Introduction to the biology of environmental pollution. Examples of air, water, and land degradation will be studied using case histories. Strategies to restore damaged ecosystems and current approaches to achieve sustainable environments will be discussed. (Gen.Ed. BS)
Required for all new majors. Weekly lectures by faculty on their teaching research and outreach and how it relates to the Environmental Sciences Program. Enables students to interact with faculty to discuss a wide variety of important topics.
Required for all incoming transfer students in the EnviSci program.  Weekly classes will introduce you to various resources at UMass to support your success.  You'll also have structured opportunities to reflect on and refine your specific interests within the broader field of the environmental sciences, and we'll spend some time looking at and discussing current environmental issues.
An overview of the environmental policy process covering the roles of major players at community, state, and federal levels, and emphasizing the role of environmental science. Covers the major environmental laws and recent amendments, the role of policy analysis, and international environmental policy.
Meets federal requirements of 40-hours training involving methods and concerns for workers handling hazardous materials as specified by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.120. First aid and CPR sessions provided for uncertified individuals. Site specific Health and Safety Plans prepared prior to and after entry into an industrial facility. Simulated drills perfomed by students in personal protective equipment responding to unknown incidents to challenge skills developed in lecture. Certifications awarded to students who meet course requirements, pass the final exam, and attend all lectures. Course credit may be awarded if certification is not obtained.
This course is intended for seniors who plan to apply to grad school within the next 1-3 years. Whether you see yourself on a research-focused track or a professional M.S. track, by the end of our structured 12 week process, you will have completed a strong set of draft components for your graduate school application, including a clear timeline for yourself and 2-4 requests for great letters of recommendation.