EEES – 1010 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY [3 hours]
Introduction to classification and origins of rocks and minerals, surficial processes
and landscape development, groundwater and other natural resources, geologic structures,
earthquakes and the earth's interior, plate tectonics, and geologic time. No credit
if EEES 2100 is taken. [Fall, Spring, Summer] General Education Natural Sciences core
EEES – 1020 INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY LABORATORY [1 hour]
Identification of rocks and minerals. Study of the Earth's surface features through
the use of topographic and geologic maps, and aerial photographs. [Fall, Spring, Summer]
General Education Natural Sciences core course.
EEES – 1050 GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS AND THE ENVIRONMENT [3 hours]
Introduction to hazardous geological processes and materials : volcanic eruptions,
earthquakes, floods, ground subsidence and collapse, landslides, coastal flooding
and erosion and others. Causes and risk mitigation are discussed. [Fall, Spring, Summer].
General Education Natural Sciences core course. (Spring and Summer are offered in a Distance Learning format.)
EEES – 1130 DOWN TO EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE [3 hours]
Evaluation of environmental controversies using ecology, economics and human values.
Issues range from global change, overpopulation, food production, pollution, disease,
and endangered species to unique habitats including rainforests and coral reefs. (Not for credit in the major.) [Fall, Spring] General Education Natural Sciences core course.
EEES – 1140 ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS LAB [1 hour]
Basic scientific methods are used to conduct laboratory and field studies of contemporary
environmental problems. [Fall, Spring] General Education Natural Sciences core course.
EEES – 1150 MARINE BIOLOGY [3 hours]
An exploration of life in the world's oceans, emphasizing how marine organisms thrive
in broadly diverse environments. Topics include the major ocean habitats and ecological
relationships among associated flora/fauna. [Spring] Natural Sciences core course.
(Offered in a Distance Learning format.)
EEES – 1160 PLANTS AND SOCIETY [3 hours]
This course centers on the importance of plants to our planet. Includes an introduction
to botany and discussion of plants that provide food, materials, spices, medicines,
drugs and poisons. (Not for credit in the major.) [Spring] Natural Sciences core course.
EEES – 1170 MICROBES AND SOCIETY [3 hours]
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fascinating and important
roles of microbes in everyday life, including disease and public health, environmental
science, agriculture, and bioterrorism. [Fall] General Education Natural Sciences
EEES - 1180 Coral Reef Ecology Lab (DL)
A virtual laboratory‐based exploration of the coral reef environment and the dynamics of the coral reef
ecosystem. The web of life on reefs will be examined at multiple levels, including
living and non-living components and specialized roles among species, with emphasis
on the delicate balance of natural processes and impacts of various stressors. Online
date labs will be enhanced with at-home activities including creating and manipulating
a physical model of a reef ecosystem to stimulate the effect of human stressors on
EEES – 2010 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES [3 hours]
Introduction to issues currently affecting environmental quality. Fundamental scientific
concepts relating to those issues, and ethical, economic, legal and political considerations
that affect the resolution of environmental problems. Intended for freshmen and sophomores.
EEES – 2100 FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY [4 hours]
Consideration of earth materials and the dynamic external and internal processes active
on earth; the physical and biological history of the earth. Required overnight field
trip [Fall, Spring] Prerequisite: CHEM 1090 or 1230.
EEES – 2150 BIODIVERSITY [4 hours]
Examination of the diversity of life on earth and its evolution, systematics and behavior;
the structure of ecosystems, and concepts of population and community ecology. [Fall,
EEES – 2160 BIODIVERSITY LAB [1 hour]
Laboratory exercises designed to complement the material covered in EEES 2150. [Fall,
Spring] Corequisite: EEES 2150.
EEES – 2200 CLIMATE CHANGE [3 hours]
An overview of the understanding of climate change and role of human activities, including
atmospheric processes, greenhouse effect, carbon cycling, physical evidence, impacts,
and proposed global actions in response. Cross-listed as GEPL 2200. [Spring] (Offered in a Distance Learning format)
EEES – 2230 EARTH HISTORY: HISTORICAL GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY [3 hours]
The morphology and paleoecology of fossil taxa, significant strata, and tectonic events
important to the interpretation of paleoenvironments and Earth history are stressed.
