[IMAGE: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo]
Apply to SIUE
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
[IMAGE: Institutional Header]

Undergraduate Courses

ENSC 111 - Survey of Environmental Sciences and Sustainability - 3: Biological, chemical, physical, political, and social aspects of environmental problems; Sustainability in food production, energy use, conservation, and resource management; Current major environmental challenges.

ENSC 120 - Survey of Environmental Sciences – 1: Survey of the biological, chemical, physical, political and social interactions which constitute environmental problems and the consequences of proposed solutions.

ENSC 125 - Topics of Environmental Health and Toxicology – 2: Naturally occurring and anthropogenic toxicants can cause adverse environmental impacts. This course provides the fundamental information concerning the effects of environmental toxicants on living organisms. BPS, DNSM

ENSC 210 - Applied Research Methods – 3: Research methods for the analysis of environmental problems. Survey research and other data collection techniques. Collection, interpretation, and critical evaluation of data. BPS, DNSM

ENSC 220 - Principles of Environmental Sciences - 3: Applications of biological, ecological, physical and chemical principles, and systems approaches to policy analysis of air, soil, and water environments, land use, energy supplies and technology, and other resources. BPS, DNSM

ENSC 220L - Principles of Environmental Sciences Laboratory – 1: Laboratory exercises to introduce system analysis of air, soil, and water environments, land use, energy supplies, and other resources using biological, ecological, physical and chemical principles. Prerequisite: current or previous enrollment in 220. BPS, DNSM, EL, LNSM

ENSC 325a - Toxicants in the Environment – 3: Sources and occurrence of major environmental toxicants; Physical and chemical properties of toxicants and environmental factors affecting toxicants’ transport, transformation, and distribution in the environment. Prerequisite: 220 or consent of Instructor. BPS, DNSM

ENSC 325b - Toxicants in the Environment – 3: Basic concepts and techniques of environmental sampling, sample preparation, and chemical analyses of toxicants; Field and laboratory skills, major analytical instruments, data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: 325a or consent of Instructor. BPS, DNSM, EL

ENSC 330 - Environmental Health and Waste Management - 3 (same as BIOL 330): Introduction to human health effects of environmental hazards of a biological or physical nature in food, water, soil, animals and wastes. Prerequisites: BIOL 111 and CHEM 111; or BIOL 150; or equivalent(s); or consent of instructor. DNSM, EGC, II, LS

ENSC 340 - Ecosystem Management and Sustainability – 3: Management of natural resources through the adaptive and community - based conservation approaches, with an emphasis on developing sustainable ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL 111 or equivalent or consent of instructor. BLS, DNSM

ENSC 401 - Environmental Policy – 3: Relationship between political processes and policy outcomes; correlation of environmental politics and science; balancing trade - offs between legal, economics, social and environmental goals, including service learning. Prerequisite: 220 or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 402 - Environmental Law – 3: Principle issues in environmental law and the judicial interpretation of important environmental statutes. Prerequisites: ENSC 220 or consent of instructor. DSS, SS

ENSC 419 - Science, Experts and Public Policy – 3: Analysis of factors affecting the influence of scientists, planners, and other experts in policy - making. Several cases and controversies will be examined. Prerequisites: ENSC 220 or consent of instructor.

ENSC 431 - Environmental Toxicology – 3: Chemical and biological effects of toxic substances in living organisms at the molecule and biochemical levels. Topics include: routes of entry, mechanism of action, effects, antidotes. Prerequisite: CHEM 120a, 120b and BIOL 150; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 431L - Laboratory Approaches in Environmental Toxicology - 1: Lectures and laboratory exercises of common experimental approaches and chemical analysis techniques used in assessing effects of environmental toxicants on different levels of organisms functions. Prerequisite: CHEM 120a, 120b and ENSC 431 or equivalents; or consent of Instructor. EL

ENSC 432 - Fundamentals of Molecular Toxicology and Pharmacology – 3: Molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms of toxicity, mode of action, metabolism, and interactions of environmental pollutants, toxic chemicals, and drugs. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: BIOL 319 or CHEM 471 or ENSC 431 or equivalents; or consent of instructor.

ENSC 434 - Fundamentals of Aquatic Toxicology – 3: Biological effects of aquatic pollution from the molecular to the ecosystem level; uptake, metabolism, excretion, food chain transfer, environmental fate and transport of aquatic pollutants. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: ENSC 220 and 330; or consent of instructor.

