Environmental Science

Courses

ENVS 501 Chemistry of the Environment 3.0 Credits

Covers principles of physical and organic chemistry applicable to the study and evaluation of environmental conditions, especially the pollution of air, water, and soil (including chemical changes and reactions in the environment).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 506 Biostatistics 3.0 Credits

Covers measures of biostatistics, including central value and dispersion, sampling and distribution, statistical inference, analysis of variance, regression and correlation, and time series. Emphasizes application.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 511 Evolutionary Ecology 3.0 Credits

Studies the basic principles of evolution and ecology, including natural selection, the ecological niche ecological succession, and the food web, and effects of human activities on ecosystems. Views humans as a species.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 512 Systematic Biology 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to systematic biology, the science of discovering, describing and classifying organisms to construct a reference system for life on earth. Topics include concepts of species and higher taxa; sources and application of evidence for inferring phylogenetic relationships, including nucleotide sequences, morphology and fossils; characters, homology and parsimony; phylogenetic tree construction and classification; overview of nomenclature and taxonomy; and using phylogenies to discover pattern and process in evolutionary and comparative biology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 515 Plant Animal Interaction 3.0 Credits

Plant-animal interactions provide us with some of the most remarkable examples of adaptation and co-evolution. They are also key determinants of ecosystem functions. This course will provide a survey of the diversity of plant-animal interactions, the multidisciplinary approaches used to understand their ecology and evolution, and their importance to ecosystem services that sustain human societies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 522 Tropical Ecology 3.0 Credits

Covers the ecology of tropical forests, including biogeography, history, current processes, and effects of economic developments of rain forest and dry forest of the Old and New World tropics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 523 Tropical Field Studies 3.0 Credits

Ecology of tropical rain forests and dry forests. We will explore physical and biological factors that result in formation of these forests, effect of human impacts on these forests, effectiveness of management of these forests and the future of these forests in Costa Rica in the field.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 522 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)

ENVS 526 Molecular Ecology 3.0 Credits

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and computational exercises, students will learn how molecular tools have been used to study genetic variation. They will then learn how these studies have provided answers to previously unanswered questions in fields including ecology, evolution, behavior, conservation, and forensics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 527 Molecular Ecology Lab 2.0 Credits

Through a combination of laboratory and computational exercises, students will develop a toolkit for applied molecular studies of ecology and evolution. The course will focus on initiating or continuing a novel research project relating to one of several topics within the field of molecular ecology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 528 Conservation Biology 3.0 Credits

This course will detail the loss of biodiversity and explore related issues, including the theories and practices of conservation biology and the solutions currently being formulated to enhance the preservation of species on our planet. The course will explore potential limitations to these strategies and provide an appreciation of the relevance of ethics, economics and politics to biodiversity conservation while promoting the potential for individual action to influence conservation efforts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 530 Aquatic Ecology 3.0 Credits

Studies the relationships between aquatic plants and animals and their environment. Introduces the study of the ecology of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 533 Wetland Ecology 3.0 Credits

Examination of the structure, function, and dynamics of wetland ecosystems. Topics include geomorphology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, plant and animal adaptations to wetland environments, and wetland policy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 538 Biodiversity 3.0 Credits

This course explores major patterns of biodiversity that biologists have documented across the planet. The course begins with an overview of major types of biodiversity, focusing on species diversity, and methods for measuring and analyzing biodiversity. Next it explores major patterns of biodiversity that are fundamental to ecology and conservation, and theories for the causes of biodiversity patterns.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 552 Ornithology 3.0 Credits

Birds are among the most ubiquitous, diverse, and charismatic animals and we know a great deal about their biology through the contributions of both professional Ornithologists and citizen scientists alike. This course will touch on a variety of topics, including evolution, ecology, behavior, conservation, and biological diversity of birds.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 554 Ichthyology 3.0 Credits

This course will explore fish and the link between their diversity in form and ecological function. This combined lecture-lab course will cover the basic systematics, evolutionary relationships, biogeography, structure, physiology, life history, and ecology of fishes and lampreys.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 564 Animal Behavior 3.0 Credits