Field trip(s) required. [Spring] Prerequisite: EEES 2100 (Taught as a writing intensive course—WAC)
EEES – 2400 OCEANOGRAPHY & WATER RESOURCES [3 hours]
Physical, chemical, geological and biological nature of oceans and ocean basins. Ocean
resources, circulation, climate and the hydrologic cycle. Fresh water resources and
resource management. [Spring]
EEES – 2500 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [1 hour]
Desktop computer uses by scientists: word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, e-mail
and WWW, table digitizer, processing GPS and data logger files, contour and mapping
software. [Fall, Spring] Prerequisite: EEES 1010 or 2100; knowledge of algebra, plane
geometry and basic trigonometry.
EEES – 2510 ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [2 hours]
Team taught. Collecting and analyzing spatial data, digital elevation models, mathematical
modeling of natural processes and introduction to matrix operations in Excel. [Spring]
Prerequisites EEES 2500. Note: being taught Spring 13 as EEES 4980 section 002.
EEES – 2900 SEMINAR [1 hour]
Individual presentation and discussion of topics in the environmental sciences appropriate
for students interested in environmental sciences but with little or no formal background
in the discipline. [Taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 2980 SPECIAL TOPICS [1 - 4 hours] A lower division undergraduate course covering some aspect of environmental
sciences not covered in the formal course offerings of the department. Students may
repeat the course for different topics. [Taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite:
Consent of instructor.
EEES – 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY [1-4 hours]
Student selects an appropriate approved subject for individualized study and prepares
a report or gives equivalent evidence of mastery of the selected subject. [Taught
when demand warrants] Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 3000 GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS [3 hours]
Study of regional geology of the U.S., focusing on national parks and monuments with
the aim of furthering the student's geological knowledge and encouraging visitation
as a tourist. [Currently not scheduled] Prerequisite: EEES 1010 or 2100.
EEES – 3050 GENERAL ECOLOGY [3 hours]
The structure, function, and regulation of populations, communities and ecosystems,
emphasizing human activities and their ecological consequences. [Fall] Prerequisite:
CHEM 1090 or higher; EEES 2150 or BIOL 2150.
EEES – 3060 GENERAL ECOLOGY LABORATORY [1 hour]
Laboratory and field exercises demonstrating ecological principles. [Fall] Corequisite:
EEES – 3100 SURFICIAL PROCESSES [3 hours]
Description and study of the earth's surface features from the point of view of their
origin including landforms created by volcanism, tectonics, and erosional/depositional
processes. Field trip required. [Fall] Prerequisite: EEES 1010 or 2100.
EEES – 3210 EARTH MATERIALS I: MINERALOGY & PETROLOGY [3 hours]
Mineralogy: Rock-forming mineral characteristics, identification and geologic environments
of formation. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology: Igneous and metamorphic rock characteristics,
origins, classification and interpretation of conditions of formation. [Offered every
third semester, next is Spring14] Prerequisite: EEES 2100.
EEES – 3220 EARTH MATERIALS II: SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY & STRATIGRAPHY [3 hours]
Megascopic description of sediments and sedimentary rocks, including their characteristics,
classification and diagenesis; introduction to depositional processes and environments
of sediments, and stratigraphic relationships of sedimentary rocks. (Taught as a writing
intensive course—WAC). [Offered every third semester, next is Spring13] Prerequisite:
EEES – 3250 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY [3 hours]
Application of geologic principles to engineering practices (dams, tunnels, drainage,
foundations and water supply). Labs stress rock and mineral identification, quality
control tests in engineering design and construction using rock. [Fall] Prerequisite:
MATH 1750 or 1850.
EEES – 3310 FIELD METHODS: STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY & MAPPING [3 hours]
Rock deformation and its expression on maps; applying geometrical and trigonometric
principles to solve problems involving dipping strata; stereonet applications, interpreting
geological maps, constructing cross sections, geological GIS applications. [Offered
every third semester, next is Fall 13] Prerequisite: EEES 2100.
EEES – 3800 BOTANY [4 hours]
General introduction to plants and plant biology; the basics of plant structure and
function, evolution and plant diversity, plants as food and medicines and other non-food
products, and the interaction of plants with the biotic and abiotic environment (including
global environmental change); both lecture and lab components. [offered every other
Spring, Odd Springs) Prerequisite: introductory biology (e.g., EEES 2150/BIOL 2170
or BIOL 2150/2170) or permission of the instructor.
