Environmental Science (ES)

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ES 115 Geographic Info. Systems 3 Cr.

Introduction through geographic information systems (GIS) to spatial analysis, addressing a range of applications across disciplines. Students use GIS to analyze spatial data and problem solve real-world issues. During the final four weeks students design, implement, and present a GIS project. 3 lecture hours. Offered Spring, even years.

ES 130 Introduction to Environmental Law 3 Cr.

Major Federal pollution regulation schemes, enviromental economics, risk analysis, relevant common law, and constitutional and procedural issues are introduced. Vermont Enviromental Law is addressed, as is a survey of the extensive and often novel regulatory approaches of the state of Vermont. The course introduces enviromental law issues such as population, economic growth, energy, and pollution. Enviromental problems are defined and alternative approaches for dealing with them are examined. Existing statutory efforts such as the National Enviromental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act are analyzed. 3 lecture hours. Offered Spring, even years.

ES 1XL Enviromental Lab Sci. Transfer Elec 4 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ES 1XX Enviromental Science Transfer Elec. 4 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ES 251 Sophomore Seminar in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

This course introduces the fundamentals of scientific investigation and communication. A research project introduces the Scientific Method, while reading and comprehension of scientific literature is coupled with instruction in and application of technical and scientific writing. Other forms of scientific communication, including poster and oral presentations, are addressed. Students learn the appropriate techniques for displaying and interpreting scientific data. Students may not earn credit for both ES 251 and GL 251. Offered Fall semester.

ES 260 Project in Environmental Science 1-4 Cr.

Students conduct an independent study on an enviromental science field or labratory project. Topic chosen by mutual consent of the student and instructor. A written report is required. May be repeated one time for credit. Prereqs: GL 110 or GL 111 or GL 156, and Department Chair permission. Offered occ.

ES 270 Fundamentals of Environmental Science 4 Cr.

Investigates the atmosphere, hydroshere, lithosphere, and pedoshere and their interrelations as well as the affect they have on humans and the role that humans play in large-scale change within these spheres. Subjects include modern climate principles and golbal climate change, water as a natural resource, natural hazards such and landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes, soil nutrient loss and erosion, sustainable agriculture, and other topics related to natural-human interactions. 3 lecture hours, 3 labratory hours. Prereqs: GL 110, GL 111, or GL 156. Offered Fall, odd years.

ES 290 Internship in Environmental Science 1-4 Cr.

A course for enviromental science internships on a topic chosen by mutual consent of the student and instructor. A written report is required. May be repeated one time for credit. Prereqs: GL 110, GL111, or GL 156, 2.0 cum. GPA and instructor or Department Chair permission. Offered occ.

ES 340 Project Development in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

Develops the skills for designing and executing an original scientific research project. Topics include research plan development, literature research to inform methodology, generation of site maps and protocols for collecting field and labratory data, and generation of a properly formatted research proposal. 1 lecute hour. Prereqs: J1, Enviromental Science major, instructor permission. Offered Spring.

ES 440 Research Project in Environmental Science 3 Cr.

A capstone original research project under the direction of a faculty member in coordination with others taking this course. Field and labratory work will generate new data on an expanding base; after analysis and interpretation, data will be presented in a techincal format. All aspects of the project will be intereted in the context of the literature. 3 lecture hours. Prereqs: ES 340. May not receive credit for both ES 440 and GL 440. Offered Fall.

ES 451 Environmental Science Seminar 3 Cr.

A capstone seminar experience integrating reading, writing, and group participation focused on Earth and enviromental issues. Discussions explore links between society and global systems. 3 lecture hours. Prereqs: S1. Credit cannot be received for this course and GL 451. Offered Spring.

ES 460 Project Completion in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

Follows work in ES 440. Students integrate the body of scientific knowledge into a professional and technical report. Students work collaboratively with their research advisor. 1 lecture hour. Prereqs: ES 440. Offered Spring.