2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Environmental Science Major (B.S.)

Integrated Major - Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

ENV 1000. Seminar in Environmental Science (1). Required of all majors in environmental science, this course is to be taken within the first year as an environmental science major at Belmont. The seminar is designed for students entering the major in environmental science: to introduce the program of advising and coursework leading to graduation with a major in environmental science, to present the various university sources of academic support, to serve as a forum for discussing the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, and to explain the requirements of graduate and professional schools and related careers to the study of environmental science.

ENV 1110. Introduction to Environmental Science (4). An introduction to the basic principles of environmental science. This course provides a multidisciplinary exposure to the central themes of environmental science. Laboratory and field investigations support the lecture content. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (S – Service Learning).

ENV 1950-4950. Study Abroad (1-16).Study in another country through an official study abroad program, beginning through advanced level. Individual course titles indicating subject, hours, and location assigned for each unit taken. Courses may be counted toward the major or the minor as determined, in consulatation with the program director, by the coordinator of the program. Repeatable with different topics.

ENV 2410. Physical Principles of Environmental Science (4). Prerequisites: CEM 1610 and CEM 1620 or permission of the instructor. CEM 1620 can be taken as a corequisite. An introduction to the basic chemical and physical principles of environmental science. Through the application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and equilibrium principles, the impact of energy generation, pollution, and their consequences will be assessed. Additional topics will include effects of radiation, pesticides, and energy transmission. Laboratory work will focus on sampling techniques in conjunction with air, water, and soil analysis. Three hours of lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

ENV 2730. Methods in Environmental Science (3). Prerequisites: ENV 1110 or permission from instructor. A study of the techniques and skills utilized in research and environmental assessment in preparation for ENV 3550, graduate programs, and/or practical experience. A series of mini-projects and report will be required. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. ($50.00 course fee)

ENV 3210. Introduction to Environmental Management Systems (3). This course will focus on ISO 14001 and other environmental management systems designed to help organizations reduce their environmental impacts. It will introduce students to the ISO standards development process and best implementation practices of ISO 14001 and help them understand how voluntary standards complement corporate compliance obligations. In addition to showing how EMSs help reduce environmental impacts, this course will examine the business benefits of environmental management.

ENV 3330. Special Topics in Environmental Science (3). Prerequisites: ENV 1110. Each offering of this course will focus on a particular topic pertinent to the study of environmental issues and concepts. Students may repeat this course, under different topics, for a maximum of nine (9) hours credit.

ENV 3500. Internship in Environmental Science (3). Prerequisites: ENV 1110 and 20 hours completed in the Environmental Science major. A cooperative educational experience in which the student gains practical training and experience in government or private institutions related to the central issues of environmental science. A student is expected to work for at least ten hours per week for fifteen weeks. Approval must be obtained from the program chair at least two weeks before early registration.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I – Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

ENV 3550. Research in Environmental Science (3). Prerequisites: ENV 1110 and 20 hours completed in the Environmental Science major. A laboratory or field research project completed within the area of environmental science. The student must complete the project within the semester under the supervision of a faculty member of the Environmental Science program or other approved supervisor. It is expected that the results will be presented at the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (R – Undergraduate Research).

ENV 4500. Senior Seminar in Environmental Science (3). Prerequisites: ENV 2730 and ENV 3500 or ENV 3550. An investigation of a significant environmental problem in which students work in teams to assess, analyze, and propose solutions to particular environmental circumstances in the local or regional area.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (C – Community Based Research).