EEES – 3900 LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [3 hours]
EEES – 4100 GLACIAL GEOLOGY [3 hours]
Includes discussions of environmental issues featuring guest experts from a variety
of environmental-related occupations, readings in environmental literature and student
reports on projects and internships. [Spring] Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
(Taught as a writing intensive course)
To understand glaciers and glacial landscapes. Topics include mass balance, ice flow,
hydrology, erosion, deposition, landforms, glacial lakes and development of the Ohio
glacial landscape. Field trip is mandatory. [Odd Springs] Prerequisite: EEES 3100
or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4150 EVOLUTION [3 hours]
The modern theory of evolution presented within a framework of theoretical genetics
and population biology; phylogeny and evolution of the vertebrates. [Spring] Prerequisite:
EEES 2150 or BIOL 2150; CHEM 1230.
EEES – 4200 QUATERNARY GEOLOGY [3 hours]
To provide understanding of such cyclical events as climate change, sea level fluctuations,
vegetation change and ice sheet paleogeography during the Quaternary Period and to
explore future changes for planet Earth. [Even Springs] Prerequisite: EEES 3100 or
consent of instructor.
EEES – 4220 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY [3 hours]
Chemical reactions of environmental concern. Water and soil chemistry related to contaminant
fate and mobility. Petroleum formation, migration and accumulation in the subsurface.
Computer software used. Prerequisite: CHEM 1240.
EEES – 4240 SOIL SCIENCE [3 hours]
Basic principles of soil formation, physics, chemistry and biology with emphasis on
their influence on fluid and chemical migration and preservation of soil quality from
geological, agricultural and environmental perspectives. [Spring 13, then every Fall]
Prerequisite: CHEM 1240.
EEES – 4250 SOIL ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Underlying concepts and theory of modern soil ecology will be reviewed including spatial
and temporal distributions, sampling methods, biogeochemical cycles and ecological
functions of soil. [Spring] Prerequisite: EEES 3050 or EEES 4240.
EEES – 4260 SOIL ECOLOGY [1 hour]
Ecological significance of soil biotic and abiotic properties that mediate plant productivity,
community composition, and ecosystem function. Specific goals are to examine the (1)
relationships among the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils and
their influence on soil fertility; (2) linkages between soil microorganisms and their
environment; and (3) impacts of human activities on soil function. [Odd Spring alternate
EEES – 4410 HYDROGEOLOGY [3 hours]
Fundamentals of groundwater flow and geological controls including applications to
water resource evaluation, utilization,, chemical characterization and contaminant
transport. Basic groundwater course for environmental scientists, geologists and engineers.
[Spring] Prerequisite: MATH 1750 or 1850, or 1830 or 1920.
EEES – 4450 HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT [3 hours]
Environmental regulations concerning hazardous waste, characteristics of hazardous
waste and disposal technologies, toxicology, characteristics of organic chemicals
and heavy metals, biodegradation, soil science, groundwater contamination, risk assessment,
site investigation. [Fall] Prerequisite: CHEM 1230.
EEES - 4490 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT [4 hours]
Introduction to theory, methods and techniques used to gather and analyze remote sensor
data. Topics range from low altitude air photo interpretation through satellite image
acquisition. [Fall, between EEES & GEPL] Prerequisite: GEPL 3550 or EEES 2100, or
permission of instructor.
EEES – 4510 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY [3 hours]
The diversity of microbial life and activities, the functioning of microbial ecosystems
in energy and carbon flow and remediation of polluted environments, and the detection
and control of pathogens. [Taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite: EEES 2150 and
CHEM 1230 or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4520 BIOREMEDIATION [3 hours]
The environmental fate and transport of contaminants; their transformation and biodegradation
by plants and microorganisms; bioremediation strategies, including solid phase, slurry
phase, and vapor-phase treatments, and natural attenuation. [Taught when demand warrants]
Corequisite: EEES 2150 and CHEM 1230 or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4530 PHYTOREMEDIATION PRINCIPLES [3 hours]
Course describes the process of phytoremediation with references to both physiological
modes of uptake and transformation of contaminants to field applications. [Taught
when demand warrants] Prerequisite: EEES 2150 and CHEM 1230 or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4540 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Students will learn the underlying processes that drive microbial population structure
and function in the environment and become familiar with classical and current methodology
used in microbial community analysis. [Taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite:
EEES 2150 or BIOL 2170.
