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ENSC 111: Introduction to Environmental Studies
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

An interdisciplinary study of how the natural environment works and how things and events in nature are interconnected. A major focus of the course will be on issues such as sustainability, the preservation of natural capital (living and non-living) and solutions to major environmental problems such as pollution, energy resource shortages and global warming. Taught at the freshman level and open to both majors and non-majors. Three hours of lecture.

ENSC 200: Introduction to Environmental Law
3 CH   /  WIC

Introduction to Environmental Law is a survey course designed to introduce students to the major concepts of environmental law. Because environmental law is grounded in both federal and state statutes, the course will expose students to the major components of statutory law at both levels and will also explore the federal/state relationship using Pennsylvania as a model. Although a basic understanding of the American legal system and administrative law would be of great benefit, it is not a prerequisite for the course. Offered alternate years.

ENSC 201: Hazardous Materials Response
1 CH

This course is offered to students pursuing a career in environmental management and protection. It has been designed and will be presented to satisfy the OSHA hazardous waste operations and emergency response forty hour training requirement for response personnel (29CFER1910.120(e)). This is commonly called “HAZWOPER Training” in the private sector. Departmental approval is required for all students wishing to enroll.

ENSC 225: Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Primarily lab-based, hands-on course. Geographic Information Systems will introduce students to the most up-to-date GIS software from ESRI Corporation, and the techniques of resolving complex spatial questions related to environmental science, land-use planning, biogeography and business location decisions. Though designed primarily for environmental science majors, this course should be of interest to computer science majors, business majors, biology majors and social scientists interested in the analysis of spatially related variables.

ENSC 250: Meteorology and Air Quality Assessment
4 CH

An introduction to the fundamentals of atmospheric science with the primary goal of demonstrating how scientific principles govern the circulation of the atmosphere, the day-to-day sequence of weather events, the dispersion of atmospheric pollutants and inadvertent climate modification. Though intended for the environmental science major, the course should be of value to anyone interested in the science of weather forecasting, long-term climatic change and the meteorology of air pollution. Three 55-minute lectures and two hours of lab each week. (P: ENSC 111 or GEOL 150 or permission of the instructor) Offered alternate years.

ENSC 320: Urban and Regional Land Use Planning
3 CH

Urban and Regional Land Use Planning is an overview of present and past land-use policy in the United States. Since the goal of land-use planning is to decide on the best present and future uses for each parcel of land in a particular area, students will be introduced to the basic elements of comprehensive strategies and special area plans, techniques of developing each of these types of plans and mechanisms of zoning that are used to implement plans. Students will also be introduced to the state and federal regulatory environments and the political structures that influence the planning process. Participants will be expected to attend public hearings conducted by local planning agencies. (P: ENSC 111 or permission of instructor) Offered alternate years.

ENSC 350: Applied Environmental Science
3 CH

An introduction to environmental science research methodology, data gathering techniques and portable field testing equipment. A particular emphasis will be placed on the procedures for Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments using ASTM Standards. Two hours of lecture plus three hours of laboratory. (P: ENSC 111, GEOL 150, CHEM 140 or permission of instructor) Offered alternate years.

ENSC 410: Environmental Science Internship
3-6 CH

A capstone experience for the student to obtain work in a governmental agency, business or other institution in roles that relate to environmental concerns. Methods of assessment will include an evaluation by a supervisor at the cooperating agency or institution, the construction of a detailed daily log, a comprehensive report by the student and an on-site visit and examination of each student's work to be conducted by the program coordinator and a member of the career services staff.

ENSC 475: Independent Study
1-3 CH

Individual research project in environmental science for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA in the overall environmental science major. May be supervised by any appropriate faculty member, but must have approval of chairperson of supervisor's department. Project and supervision also must be approved by coordinator of environmental program. Arrangements must be completed prior to pre-registration period.

ENSC 495: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary

ESM 110: Hazard Awareness
1 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This course introduces the student to safety and health hazards found in the three top industries of western Pennsylvania: construction, oil and gas development, and manufacturing. Hazard Awareness is open to majors and non-majors.

ESM 111: Introduction to Safety
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course introduces important facets of the management of workplace safety including EHS compliance, management, employee engagement and training, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, and EHS program evaluation and improvement. Introduction to Safety is open to majors and non-majors.

