Curriculum

Sustainability Science M.S - 30-32 hrs

Complete six required courses and two of four restricted electives, with remaining electives chosen from one of four specializations.

Required Courses (17 credit hours)

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WSC 601 - Seminar in Sustainability Science (2 credit hours)

An exploration of environmental problems caused by humans and the solutions to those problems, including human population growth, over-exploitation of natural resources, habitat destruction and extinction. The scientific basis and ethical issues surrounding these problems will be discussed. The course will also explore the potential for humans to live in a sustainable fashion on the planet, with an emphasis on social responsibility and civic engagement.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

WSC 693 - Sustainability Practicum I (3 credit hours)

Students will work with a faculty mentor to design a capstone project that will focus on sustainability solutions. The project can be broadly defined to include everything from local approaches to improve recycling on campus to research on global climate change, and will be designed in consultation with the faculty mentor.
Prerequisite: permission of the sustainability science graduate coordinator.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Practicum
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

WSC 694 - Sustainability Practicum II (4 credit hours)

Course will provide the opportunity for students to complete their capstone project, started during WSC 693, as part of their Sustainability Science M.S. degree. Students continue work on their project, give an oral presentation of their work at a Sustainability Science symposium, and complete a written report. Prerequisite: successful completion of WSC 693.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Practicum
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC 601 - Graduate Study in the Geosciences (1 credit hour)

Course will familiarize incoming graduate students with various aspects of graduate education at the university and in the department. Topics will include requirements of the Graduate Office and the department, utilization of library, other campus, and department resources, and an introduction to research methods, instrumentation, types of data and software utilized in the geosciences. The course will be team-taught. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in geosciences.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC/PLN 607 - Land Use Planning (3 credit hours)

Land Use Planning (3). Analyze the principles and techniques utilized in the planning process. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of planning: needs, problems and proposed solutions. (Same as PLN 607.)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 687 - Sustainable Environmental Technology (3 credit hours)

Course focuses on analysis and design of environmental systems that enhance sustainable development and conserve natural resources. Topics include bioresiduals land application, natural treatment systems, life cycle analysis, and environmental economics. (Spring)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

Restricted Electives - Choose 2 (6-7 credit hours)

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AGR 661 - Sustainable Agriculture (3 credit hours)

Course provides an overview of natural resource sustainability in agriculture. It is designed to view the sustainability of food production at farms, community, regional, national and global levels. The topics will cover a variety of biological, ecological, social, cultural and economic topics within the framework of sustainability. Travel to local farms required.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

ARC 615 - Environmental Archaeology (3 credit hours)

The study of past human interactions with the natural world, including plants, animals, climate, and landscapes. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ARC/GSC 390, or permission of the instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

MAT 665 Applied Statistics I (4 credit hours)

A study of applied statistical techniques including correlation, regression, analysis of variance and non-parametric methods with a view toward applications. A statistical computer package will be used when appropriate, but no computer background is required. Prerequisite: MAT 554 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Mathematics Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

BIO/CHE/GSC 665 - Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours)

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Unrestricted Electives (6-9 hours)

Agricultural Sustainability

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AGR 636 - Seminar in International Ag. Systems (3 credit hours)

A course designed to enhance student¿s understanding of international agriculture systems and how they relate to the overall impact on world food processing and production. An emphasis is placed on systems which have the potential to impact and add-value to American agriculture, as well as those which hold key relationships to U.S. based agricultural trade and food development.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Direct Study Spec Probs, Seminar
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 649 - Weeds and Their Control (3 credit hours)

A study of the introduction, methods of dissemination, reproduction and control of weeds by the most reliable methods and techniques. Prerequisite: AGR 160 or 240.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 652 - Agricultural Policy (3 credit hours)

The history, principles, setting objectives and means of policy as applied to agriculture in our society. Prerequisite: AGR 336. (Spring)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 655 - Advanced Soil Fertility (3 credit hours)

The chemistry of the essential elements in soils and the use and the manufacturing processes of various fertilizer materials are considered. Prerequisite: AGR 250. (Spring)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 661 - Sustainable Agriculture (3 credit hours)

Course provides an overview of natural resource sustainability in agriculture. It is designed to view the sustainability of food production at farms, community, regional, national and global levels. The topics will cover a variety of biological, ecological, social, cultural and economic topics within the framework of sustainability. Travel to local farms required.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 662 - Principles of Agroecology (3 credit hours)

Course is designed to cover the basic ecological concepts and the application to agricultural practices and food production systems in the search for the sustainability or human and biological communities within dynamic and varied landscapes.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 671 - Advanced Precision Agriculture (3 credit hours)

Designed for students who desire to apply and expand knowledge of the acquisition and analysis of geographically referenced data for the management of crop production systems, data formats, geographic information systems, grid sampling, soil fertility and physical properties, herbicide management, yield monitoring, variable-rate application, crop modeling and economics.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