EEES – 4550 METHODS OF MICROBIAL INVESTIGATION [3 hours]
Student will learn the classical and current methodologies (biochemical and molecular)
used in microbial community analysis while developing an understanding of experimental
design sample handling and data analysis. [taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite:
EEES – 4610 GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Survey of theory, field applications, interpretation principles of solid earth and
exploration geophysics. Two hours lecture, three hours methods laboratory. [Taught
when demand warrants] Prerequisite: MATH 1760 or 1860; PHYS 2020 or 2120. (Taught as a writing intensive course-WAC)
EEES – 4620 ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Electrical resistivity, electromagnetic conductivity, magnetometer and seismic refraction
are used to characterize materials concealed under the earth's surface. [Taught when
demand warrants] Prerequisite: GEOL 2500 or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4630 NUMERICAL METHODS IN GEOPHYSICS [3 hours]
Numerical filters and matrix operations used to process potential filed data and wave
forms, isolating anomalies and signals of interest; derivative maps, upward and downward
continuation; current interpretation software. Term project. [Taught when demand warrants]
Prerequisite: EEES 4610.
EEES – 4640 APPLIED GEOLOGY [2 hours in Fall; 1 hour in Spring]
Weekly field experiments Friday mornings (10 weeks in fall; 5 weeks in spring) covering
a variety of geology topics to simulate professional activity and strengthen concepts.
Prerequisite: Junior standing required; permission of the Department. (Both Fall and Spring sections are required for the BS or BA in Geology)
EEES – 4730 AQUATIC ECOLOGY [3 hours]
The biology of population, communities and ecosystems with an emphasis on aquatic
environments. Includes the application of principles and theory from aquatic ecology
to help understand and solve management problems in aquatic systems. [Fall] Prerequisite:
EEES 3050 or consent of instructor.
EEES – 4740 AQUATIC ECOLOGY LABORATORY [1 hour]
Laboratory exercises on the biology of aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems.
[Fall] Corequisite: EEES 4730.
EEES – 4750 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY [3 hours]
The application of principles of ecology, biogeography, genetics, economics, philosophy,
and other disciplines to the study and maintenance of biological diversity in temperate,
subtropical, and tropical systems. [Spring, alternate years, even] Prerequisite: EEES
EEES – 4760 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY [3 hours]
Emphasis will be placed on ecological patterns, processes and management applications
at multiple spatial and temporal scales. [Spring, alternate years, even] Prerequisite:
EEES – 4790 ECOLOGY FIELD TRIP [2-4 hours]
Field study of globally significant ecosystem(s), including analysis of structural
and functional relationship within and between ecosystems. Opportunities for individual
student projects.[taught when demand warrants] Prerequisite: EEES 3050.
EEES – 4800 PLANT PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY [4 hours]
Study of how form (morphology, anatomy) and function (physiology, metabolism biophysics)
affect plant ecology. Laboratory emphasizes experimentation and introduction to techniques.
Lecture includes reading and written critiques of scientific literature. [Taught when
demand warrants] Prerequisite: EEES 2150 or BIOL 2170; CHEM 1230, 1240.
EEES – 4900 SEMINAR: ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE [1 hour]
Individual presentation and discussion of topics in the environmental sciences appropriate
for juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 4910 DIRECTED RESEARCH [1 - 5 hours]
Research under guidance of faculty member. An acceptable thesis is required for credit
toward major. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 4920 SENIOR GEOLOGY SEMINAR [2 hours]
Survey of geology at a senior level using readings, class discussions and some lectures.
The final exam will be one of the assessment vehicles of the department. [Spring]
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 4940 INTERNSHIP [1 - 4 hours]
Student gains up to 4 credits for relevant professional experience with an adviser-approved
organization (Dr. Sigler). Student must enroll during the term service is performed.
Prerequisite: Consent of undergraduate adviser.
EEES - 4970 SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL CAPSTONE [3 hours)
A theme-based capstone course focused on integration, synthesis and applications
of course work students have taken in their program of study, including a comprehensive
assessment of that program of study. Departmental majors work in small teams to complete
a practical project for a client culminating in a scope of work, team-presentation
and project report. Clients might include a conservation organization, governmental
agency, private industry, school, or other.
EEES – 4980 SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE [1 - 4 hours]
An advanced undergraduate course covering some aspect of the environmental sciences
not covered in the formal upper-division undergraduate curriculum. Student may repeat
the course for different topics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
EEES – 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY: ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE [1 - 4 hours]
Student selects an appropriate approved subject for individualized study and prepares
a report or gives equivalent evidence of mastery of the selected subject. Prerequisite:
Consent of instructor.
EEES - 4900 SPECIAL TOPICS: GEOLOGY FIELD TRIP [1 - 2 hours]
A 1–2 week long field trip to a region in the United States to examine the local Geology.
Field work and camping, travel by department van. Course runs just before the start
of fall courses. Students sign up for the course in the fall.