Environmental Studies - ENVI

ENVI F101 Introduction to Environmental Science

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Introduces the interconnected topics that make up environmental science. By exploring Earth's systems, environmental questions are investigated such as how to sustainably use natural resources and the influence of population growth on ecosystems. The course takes a holistic approach to reinforce scientific principles. Key topics covered include ecosystem functions, energy, biodiversity, resource management, landscape alteration and climate change. Recommended: F100-level biology, chemistry or geology class. (3+0)

ENVI F110 Introduction to Water Quality I: Measurement

1 Credits
Offered Spring

Introduces students to standard water quality methods used and applies them to rural Alaska. Students will become familiar with EPA water quality standards and programs that help preserve water quality in rural communities. Key topics covered include: stream ecology, wastewater management, storm water runoff and data analysis. (0.5+0+1.5)

ENVI F120 Home Energy Basics

1 Credits
Offered Fall

Basics of space heating and electricity use and production for Alaskan homes. Main topics include fundamentals of physics related to home energy, lighting and appliances, energy bills, building science, retrofits, home renewable energy systems. Course emphasizes how to decrease fossil fuel consumption of homes. (1+0)

ENVI F121 Building Ventilation and Energy

1 Credits
Offered Spring

Basics of indoor air quality and its relationship to ventilation and energy use in buildings. Main topics include types of indoor air pollutants; basic science related to moisture, condensation, and mold; and heat recovery ventilation. Course emphasizes practical ways of how homeowners can maintain healthy indoor air while keeping their energy bill low. (1+0)

ENVI F122 Energy Efficient Building Design and Simulation

1 Credits
Offered Spring

In this course, students gain basic practical knowledge related to the process of designing energy efficient buildings, as applied to both new construction and retrofits. Main topics covered include basic building science, principles and techniques of energy efficient construction, and building energy simulations. (1+0)

ENVI F130 Introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act

1 Credits
Offered Spring

Provides a brief introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This course will explain what community members need to do to be heard in the NEPA process with special emphasis on public involvement and Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA). The course covers the roles and the content of scoping and Environmental Assessments in relation to key natural resource development projects in rural Alaska. (1+0)

ENVI F150 Viewpoints in Environmental Studies

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Discussions and activities will focus on how scientists or research technicians evaluate environmental issues. The course is intended for first year college students and community members. Specific topics may include sustainability, resource development, ecosystem management, indigenous viewpoints, building technology, appropriate energy applications, and analysis of data. Topics announced prior to each offering and course may be repeated for credit towards a certificate or degree program to a maximum of 3 credits. (1+0)

ENVI F160 Internship in Environmental Studies

1-2 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Under the guidance of a UAF Bristol Bay Campus-approved agency or business (public or private that monitors, tests, analyzes or studies the environment), students gain supervised pre-professional experience in environmental studies. The intern will explore the interdisciplinary aspects of field or laboratory research, build practical expertise and make contacts. Internships make one to ten weeks of full-time commitment to the agency or business and when completed make public presentations on the experience. Prerequisites: ENVI F101 or permission of instructor. (0+0+3.1-15.4)

ENVI F220 Introduction to Sustainable Energy

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduction to societal problems and solutions related to its energy use and production. Problems discussed are mainly related to the extent of sustainability of current energy practices. Solutions discussed cover both energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prerequisites: DEVM F105 or CTT F106 or TTCH F131 or permission of instructor. Recommended: ENVI F101; ENVI F120. (3+0)

ENVI F250 Current Topics in Environmental Studies

1-3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Using multiple scientific viewpoints, a specific environmental issue is explored through case studies and in-depth discussions with an emphasis on complex connections between ecosystems and society. Themes include sustainability, resource development, indigenous viewpoints, resource management, building technology, and energy applications. Topics announced prior to each offering and course may be repeated for credit towards a certificate or degree program to a maximum of 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENVI F101; ENGL F111X; 100-level science class; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ENVI F260 Field Techniques for Environmental Technicians

2 Credits
Offered Summer

Provides hands-on instruction in interdisciplinary field and laboratory techniques used by environmental technicians. Basic methods for sampling and studying terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems will be introduced. Students will participate in data collection and analysis procedures as part of an independent research project. Prerequisites: ENVI F101 or NRM F101; ENVI F110; 4 credit lab-based F100-science course; or permission of instructor. Recommended: CIOS F100; CIOS F135. (1+3)

ENVI F265 Introduction to Methods in Environmental Studies Reporting

2 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduces basic data collection methods used in environmental studies then concentrates on research skills necessary to analyze, interpret, and document field and laboratory data and the technical reporting processes. The course is designed to integrate raw environmental data into a technical report covered include ecosystem functions, energy, biodiversity, that can be presented in scientific meeting format. Prerequisites: ENVI F101 or NRM F101; ENVI F110; ENVI F260; a lab-based F100 level science course; or permission of instructor. Recommended: ENGL F104 or ENGL F111X; ENVI F160. (1.5+0+1.5)