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The School of the Environment, developed from the Environmental Sciences Institute, was founded on July 1, 2011. The Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI) was established in 1995, and was given degree granting status by the Florida Board of Regents in February of 1996.  The Institute’s alignment within the Division of Academic Affairs as an autonomous unit allowed the Institute to facilitate environmental science related instruction and collaborative research with faculty from the University’s other schools, colleges, and institutes. This organizational structure also enabled the Institute to be the focal point for external organizations seeking assistance and advice on environmental science issues as well as those with intentions to support environmental science related teaching and research.  The objectives of the School of the Environment are to provide instruction, conduct research, perform public service, and initiate technology transfer which will result in the development of remedies for existing environmental problems;  enlighten communities on environmental science issues; and the production of students who are uniquely prepared to address present and future environmental science concerns.

The School of the Environment is an instructional and research unit within the Division of Academic Affairs.  The School of the Environment functions under a dean who coordinates and manages the activities of faculty and staff who are engaged in instruction, research, outreach, and environmental technology transfer.  The School of the Environment houses the Florida A&M University Center for Technology Transfer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center and the Florida A&M University Center for Environmental Equity and Justice.

In 1998, the Legislature provided funding for the establishment of the Center for Environmental Equity and Justice (CEEJ)within the Environmental Sciences Institute.  The purpose of the Center is to conduct and facilitate research, develop policies, engage in education, training, and community outreach activities with respect to environmental equity and justice issues.

The Florida A&M University Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) was established in 2001 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Educational Partnership Program (EPP). ECSC is led by FAMU and is a collaboration between  Creighton University, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, the University of Miami and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. ECSC research seeks to enhance the scientific understanding of human interactions with the coastal environment through integrated assessment in support of environmental decision making; integrated social sciences; ecological processes and ecosystem health; and geospatial analysis.

Opportunities
External grants and contractual activities enable the School of the Environment to offer competitive scholarships and fellowships that recognize and reward academic achievement, and meritorious performance.  Students of the School of the Environment are exposed to an array of research, internships and other professional development experiences.

Programs and Degrees
The School of the Environment offers programs in environmental science at the bachelor’s, the master’s and the doctoral degree levels.  The B.S. degree program is a 120 credit hour program, the Master’s program is a 36 credit-hour program including 6 thesis hours; and the Ph.D. degree program is an 80 credit-hour program including 24 dissertation hours.

The 19 credit hour minor in environmental science prepares students from diverse study areas to complement their disciplinary strength with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet present and future environmental science, policy, educational and management needs.
 
Facilities
The School of the Environment occupies approximately 7,000 sq ft. of space in the Frederick S. Humphries Science and Research Center. Instruments available to both faculty and students in this facility include GC/MS, HPLC, AA, a graphite furnace emission spectrometer, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Advanced Imaging System, a Solar Simulator, Capillary Electrophoresis, Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, Flow Cytometer, a Beckman 6500 Scintillation counter, and a High-resolution Gamma-ray Spectrometer. The School of the Environment also owns a four-wheel drive vehicle and a boat to aid in field studies.  In addition, the School of the Environment houses a Student Resource Room, which includes computers with Internet access. Access to the Internet from individual offices and laboratories is also possible through high-speed fiber optic connections. 

Foreign Language Requirements: Student who have not completed two years of the same foreign language or American Sign Language in high school must complete eight semester hours in the same foreign language prior to graduation.

CLAST Requirement: Effective July 1, 2011, students do not need CLAST scores or CLAST alternatives to graduate.

Faculty
Professors:  Abazinge, Michael; Robinson, Larry; Williams, Henry N.
Associate Professors:  Essien, Frederic; Gragg, III, Richard D.; Johnson, Elijah; Cherrier, Jennifer
Assistant Professors:  Chauhan, Ashvini; Owens, Marcia
Adjunct Professors:  Thomas, Michael

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Science emphasizes rigorous academic course work, student involvement in faculty research and collaborative efforts with other universities, community/junior colleges, national laboratories, regulatory agencies, corporate environmental contractors, utilities, and municipalities.  This program offers students the opportunity for a general degree in environmental science with options for specialized concentration accomplished through electives in environmental restoration and waste management, environmental monitoring and instrumentation, environmental toxicology/risk assessment, and environmental policy.  Other undergraduate students with strong mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics and computer science backgrounds may obtain a minor by taking selected environmental sciences core courses with the consent of their advisor.

