THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

                                                                                                                                                                       FACULTY SENATE

 

Senate Document Number     2609S

 

Date of Senate Approval      01/22/09

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document  14:                              Change course number, description, and credit hours of

       ENVR 382, Environmental Geology;

Editorial changes resulting from adding Environmental

Geology to core requirements for Environmental Studies

 

                                   

Effective Date: Fall 2009

 

 

1.  Delete:         On page 143, the entry for ENVR 382:

 

382             Environmental Geology (4)

Study of earth processes that affect humans and ecosystems. Fundamentals of groundwater hydrology and mineral resources will be emphasized; other topics will include rivers and flooding, volcanoes, gravity processes and earthquakes. Laboratory will include field projects. Prerequisite: ENVR 105. Odd years Fall.

 

 

 

Add:   On page 141, renumbered course with new level and credit hours:

 

      282       Environmental Geology (3)

Human interactions with natural geological processes. Topics to be covered include volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, mass movements, water pollution, waste management, and radon gas. Field trips will be required. Prerequisite: ENVR 130. Spring.

 

Impact:

ENVR 282 is being dropped from a 300-level to a 200-level course, the lab is being eliminated, thereby reducing the credit hours, and the course will be included as one of the required elective ("choose 2 of 4") courses for the Environmental Studies core. Higher enrollments in this proposed Environmental Geology course, which will now fulfill an Environmental Studies core requirement for all majors, will take enrollment pressure away from Energy and Society (ENVR 234), which in the past was taught three out of four semesters by a former faculty member.

 

Rationale:

The addition of Environmental Geology (ENVR 282) to the Environmental Studies core courses will provide more variety and opportunity for students to be exposed to an Earth Science course without having to major in Earth Science. Currently, all Environmental Studies majors are required to take courses in Ecology and Environmental Management and Policy as part of the degree core requirements: Ecology & Field Biology (ENVR 241) and two of three others (Energy & Society (ENVR 234), Environmental Policy (ENVR 334), and Environmental Economics (ECON 337). The revised Environmental Geology (ENVR 282) will be added to that list of required electives as a fourth option. The Hydrology (ENVR 338) and Water Pollution (ENVR 362) courses are being revised to contain hydrology topics that were previously covered in the old Environmental Geology (ENVR 382).

 

 

2.  Delete:         On page 139, under Environmental Studies majors must fulfill the following requirements:

             

                                             I.      Required courses in the major—19–22 hours: ENVR 130, 241, 330, 490; and select two of three from: ECON 337 (prerequisite ECON 102); ENVR 234, 334.

 

Add:           On page 139, in place of deleted entry:

 

I.         Required courses in the major—19–22 hours: ENVR 130, 241, 330, 490; and two
      courses from: ENVR 234, 282, 334 or ECON 337 (prerequisite ECON 102).

 

Impact:

Environmental Studies students will now have ENVR 282 as an option for completing the core requirements in the major. 

 

Rationale:   Editorial to reflect curricular changes.

 

 

 

3.  Delete:         On page 140, under Minor in Environmental Studies:

 

                                    two courses from ENVR 234, 334 or ECON 337;

 

      Add:           On page 140, in place of deleted entry:

 

                                    two courses from ENVR 234, 282, 334 or ECON 337;

 

Impact:

Environmental Studies students will now have ENVR 282 as an option for completing minor requirements.           

 

Rationale:  Editorial to reflect curricular changes.