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ENV 503/ENSP 403 Pollution Biology

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENV 501 or permission of instructor. (Second semester/3 credits) This course is available as an elective for the GIS-ENV Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that this course will count toward the GIS-ENV Certificate by the drop/add deadline each semester, so that GIS-focused assessments can be completed. Once a student declares the GIS option, the course cannot revert to the non-GIS version.

This course will study the sources, fates and biological effects of a wide variety of environmental pollutants. Topics covered include: air, water and soil pollution; techniques for monitoring and evaluating pollution effects; and pollution control technologies. The factors leading to and evidence for global climate change will be examined in depth. Case studies will be employed to illustrate the social, economic, and political issues surrounding many pollution problems.