The mechanisms, ecology and evolution of the activities of animals in relation to their natural environment. Topics include development and control (neutral and hormonal) of behavior, adaptations for survival, feeding, and predator avoidance, strategies of habitat selection, communication, reproduction, and social behavior.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: ENVS 565

ENVS 565 Animal Behavior Laboratory 2.0 Credits

An observational study of the behavior of a captive group of social animals at the Philadelphia Zoo including species selection, background research, ethogram construction, 16 hours of quantified observations, analysis of data and written report. Graduate students supervise weekly assignment review sessions, organize peer review sessions and revise the laboratory manual.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: ENVS 564

ENVS 582 Field Botany of the New Jersey Pine Barrens 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on plant identification skills that are necessary to conduct scientific botanical surveys. The vascular flora of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, including rare plant species, is emphasized with special reference to habitat and community analyses. Non-vascular species are examined but not emphasized.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 5 credits
Prerequisites: ENVR 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 511 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 583 Ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens 4.0 Credits

Course focuses on the ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Students learn field survey methods, identify index species (flora and fauna), perform community analyses, and use equipment for measuring abiotic variables (soil and water). Field exercises focus on key aspects of the regional ecology: fire, soil and water.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVR 511 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 585 Systems Ecology 3.0 Credits

Systems Ecology will provide the tools to integrate and synthesize disciplines of sciences to understand the development, disruption, and dynamics of ecosystems. Students will learn general systems theory about how elements of an ecosystem interact with other parts of the system and how exogenous or external variables drive ecosystem processes. The course will show how to combine field data with simple mathematics in step by step calculations to describe, study, and emulate complex systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 588 Marine Field Methods 4.0 Credits

Course focus is on the ecology of local marine environments. Students learn marine field survey methods, identification of marine organisms, habitat analyses, and use of equipment for measuring abiotic variables. Students sample fish, plankton and invertebrate species aboard the 25 foot Drexel research vessel, Peter Kilham.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVR 511 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 590 Marine Ecology 3.0 Credits

This course studies major processes in the marine environment, especially relationships between organisms and the factors that influence their abundance.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 591 Freshwater and Marine Algae 3.0 Credits

Origin and evolution of various algal groups, principles and methods of algal systematics, algal ecology, and use of algae as environmental indicators. Field trips to local streams, ponds and wetlands where students will collect algal samples and record environmental data. Lab work will include sample processing and algal identification.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 593 Entomology 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to some of the major topics in the field of entomology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: ENVS 594

ENVS 594 Entomology Lab 2.0 Credits

This course introduces students to some of the major practical topics in the field of entomology. The course consists of lab work, collecting trips, and creation of an insect collection.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: ENVS 593

ENVS 601 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 3.0 Credits

Covers thermodynamic and kinetic principles and their application to the study of chemical changes and reactions in the water or air environments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 605 Atmospheric Chemistry 3.0 Credits

Introduces the principles of atmospheric physics and photochemical kinetics as a prelude to understanding the atmospheric chemical system. Examines the chemistry of the natural atmosphere to prepare for the understanding of how pollutants interact with natural species. Considers pollution of the stratosphere and the troposphere.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 501 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 609 Environmental Surveying and GIS 3.0 Credits

This course is a field intensive course that gives students hands on training on state-of-the-art surveying gear. Students will learn the principals of surveying used by field ecologists or geoscientists, including types of surveying gear, how to use it in the field, and how to analyze collected data.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 610 Physiological Ecology 3.0 Credits

Examines mechanisms by which physiological factors affect and limit the distribution and abundance of animals, including physiological and behavioral thermoregulation, heat and cold tolerance, acclimation, metabolism, osmoregulation and dehydration tolerance, feeding strategies, digestion and feeding patterns, energy and water budges, toxins and optimality theory.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 612 Biophysical Ecology 3.0 Credits