ENSC 435 - Ecological Risk Assessment – 3: Introduction to science behind environmental policy/ regulations. Application of ecology, chemistry, and toxicology to assess present and future pollution risks to populations, communities, ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIOL 365 and ENSC 431 or equivalents; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 436 - Environmental Epidemiology – 3: Basic biology of microorganisms, characteristics of microbial diseases, epidemiology and infection control, examples of infectious diseases acquired through inhalation, ingestion, and skin mucous membranes. Prerequisite: 220 and 330; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 437 - Industrial Hygiene – 3: Recognition, evaluation, and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards in industry that may cause sickness or impaired health to people. Prerequisite: 220 and 330; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 440 - Sustainable Environmental Practices – 3: Practices that meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Prerequisites: 330 and 340; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 450 - Applied Ecology - 3 (Same as BIOL 464): Applying ecological concepts and principles for solving, predicting and managing current important ecological problems, such as global climate change, conservation, wetland restoration, and environmental remediation. Prerequisite: BIOL 365 or equivalent; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 473 - Occupational Health – 3: Concepts and details regarding occupational health. Prerequisite: at least one year of college chemistry. DNSM, LS

ENSC 475 - Chemical Safety Management – 3: Concepts and details regarding safe use and handling of chemicals as recommended by safety professionals. Prerequisite: at least one year of college chemistry. BPS, DNSM

ENSC 477 - Industrial Monitoring and Risk Assessment – 3: Principles of health surveillance and monitoring and to assess occupational exposures to contaminants and non - chemical factors. Prerequisite: 220 and 330; or consent of Instructor.

ENSC 490 - Senior Assignment in Environmental Sciences - 1: Demonstration of proficiency in environmental sciences. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ENSC 491 - Readings in Environmental Science - 1 to 4: Coordinated readings with faculty in the areas of science, politics, law, education, technology and other environmental areas.

ENSC 495 - Special Topics in Environmental Sciences - 1 to 3: In-depth examination of components of one specific environmental problem. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.

ENSC 497 - Environmental Health Practicum - 1 to 3: Internships in non-governmental or governmental organization, providing job experience for a career as an environmental health professional. Environmental Health majors only. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ENSC 498 - Senior Project in Environmental Sciences – 1: Senior research, in which students work intensively on individual or group research projects. Background information, data collection, data analysis, integration, and interpretation. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ENSC 499 - Research in Environmental Sciences - 1 to 3: Research projects will be conducted in research facilities of faculty members. Research topics can include environmental problems in Biology, Chemistry, Education, Policy and Technology and Assessment. Prerequisites: ENSC 210 and 220 or consent of instructor.


Graduate Courses

ENSC 473 - Occupational Health – 3: Concepts and details regarding occupational health. Requires completion of at least one year of college chemistry. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 475 - Chemical Safety Management – 3: Concepts and details regarding safe use and handling of chemicals as recommended by safety professionals. Requires completion of at least one year of college chemistry. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 505 - Environmental Sciences Seminar I – 1: Student and faculty research on current environmental issues. Seminar is required to be taken during the first year of the program. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 506 - Environmental Sciences Seminar II – 1: Student's seminar on their thesis or paper topic. Seminar is required to be taken during or just prior to the semester of their thesis or paper defense. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 510 - Advanced Environmental Sciences and Policy – 3: Skills used in environmental sciences and policy; and coupling of science and policy in the discussion of local, regional, and global environmental concerns. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 511 - Environmental Policy – 3: Prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems through social, political, and legal means. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENSC 510 Minimum Grade of D

ENSC 512 - Environmental Law – 3: Principle environmental laws and the judicial interpretation of important environmental statutes that have developed around the protection of various aspects of the environment. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 516 - Environmental Impact Analysis – 3: Implications and applications of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental legislation. Methodologies for environmental inventory and environmental impact statement preparation. Requires Graduate standing. Same as BIOL 516 and GEOG 524 Prerequisite: None

ENSC 520 - Environmental Sampling – 3: Sampling techniques for water, air, soil, biota, and vegetation are covered for sampling activities that will provide representative environmental samples for analysis. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 525 - Environmental Chemistry – 3: Emphasizes chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry, dissolved carbon dioxide, coordination chemistry, precipitation and dissolution, oxidation and reduction, and adsorption reactions. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level CHEM 120B Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate level CHEM 121B Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate level CHEM 131 Minimum Grade of C

ENSC 528 - Analysis of Environmental Contaminants – 3: Theory and application of procedures used in the separation, detection, identification and quantitation of contaminants in environmental and biological samples. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 528L - Analysis of Environmental Contaminants Lab – 1: Laboratory techniques used in the separation, detection identification, and quantitation of contaminants in environmental and biological samples. Prerequisite: ENSC 528 with minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment.

