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Environmental Science


Dept ID Course Name & Information Credits
ENVS 101 Careers in ScienceCareers in ScienceScience career seminar to acquaint students with the enormous variety of career options available to those with a science degree (BS, MS, PhD). Emphasize guest presentations from Haskell graduates continuing on to graduate school, working for tribes, working for federal/ state agencies, or working for the private sector. 1
ENVS 102 Environmental issuesEnvironmental IssuesExposure of students to issues within the natural environment intended to provide students basic information on environmental sustainability, common to global and therefore, tribal health. Prerequisite: Taskstream.com 101 3
ENVS 103 Introduction to Environmental ScienceIntroduction to Environmental ScienceIntroduction to growing fields of the environmental sciences. Current thinking and research concerning the impact of industrialization and urbanization on environmental quality and depletion of natural resources; the pollution of air, land surface, water, and the public agencies and policies designed to solve environmental problems in mainstream as well as tribal communities. 3
ENVS 301 Multicultural Perspective on Sustainable AgricultureMulticultural Perspective on Sustainable AgricultureThis course will teach methods and principles of sustainable agriculture from multiple perspectives (including indigenous and non-indigenous). Students will learn about modern high-impact agricultural systems as well as historical and more modern approaches to agriculture that are more environmentally sustainable. Students will compare and contrast these different approaches, and take part in informed discussions about the merits of different agricultural practices. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor 3
ENVS 310 Geologic History: A Sense of PlaceGeologic History: A Sense of PlaceThis course describes the geologic history of Earth with particular emphasis on the Continental history of North America. The locations of mineral deposits, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, rock types, soil types, and the general topography of the land will be connected to this history. The effect of the physical geography on the climates of different locations and on the fauna and flora, which exist there now and existed historically, will be studied. Connections between the geologic history and cultural, economic, and political geographies will be explored and blended together to provide a sense of place and a sense of being. 3
ENVS 320 Sustaining WatershedsSustaining WatershedsUtilizing basic geologic concepts as a backdrop, sustainable watersheds is intended to present the morphological development of watersheds, along with the natural hydrologic processes, to better understand ecological sustainability. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: ENVS 102 4
ENVS 340 Air QualityAir QualityThis course establishes the history and evolution of Earth’s atmosphere, its composition and structure, the natural cycles that maintain and control the atmosphere, how man-made events affect the atmosphere, how construction affects indoor air, and discusses air quality standards and health related issues as well as legislation, policies, and treaties, such as the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 or PSCI 100 3
ENVS 360 EnergyEnergyA look at the sources and uses of energy both in the natural world and for human technology. The science of energy will be integrated into the discussion of the role of energy, sources of energy, efficiency in the use of energy, energy economics, and environmental and social impacts of the use of energy. Special emphasis will be placed on energy and its role with regard to Indian land. 3
ENVS 410 Ecological History of North America and Its PeopleEcological History of North America and Its PeopleLecture and evidence-based discussion course familiarizes students with environmental changes and animal/ plant overturns in North American during the past 65 million years, and examines causes and results of extinctions and ecological replacement. A background is provided to past ecological patterns specific to North America, including habitats and natural communities now gone or drastically changed, as well as the geographical and clinical causes of past ecological changes. Final two-thirds of course examines how the Pleistocene Ice Ages and humans impacted the continent and its plant and animal life, and how past events and practices relate to the present. Prerequisites: BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 3
ENVS 411 Environmental ToxicologyEnvironmental ToxicologyAn interdisciplinary approach to problems related to the presence of biologically active substances and potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals in man’s environment. The course covers principles of environmental chemodynamics and toxicology, basic ecological processes, such as biomagnification of hazardous substances in local and nonlocal food webs, foods we eat, nutrient and geochemical cycles, along with environmental protection laws, organic chemistry, and the effects of environmental chemicals on people and ecosystems. Topic areas include: risk assessment; toxicological assessment (epidemiology, human physiology, endocrine and immune systems, and human genetics); endocrine disruptors; pharmaceuticals; heavy metals; air pollution; pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, and fungicides; radionuclides; chemicals used by terrorists; industrial chemicals; plasticizers; household chemicals; chemicals/drugs found in food/ meat/drinking water; mining waste; and hazardous substances on tribal lands. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 201 5
ENVS 415 Environmental Science SeminarEnvironmental Science SeminarA weekly seminar presenting a variety of current environmental science topics. Presenters for the seminar will come from various universities, federal, state, and tribal agencies and non- governmental organizations. On occasion, between presenters, students will discuss readings and other educational materials related to presenters’ topics. 1
ENVS 440 Integrated Rangeland PlanningIntegrated Rangeland PlanningAn integrated ecosystem approach to practical land management decision making for environmental science concepts. Practical land management applications include domestic livestock, wildlife and/or fisheries habitat and populations, water harvesting, prescribed and wildfire and a myriad of other benefits. 3
ENVS 450 Aquatic BiologyAquatic BiologyAn overview of aquatic ecosystems and their organisms. Topics include the systematics of aquatic environments (rivers, lakes and wetlands); collecting and identification of major aquatic taxa (fish, microbes, algae, aquatic insects and other aquatic invertebrates); water chemistry and biogeochemical cycles; community structure; and applied topics (invasive species, effects of pollution in aquatic systems, aquatic diversity, biological metrics). Marine systems willbe touched upon if there is time. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 5
ENVS 480 Undergraduate ResearchUndergraduate ResearchStudents are required to submit a one-page summary of the research planned to their research sponsor and the chairperson of Natural Science. A detailed five- to ten-page report on the completed work must be submitted to the research sponsor and chairperson of Natural Science the Friday before final examinations. A 10-15 minute presentation (or poster) of the completed research must be given to an audience of the research sponsor’s choosing. Prerequisite: Consent of sponsor and chairperson of Natural Science. 3