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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Environmental Science

Lennon Hall
(585) 395-5975
jmakarew@brockport.edu

Chairperson: Joseph C. Makarewicz; Faculty: Whitney J. Autin (Earth Sciences), Geoffrey Gardner, James Haynes, Mark P. Heitz (Chemistry), Markus M. Hoffmann (Chemistry), Thomas W. Kallen (Chemistry), Jose A Maliekal (Earth Sciences), Judy A. Massare (Earth Sciences), J. Morris (Chemistry), Mark R. Noll (Earth Sciences), Christopher Norment, Scott M. Rochette (Earth Sciences), Kenneth D Schlecht (Chemistry); James A. Zollweg (Earth Sciences), Adjunct Professors: Theodore Lewis, David MacNeil (Sea Grant), Chuck O'Neil (Sea Grant).

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Environmental problems are among the most urgent issues facing our civilization. In order to manage Earth's environment effectively, we must understand the processes that shape the Earth's surface, control the chemistry of our air and water, and produce the resources on which we depend. Four concentrations are offered within the environmental science major: aquatic ecology/biology, terrestrial ecology/biology, environmental chemistry, and earth sciences. For non-majors, a minor in environmental studies is also offered through the Department of Biological Sciences. Upon declaring a major in environmental sciences with the secretary located in 103 Lennon Hall, (585)395-5975, a faculty advisor will be assigned.

Minors in Environmental Science and in Environmental Studies: Please contact the Environmental Science and Biology secretary in 115 Lennon Hall for information and for an appointment with the chairperson to apply for a minor (18 credits) in environmental science or environmental studies.

Major Requirements
The environmental science major requires a minimum of 58-59 credits balanced between the specific courses of the core curriculum (38 credits) and the selected courses of the area of concentration (20-21 credits).

Core Courses (Required Courses)
Credits
  Environmental Science (ENV 202) and
  Principles of Biology (ENV 111)
8
  CHM 205 & 206 College Chemistry I & II
8
  CHM 303 Analytical Chemistry I
4
  MTH 201 Calculus I or ENV 437, or ESC 350
3
  Ecology (ENV 303)
3
  GEL 101 Our Earth, ESC 211 Weather
8
  Environmental Law (CRJ 440)
4
  Total Required
38
     
Concentrations (Required or elective courses) Credits Corequisite
  Aquatic Ecology/Biology
20
4
  Terrestrial Ecology/Biology
20
4
  Earth Science
20
0
  Environmental Chemistry
21
14
  Electives
20-21
0-14
   
  Total
58-59
0-14
   
 
Concentration in Aquatic Ecology
Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.
Fall Semester
Credits
BIO 319 Biol. Oceanography
3
BIO 419 Limnology*
3
BIO 421 Limnology Laboratory*
2
BIO 484 Fish Ecology
3
BIO 490 Fishery Techniques
2
BIO 457 Marine Biology Bahamas
3
ESC 412 Hydrology
3
ENV 488 Environmental Impact Analysis
4
ESC 425 Wetland Systems
4
 
Spring Semester
Credits
BIO 422 Population Biology
3
BIO 423 Pollution Biology
3
BIO 436 Water Quality Analysis
4
BIO 437 Biological Investigation and Data Interpretation
3
BIO 439 Conservation Biology
4
BIO 483 Aquatic Invertebrates (EOY)
3
GEL 462 Groundwater
3
ENV 499 Collaborative Research
1-3
 
Corequisite Course
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry
4
 
 
Concentration in Terrestrial Ecology
Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.  
   
Fall Semester
Credits
BIO 400 Plant Taxonomy
4
ENV 406 Wildlife Ecology
4
ENV 405 Vegetation Ecology
4
ENV 427 Animal Behavior
3
ENV 459 Mammalogy
4
ESC 455 Soil Science
3
ENV 488 Environmental Impact Analysis
4-6
ENV 477 Field Biology
4
ESC 425 Wetland Systems
4
ENV 499 Collaborative Research
1-3
   
   
Spring Semester Credits
BIO 439 Conservation Biology
3
BIO 422 Population Biology
3
BIO 423 Pollution Biology
3
BIO 437 Biological Investigation and Data Interpretation
4
BIO 440 Herpetology (EOY)
4
BIO 430 Ornithology (EOY)
4
BIO 424 Experimental Research
1-3
ESC 413 Env. Climatology
3
 
Corequisite Course Summer
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry
4
   
Concentration in Environmental Chemistry
 
Fall Semester
Credits
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 400 Chemistry Seminar
0
CHM 301 Chemical Safety
1
CHM 405 Physical Chemistry I
3
 
Spring Semester
Credits
CHM 306 Organic Chemistry II
4
CHM 401 Chemistry Seminar
1
CHM 457 Environmental Chemistry
3
CHM 406 Physical Chemistry II
3
 
Elective courses (one required)
ENV 488 Environmental Impact Analysis
4-6
ENV 499 Collaborative Research 1­3
1-3
CHM 408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
1
CHM 409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
1
ENV 436 Water Quality Analysis
4
 
Corequisite Courses (14 credits)
MTH 202 Calculus II
3
PHS 201 College Physics I
4
MTH 203 Calculus III
3
PHS 202 College Physics II
4
 
Concentration in Earth Sciences
Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.
 
