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2000-2001 Undergraduate Catalog
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Courses in environmental management (designated ENMT) may be applied toward
  • a primary or a secondary specialization in environmental management;
  • supporting credit for a primary or a secondary specialization in environmental management or other primary or secondary specializations, as approved by an advisor; and
  • electives.

Courses in environmental management require a basic scientific foundation. Before enrolling, students are recommended to complete the listed prerequisites in math and science and should consult an advisor.

A description of the environmental management curriculum may be found in Specialization Descriptions.

ENMT 301
Environment and Ecosystems Management (3)
An overview of the scientific principles governing ecosystems, particularly as they relate to the environmental consequences of resource development and industrial processes. Topics are drawn from the fields of geology, hydrology, meteorology, and ecology. The historical development of environmental management issues and approaches is introduced. Principles of environmental management at the local, regional, and global levels are also covered.

ENMT 305
Hazardous Materials Toxicology (3)
An introduction to regulatory issues with a focus on the physical and chemical characteristics of nuclear, hazardous chemical, and mixed-waste materials. The normal function of human body systems is studied, drawing on the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology. Basic principles of toxicology are applied to provide an overview of human health effects associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals in the community and in work environments.

ENMT 310
Emergency Planning and Operations Management (3)
A review of human-made and natural hazards and emergency-preparedness laws. The relationships between industrial processes and hazardous materials are covered. Topics include developing skills to work safely in a hazardous environment and to prepare hazardous materials for transportation, processing, and disposal. Hazardous materials emergency planning, including direction and control of emergency response and remediation, is discussed. Preparation of emergency plans, methodology of disaster response, and performance of emergency operations are also reviewed. Practical exercises are used to demonstrate how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

ENMT 315
Environmental Audits and Permits (3)
A study of the principles of environmental impact assessment and an in-depth look at various laws, regulations, and methods of performing due-diligence audits. Topics include the regulatory requirements of NEPA, EIS reports, types of audits, ISO 14000 environmental systems standards, ASTM audit procedure, Department of Health and Safety audits, common law privileges, and self-regulation and business transfer statutes. Strategies and methodology for obtaining environmental permits and compliance are also reviewed.

ENMT 320
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management (3)
A study of the principles of health and safety management. Topics include recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards; medical surveillance; personal protective equipment; spill and exposure prevention; and contamination reduction and removal methods. Emphasis is on relating these principles to the regulatory processes (e.g., OSHA/NIOSH) governing environmental and occupational health and safety.

ENMT 325
The Biosphere, Energy, and Sustainable Development (3)
An overview of biodiversity, conservation, assessment methods, and mitigation. Topics include the relationship between energy and the environment, the impact of fossil fuels on the environment, global concerns of ozone depletion and climate change, alternative and renewable energy sources, conservation and technical advances, and sustainable energy development. Global agreements to balance economic growth against life-support systems and the natural resource base are surveyed. The collective thinking of various experts—to advance and create sustainable development, defining the new paradigm and implications for economic growth and managing the environment—is also explored.

ENMT 330
Environmental Monitoring and Investigations (3)
An examination of principles and methods used in monitoring, sampling, and analyzing pollutants in air, water, soil, and wastes. Focus is on developing and implementing sampling and analysis plans and quality assurance and quality control plans, using equipment for sampling and monitoring, and presenting investigation results. Site assessment and remedial investigation practices are also reviewed to characterize sites and explore “how clean is clean?”

ENMT 340
Environmental Technology (3)
An introduction to multimedia environmental management, control, and remediation. Existing, modified, new, and emerging technologies are surveyed. Case studies of real-world environmental challenges are presented to demonstrate the evaluation and selection of the appropriate technology for specific uses. Factors of technical integrity, cost effectiveness, and environmental soundness are explained in making technology application decisions.

ENMT 350
Integrated Waste Management (3)
An overview of applicable regulations and technology and management practices related to generation, handling, minimization, prevention, storage, processing, treatment, transfer, and disposal of municipal hazardous, nuclear, mixed, and special wastes. Topics include regulations, methods, and scientific principles for safely managing wastes from generation through final disposal.

ENMT 360
Water Environment Management and Use (3)
An overview of basic water system composition and how human activities cause pollution. Focus is on relevant laws and regulations, pollution assessment and evaluation techniques, alternative approaches to control pollution, and management systems. Also covered are safe drinking-water systems, water pollution control systems for sewage and industrial wastewater, and stormwater management.

ENMT 370
Environmental Communications and Information Systems (3)
A study of the structure, methodology, and application of the theoretical principles of communication as they pertain to a specific audience, content area, or situation. Emphasis is on conveying risk and legal information, communicating in emergencies, and using public relations skills. An overview of information technology and the use of computers in environmental management is provided. Topics include Internet sites, geographical information systems, environmental models and applications, environmental monitoring and measurement, and automated compliance strategies.

ENMT 380
Outdoor and Indoor Air Quality Management (3)
An overview of air quality management. Focus is on atmosphere, pollutants and sources, dispersion, effects, regulations, air pollution control, and noise control. Indoor air pollution topics include the study of sick buildings, causes and risk factors, diagnostic protocols, contamination measurement, and problem mitigation.

ENMT 390
Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
An overview of principles and relevant regulations and guidelines for performing environmental health and ecological risk assessments. Topics include the pros and cons of different risk assessment methods and how to plan, perform, and report environmental risk assessments. The use and economic effectiveness of risk assessments are also explored.

ENMT 405
Pollution Prevention and Other Strategies (3)
An overview of alternative environmental strategies. Topics include source reduction, recovery, reuse, recycling, and conservation; material substitution; process modifications; quality assurance and quality control and good housekeeping; waste minimization; zero discharge; and pollution prevention, processing, treatment, and disposal. Emphasis is on pollution prevention techniques, practices, and case studies. Economic analysis and regulatory compliance related to these strategies are also reviewed.

ENMT 493
Environmental Regulations and Policy (3)
An analytical survey of principles of constitutional and administrative law that are fundamental to environmental and health and safety management. Focus is on acquiring basic knowledge of federal legislation (including CWA, CAA, SDWA, RCRA/HSCA, CERCLA/SARA, FIFRA, TSCA, FDA, DOT, and OSHA) and becoming familiar with the use of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. The social contract and its sanctions, as expressed in law and litigation at local, state, national, and international levels, are also reviewed.

ENMT 495
Environmental Management Issues and Solutions (3)
An examination of issues in environmental pollution, remediation, and conservation within a multifaceted scientific, legal, political, and global context. Selected topics are drawn from ongoing national and international events concerning pollution issues. An overview is provided of the fundamental elements of an integrated environmental management program, using specific examples. Case studies are used to apply principles and concepts to environmental perspectives, experiences, and research issues. Project-planning and implementation techniques are considered with respect to environmental management and new paradigms of design for the environment. Previously acquired knowledge and skills are used to complement an advanced management project focusing on current issues in the field.

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