 Minor Core Course Requirements Sem. Hrs.
 *EVR 2920 Environmental Science Forum & Colloquium# 2
 EVR 3033 Environmental Regulations 2
 EVR 3867 Environmental Risk Analysis I 3
 EVR 4032 Environmental Ethics 3
 EVR 4140 Environmental Chemistry w/Lab 4
 EVR 4643 Environmental Policy & Risk Management3
 EVS 4007 Introduction to Environmental Science
 3
 Total 20
 *This is a state common prerequisite. Substitutes identified in the state Common Prerequisites Manual at www.facts. org will be accepted.

#One hour course offered in the fall and spring.
 
  
 Undergraduate Curriculum 
 FRESHMAN YEAR 
 Fall Semester Sem. Hrs.
AMH 2091Introduction to African American History 3
*BSC 1010 General Biology I w/Lab 4
ENC 1101 Communication Skills 1
or
ENC 1121, Honors English I
 3
*EVR 2920 Environmental Science Forum & Colloquium 1
*MAC 2311 Calculus I##
 4
 Total15
  
 Spring Semester Sem. Hrs.
*BSC 1011C General Biology II w/Lab 4
ENC 1102 Communicative Skills II or 3
ENC 1122 Honors English II 3
*EVR 2920 Environmental Sciences Forum & Colloquium 1
*MAC 2312 Calculus II 4
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE###
 3
 Total 15
  
 ##Some students may need to take College Algebra  (MAC 1105) and Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions (MAC 1114) as prerequisites to Calculus I and II.  
###The Humanities and Social Science electives should be taken from the General Education approved course list.
 
 SOPHOMORE YEAR 
 Fall Semester  Sem. Hrs.
 *CHM 1045 General Chemistry I w/Lab 4
 *EVS 4007 Introduction to Enviromental Science 3
 *PHY 2048 General Physics 1 w/Lab 5
 *PHY 2048A General Physics I Recitation (0)
 SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE#### (Non-History)
 3
 Total 15
  
 Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
 *CHM 1046 General Chemistry II w/Lab 4
 ENC 3243 Technical Report Writing 3
 *PHY 2049 General Physics II w/Lab 5
 *PHY 2049A General Physics II Recitation (0)
 HUMANITIES ELECTIVE####
 3
 Total 15
  
 Summer Semester  Sem. Hrs.
 EVR 3940 Internship1-3
  
 JUNIOR YEAR 
 Fall Semester    Sem. Hrs.
 CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I W/Lab4
 EVR 3023 Introduction to Marine Environment3
 EVR 3033 Environmental Regulations 2
 EVR 3867 Environmental Risk Analysis I 3
 MCB 3010C Microbiology
 4
 Total 16
  
 Spring Semester  Sem. Hrs.
 CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II W/Lab 4
 EVR 3028 Environmental Modeling Principles 3
 EVR 3327 Environmental Resources Economics 3
 STA 2023 Introduction to  Probability & Statistics I
 3
 Total13
  
 SENIOR YEAR 
 Fall Semester Sem. Hrs.
 EVR 3235 Atmospheric Processes 3
 EVR 4804 Environmental Toxicology & Human Health 3
 EVS 3395 Contaminant Hydrogeology 3
 PCB 3033 Introduction to Ecology 3
 CONCENTRATION AREA ELECTIVE
 3
 Total 15
  
 Spring Semester Sem. Hrs.
 EVR 4032 Environmental Ethics 3
 EVR 4140 Environmental Chemistry W/Lab 4
 EVR 4643 Environmental Policy & Risk Mgmt 3
 EVR 4910 Senior Thesis### 3
 CONCENTRATION AREA ELECTIVE
 3
 Total 16
###Students will begin thesis in the fall semester of senior year, but registration will not be required until spring semester.
 