Fall Semester
Credits
ESC 325 Wetland Systems
4
ENV 419 Limnology
3
ENV 421 Limnology Laboratory
2
ESC 412 Hydrology
4
ESC 430 Geographical Information Systems
3
ESC 455 Soil Sciences
3
ESC 464 Environmental Internship
1-3
ENV 499 Collaborative Research
1-3
 
Spring Semester
Credits
ESC 350 Computational Methods*
3
ESC 313 Environmental Climatology
3
ESC 314 Climate Laboratory
1
ESC 418 Watershed Management
3
GEL 415 Geomorphology
3
ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing Methods
3
ESC 421 Air Pollution
3
GEL 462 Groundwater
3
ENV 436 Water Quality Analysis
4
GEL 457 Environmental Geochemistry
3
CoRequisite courses(Choose one)  
PHS 115 General Physics with lab
4
PHS 201 College Physics with lab
4
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry
4

 

Environmental Science Courses

ENV 111 Principles of Biology (A,L,E). Through lectures and laboratory activites, examines the structure and function of living systems, from cells to the biosphere as a whole. For non-majors. Serves as prerequisite for advanced courses, including BIO 321-322. 4 Cr. Every Semester

ENV 201 Environmental Science (B,I,O,L). Environmental science is an interdisciplinary study combining ideas and information from the natural sciences and the social sciences (economics, politics and ethics) in a lecture and case study approach. The eight integrated themes of the course are (1) biodiversity, (2) sustainability, (3) connections in nature, (4) pollution prevention, (5) population growth, (6) energy and energy efficiency, (7) solutions to environmental problems, and (8) the importance of individuals working together to bring about environmental change. 3 Cr. Lecture only

ENV 303 Ecology (A). Prerequisite: BIO 111 or 201 or 202. Covers basic ecology concerned with interrelationships among organisms and the environment. Considers energy flow, materials cycling, population dynamics, principles of animal behavior, as well as natural history in both lectures and field studies. 4 Cr. Every Semester

ENV 316 Eco-Citizenship (A,J,E). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Addresses questions such as: What ecological principles determine how humans can and cannot use the environment? What are the critical environmental problems in the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem and the world, and how can residents act to solve them. 3 Cr. Every Other Fall

ENV 319 Biological Oceanography (A). Cross-listed as ESC 319. Provides a brief review of the ocean's physical, geological and chemical properties, followed by an in-depth study of the biology and life history of marine plants and animals. Concludes with discussions on the ecological roles of marine organisms in selected communities, including inter tidal, coral reef and deep sea habitats. May be taken for credit only once. 3 Cr. Every Other Fall

ENV 400 Plant Taxonomy (A). Prerequisite: BIO 202. Covers the morphology, evolution, and classification of the vascular plants. Includes lecture topics such as structure and ecological significance, reproductive biology, evolutionary history, and principles of classification. Includes laboratories to survey the diversity of plants and teach the use of technical keys. 4 Cr.

ENV 406 Wildlife Ecology. This lab and lecture course is designed to introduce students to the science of wildlife ecology. The course covers topics such as the population ecology, behavior, nutrition, and diseases of wildlife. Issues such as habitat management, predator prey systems, economics, and the human dimensions of wildlife management are discussed. Lab and field projects include radiotelemetry, census methods, aging white-tailed deer, management plans, population modeling, and habitat preference and suitability models. 4 Cr.

ENV 413 Topics in Plant Biology (A). Prerequisites: BIO 301 and 302, or instructor's permission. Presents current topics in plant biology, including photosynthesis, plant physiology, development, plant cell biology, control of gene regulation, and nitrogen fixation. Reviews the current scientific literature and examines recent experimental data. 3 Cr. Fall

ENV 419 Principles of Limnology (A). Prerequisite: BIO 303 or instructor's permission. Studies the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of streams and lakes. Recommended for students interested in oceanography and marine biology, as well as the study of freshwater streams and lakes. 3 Cr. Fall

ENV 421 Limnology Lab (A). Prerequisite: BIO 303. Covers the basic methodology of sampling different types of organisms; chemical analysis of water; operation of instruments and sampling gear; and taxonomic identification of selected aquatic organisms. Includes lab and field exercises on Lake Ontario on the department boat. 2 Cr. Fall

ENV 422 Population Biology (A). Considers the evolution and function of populations. Includes topics such as population genetics, reproductive isolating mechanisms, growth and limitation of populations, life tables, the exclusion principle, predator-prey theory, and species equilibrium theory. 3 Cr. Spring

