Field Station Courses and Descriptions

ENV 300 Intro to Environmental Sciences: A one semester lecture and laboratory course for students interested in a minor concentration in environmental science. The primary purpose of the course is to introduce students to the biological, chemical, political, economic and cultural factors that affect the environment, and the interaction of these factors with the ecosystem concepts of nature. 4.000 Credit hours

ENV 302 Biostatistics: This course intends to introduce undergraduate students encountering biostatistics for the first time. The course will help students to gain knowledge in fundamental concepts of biostatistics. One-to-one consultation is recommended if difficulty in understanding materials arises. MS Excel will be used for certain statistical analyses. Be familiar with Excel spread sheet. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 305 Environmental Health: This course is designed for students pursuing an environmental science minor or future health professions career. The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the environment effects upon human health. The ecological position of human populations within the global ecosystem will be presented along with human populations with the local environment. Impacts of natural environmental factors and pollutants on human health will be explored including case studies. Subjects to be addressed will include effects of natural carcinogen, ultra-violet light, invertebrate disease vector, epidemiology, ecotoxicology, density-dependent disease transmission, food supply health, and water supply quantity and quality. 3.000 Credit hours

ENV 310 Intro to Soil Science: Designed for students interested in a comprehensive introduction to soil science from both an environmental and plant management perspective, this course is divided into three units. A unit on soil information introduces students to soil properties, characterization, mapping, classification, and land evaluation. A soil management unit addresses nutrient and water management, water, as well as management of soil biota and soil health. The unit on the role of soils in ecosystems considers topics such as soil erosion, nutrient leaching, soils as sinks and sources of greenhouse gases, and the impact of soils on land use. Labs will initially be field-oriented with an emphasis on learning practical skills needed to evaluate and manage soils. Subsequent labs will focus on accessing, interpreting, and applying soil information. Prerequisites: ENV 300 or Instructor permission. Sophomore standing. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 306 GIS and Land Use Decisions: Fundamentals of land use and conservation of natural resources is emphasized. Students will be introduced to zoning regulations, land ownership, and private and public management of land in the United States. The development and the proper use of environmental impact statements are emphasized. Field description and assessment of major agricultural, forestry, rural and urban land uses are illustrated. Classification and mapping of attributes are conducted in the field as they relate to soils, waters, land management, ownership and vegetative cover. Assessment techniques are used. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 399 Field Botany: Plants are the base of the biological food chain and the key player in nutrient cycles of the planet, and as such knowledge of the plant community is important for beginning ecologists to learn about. The course would start with an introduction to plant life cycles which would include microscopic observation of plant structures – very especially flowers. Lab instruction would be followed by field trips to sites throughout the region around Aiken concentrating on sites within the Savannah River Site. Collections made either in the morning or afternoon would be followed by sessions in lab preparing specimens and identifying and recording collection locations. Pairs of students would be expected to build a plant collection of at least 50 species representing 25 families. Each student will carry a field notebook to the field and take notes. Notes will be transcribed in the evening and during lab into a formal field journal. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 410 Principles of Agronomy: A foundation course in agronomy applying crop, soil, and environmental sciences in understanding agricultural systems in the world. Course includes introductory concepts of plant, soil, tillage, pest, environmental, and sustainable aspects of crop production. Prerequisites: ENV 310 and junior standing. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 420 Environmental Chemistry: This  course will enable students to make informed judgements on environmental issues while providing a basic understanding of chemical principles and practices.  Emphasis will be placed on ozone depletion, global warming, air and water pollution and the hazards of radioactivity.  The laboratory component will introduce water analysis, soil, feed and forage analysis.

ENV 430/530 Waste Management: An approved one-semester lecture and laboratory course for students interested in minor concentration in environmental science. The course will explore modern waste disposal management strategies. Landfills and hazardous waste management strategies will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on recycling reuse and composting as alternative waste management strategies. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 490 Principles of Pollution Control: Students are exposed to environmental engineering principles through standard and cutting edge technologies designed to manage, mitigate or remediate pollutants in soil, water and air. The technologies include waste water management from domestic and industrial sources, landfills, surface water containment, remediation of wastes by chemical and biological process, and transport of solid and hazardous wastes. Students obtain familiarity with database management, characterization of contaminants, sensors, survey procedures, and State and Federal regulations and permitting. Prerequisites: 3 semesters of chemistry, Instructor permission and junior standing. 4.00 Credit hours

