2010-11 Course Descriptions

ENVR - Environmental Science   
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAS)   

ENVR 112 Plant Science (2-3-3), spring. A study of the applied botanical sciences. Special emphasis is placed on the use of plants by man. Plant ecology, physiology, morphology, and reproduction will be discussed in agricultural, economic, and sociological contexts. The influence of environmental factors and emerging technologies on plant growth and development will be discussed. Laboratory graded and credited with course. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements.    

ENVR 233 Soil Science (2-3-3), spring. A basic course dealing with soil types and parent material, chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils. Laboratory graded and credited with course.    

ENVR 320 Energy Resources (3-0-3), fall. A study of energy conservation, energy efficiency, the numerous forms of energy, how energy is converted from one form to another and how it is used throughout the world. Presents an environmental world-view through lectures, readings, research and reflection. Focused on safe application of energy to solve problems and meet the needs of today in a way that is sustainable into the future. Prerequisite: junior standing.   

ENVR 341 Water Resources (2-3-3), spring. A study of the use, conservation, and management of water resources within West Texas and the southwest. Discusses demand for fresh water and the limited water supplies in arid environments. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Prerequisite: junior standing.   

ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants (2-3-3), fall. Identification, classification, multiple use and economic value of native and introduced range plants in the Southwest. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Prerequisite: junior standing.   

ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology (2-3-3), fall. Physical features affecting the use of range vegetation; field classification of range grasses and range plants. Mapping, surveying and conducting range ecological studies. Designed for students desiring to work in the field of range management. Actual problems will be assigned in the field. Laboratory graded and credited with course.   

ENVR 354 Range Science (2-2-3), spring, even years. The study of planned range use in order to obtain maximum animal and plant production without degrading the quality of the ecosystem. Range utilization studies, methods of reseeding rangeland and the study of improvement techniques. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Prerequisites: ENVR 345, 350.   

ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy (3-0-3), fall. Introduces the basic concepts and issues underlying environmental regulation. Includes environmental policy frameworks, protection and regulatory instruments, and major federal environmental statutes. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or higher.   

ENVR 420 Environmental Thought (3-0-3), spring. A history and philosophy reading survey exploring the relationship between nature and man. Presents an environmental world-view through lectures, readings, research and reflection. Focus is on philosophy and environmental ethics such as anthropocentrism, biocentrism and ecocentrism, preservation, conservation, Christian stewardship, eco-feminism, deep ecology, and sustainability from an eastern, western and Native American perspective. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisite: senior standing.   

ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology (3-3-4), fall. Principles of animal ecology; life histories, economic and management phases of important species of big game, upland game, waterfowl, and fish. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Recommended for animal science, environmental science and biology majors. Prerequisite: junior standing.   

ENVR 458 Wildlife Management Techniques (2-3-3), spring. The purpose of this course is to describe major approaches to problem solving, suggest ways of implementing these approaches, and to improve the management of the wildlife resource through more rapid development and improved use of techniques. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Designed for environmental science majors pursuing the Wildlife and Natural Resource Management track, and biology majors. Prerequisite: ENVR 455 or BIOL 380.

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