Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title.  The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course NumberCourse NameSemester Credit HoursCourse DescriptionCross Listed CoursePrerequisite
ENV 501Introduction to Environmental
3Introductory course to the interdisciplinary field of
environmental studies with special emphasis on the
relationship between human activities and the environment.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 502Population and Community
3This course covers 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.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 503MES Student Team Project3The 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.
Not ApplicableENV 501
ENV 508Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3This graduate course will expose students to the concepts,
software, data and analysis processes of Geographic
Information Systems (GIS). Students will 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.
MES graduate students will develop a real world
project that examines spatial data and utilizes modeling
software to create a production quality, full scale, mapping product.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 509Biostatistics3Basic principles of experimental design and data analysis
with emphasis on their applications in environmental
studies and aquaculture research.
AQU 509Not Applicable
ENV 511Energy and the Environment3Integrated 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.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 513Aquatic Ecology4This course investigates the interaction of aquatic organisms
with their biotic and abiotic environment.
Sampling and laboratory methods of limnological
analysis will be covered.
AQU 513Not Applicable
ENV 515Environmental Ethics3This course explores a wide range of issues in contemporary
environmental ethics. Employing one of
the most respected anthologies in the field, the course
will engage such important issues as the nature of environmental
ethics, who counts in environmental ethics,
and is sustainability possible.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 516Environmental Justice3This 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.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 517Environmental and Resource Economics3This course will cover topics such as application of
microeconomics on environmental problems, elements
of renewable resource and forestry economics,
cost-benefit analysis of environmental renewal projects,
economics of the environmental impacts of different
agricultural practices such as livestock farming,
aquaculture, and chemical use in row crop farming.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 519Sustainable Agriculture Systems3Exploration 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 will be discussed
along with pertinent soil, crop and livestock management
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 525Organic Agriculture3Comprehensive study of organic agriculture principles and practices, and their influence on agricultural interaction with the environment.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 540Ornamental/Landscape Plants3Provides 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.Not ApplicableAFE 217 or consent of instructor
ENV 545Molecular Techniques for Environmental
and Aquatic Studies
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
Not ApplicableBIO 111 or consent of instructor
ENV 550Human Health & Environment3A 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.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 551Livestock Production Practices3Explores 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.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 555Food Safety & Microbiology3Advanced techniques of bacterial enrichment, purification, isolation and characterization of potential pathogens. Students characterize antibiotic resistant pathogens for entry into the CDC's data back and learn about the national network of food safety surveillance agencies.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 585Special Topics3Intensive 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.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 589Remote Sensing of the Environment3Key concepts of remote sensing and electromagnetic radiation, image interpretation, classification and modeling for detecting changes in Earth such as landscape, ecosystem, soil, urban infrastructure.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ENV 600Masters in Environmental Studies Research1 - 9 Laboratory or field research on approved thesis topic.Not ApplicableAdvisor Permission
ENV 601Masters in Environmental Studies Thesis1 - 3Preparation of research based thesis on approved topicNot ApplicableAdvisor Permission
ENV 699MES Capstone Research Project6The independent research capstone project would be
designed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary advisory
committee of two or three selected KSU faculty/
research members. KSU MES students will have
the opportunity to select topics from a number of oncampus
projects or work on existing specific problems
with one of the state environmental agencies or develop
new projects based on the KSU Environmental
Education Center.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable