Course Descriptions

Environmental Science Courses

Faculty

Environmental Science is part of the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences.

Professors: Abbed Babaei, Pete Clapham, F. Paul Doerder; Associate Professors: A. Ralph Gibson, Robert A. Krebs, B. Michael Walton, Julie A. Wolin; Assistant Professor: Fasong Yuan; Adjunct Faculty: Rebecca Drenovsky, John Carroll University; Jeffrey P. Johansen, John Carroll University; Cathi Lehn, Cleveland Botanical Garden; Daniel R. Petit, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Terry Robinson, Cleveland MetroParks.

Other University Departments involved in Cleveland State University's Environmental Academic Studies Program:
Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Studies

Course Descriptions

EVS 206 Introduction to Environmental Science (4-0-4). An introduction to the interlinkages of nature, with substantive materials from geology, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, anthropology, political sciences and many other areas. The role of humans as destroyers and conservationists in nature will be studied. Natural- and human-caused hazards and prevention will be investigated. Return to top

EVS 300 Physical Features of Ecosystems (3-0-3). Prerequisite: EVS 206 or GEO 230. Corequisite: EVS 301. Overview of the dynamics of the abiotic factors contributing to ecosystem structure and function. The course will include water resources and flood hazards, environmental hazards, soils, and waste management. It will deal both with natural factors and environments that have been affected by human intervention, as well as conservation of the resources on which society depends. Return to top

EVS 301 Physical Features of Ecosystems Laboratory (0-2-1). Corequisite: EVS 300. Selected exercises designed to reinforce concepts covered in EVS 300, including experiments, exercises, and field trips to introduce students to hands-on observation of significant environmental issues. The course has four required half-day field trips and one required full-day field trip. Return to top

EVS 302 Biological Features of Ecosystems (3-0-3). Prerequisite: EVS 206 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: EVS 303. An introduction to biological features and resources of ecosystems, and their conservation and management. Return to top

EVS 303 Biological Features of Ecosystems Laboratory (0-2-1). Corequisite: EVS 302. Selected exercises designed to reinforce concepts covered in EVS 302. Return to top

EVS 380 Earth System Science for Middle School Teachers (3-4-5). Prerequisite: GEO 100/101 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to students seeking middle school licensure. No credit towards geology or environmental science major or minor. Concepts of earth system science relevant to students seeking middle school licensure will be discussed and related to timely issues. Lectures will coordinate with laboratory exercises and inquiry-based activities. Return to top

EVS 390 Writing in Environmental Science I (2-0-2). Prerequisite: a declared environmental science major and permission of the BGES Environmental Science Adviser. Corequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in a 300- or 400-level environmental science course. This course is designed to develop the writing and oral presentation skills of students through assigned projects and in-class activities. Students will write conceptual (review or theoretical) papers according to a standard format. A substantial written report is one of the requirements. The 300/400 level Environmental Science course instructor, in consultation with the student, will determine the topic of the written report.Return to top

EVS 450 Applied Ecology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: BIO 300 or BIO 302 or BIO 304 or permission of instructor. Our lives have been increasingly touched by questions pertaining to environmental degradation at local, regional, and global scales. Students will examine ways in which ecological principles can be applied to solving some of these crucial environmental problems. Topics include global climate change, sustainability, agroforestry, biodiversity and conservation, invasive species, ecotoxicology, biomonitoring and bioremediation, and restoration ecology. Return to top

EVS 454 Conservation Biology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: BIO 304. This course will examine the causes and scientific responses to the current worldwide crisis of declining biodiversity. Scientific principles underlying conservation biology are emphasized, but students also will explore the role that culture, societal values, politics, and economics play in conservation issues. Return to top

EVS 455 Conservation Biology Laboratory (0-4-2). Prerequisite: BIO 304. Examination of central principles of conservation biology through field studies and computerized analyses of data for actual endangered and threatened species. This laboratory course provides students with experience in quantification and analysis of biodiversity, environmental monitoring, mathematical modeling, risk assessment, and other methods used in conservation biology, ecology, and natural resource management. Return to top

EVS 470 Aquatic Ecosystems (3-0-3). Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 202, and CHM 261 or equivalent. Corequisite: EVS 471. A study of aquatic ecosystems, including lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands. Commonalities and differences between the physical-chemical and biological components of these ecosystems will be discussed. The impacts of human activities on these ecosystems are covered, as well as water quality assessment techniques, pollution control, and regulation. This course includes three required Saturday field trips. Return to top

EVS 471 Aquatic Ecosystems Laboratory (0-2-1). Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 202, and CHM 261. Corequisite: EVS 470. Selected exercises to introduce students to hands-on sampling and analytical techniques used in water quality assessment. This course includes three required Saturday field trips, each equivalent to two classroom laboratory periods. Return to top

EVS 472 Introduction to Watersheds of Northeast Ohio (2-0-2). Prerequisite: GEO 323 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: EVS 473. Introduction to the study of watersheds. Return to top

EVS 473 Introduction to Watersheds of Northeast Ohio Laboratory (0-4-2). Corequisite: EVS 472. Students will examine chemical, biological, and habitat aspects of area streams; study the watersheds of those streams; and carry out limited watershed-modeling exercises designed to help understand the dynamics of watersheds and the streams that drain them. Return to top

EVS 490 Internship in Environmental Science (0-8-4). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent study related to work experience for majors in Environmental Science. Return to top

EVS 494 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: at least a junior standing. Study of a particular topic in environmental science. Topics to be announced in semester course schedule. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic up to 12 credits. Return to top

EVS 496 Independent Study in Environmental Science (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and BGES undergraduate environmental science advisor. Independent study of material of special or timely interest which is not likely to be appropriate for, or covered in, regular course offerings. Must be at least 4 credits to satisfy the B.S. capstone requirement. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Return to top

EVS 497 Research in Environmental Science (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and BGES undergraduate environmental science advisor. Undergraduate research carried out by special arrangement. The student may work independently or as an assistant to a faculty investigator.Must be at least 4 credits to satisfy the B.S. capstone requirement. Return to top

EVS 499 Exit Evaluation (0-1-0). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Final exit examination and outcomes assessment evaluation required of all graduating seniors. Graded S/U.

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