In the course you will seek practical solutions to complex environmental problems by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries and using an inquiry, cooperative learning-based approach. You'll learn how to integrate and apply knowledge from the four core areas of the ENVIRSCI curriculum. The main learning goals for this course are to gain in-depth experience in identifying tools and planning solutions for environmental challenges, and to explore how integrating your diverse educational experiences leads to new levels of understanding. You will learn how to address environmental management problems caused by global change, pollution, and the unsustainable use of renewable and non-renewable resources. The semester culminates in team-based projects in which students investigate connections between current environmental issues, their education in your ENVIRSCI major and your experience as UMass undergraduates, with structured opportunities for reflection on both your discipline and on yourself as a life-long scholar. This course meets the Integrative Experience requirement for the BS-EnvSci majors.
Training in the ASTM method for detecting recognized indicators of petroleum and hazardous material contamination at properties of concern to local communities. Phase I and II techniques including record file research, site reconnaissance, and subsurface investigations. Information obtained on project sites assembled into Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports for submission to interested municipalities. Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 151, CHEM 111, or equivalents.
Fundamental areas of environmental science presented in an integrated, interdisciplinary sequence: 1) environmental toxicology, 2) toxins in food and the environment, 3) environmental fate and degradation of toxicants. Prerequisites: ENVIRSCI 214 and organic chemistry.
Conservation science is concerned with phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of Earth's animals, plants and ecosystem while balancing the needs of people. Using principles from ecology, population genetics, economics, political science, and other natural and social sciences, this course will examine the global changes causing widespread species extinctions via large-scale shifts in climate, habitat destruction and fragmentation, ocean acidification, overexploitation, and invasive species. We will also focus on the various conservation strategies used to conserve ecosystems and biodiversity.
This course will explore some of the career opportunities available to graduates of the Environmental Science major. Periodic guest speakers will present seminars about career opportunities in both private consulting and public agency sectors of the environmental arena. Students will investigate the various focus areas available within Environmental Science (e.g., policy and law, global change ecology, habitat restoration, environmental toxicology, natural resource inventory and assessment, hazardous waste remediation? etc.) with a goal of planning their upper-level elective course selections. Students will be introduced to a variety of minors, certificates, and double majoring opportunities that would add value to their undergraduate degrees. Time will be spent building an individualized curriculum plan to meet specific career goals and outcomes for each student.
This course is designed to introduce first-year students, new Environmental Science majors and transfer students to a variety of faculty and environmental science research at UMASS Amherst, with the goal of helping students identify their particular interest and focal area within the discipline. Students will be able to use this information to locate independent study research opportunities, to select upper-level course work, and to further narrow their interests with the broad scope of topics that fall under the Environmental Science heading.