ENV 423 Biology of Pollution (A). Prerequisite: BIO 303 or instructor's permission. Focuses on water pollution problems and effects of pollution on organism physiology, behavior and ecological relationships; bioassay techniques and procedures; and analysis of pollution data. 3 Cr. Every Other Spring

ENV 425 Practical Field Biology and Lab Pedagogy (B). Cross listed as BIO 425. Required for students working toward teacher certification in secondary biology and general science. Requires students to develop preparation notes, and materials for lab and field experiments. Requires a hands-on experience in the practical aspects of lab instruction. Does not satisfy the biology major requirements. Enrollment is with the department chairperson. Students work with a selected faculty member. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENV 427 Animal Behavior (A,U). Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Explores the behavior of animals in relation to adaption and phylogenetic history. Covers methods of studying behavior, the effects of genes and environment on behavior, relationships between neural and endocrine function and behavior, foraging, mating strategies and systems, and social systems. Includes lectures, discussions, and laboratory and field exercises. 3 Cr. Fall

ENV 430 Ornithology. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Studies the form, function, ecology, and evolution of birds. Includes topics such as anatomy, physiology, origins and biophysics of flight, migration and annual cycle, mating systems, community ecology, and population ecology of birds. Includes laboratory and field experiences to study anatomy and flight, identification techniques, census methods, and trapping and banding. 4 Cr. Spring

ENV 436 Water Quality Analysis (A). Prerequisite: CHM 205 or 206, or instructor's permission. Covers the use of a spectrophotometer, fluorometer, gas chromatograph and the atomic absorption spectrophotometer in the chemical analysis of water by standard methods. Designed for students interested in water quality analyses for water treatment plants, sewage plants and for graduate work in limnology. Although the medium for analysis is water, utilizes the instrumentation and techniques applicable to other areas of biology. 4 Cr. Spring. ENV 437 Biological Investigation and Data Interpretation (A). Cross listed as BIO 437. Provides an introduction to experimental investigation in biology. Includes experimental design, hypothesis formulation and testing, and data interpretation. 3 Cr. Spring.

ENV 439 Conservation Biology (A). Prerequisite: BIO 303 or instructor's permission. Examines current theory and data from evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics as they relate to the conservation of biological diversity. Includes topics such as cause of extinction, habitat loss and fragmentation, design of nature reserves, landscape ecology, application of basic principles of population biology to species conservation, and restoration ecology. 3 Cr. Spring

ENV 440 Herpetology. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Studies the form, function, ecology, and evolution of reptiles and amphibians. Includes topics such as anatomy, physiology, mating systems, population and community ecology, and conservation biology of reptiles and amphibians. Includes lab and field experiences to study anatomy, identification techniques, and census methods. 4 Cr. Spring

ENV 457 Marine Biology Bahamas (A). Cross-listed with ESC 457. A two-week, January intersession field experience in coral reef ecology on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Allows students to study identification, behavior and ecology of marine organisms in five different coral reef habitats, and prepare a research report on the habitats and the behavior/ecology of one organism. 3 Cr. Register in Fall

ENV 459 Mammalogy (A). Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Studies the form, function, ecology, and evolution of mammals. Includes topics such as anatomy, physiology, origins, diet and feeding strategies, population and community ecology, andsocial systems of mammals. Includes laboratory and field exercises to emphasize habitat selection and population biology of small mammals, anatomy, and classification. 4 Cr. Fall

ENV 477 Field Biology (A). Covers identification of major groups and common species of plants and animals; energy flow and ecological relationships; and field skills. 4 Cr. Summer

ENV 483 Aquatic Invertebrates (A). Prerequisites: BIO 419 and 421 or instructor's permission. Explores the importance of invertebrates in the ecosystem; the taxonomy of aquatic invertebrates, including insects, crustacea, mites, leeches, and moluscs; the relationship between classification and identification; and the use of dichotomous keys, sampling equipment, preservation techniques and biological indices. 3 Cr. Spring

ENV 484 Fish Ecology (A). Prerequisite: BIO 303 or instructor's permission. Explores fish ecology from the behavior of individuals through population dynamics and classification of fishes to the ordinal level. Relates anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of fishes to their ecology and how recruitment, growth, mortality, and environmental factors interact to influence fish production. 3 Cr. Every Other Spring

ENV 488 Environmental Impact Analysis (A). Integrates a traditional field biology course with an environmental impact analysis approach. Presents students with an actual site development project (e.g. boat launching site) on or near Lake Ontario. Based on ecological theory, environmental analytical principles, aquatic/terrestrial sampling, and taxonomic skills learned in the course, allows student teams to conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed project and write an environmental impact statement. 4-6 Cr. Summer

ENV 490 Fishery Techniques and Identification (A). Provides lab and field experience in fish collection, identification, anatomy, and fishery techniques, including netting, electrofishing and quantitative fishery analyses. 2 Cr. Fall

The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.