Courses: Environmental Science (ENVS)College: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Any TCCN equivalents are indicated in square brackets [ ].

ENVS 3301: Data Analysis in Environmental Sciences
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: MATH 2433 and either MATH 2311 or consent of instructor. Basic techniques of data analysis relevant to environmental sciences: data acquisition and recording, data processing and presentation, statistical methods and error handling, spatial analyses of data fields, and time-series analysis method. Examples drawn from data collection and analysis in environmental sciences.

ENVS 4301: Environmental Science and Public Policy
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1161/1361, BIOL 1162/1362, MATH 1432 and CHEM 1332 or CHEM 1372. A critical look at environmental policy and decision making in the 21st century. Environmental and energy policy; environmental policy as an international and strategic security issue; environment and fisheries and agriculture; environmental policy and extreme weather events on the Gulf Coast; environmental policy and the "quality of life."

ENVS 4302: Legislative and Regulatory Aspects of Environmental Science
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1161/1361, BIOL 1162/1362, MATH 1432 and CHEM 1332 or CHEM 1372. The "Clean Air Act" and its history and implications for Houston and the Gulf Coast; air and water regulatory processes in the Texas Legislature; the history and future of enforcement of current regulations in Houston and Texas including case studies from local industry; the role of nongovernment organizations in environmental policy.

ENVS 4351: Environmental Mathematics and Differential Equations
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: GEOL 3378, MATH 2433, and PHYS 1332. Mathematics for environmental problems: vector calculus, tensor operations, optimization, decision analysis, and ordinary and partial differential equations from application areas such as environmental modeling and management.

ENVS 4352: Environmental Fluid Dynamics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENVS 4351. Transport and flow models for air and water, surface and subsurface environmental studies; equations of motion, energy principles, dimensional analysis, and similitudes; dispersion and diffusion in the environment; chemical reactions in environmental flows; numerical methods for flow and transport; parameter estimation and data assimilation.

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Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
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