AGR 674 - Agricultural Irrigation and Water Syst. (3 credit hours)

Includes determining water needs, water sources, pumps, fundamental pipeline hydraulics and designing a complete irrigation and/or water system for the farm. (Spring, even years)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 604 - Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credit hours)

This course surveys the scope and fields of toxicology, including the methods and design of toxicity studies with attention to toxic chemicals, their effects and regulatory considerations. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 613 - Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Studies related to chemicals in the environment as to origin, identification, distribution, modification and effect on biological systems. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of the instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC 612 - Remote Sensing (4 credit hours)

Emphasis will be placed upon the fundamentals of image interpretation using a wide variety of image types both airborne and spaceborne. The application of remotely sensed data and techniques in many areas.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC 621 - Geographic Information Systems (4 credit hours)

Techniques course that introduces digital georeferenced information systems, including data capture, editing and encoding techniques, data storage structures, database management systems, data analysis and model development, and information display methods. (Same as PLN 621.)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

Environmental Sustainability

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AGR 662 - Principles of Agroecology (3 credit hours)

Course is designed to cover the basic ecological concepts and the application to agricultural practices and food production systems in the search for the sustainability or human and biological communities within dynamic and varied landscapes.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Agricultural Science Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

ARC 610 - Landscape Archaeology (3 credit hours)

A survey of the concepts and methods of landscape archaeology, and its relationship with historical geography and historical ecology. The class will emphasize the investigation of cultural values embedded in landscapes and the ecological interactions of human societies and their environments as evident in the archaeological record.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

ARC 615 - Environmental Archaeology (3 credit hours)

The study of past human interactions with the natural world, including plants, animals, climate, and landscapes. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ARC/GSC 390, or permission of the instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

BIO 635 - Biogeography (3 credit hours)

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BIO/GSC 642 - Watershed Ecology (3 credit hours)

The study of the movement of water through the environment and its relationship to biotic systems. Areas emphasized include the hydrologic cycle and its influence on groundwater, lotic and lentic systems; the effect of water on plant and animal communities; and the influence of human activity on watershed structure and function. Prerequisite: BIO 330 or consent of instructor. (Same as BIO 642.)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

BIO/CHE/GSC 665 - Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours)

Survey and discussion of the scientific literature on global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and man-made chemicals with special emphasis on the biogeochemical and ecological processes that affect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The course will focus on interdisciplinary themes that incorporate new research results from the fields of biology, chemistry, and geosciences. Prerequisite: junior or higher standing in biology, chemistry or geosciences. (Same as CHE 665.)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Direct Study Spec Probs, Lecture, Web
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

BIO 675 - Invasion Ecology (3 credit hours)

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BIO 678 - Conservation Biology (4 credit hours)

An advanced study of the conservation of life at numerous levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on modern empirical and theoretical studies of the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity, endangered species, and habitats. Three one-hour lectures and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 330.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

BIO 685 - Restoration Ecology (4 credit hours)

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BIO 690 - Disturbance Ecology (3 credit hours)

Relationships among organisms and with their environment are often heavily influenced by ecological disturbances that damage and kill individuals and thereby alter dynamics of entire ecosystems. This class will examine a wide range of ecological disturbances in terms of 1) the physical phenomena, 2) the effects of those phenomena on organisms, and 3) the response of organisms in terms of population-, community-, watershed- and ecosystem-dynamics. The course will examine the following disturbances in ecological terms within the context of global environmental change: fires, hurricanes, tornados, ice storms, floods, droughts, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and others of the students' own choosing. Note that prior coursework in ecology is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: BIO 330 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Biology Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 604 - Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credit hours)

This course surveys the scope and fields of toxicology, including the methods and design of toxicity studies with attention to toxic chemicals, their effects and regulatory considerations. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 613 - Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Studies related to chemicals in the environment as to origin, identification, distribution, modification and effect on biological systems. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of the instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC 612 - Remote Sensing (4 credit hours)

Emphasis will be placed upon the fundamentals of image interpretation using a wide variety of image types both airborne and spaceborne. The application of remotely sensed data and techniques in many areas.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

GSC 621 - Geographic Information Systems (4 credit hours)

Techniques course that introduces digital georeferenced information systems, including data capture, editing and encoding techniques, data storage structures, database management systems, data analysis and model development, and information display methods. (Same as PLN 621.)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Geosciences Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

Industrial and Technical Sustainability

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CET 655 - Environmental Regulatory Affairs (3 credit hours)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 681 - Pollution Assessment and Control (3 credit hours)

A seminar/laboratory class that covers selected course areas within the environmental technology field. Pollution assessment and control will be introduced and specific topics will include environmental science and ecological principles; sampling and analytical techniques; regulatory considerations; and natural wastewater treatment systems. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 682 - Industrial Ecology (3 credit hours)

The focus includes study of environmental planning and design to effect Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM). Industrial economic impacts amid regulatory agency prescriptions and philosophical trade-off regarding energy conversion and pollution remediation and/or avoidance are addressed.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 686 - Environmental Assessment and Remediation (3 credit hours)