ENSC 531 - Toxicology – 3: Chemical and biological effects of toxic substances in living organisms at the molecular and biochemical level. Topics: Routes of entry, mechanism of action, effects, antidotes, etc. Requires completion of organic chemistry, graduate standing, or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 532 - Molecular Toxicology and Pharmacology – 3: Molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms of toxicity, mode of action, metabolism, and interactions of environmental pollutants, toxic chemicals, and drugs. Same as BIOL 536. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level BIOL 319 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level CHEM 471 Minimum Grade of D or Graduate level ENSC 531 Minimum Grade of C

ENSC 534 - Aquatic Ecotoxicology – 3: Biological effects of aquatic pollution from the molecular to the ecosystem level; uptake, metabolism, excretion, food chain transfer, environmental fate and transport of aquatic pollutants. Same as BIOL 534. Prerequisite: (Undergraduate level ENSC 330 Minimum Grade of D and Undergraduate level ENSC 220 Minimum Grade of D) or Undergraduate level ENSC 531 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate level BIOL 319 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level BIOL 365 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level CHEM 471 Minimum Grade of D

ENSC 535 - Ecological Risk Assessment – 3: Application of ecology, chemistry, and toxicology to assess present and future pollution risks to populations, communities, ecosystems. Prerequisites: ENSC 531/CHEM 471; or ENSC/BIOL 330; or BIOL 365; or equivalent; or consent of instructor.

ENSC 540 - Pollution Ecology – 3: The application of biological, ecological, chemical, and physical sciences to understanding the fate and transport of pollutants through ecosystems. Requires one year of college chemistry. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 545 - Treatment Wetlands and Phytoremediation – 3: Development and use of treatment wetlands and phytoremediation technology to clean up contaminated water, soil and sediment. Focus on hydrological, biogeochemical and ecological processes. Requires completion of three semesters of both biology and chemistry or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 550 - Applied Ecology – 3: Examination of the mechanisms, directions, and magnitude of an organism's or ecosystem's response to human perturbation. Same as BIOL 464 and 564. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 555 - Agroecology – 3: Application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of agricultural production; theoretical and conceptual framework for study and analysis of agroecosystems. Requires completion of three semesters of both biology and chemistry or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 570 - Environmental Technology and Assessment – 3: Techniques used to conceptualize, stimulate, and analyze the dynamic nature of environmental systems. Theory and application of environmental modeling. Same as CE 570 Prerequisite: None

ENSC 573 - GIS Modeling the Natural Environment – 3: Modeling of the natural environment using geographic information science and systems as well as environmental and biological field methodologies. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level GEOG 418 Minimum Grade of D

ENSC 575 - Statistics for Environmental Sciences – 3: Characterization of steps, processes and statistical analysis necessary for a well-planned experiment. Theory and application of experimental design. Prerequisite: Statistics through analysis of variance. Same as BIOL 575

ENSC 590 - Environmental Internship – 1 to 6: Coordinated activities of students with internships in "program relevant positions," as directed by their internship supervisors and faculty adviser. Requires consent of department chair or program director. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENSC 510 Minimum Grade of D

ENSC 591 - Readings in Environmental Sciences – 1 to 2: Coordinated readings with faculty in the areas of science, politics, law, education, technology, and other environmental areas. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours. Requires consent of department chair or program director. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 593 - Research in Environmental Sciences – 1 to 2: Environmental laboratory, field, computer, and library research on an individual basis under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated to maximum of 2 hours. Requires consent of program director or instructor. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 595 - Topics in Environmental Sciences - 1 to 3: In-depth examination of components of one specific environmental problem. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated Requires Graduate standing. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 597 - Final Research Paper - 1 to 3: Directed research to satisfy non-thesis paper requirement for master degree. Topic must be approved by graduate degree committee. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours. Requires consent of graduate committee chair. Prerequisite: None

ENSC 599 - Thesis - 1 to 6: Directed research to satisfy thesis requirement for master degree. Topic must be approved by graduate degree committee. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Requires consent of department chair or program director. Prerequisite: None


Other Department Cross-Listed Courses for Undgergraduate and/or Graduate Credits

BIOL 567/ENSC 580 - Environmental Education – 3: Environmental education history, practices, curriculum, organization, evaluation, project development and research required of successful practitioners in the field. Prerequisite: None

GEOG 411/ENSC 411 - Hydrology - 3: Hydrologic cycle, major stream systems, uses of water resources and their relationships to quality and future supplies. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent or consent of instructor. DIST, NSM

GEOG 412/ENSC 412 - Groundwater Hydrology - 3: Study of groundwater: occurrence, physical and chemical properties, flow and flow system modeling, relation to rock structure and lithology, contamination of groundwater resources. Prerequisites: college algebra, CHEM 113 or equivalents or consent of instructor. DIST, NSM

facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff googleplusoff tumblroff socialoff