for the PhD in Environmental Science exploring the scholarship of integration with respect to current environmental issues related to global change. The course will explore topics relevant to current student research and help them improve communication and problem-solving skills across disciplines. (Fall, alt/yrs)
Prereq: Admission to candidacy upon completion of preliminary examination or instructor permission
EnvS 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
EnvS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)
EnvS 604 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Prereq: Enrollment in a Doctoral Program and Permission