Legislation, field investigations, risk assessments, feasibility studies, and overall administrative and technical approaches related to environmental site assessments and remediation. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 687 - Sustainable Environmental Technology (3 credit hours)

Course focuses on analysis and design of environmental systems that enhance sustainable development and conserve natural resources. Topics include bioresiduals land application, natural treatment systems, life cycle analysis, and environmental economics. (Spring)

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CET 688 - Waste Min. and Pollution Prevention (3 credit hours)

Organization and management of industrial pollution prevention programs. Emphasis is placed upon advanced and innovative pollution prevention and treatment technologies which may be waste and/or industry specific. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Institute of Engineering Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 600 - Chemistry of Fuels (3 credit hours)

An advanced study of chemical bases of fuel technology. Topics may include alternatives to petroleum products, synthetic fuels, and electrochemical fuel cells.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 604 - Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credit hours)

This course surveys the scope and fields of toxicology, including the methods and design of toxicity studies with attention to toxic chemicals, their effects and regulatory considerations. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

CHE 613 - Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Studies related to chemicals in the environment as to origin, identification, distribution, modification and effect on biological systems. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: CHE 320 or consent of the instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture
Chemistry Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

IET 619 - Industrial Energy Management (3 credit hours)

A study of energy utilization in manufacturing environments. Through applied engineering principles and case histories, energy conversion systems are analyzed and designed. Remediation and conservation principles are discussed as are energy policies and utility rate structuring and negotiation. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Levels: Graduate Schedule Types: Lecture, Web Institute of Engineering Department Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

OSH 622 - Toxicology of Industrial Materials (3 credit hours)

A study of the environmental and occupational health effects and hazards associated with the exposure to industrial chemicals and contaminants. Emphasis is given to laboratory animal and statistical risk toxicological studies and case histories, compliance testing and engineering controls. Prerequisite: OSH 420.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Occupational Safety & Health Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

OSH 646 - Fundamentals of Risk Control (3 credit hours)

An analysis of risk control as a component of risk management, the systematic process of managing an organization¿s risk exposures to achieve its business objectives in a manner consistent with public interest, human safety, environmental factors, and the law. Risk control consists of the administrative, procedural and engineering activities undertaken with the intent of preventing accidental or unplanned loss consistent with the organization's overall risk management plan. Prerequisite: OSH 192 and 287.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Occupational Safety & Health Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

OSH 687 - Wastewater Treatment (3 credit hours)

A study of the operation and process design of wastewater treatment systems. This course focuses on aerobic biological treatment and process control for the activated sludge system. Topics will include treatment evaluations, trouble shooting, system design, and operational control strategies. Prerequisites: OSH 320 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Occupational Safety & Health Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

OSH 689 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)

A study of the engineering related principles and practices utilized in the solid and hazardous waste treatment and disposal field. Topics include sludge treatment and dewatering, RCRA hazardous waste regulations, waste minimization, incineration, landfills, and groundwater monitoring and modeling. Prerequisites: OSH 320 or consent of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Occupational Safety & Health Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

Sustainability Education

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EDU 615 - Introduction to Environmental Ed. (3 credit hours)

An introduction to environmental education which will include philosophy, historical development, resource identification, curriculum development, field trip and other activities designed to use the various subject areas in all grade levels as a vehicle to create an environmental ethic.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Direct Study Spec Probs, ITV RECEIVING Site, ITV SENDING Site (Master), Lecture, Web
Early Childhood & Elem Ed Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

EDU 664 - Techniques of Teaching Environ. Ed. (3 credit hours)

This course provides opportunities for the development of teaching attitudes and understanding at all grade levels of the basic natural resources of the school environment. Study of the surrounding area is made through field trips.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web, Weekender Schedule, Weekender Schedule, Weekender Schedule
Early Childhood & Elem Ed Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

EDU 665 - Field Experiences in Environ. Ed. (2-3 credit hours)

This course will be conducted at the Land Between the Lakes Environmental Education Center. The workshop will include techniques of using the out-of-doors as a teaching tool, curriculum development skills, methods of using environmental education as a supplement to curriculum areas and localizing environmental education programs to meet the needs of local communities.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Workshop
Early Childhood & Elem Ed Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

EDU 667 - International Environmental Education (3 credit hours)

Residential study of the mathematical, scientific, social studies, language arts, fine arts, and health connections to the environment in international locations. This class takes place in an international location (field experiences required). Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Early Childhood & Elem Ed Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)

EDU 668 - Agriculture and the Environment in the Classroom (3 credit hours)

The study of agriculture and the environment as it relates to origination and production of food and fiber and how this connects to topics, skills, and concepts that are included in the K-12 classroom. This program is conducted in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (field experience required). Prerequisites: admission to the graduate program or permission of instructor.

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Web
Early Childhood & Elem Ed Department
Course Attributes: Trad (Fees)