sustainability natural sciences courses

Natural Sciences Courses

Part A: Courses on Sustainability and Environmental Issues

Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry 2
Environmental Sampling Methods
Environmental Science and Sustainability
Rad & Env Physics
Ecology
General Ecology (graduate level)

Part B: Courses with Some Content that Relates Directly to Sustainability

University Chemistry 1
University Chemistry 2
Analytical Chemistry
Biology 2
University Physics 1
University Physics 2


Environmental Chemistry

Course Number: CHM 3383
Course Description:
Survey of environmental problems and how they impact upon the chemist. This course deals with the chemistry of the atmosphere and natural waters.  Students will have an understanding of the resources of the earth and how these are exploited for energy and industrial production, the effects of pollution resulting from these practices on the atmospheric and aquatic environment, of the ways in which the extent of environmental pollution arising from current practices can be minimized, e.g. clean coal technology etc.

Sustainability Content:
Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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Environmental Chemistry 2

Course Number: CHM 3592
Course Description: The chemistry of natural waters, the soil and waste management.  Students will have the understanding of the resources of the earth and how these are exploited for energy and industrial production, the effects of pollution resulting from these practices on the terrigenous, and aquatic environments, the exposure of humans and wildlife to harmful chemicals resulting from environmental pollution, future alternatives such as 'renewable energy technologies', 'chemical reagents from renewable sources', and 'green synthesis' which demonstrate the role chemistry has to play in achieving a sustainable civilization on Earth.

Sustainability Content: Course engages students in a critical discussion of sustainability.

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Environmental Sampling Methods

Course Number: CHM 3392
Course Description: Topics include federal and state regulations, EPA methodologies, analytical methods of analysis, environmental parameters such as turbidity, conductivity, pH, hardness, dissolved oxygen, BOD, COD and TOC will be discussed, A working-level knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and field data collection related to environmental compliance will be achieved.

Sustainability Content: Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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Environmental Science and Sustainability (New course could be used for certificate)

Course Number: CHM XXXX
Course Description:  Students study current environmental issues in the context of their scientific (biological, chemical, geological) underpinnings, while also considering the political, social and cultural dimensions of these issues. Also, the course could address the role of scientific knowledge in understanding and resolving environmental problems, such as climate change, population growth, deforestation, extinction, air and water pollution, food production, and environmental health. These topics can be explored through readings, films, student writing, research, field trips and case studies relevant to the Midwest.

Sustainability Content: Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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Rad & Env Physics

Course Number: PHY 1173
Course Description:
Study of environmental effects of hazardous materials. The techniques of radioisotope quantification, radioactive decay processes, disposal and its biological hazards. Environmental impact of thermal pollution, chemicals, ionizing radiation and physical hazards. Specific regulations that govern radioactive materials are covered.

Sustainability Content: Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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Ecology

Course Number: BIO 3613
Course Description:
  A study of the complex interrelationship between organisms and their environment. The course will include discussions on fundamental themes in ecology such as food webs and population growth, as well as topics of current interest such as oil spills and the destruction of the rain forest.

Sustainability Content:
Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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General Ecology (graduate level)

Course Number: BIO 6353
Course Description: How the distribution and abundance of organisms is affected by species interactions with one another and with their environment. Topics include the growth and regulation of populations, community structure and dynamics, ecosystems and energetics, and human ecology including habitat loss, biodiversity, resource use and sustainability.

Sustainability Content: Course deals directly with sustainability and the environment.

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University Chemistry 1

Course Number: CHM 1213
Course Description:  This course discusses the laws and concepts of chemistry and their application to chemical systems. The liquid and solid states, phase changes and phase diagrams, topics in the chemistry of materials, oxidation-reduction chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical thermodynamics and gas-phase equilibrium. 

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University Chemistry 2

Course Number: CHM 1223
Course Description:
  This course covers the solution state and colligative properties of solutions, and solution-phase equilibrium theory applied to solubility, chemical kinetics, acids and bases, and complex formation.

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Analytical Chemistry

Course Number: CHM 2342
Course Description:
  This course deals with the theory of gravimetric, volumetric, and electroanalytical methods. Theory of separation science and chromatography and statistical analysis of analytical data.  Introduces students to electrochemistry and water chemistry.

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Biology 2

Course Number: BIO 1223
Course Description:
  The biology, structure, physiology, development and reproduction of plants. Animals' anatomy and physiology including nervous system, gas exchange, excretion, the circulatory system, and reproduction. An introduction to animal behavior and the impact     of pollution. Survey of ecology, biogeography, and population biology, conservation biology.

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University Physics 1

Course Number: PHY 2413
Course Description:
  Kinematics and dynamics of particles, conservation of energy relativistic mechanics, statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Mechanics of fluids, temperature, heat and thermal energy; laws of thermodynamics; wave motion and sound.

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 University Physics 2

Course Number: PHY 2423
Course Description:
  Introductory study of electronics, direct currents, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, electricity. Light reflection, refraction, and polarization.

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