ESM 210: Advanced Hazard Recognition
1 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

The student will complete safety training in one of three fields: general industry, construction industry or the oil and gas industry. Opportunities to shadow safety professionals in their selected industry will be included. Students will develop and conduct short training sessions related to a selected safety or health hazard.

ESM 221: Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Response
3 CH

This course will discuss the planning and mitigation needed to effectively prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in the workplace. Planning for fires, natural disasters, workplace security and business continuity will be covered. Offered spring – odd years.

ESM 231: Construction Safety
3 CH

This course will identify key regulations, important industry standards and safety responsibilities in the construction industry. Some of the topics that will be covered include electrical safe work practices, fleet safety, rigging, excavations and working at heights. Offered spring – even years.

ESM 241: Regulatory Compliance and Safety Management
3 CH

This course will cover the overall responsibilities an organization has for complying with OSHA and other regulatory authorities such as DOT, EPA, and State agencies. Different strategies used for safety management will be discussed including safety programs and management systems, ISO 45001 in particular. Offered fall – odd years.

ESM 351: Hazardous Materials and Environmental Safety
3 CH

This course will address the management and use of hazardous materials in the workplace. Topics will include hazard communication, process safety, safe transportation and environmental management. Discussions will focus on best management practices including management systems such as ISO 14001. Offered spring – even years.

ESM 361: Fundamental Concepts of Industrial Hygiene
3 CH

This course concentrates on the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of employee exposure to workplace health hazards. Topics will include chemical hazards (dusts, fumes, mists, gases, and vapors), ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, noise, temperature, and biological hazards. Offered fall – even years.

ESM 371: Essential Topics in Environmental Safety Management
3 CH

This course will cover employee training and development, incident investigation, ergonomics and leadership. Emerging issues in the environmental health and safety will also be a theme of the course. Offered spring – odd years.

ESM 380: ESM Lab Experience
1 CH   /  Lab Fee

The student will participate in hands on exercises for 3 hours each week. Exercises will include subjects covered in other required safety courses including air sampling and monitoring instruments; respirator fit-testing, PPE inspection and use; fall protection equipment. The physics, chemistry and math of safety will be a theme throughout the course. (P: Instructor Approval) Offered fall – even years.

ESM 495: ESM Special Project
1-3 CH

This course represents a substantive independent study and research effort. The student must prepare a detailed written proposal that will be reviewed for approval by the faculty advisor and chair of the department. The project must be completed as described in the proposal. The default credit hours is three but may be adjusted based on the scope and details of the proposal. (P: Junior standing and department approval.)

ESM 499: ESM Internship
12 CH

A capstone experience for the student working in a safety management position. The internship requires the completion of a minimum 480 hours of experience in construction, energy (oil & gas), manufacturing or other industry in a safety capacity. The student will be required to document and present examples of that experience in a portfolio. This course is limited to ESM majors and requires departmental approval to enroll.

GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

An introductory analysis of major world regions, important geographic principles and the role of geography as an integrative discipline. Mapping and other graphic skills also will be developed.

GEOL 150: Earth Systems
4 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

A study of the Earth from the systems' perspective showing how the four spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) are interrelated and how humans interact with and modify Earth systems. A particular emphasis will be placed on weather, climate, hydrology and geological processes. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week. This course replaces both GEOL 146 and GEOG 104 in previous catalogs as a requirement for the environmental science major.

GEOL 210: Principles of Hydrogeology
3 CH

A survey of the fundamental principles and processes governing the depletion and replenishment of water resources of the land areas of the Earth. Principles governing the sources, occurrence and movement of ground water will be covered as well as a thorough investigation of surface and subsurface water pollution and the forecasting and control of floods. Three hours of lecture a week. (P: GEOL 150) Offered alternate years.

GEOL 250: Environmental Geology
4 CH

A course dealing with relationships between humans and their geological habitat; the problems that human beings face in using the Earth and the reactions of the Earth to that use; earth processes, earth resources and engineering properties of rocks and surficial deposits that in some way affect human activity and environment. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. (P: GEOL 150 or permission of instructor) Offered alternate years.