Covers energy balances and methods of heat transfer in organisms, including convection, conduction, radiation, evaporation, and metabolism and steady-state and transient energy balances, including mass balances, water uptake and evaporation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 613 Advanced Population Ecology 3.0 Credits

One of the greatest issues concerning life on Earth and human impact on the planet is whether species will survive or go extinct. This course explores how wild populations change over time and investigates the concepts and quantitative methods used to determine the viability of plant and animal populations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 614 Advanced Community Ecology 3.0 Credits

Community ecology is the study of how populations of organisms interact with each other and the physical environment. Students will investigate the underlying principles that explain and predict interactions among populations of organisms, and how these principles can be used to conserve and manage wild animal and plant communities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 617 Stream Assessment 3.0 Credits

Most stream and river ecosystems are stressed by human activities, and aquatic ecologists are frequently called upon to assess problems, make scientific evaluations and provide management recommendations. A main goal of this course is to provide problem-solving experiences in stream assessment based on example real-world environmental questions. The assessments will provide students opportunities to address issues they may face as ecologists, engineers, managers and policy makers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 624 Microbial Ecology 3.0 Credits

Studies the relationships of microbes with plants, animals, and the environment, both biotic and abiotic components. Examines the key role of microbes in the functioning of ecosystems affecting decomposition, disease, nutrient cycling, and energy flow. Studies these processes and the role of microbes in the natural functions of ecosystems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 516 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 516 [Min Grade: C]

ENVS 670 Advanced Topics in Evolution 3.0 Credits

Discusses and evaluates selected topics such as population and quantitative genetics, genomics in evolutionary analysis, fitness concepts and modes of selection, species concepts and modes of speciation, evolution of development and complex adaptations, biological diversification over space and time, adaptive radiation and extinction, historical biogeography. Topics for each term will be selected based on current research and interest.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 692 Ichthyology and Herpetology 3.0 Credits

Many species of fishes, amphibians and reptiles face extirpation from their former ranges and some face total extinction within our lifetime. This course investigates major regional and global issues concerning viability of these organisms and addresses solutions using concepts of population ecology, community ecology, physiological ecology and conservation biology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 708 Environmental GIS 3.0 Credits

This introductory course is technically oriented and will provide a foundational understanding of GIS in an environmental context. Covers GIS principles and practices and applies spatial investigation procedures to analyze geographic data, including mapping and computer systems, attribute and spatial data models, data organization in GIS, GIS data analysis, and future trends for this technology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 711 Aquatic Toxicology 3.0 Credits

Applies the principles of toxicology to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Includes applications of laboratory and field tests to evaluate aquatic effects, and methods of data analysis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 726 Environmental Assessment 3.0 Credits

Examines the National Environmental Act of 1969 and its implementation according to the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality. Discusses air, water, noise, biological cultural, and socioeconomic impacts. Includes methods of impact analysis and means to compare alternative actions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 797 Research 20.0 Credits

Requires actual formulation and investigation of a research problem and a written report.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS 864 Graduate Research Seminar 1.5 Credit

The BEES Graduate Research Seminar is a weekly series of scientific presentations by faculty, graduate students and outside speakers. The seminars are opportunities for learning about and discussing ongoing research in the Department and current issues in biodiversity, earth and environmental science.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 891 Research Methods I 3.0 Credits

Introduces research methods and literature, procedures for the collection and analysis of data, and preparation of technical papers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS 898 Master's Thesis 20.0 Credits

Master's thesis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS 998 Ph.D. Dissertation 20.0 Credits

Requires each student working on a dissertation to file a written report each term with his or her supervisory committee and the program graduate advisor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS I599 Independent Study in ENVS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS I699 Independent Study in ENVS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS I799 Independent Study in ENVS 9.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS I899 Independent Study in ENVS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS I999 Independent Study in ENVS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS T580 Special Topics in Environmental Science 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS T680 Special Topics in Environmental Science 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS T780 Special Topics in Environmental Science 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVS T880 Special Topics in Environmental Science 9.0 Credits

Covers topics of current interest to faculty and students. Specific topics for each term are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVS T980 Special Topics in Environmental Science 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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