ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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ESC 330 LEGAL ASPECTS OF POLLUTION CONTROL. A study comparing various state and federal laws with particular emphasis on the State of Texas statutes will be conducted. Nature of evidence for prosecution under these laws will be considered. Prerequisites: BIO 137/117, CHM 241. Fall. Credit 3.
ESC 331 ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION. A study of topics relating to public health and sanitation. The causative agents of human diseases of public health importance are characterized, and present knowledge of prevention and control of these diseases is reviewed. Prerequisites: BIO 161/111, 162/112, 247 OR 347, and eight hours of chemistry. Two-hour laboratory. Odd year Fall. Credit 3.
ESC 332 SOLID WASTES AND RECYCLING. A study of solid wastes and recycling pertaining to sources, storage, processing, economics, and legal issues involved. Physical and chemical components of wastes and waste processing and their environmental effects will be stressed. Prerequisites: BIO 161/111, 162/112, 247 or 347, ESC 330, GEL 133/113, and CHM 241 and Junior Standing. Odd year, Spring. Credit 3.
ESC 333 INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE. A study of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety. This course will present the basics of industrial hygiene and work place monitoring. Emphasis will be on fundamentals of work place hazard recognition, techniques of evaluation, and methods of control. Prerequisites: BIO 161/111, 162/112, CHM 241, PHY 138/118, 139/119. Even year, Spring. Credit 3.
ESC 343 WATER SUPPLY AND WASTE WATER DISPOSAL. Water supply, development, treatment and distribution; waste water collection and treatment; water
purification and reuse; and the chemistry and ecology of aquatic systems are studied. Prerequisites: ESC 137/117, CHM 241, MTH 142 and junior standing. Two-hour laboratory. Fall. Credit 4.
ESC 410:411 UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR. Student discussions of current scientific literature in environmental science. Required of environmental science majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Fall, Spring. Credit 1 each.
ESC 430 HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT. This course deals with the technicaland regulatory aspects of handling and disposing of toxic and hazardous wastes based on recently mandated legislation procedures. This course will educate current students in an area that is of major national concern and will update persons alreadyworking in the field of environmental science. Prerequisites: CHM 241, BIO 137/117, GEL 133/113, and Junior standing. Spring. Credit 3.
ESC 432 ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY. (Also listed as BIO 432). This course presents basic toxicology as a qualitative and quantitative science of the effects of poisons (toxins) upon the environment, individuals, and populations. The course will also provide a comparison of the toxicology of human and other species’ exposure to common environmental contaminants. Prerequisite: BIO 161/111, 162/112, and 247 or 347; MTH 379 or BIO 474; 8 hours CHM, and Junior standing. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laborator. Even year, Fall. Credit 3.
ESC 461 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD EXPERIENCE. A supervised off-campus intern work experience in an approved area of Environmental Science with industry, business, or government. This course provides the student with direct professional work experience with industry or governmental entity. Academic credit is based on a written technical report and an oral presentation. Prerequisite: 6 hours of advanced Environmental Science and approval of instructor. Summer. Credit 3.
ESC 495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Individual study in specialized areas of Environment Science. To be directed and approved by the Environmental Science advisor. Credit 1, 2, or 3.
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