Concentration Electives
Must Take a Minimum of two (2) courses from your area of concentration: 
Bachelor of Science in Environmental  Sciences with a Concentration in Toxicology/Risk Assessment 
 EVR 4143 Environmental Radiochemistry3
 EVS 4810 Environmental Toxicology & Human Health II 3
 EVR 4869 Environmental Risk Analysis II 3
 EVS 3662 Principles of Contaminant Assessment 3
 EVS 4636 Risk Communication 3
  
 Bachelor of Science in Environmental  Sciences with a Concentration in Environmental Monitoring and Instrumentation
 
 EVR 4024C Marine Microbial Ecology W/Lab 4
 EVR 4027C Wetlands Preservation & Restoration W/Lab 4
 EVR 4193C Environmental Monitoring W/Lab 4
 EVR 4215 Marine Pollution 3
 EVS 3024C Environmental Instrumentation & Analytical Techniques 4
 EVS 4025C Applied Microbial Processes W/Lab 4
  
 Bachelor of Science in Environmental  Sciences with a Concentration in Environmental Restoration/Waste Management
 
 EVR 3823 Environmental Impacts 3
 EVR 4024 Marine Microbial Ecology W/Lab 4
 EVR 4027 Wetlands Preservation & Restoration w/Lab 4
 EVR 4143 Environmental Radiochemistry 3
 EVR 4215 Marine Pollution 3
 EVS 3024C Environmental Instrumentation & Analytical Techniques 4
 EVS 3654  Hazardous Waste Management 3
 EVS 3662 Principles of Contaminant Assessment 3
 EVS 3672 Fundamentals of Bioremediation 3
 EVS 4025C Applied Microbial Processes W/Lab 4
  
 Bachelor of Science in Environmental  Sciences with a Concentration in Environmental Policy
 
 EVR 4036 Environmental Equity & Justice 3
 EVS 4636 Risk Communication 3
 POS 4697 Environmental Law 3
  
Course Descriptions

EVR 1001 Fundamentals of Environmental Science (3) Conditions that are healthy for living things on earth are the main topics covered in the course. To identify these conditions relevant concepts from biology, chemistry and physics are presented. Threats to healthy conditions, actions that are likely to maintain healthy conditions, and laws that promote health conditions are then discussed. One objective of the course is to present information that will serve as part of the basis for decisions about lifestyle choices and economic actions to support.

EVR 2920 Environmental Science Forum & Colloquium (1)  An introductory seminar on current environmental science research.  It also provides a forum to discuss current environmental issues and problems.

EVR 3023 Introduction to the Marine Environment
(3) This course introduces students to the various components (i.e. physical chemical, biological and geological) of the marine environment as well as incorporates discussions on the inter-relatedness of these components.

EVR 3028  Environmental Modeling Principles
(3) An introduction to mathematical modeling of environmental systems and processes.

EVR 3033  Environmental Regulations
(2) Discussion on current issues and the role of regulatory agencies in environmental protection.

EVR 3235  Atmospheric Processes
(3) An introductory course covering the structure, characteristics, behavior and environmental functions of the atmosphere, including the physical and chemical processes of the atmospheric energy budget, atmospheric circulation, and the retention, transformation, deposition and re-suspension  of atmospheric contaminants.  It also covers global and local atmospheric phenomena.

EVR 3327  Environmental Resource Economics
(3) Provides discussion of environmental and resources policy issues and cost-benefit analysis.

EVR 3867 Environmental Risk Analysis I
(3) This course introduces the student to ecological and human health risks and issues related to quantitative risk assessment.

EVR 3940 Internship
(1-3) Requires the consent of a faculty member. It includes supervised field work, on-site training and skill development in an area of Environmental Science under the supervision of an agency and monitored by Environmental Sciences Institute faculty.

EVR 4024  Marine Microbial Ecology w/Lab
(4) This course will provide an introduction to microbial processes in the marine environment and will address how these processes relate to biogeochemical cycling on a global scale.  The laboratory component of this course will include both field and laboratory studies of topics introduced during the course of the lecture.

EVR 4027 Wetlands Preservation and Restoration w/Lab
(4) This course will provide students with a basic understanding of wetland systems and the environmental and economic issues related to their preservation and/or restoration.  The laboratory component of this course will include both field and laboratory studies of topics introduced during the course of the lecture.