ENV 491 Soils and Hydrology: Fundamentals of soils and hydrology essential to environmental science careers are discussed. Topics include soil physical properties that affect transport and retention of pollutants, saturated and unsaturated flow in the soils, drainage, basic aquifer characteristics, erosion and sediment transport, stream flow and storm flow dynamics in response to rainfall and watershed features. Fieldwork will emphasize measurements and assessment of vegetative and non-vegetative surfaces, particularly in the riparian zone.  4.000 Credit hours

ENV 492 Wild Life Ecology and Management: This course will introduce students to the origin and development of wildlife management in the United States of America. The relationship between management and conservation practices and their link to sound ecological assessment will be addressed. Management practices in the USA will be compared and contrasted with those in Europe, Canada and Mexico. Class time will be divided equally between lecture and laboratory. Current journal articles will be used to supplement the text. Prerequisites: Instructor permission and junior standing. 4.000 Credit hours

ENV 495 Wetlands and Aquatic Ecology : This course will review the fundamentals of soils and hydrology essential to environmental science careers are discussed. Topics include soil physical properties that affect transport and retention of pollutants, saturated and unsaturated flow in the soils, drainage, and basic aquifer characteristics. In addition to the historical background of SRS, a big component of this course (95%) is collecting and analyzing approximately 130 groundwater samples around SRS facilities. Report writing is a very important component of student training in environmental monitoring. Students will be involved in technical and scientific writing to master complete and accurate data reporting and information summarization of field work experience. 4.00 Credit Hours

C 204 Intro to Radiochemistry: This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of nuclear science and the basic technologies in radiochemistry.  The students will learn the theories and the principles of the radiochemical techniques.  The basics of nuclear chemistry, radiation chemistry, health physics, and nuclear counting statistics that are closely related to radiochemistry will also be introduced in the course.  The economic effects and social impacts of radiochemistry on the energy and environmental problems faced by human beings will also be discussed in the class.  The important applications of radiometric techniques in many fields such as nuclear energy, molecular imaging, radiotherapy, archaeological dating, and environmental sciences are introduced as well.  3.00 Credit hours

C 314 Nuclear and Radiochemistry Instrumentation: This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of nuclear detection principles, nuclear counting statistics, as well as intense training in operating nuclear instruments. Student are also trained on the basic radiochemistry procedures of preparing samples obtained form the natural resources for radio analysis. 3.00 Credit hours

P313 Radioisotope Laboratory: A course designed to provide a working knowledge of radioisotopes and their technical uses with emphasis on radiation safety, the use of nuclear instrumentation, and tracer problems. 3.00 Credit hours

USC Aiken Classes

ENCP 361 Instrumentation, Measurements, and Statistics: (Prereq: STAT 509 with a grade of C or better, ENCP 260 with a grade of C or better, PHYS 211 with a grade of C or better, and PHYS 212 with a grade of C or better) Principles of measurement, analysis of data, experimental planning.  Correlations of experimental data, experimental variance, and uncertainty analysis.  Lab and lecture. 3.00 Credit hours

ENCP 371 Engineering Materials: (Prereq: ENCP 260 with a grade of C or better) Structure and properties of engineering metals, ceramics, and polymers; atomic bonding, crystalline structures and microstructures; mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms; processes for controlling structures and properties; corrosion. 3.00 Credit hours

ENCP 492 Topics in Engineering- Robotics: Fundamentals of perception, sensors, computer vision, navigation, localization, actuation, manipulation, mobility (e.g., walk, swim, roll, crawl, fly), and intelligence (e.g., control, planning, and mission execution). Review and discussion of various robotics techniques. May include guest lecturers from various DOE laboratories and other leaders in the robotics community. Includes a significant laboratory component. 3.00 Credit hours

 ENCP 492 Topics in Engineering- Engineering Research Methods in Environmental Management:  (Prerequisite: Junior Standing) This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in enrolling in a graduate engineering program in Environmental Management or other related disciplines. Research design, collection and analysis of data, scientific writing, literature review, methods for presenting findings and an overview of research methods including experimental and non-experimental and the review and integration of each approach. 3.00 Credit hours