Montana State University

Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

ENSC
Environmental Science


ENSC 110   LAND RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

ENSC 245IN SOILS

ENSC 272CS WATER RESOURCES

ENSC 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

ENSC 291   SPECIAL TOPICS/EXPERIMENTAL COURSES

ENSC 292   INDEPENDENT STUDY

ENSC 298   INTERNSHIP

ENSC 353   ENVIRONMENTAL BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

ENSC 407   ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT  

ENSC 410R  BIODIVERSITY SURVEY AND MONITORING METHODS

ENSC 443   WEED ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT

ENSC 444   WATERSHED HYDROLOGY

ENSC 445   WATERSHED ANALYSIS

ENSC 448   STREAM RESTORATION ECOLOGY

ENSC 454   LANDSCAPE PEDOLOGY

ENSC 458   TEACHING APPLICATIONS IN LRES

ENSC 460   SOIL REMEDIATION

ENSC 461   RESTORATION ECOLOGY

ENSC 465   ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS

ENSC 468   ECOSYSTEM BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

ENSC 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

ENSC 491   SPECIAL TOPICS/EXPERIMENTAL COURSES

ENSC 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

ENSC 498   INTERNSHIP

ENSC 499R SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

ENSC 110 LAND RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
F LEC 3 cr.
-- Introduction to environmental science associated with managed and natural ecosystems. Students will learn how to identify scientific questions from issues, and how to develop scientifically-based objective information for answering environmental and land management questions. The class is a survey of the department’s majors in agroecology, environmental biology, geospatial sciences, land rehabilitation, and soil and water science. Students must be proficient in basic algebra and have an understanding of biological principles.

ENSC 245IN SOILS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: M 097 or equivalent.
-- Soils and their properties as components of landscapes and ecosystems. Application of soils knowledge to problems in environmental sciences and management of agricultural, wildland, and urban landscapes.

ENSC 272CS WATER RESOURCES
F 3 cr. LEC 3
--An introduction to the science, uses, policy and management of fresh water resources, including hydrologic and ecologic processes, and related historic, policy, law and socioeconomic aspects. The course is intended for majors in the sciences, social sciences, and other disciplines.

ENSC 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 4 cr. IND May be repeated. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Freshman or sophomore standing and approval of instructor. Course will address responsible conduct of research.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or other creative project.

ENSC 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required, but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ENSC 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

ENSC 298 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience within the field.

ENSC 353 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: CHMY 143, ENSC 245.
-- Foundational course will cover mechanisms controlling the behavior of inorganic and organic constituents in soil and water systems. Applications will focus on integrating biological and chemical processes to understand biogeochemical cycling, nutrient bioavailability, and the fate and transport of chemicals.

ENSC 407 ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT
F, alternate years to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 and BIOE 370.
-- Principles of risk analysis, including risk assessment, perception, communication, and management. Emphasis on human toxicology, exotoxicology, dose-response relationships, exposure analysis, environmental fate, and deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment.

ENSC 410R BIODIVERSITY SURVEY AND MONITORING METHODS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: NRSM 240 or BIOE 370; BIOB 318 or STAT 216; GPHY 284 and BIOO 230 preferred.
-- Biodiversity survey and monitoring designs, sampling methods, and data evaluation techniques are introduced. Emphasis is on plants but other taxa are addressed for agricultural, rehabilitation and wildland systems. One week of fieldwork required prior to semester; course completion early October.

ENSC 443 WEED ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: M 121, STAT 216 or BIOB 318
-- The principles of weed ecology including plant population demographics, biotic and abiotic regulating mechanisms, and plant community temporal and spatial dynamics in managed ecosystems. Weed population model construction, spreadsheet calculations and thorough assessment of pest threshold theory. The study of ecologically-based weed management approaches including cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical control practices.

