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ZERO1120 - Environmental Regulation and Policy 

From agriculture to construction to energy utilities, modern industries have to meet environmental regulations in their work—regulations which pose unique problems and innovation opportunities for environmental scientists.

This course provides a survey of the environmental regulations, problems and solutions that must be dealt with by environmental scientists in agencies and industry. The course considers both the theoretical and practical/applied aspects of environmental practices.

A Bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this Zero Credit course.


ZERO1170 - Management of Internal Projects for Science & Technical Professionals

An internal project has many moving parts. A skilled manager must be able to oversee them all, including proposing a workable plan with measurable objectives, and making sure your team stays on task and meets its goals.

This course introduces students to all aspects of managing a project within a company or organization, and covers the entire life cycle of a project, from developing ideas at their inception to formal completion and accurate reporting at close-out. Zero Credit students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in a semester project presenting an example of project management, or investigating some aspect of project management in detail.


  • Managing project scope
  • Scheduling a budget
  • Material procurement
  • How to work with contractors and consultants
  • Project team management

A Bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this Zero Credit course.


ZERO1130 - Soil Science for Environmental Assessment

Soil is more than just where we plant our gardens. It’s a complex system that takes thousands of years to develop. It provides the foundation for our food systems, environmental protection and the sustainability of our world. Modern scientists look at soil as a way to understand principles of engineering, biology, hydrology and geology

This class provides a solid understanding of soils in the environment, particularly as it relates to environmental assessment, helping students understand the role soil formation and dynamic processes apply to the world around us.


  • Geomorphology
  • Soil physics, chemistry and biology
  • Soil contaminants
  • Management of soils

A Bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this Zero Credit course. A background in chemistry is recommended.


ZERO1110 - Topics in Environmental Studies: Water Resource Sustainability

Courses on special topics in Environmental Studies. These courses may be lecture, seminars, or readings. Students may enroll in more than one interest group but may enroll in a given interest group only once.



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