Environmental Studies, Environmental Science Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2011 University Catalog

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES w/CONC:EnvSci

Complete 33 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 5 courses for 15 semester hours:

    BIOL 570 Ecology 3
    GEOS 525 Environmental Geoscience 3
    GEOS 575 Geochemistry 3
    GEOS 658 Seminar in Environmental Graphics 3
    HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health 3
  2. ELECTIVES

    Complete the following 3 requirements for 18 semester hours:

    1. BIO-ECOLOGY

      Complete a minimum of 6 semester hours from the following list

      BICL 505 Bacteriological Techniques in Marine Sampling 2
      BIOL 521 Field Studies of Flowering Plants 4
      BIOL 522 Plant Pathology 3
      BIOL 531 Medical Parasitology 3
      BIOL 532 Advanced Entomology 3
      BIOL 543 Advances in Immunology 3
      BIOL 550 Topics in Microbiology 3
      BIOL 553 Microbial Ecology 4
      BIOL 571 Physiological Plant Ecology 4
      BIOL 572 Wetland Ecology 4
      BIOL 573 Shoreline Ecology 4
      PHMS 565 Tidal Marsh Ecology 4
    2. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

      Complete a minimum of 6 semester hours from the following list

      CHEM 570 Selected Topics in Advanced Biochemistry 3
      GEOS 509 Water Resource Management 3
      GEOS 530 Paleoecology 3
      GEOS 537 Biostratigraphy of New Jersey 3
      GEOS 560 Advanced Marine Geology 3
      GEOS 571 Geophysics 3
      GEOS 573 Nuclear Geophysics 3
      HLTH 532 Air Pollution 3
      PHMS 581 Coastal Geomorphology 4
    3. APPROVED ELECTIVES

      Complete 6 semester hours of graduate level electives with written approval from advisor.

  3. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

    Successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination.


Course Descriptions:

BICL505: Bacteriological Techniques in Marine Sampling

Standard methods of bacteriological water analysis, including mpn and membrane filtration. Special problems relating to sampling and analysis of marine sediments, surface and subsurface marine waters. Also offered at NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. Cross listed with Biology, BIMS 592. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: A course in microbiology.

BIOL521: Field Studies of Flowering Plants

The taxonomy, evolutionary trends and ecological adaptations of the gymnosperms and angiosperms. A variety of habitats will be visited and analyzed. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and field course in biology.

BIOL522: Plant Pathology

Causes, symptoms, and control of plant diseases. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and microbiology.

BIOL531: Medical Parasitology

To study the phenomenon of parasitism as applied to man and his domestic animals. Areas of emphasis include specific adaptations for parasitism and transmission, effects on the host, epidemiology and control. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Zoology.

BIOL532: Advanced Entomology

Examination of insects as model systems for biological inquiry. Topics include an integrative treatment of insect molecular biology, genetics, physiology, behavior, evolution and ecology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in M.S. Biology program or permission of instructor.

BIOL543: Advances in Immunology

To study in detail selected topics in immunology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Immunology.

BIOL550: Topics in Microbiology

Coverage of selected topics such as the microbial genetics, antibiotic action, bacteriophage, virus, cancer and microbial metabolism. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications of modern research in specific areas. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Microbiology.

BIOL553: Microbial Ecology

Exploration of the essential role of microorganisms in the ecosystem. Lecture, field trips and laboratory will demonstrate the ubiquitous and highly adaptive evolution of microorganisms, their interrelationships and their profound influence on the biosphere. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Microbiology.

BIOL570: Ecology

Basic ecological principles and concepts. Habitat approach to field exercises in fresh water and terrestrial ecology. Intra and interspecific relationships with all living members of the ecosystem, problems in plant and animal biology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and zoology.

BIOL571: Physiological Plant Ecology

The effects of soil, light, and water on plant growth, as well as, toxic effects of metals and salinity are measured using growth chamber and greenhouse facilities. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and one course in field biology.