ENSC 444 WATERSHED HYDROLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 111, ENSC 110, ENSC 245 (or equivalent understanding.) -- Introduction to watershed hydrology. The course will examine how rainfall and snowmelt become streamflow, evapotranspiration, and groundwater with an emphasis on hydrological processes. Discussion will revolve around state of the science, linkages to other disciplines, and management implications. Topical areas include: water balances, snow hydrology, hydrogeology, hyporheic zones, riparian zones, runoff process, and biogeochemical budgets.

ENSC 445 WATERSHED ANALYSIS
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 444 and STAT 216 or BIOB 318 or permission of instructor.
-- Conceptual and quantitative analysis of watershed processes with an emphasis on modeling surface water hydrology and water resources management. Watershed modeling concepts including analysis of time series, spatially variable data, model calibration, and uncertainty analysis will be studied and demonstrated.

ENSC 448 STREAM RESTORATION ECOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170, and either NRSM 240 or BIOE 370.
COREQUISITE: ENSC 461 or BIOE 428 or consent of instructor.
-- Students will critically assess the definitions, assumptions, goals, appropriateness, and outcomes implicit in stream restoration projects in relation to ecosystem processes and dynamics in rivers and streams. Students will synthesize course concepts in the creation of a restoration proposal to be submitted to a local stream manager for consideration.

ENSC 454 LANDSCAPE PEDOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 245.
--Processes leading to the formation and spatial distribution of soils on the landscape. Describing, classifying, and mapping soils. We explore classical approaches to evaluating soil development using concepts of soil age and residence time, and variation of soil properties with climate, geomorphic and hydrologic context, plant communities, and parent material. The course includes a substantial hands-on field component. Land use and soil management for agriculture/range are considered in the context of larger scale controls on soil development and distribution.

ENSC 458 TEACHING APPLICATIONS IN LRES
F,S 1-3 cr. RCT 1 LAB 1-2
-- Application of teaching philosophies and methods through classroom, laboratory, and field teaching experiences.

ENSC 460 SOIL REMEDIATION
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 245.
-- Principles of soil remediation in impacted landscapes. Soil reconstruction practices are presented for drastically disturbed lands. Treatment science is presented to repair soil systems contaminated by metals and salt as a result of resource extraction and landscape disturbance by humans. Protection of water resources are examined as related to sediment loss control, acid rock drainage science and treatment, and selective handling of geologic stratum. A field trip to a contaminated landscape will demonstrate on-going soil remediation practices.

ENSC 461 RESTORATION ECOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170, and either NRSM 240 or BIOE 370 .
-- Review of ecosystem structure and function, and community and population processes in intact systems, along with the effects of major disturbances on natural systems. Restoration amendments will be discussed in terms of their effects on ecosystem structure and function. The course includes case studies, and focuses on plant and soil systems.

ENSC 465 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or equivalent and PHSX 205 (can be taken concurrently).
-- The study of physical relationships between organisms, ecosystems, and their environment. Basic principles of Micrometeorology, Biometeorology, Ecological Climatology, and Biophysical Ecology as applied to contemporary ecological challenges. Laboratory sessions will focus on computer exercises using ecosystem models and field observations.

ENSC 468 ECOSYSTEM BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 111, ENSC 353.
-- Introduction to the study of biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics from an Earth-systems perspective. Discussion will emphasize factors governing the "grand elemental cycles" of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous of Earth's major ecosystems and how modern human activities are affecting these cycles.

ENSC 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1 - 4 cr. IND May be repeated. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing and approval of instructor.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. USP scholarships or project support grants are available in many cases. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

ENSC 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ENSC 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

ENSC 498 INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 2 - 4 cr. IND Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

ENSC 499R SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: LRES major; Senior standing only.
-- Senior capstone course. Provides disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, requires integration and application of environmental science knowledge from across the LRES curriculum to natural resource management issues. Topic of course will change. Students will work both independently and in groups to research and critique the current literature related to science application. Course emphasizes writing and presentation skills, scientific methods, review of primary literature and critique of information from varied sources.


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