Ecological Risk Assessment (ENSC 595-001)


Ecological risk assessment is a process for collecting, organizing, and analyzing information to estimate the likelihood of undesired effects on nonhuman organisms, populations, or ecosystems.  The primary purpose for conducting such assessments is to provide information needed to make decisions concerning site remediation.  The course presents a conceptual approach and specific methods for assessing the ecological risks posed by contaminated sites.  We will work through the individual steps for understanding, and then apply the concepts to real ecological risk assessment case studies.  Pre-requisites: Ecology, Toxicology.


3 credit hours.


Offered spring semester


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Environmental Health and Waste Management (ENSC 330)


Environmental health is a discipline that examines human health effects from exposures to harmful agents in the environment.  “Environment” may include the outdoors, home, workplace, or public buildings.  “Harmful agents” may include toxic or hazardous chemicals, pathogens or other hazardous organisms, radiation, physical agents such as noise, temperature, and mechanical hazards.  This field incorporates aspects from many diverse fields, including: environmental, occupational, and food toxicology; environmental and occupational medicine; food safety; occupational health and safety; industrial hygiene; public health; epidemiology; environmental policy and law; psychology and sociology.  This course will describe 1) environmental hazards to human health from chemical, biological, and physical agents in the workplace and in everyday life, 2) implications of hazardous waste and solid waste on waste management on human and environmental health and 3) methods to assess, manage, and protect human health from environmental hazards. 3 hours, lecture.  Prerequisites: Equivalent or greater: CHEM 111, BIOL 111, ENSC 220 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours, lecture.


3 credit hours.


Offered spring semester


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Biology 120 (Animal Systems [biology majors])

Cellular organization, metabolism, genetics, reproduction, development physiology, and evolution of animals. Three hours lecture, one laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 121a and 125a with grades of C or better.  4 hours, lecture and lab.



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Biology 111 (Contemporary Biology [non majors])


Contributions of biology to understanding ourselves and our world. Development, nature and human implications of cell theory, heredity, the modern synthetic theory of evolution, population dynamics, ecology and environmental problems. 3 hours, lecture.






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