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Courses - Fall 2024
ENSP
Environmental Science and Policy Department Site
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
ENSP101
Introduction to Environmental Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS
One of two required courses that introduce students to the topics studied and methods employed in environmental science and policy. Emphasis on scientific ways of knowing; the systems, cycles, flows, and interfaces that characterize the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere; the analysis of human impacts on these systems; and the nature of scientific uncertainty and methods of quantifying environmental processes.
ENSP203
Perspectives in Environmental Justice
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will explore campus based environmental justice related course offerings, local environmental justice initiatives, and employment opportunities that exist for students having an interest in environmental justice
ENSP305
(Perm Req)
Applied Spatial Analysis in Environmental Science and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG373; or permission of Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
Intended for students interested in pursuing career or graduate research opportunities that will include identifying/querying/processing environmental datasets, detailed spatial analysis of environmental data, and applications of predictive environmental modeling. Students will learn necessary skills to analyze and process environmental data through hands-on training in commonly used software and a series of topical case studies. Data analysis and data processing will be taught using publicly available real-world environmental data sets.
ENSP330
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Environmental Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. And must be a major in the Environmental Science and Policy program; or permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
An overview of environmental law, from its common law roots to its role in the modern regulatory state, including an examination of major federal environment statutes and the policy debates inherent in them. Other areas covered include civil and criminal enforcement, standing to sue, land use control, and regulatory takings.
ENSP340
(Perm Req)
Water: Science, Ethics, and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. And must be a major in the Environmental Science and Policy program; or permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
Exploration of the science, policy, and ethical aspects of water resource protection and management. Focus on water pollution, water availability, ecosystems, and sustainability
ENSP360
Every Drop Counts: Water, Food and Global Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENSP101 or MIEH300; or permission of department.
Cross-listed with: MIEH333.
Credit only granted for: MIEH333 or ENSP360.
In-depth interdisciplinary study of the public health issues related to water use for global food production. Topics will include accessibility and availability of safe water for agriculture worldwide, potential microbiological and chemical hazards in agricultural water, alternative water sources such as reclaimed wastewater and return flows, food safety approaches to managing agricultural water, and agricultural influences on surface and groundwater quality. Political, social, and economic factors relating to agricultural water will be addressed, with special focus on regions that are leaders in innovative water management and regions where access to clean water for agriculture is a major challenge.
ENSP386
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have internship proposal approved by the concentration advisor, the director of ENSP and the student's internship sponsor.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENSP399
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENSP399N
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy; Wildlife and Zoo Nutrition Management
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has one of the county s oldest zoo nutrition departments, created in the late 1970s, supporting an active research program and nutrition lab (conducting both clinical, zoo-based and field-based studies) and a clinical program with two nutritionists responsible for the dietary management of the zoo collection. This course will be taught by both nutritionists. We will introduce comparative animal nutrition as it applies to animals in general and their management in a captive setting, with considerations for understanding wild populations. Primary topics will include an overview of nutrients and energy, digestive systems and metabolism, nutritional ecology and requirements, philosophy of diet formulation in a captive setting, considerations for in situ and ex situ nutrition research, and some practical applications to wildlife management, among other related subject matter.
ENSP399R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy; Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENSP400
(Perm Req)
Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ENSP101; and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must be in Environmental Science and Policy program; and senior standing; and permission of the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Integration of physical, biological, and social sciences with applications to environmental science and policy. Problem-solving and multi-disciplinary case study evaluations pertinent to contemporary and future issues related to the environment.
ENSP499
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.