BIOL572: Wetland Ecology

Important biotic, chemical and physical parameters of New Jersey's estuaries. Evolution and successional trends of estuarine communities. Ecology of individual communities studied by field trips to Delaware Bay shore and to some Atlantic coast bays, marshes and offshore barrier islands. Also offered at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

BIOL573: Shoreline Ecology

Community structure, trophic dynamics, species diversity and distribution of bottom dwelling organisms in relationship to their environment; lectures, laboratory work and field investigations of the marine benthos. Also offered at NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

CHEM570: Selected Topics in Advanced Biochemistry

A detailed treatment of selected topics in biochemistry. Special emphasis upon recent developments. Protein structure, enzymology, metabolism, nucleic acid chemistry are examples of topics. This course may be repeated for credit indefinitely as long as the topic is different each time. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or instructor's permission.

GEOS509: Water Resource Management

The spatial patterns of the water resource both as surface water and ground-water. Processes affecting availability and techniques of estimation are stressed. Offered as GEOS 509 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 533 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS525: Environmental Geoscience

In-depth study of the relationships between man and the physical environment of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Particular attention to problems of mineral resource and fossil-fuel depletion; pollution of air, water and soils and waste disposal and recycling, simple computer modeling of environmental situations. Offered as GEOS 525 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 505 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS530: Paleoecology

Distribution and association of fossils as interpreted from the evidence presented in the geologic record. Detailed paleoecological field study made of selected faunal assemblages. Offered as GEOS 530 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 545 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Biology major, or Geoscience major, or Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Science.

GEOS537: Biostratigraphy of New Jersey

The geologic history, paleontology, stratigraphy and paleogeography of New Jersey. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 537 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 548 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Geoscience major or Biology major.

GEOS560: Advanced Marine Geology

Development and evolution of the ocean basins; marine sedimentation; shoreline development and classification; submarine topography; mineral resources of the sea. Laboratory analysis of marine sediments and fossil assemblages. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 560 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 550 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS571: Geophysics

Theory and application of conventional geophysical methods: seismology, magnetism, electricity and gravity. Laboratory includes the collection and interpretation of geophysical data. Field trips. Offered as GEOS 571 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 535 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Geoscience major.

GEOS573: Nuclear Geophysics

Principles and application of nuclear physics to study of earth, including: natural radiation, origin and occurence of isotopes; use of isotopes in prospecting, geochronology and space geology; paleotemperature determinations; activation analysis; mining and use of radioactive elements; nuclear energy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Geoscience major.

GEOS575: Geochemistry

Chemical laws and principles applied to the earth, chemical composition of the earth, distribution and relative abundance of the elements. Radioactive materials, atmospheric precipitation of geochemicals, the geochemistry of polluted water (including solid and liquid wastes) study of meteorites. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 575 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 526 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS658: Seminar in Environmental Graphics

The use of graphic materials suitable for analyzing, understanding and presenting aspects of the environment through seminar presentation. The preparation of illustrative materials, especially suitable for inclusion in environmental impact statements as well as for public presentation, will be developed by each student as a culminating research project. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

HLTH502: Determinants of Environmental Health

Advanced study of health and safety aspects of the environment: air, water, industrial pollution and the impact of expanding population on health problems. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Environmental Studies w/ conc: Environmental Science (ESES) MA majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH532: Air Pollution

A consideration of the diverse factors contributing to air pollution, the physiological responses of critical organs to air pollutants, public health and economic implication, air pollution control standards and legislation, and principles of monitoring devices. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

PHMS565: Tidal Marsh Ecology

Salt marsh development and physiography: community structure, energetics, and interrelationships. The role of salt marshes in estuarine and marine systems. The impact of man on the marsh. Offered at N.J. Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHMS581: Coastal Geomorphology

Coastlines and their evolution; processes and materials of the coastal zone; shore zone hydrodynamics and sedimentation: beach and barrier systems with special emphasis on the New Jersey shoreline. Offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Offered as PHMS 581 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 551 and PHMS 551 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.