Core Courses

  • ENV 501 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
    Introductory course to the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies with special emphasis on the relationship between human activities and the environment.
  • ENV 502 Population and Community Ecology (3)
    Advanced ecological theory and applications relating to population and community dynamics, including population growth, species interactions, diversity, disturbance, succession, food webs, and their relation to conservation biology.
  • ENV 503 MES Student Team Project (3)
    The Student Team Project is a community service and educational program by the KSU MES Program. It is a one semester effort by teams of three to five students attempting to solve a current environmental problem facing a community organization or governmental unit in close proximity to KSU. Student team projects, required of all first-year students, mix students from different backgrounds and place them in contact with faculty members, government officials, and community leaders. Team members will gain experience initiating and terminating a long-term project, managing team members with diverse backgrounds, and collecting and disseminating information.
  • ENV 509 Biostatistics (3)
    Basic principles of experimental design and data analysis with emphasis on their applications in environmental studies and aquaculture research.
  • ENV 511 Energy and the Environment (3)
    Integrated study of the environmental impact of human energy use patterns. Overview of current energy resources, current energy production and use patterns, alternative energy production options, and environmental, social, and economic consequences of each.
  • ENV 600 MES Research (1-9)
    Students design and conduct original field and/or laboratory-based research to test a hypothesis. Experimental design and methods must be approved by a committee prior to initiation of research. The research should allow statistical data analysis and make an original contribution to the field of Environmental Studies.
  • ENV 601 MES Thesis (1-3)
    Preparation and defense of research-based thesis making an original contribution to the field of Environmental Studies.
  • ENV 699 MES Capstone (6)
    The independent capstone project is designed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary advisory committee of two or three selected KSU faculty/research members.

Elective Courses

  • ENV 507 Agroforestry: Local & Global Perspectives (3)
    Comprehensive study of intensive land-use management that combines trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock to promote agricultural sustainability, land stewardship, wildlife habitat, farm income diversification, and water quality improvement.
  • ENV 508 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
    An introduction to concepts, software, data and analysis processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students develop a real world, working knowledge of GIS through hands-on work with mapping software, its potential, its limitations and future trends in the mapping industry. Students develop a real world project that examines spatial data and utilizes modeling software to create a production quality, full scale, mapping product.
  • ENV 513 Aquatic Ecology (4)
    Investigation of the interaction of aquatic organisms with their biotic and abiotic environment. Sampling and laboratory methods of limnological analysis are covered.
  • ENV 515 Environmental Ethics (3)
    Exploration of a wide range of issues in contemporary environmental ethics. Employing one of the most respected anthologies in the field, the course engages such important issues as the nature of environmental ethics, who counts in environmental ethics, and is sustainability possible.
  • ENV 516 Environmental Justice (3)
    Prerequisites: MES program admission. This course attempts a critical investigation of major issues in environmental justice, including tensions between justice for ecosystems and justice for urban populations; regional as well as global issues are examined.
  • ENV 517 Environmental & Resource Economics (3)
    Study topics include the application of microeconomics to environmental problems, elements of renewable resource and forestry economics, cost-benefit analysis of environmental renewal projects, and economics of the environmental impacts of different agricultural practices such as livestock farming, aquaculture, and chemical use in row crop farming.
  • ENV 519 Sustainable Agriculture Systems (3)
    Exploration of the ecological effects of modern intensive agriculture, and the challenge of attaining a secure supply of food through ecologically sound and sustainable practices. The definition, emergence, and growth of sustainable agriculture is discussed along with pertinent soil, crop and livestock management practices.
  • ENV 525 Organic Agriculture (3)
    Comprehensive study of organic agriculture principles and practices, and their influence on agricultural interaction with the environment.
  • ENV 540 Ornamental/Landscape Plants (3)
    Provides a thorough understanding of the identification, morphology, classification, nomenclature and adaptability of ornamental plants used in landscape environments. Students will examine the use of plants in home, business, and public landscapes to reduce water use, pollutants, energy and labor inputs.
  • ENV 542 Plant Propagation & Crop Production Systems (3)
    A comprehensive study of plant propagation covering both sexual and asexual, including cutting, grafting, tissue culture, and other methods. Students will also examine sustainable practices to reduce negative impacts on the environment in nursery and greenhouse production.
  • ENV 545 Molecular Techniques for Environmental & Aquatic Studies (3)
    Prerequisite: BIO 111 or consent of instructor. This course examines how molecular biological approaches are used to address major issues in environmental biology. Lecture/laboratories examine how molecular methods can be applied to wildlife management, ecology, pollution control and remediation, and environmental health.
  • ENV 550 Human Health & Environment (3)
    A comprehensive study of physical, chemical and biological factors that impact human diseases. Includes hands-on training in areas such as Occupational Safety, Health Implications of Environment, Food Safety, and advanced Molecular Biological techniques.
  • ENV 551 Livestock Production Practices (3)
    Explores ways in which animal management impacts the environment, and ways to utilize animal behavior to modify such impacts. Students will gain hands-on experience working with livestock to learn basic handling and management procedures.
  • ENV 555 Food Microbiology & Safety (3)
    Advanced techniques of bacterial enrichment, purification, isolation and characterization of potential pathogens. Students characterize antibiotic resistant pathogens for entry into the CDC’s data bank and learn about the national network of food safety surveillance agencies.
  • ENV 585 Special Topics (3)
    Intensive examination of an environmental science topic chosen by a faculty member in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies Program. Requires intensive reading and discussion, as well as writing at a graduate student level.
  • ENV 589 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    Key concepts of remote sensing and electromagnetic radiation, image interpretation, classification and modeling for detecting changes in Earth such as landscape, ecosystem, soil, urban infrastructure.
  • ENV 595 Environmental Science & Bioremediation Techniques (3)
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 and CHE 101. This course is intended for those with theoretical and practical interest in environmental issues and is designed to provide a wide range of subjects and practical work experience using standard methods, concepts and equipment in environmental science. The fate and transport of pollutants in the environment and their final destination, dilution, dispersion, adsorption, persistence, degradation, their adverse effects, and the route that the toxin in question takes in the environment will be discussed and possible solutions and remediation techniques will be presented.