EVR 4032 Environmental Ethics
(3) This course includes discussion of various local, state and federal laws on the environment and ethical dilemmas and moral issues.

EVR 4036 Environment Equity & Justice
(3) This course includes discussion and case studies of environmental problems that impact low income and minority communities.

EVR 4140  Environmental Chemistry w/Lab
(4) This is an introductory course on the characteristics and environmental effects of chemical processes in air, water and soil.

EVR 4143 Environmental Radiochemistry
(3) This course concerns theory of radioactive transformations and radio nuclide migration in the environment. This course sequences the chemical study of radioactive elements, both natural and artificial, and their use in the study of biological, physical and chemical process.

EVR 4193C Environmental Monitoring w/Lab
(4) Introduces students to the use and application of biochemical analytical tools used for monitoring and methodology, and principles of sampling, analyzing and interpreting results related to the atmosphere.

EVR 4215 Marine Pollution
(3) This course will give an overview of all types of marine pollution (i.e. physical, chemical biological) and will also provide students with a greater understanding of how these pollutants impact the marine environment.

EVS 4636 Risk Communication
(3) Includes lecture and practical aspects of communicating risk information to policy makers and the public.

EVR 4643 Environmental Policy and Risk Management
(3) Focuses on policy institutions and policies related to environmental and health risks.

EVR 4804 Environmental Toxicology & Human Health
(3) Is an introduction to environmental
toxicants in air, water, soil and consumer products and the effects on human health.

EVR 4869 Environmental Risk Analysis II
(3) This course is a continuation of Environmental Risk Analysis I which expands on ecological and human health risks and issues related to quantitative risk assessment.

EVR 4910 Senior Thesis 
(3) Provides research experience for students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who wish to pursue post graduate education.

EVS 3024C Environmental Instrumentation & Analytical Techniques
(4) Introduces students to the use and applications of instruments for solving environmental problems.

EVS 3195 Soil and Groundwater Monitoring
(3) Includes lecture and practical aspects of soil and water analysis.

EVS 3395 Contaminant Hydrogeology
(3) Provides dicussions on principles and methods of subsurface contamination assessment with emphases on the influence of subsurface geologic and hydrologic properties on contaminant distribution and behavior.

EVS 3654  Hazardous Waste Management
(3) Includes discussion and study of methods of hazardous waste recovery and/or disposal.

EVS 3662  Principles of Contamination Assessment w/Lab
(3) Provides lecture and laboratory on the process of measuring or estimating the intensity, frequency, and duration of human or other population exposures to risk agents.

EVS 3672  Fundamentals of Bioremediation
(3) Consists of discussion and study of processes and applications of remediation technologies.

EVR 1001 Fundamentals of Environmental Science w/Lab
(4) This course covers factors that affect human and ecological health. These factors include pollutants and extreme natural events such as hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes. Human practices that lead to unhealthy conditions for animals, plants, soils, the atmosphere and water will be covered.

EVR 3823 Environmental Impacts
(3) Consists of evaluation and prediction of the physical, ecological and socioeconomic consequences of industrial and land development activity, including the effects of development projects on human health and safety and formulation of environmental impact statements.

EVS 4007 Introduction to Environmental Science
(3) Topics will focus on the scientific, social, political, and economic aspects of environmental sciences.  Specific topics will include ecological principles, energy, human effects on ecosystems, pollution problems/solutions, waste management and case studies.

EVS 4025C  Applied Microbial Processes w/Lab
(4) Is a survey of microbial ecology and the relationship of these processes to the environment.

EVS 4605 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
(3) Prereq: Instructor’s permission.  The study of the various characteristics and effects of environmental toxicants in air, water, soil and consumer products. It includes exposure sources and types; distribution and fate; alterations of biological and biochemical processes; control and monitoring processes pertaining to environmental contaminants.

EVS 4810 Environmental Toxicology and Human Health II
(3) Focuses on the assessment of the nature and probability of environmental exposure to toxicants in air, water, soil and consumer products and the effects on human health.

EVS 4905 Directed Individual Study
(1-3) Requires the consent of the instructor. It provides detailed examination of a topic in environmental sciences. It is conducted on a personal basis with the instructor  This course may be repeated with different topics but cannot exceed three (3) credit hours.