Environmental Science (ESCI)

ESCI 5101  ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SEMINAR  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

Studies and analysis of pertinent literature. May be repeated for credit, but credit may count only once towards the degree plan. Course is taken as credit/no credit.

ESCI 5203  PROF SKILLS FOR SCIENTISTS  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR SCIENTISTS. Presentation and discussion of professional skills of practicing scientists including literature searches, evaluation of information sources, oral and written communication skills, lifelong learning, careers and professional opportunities.

ESCI 5302  FEDERAL ENV LAWS AND REGULATNS  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS Advanced study of case histories involving the application of state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Review of permits, waste registrations, manifests, self-reporting and inspection reports.

ESCI 5314  BIOGEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

. Water and element cycling in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere. Microbial interactions and physical processes will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: (CHEM 1311 or 1312) and (GEOL 1403, ESCI 1401 or 3315).

ESCI 5321  ADV SOIL AND GW RESTORATION  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094.  
ESCI 5322  INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

. Health protection practices in the industrial environment. Health basis for OSHA laws, regulations. Sampling and testing procedures.

ESCI 5330  OIL SPILL MANAGEMENT  
3 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours)  

Review of laws and regulations governing oil spill prevention and response. Current methods for control, containment, countermeasures, removal, and disposal of oil spills in an environmentally safe manner. Development of a spill management team incorporating the elements of incident command. Field exercises in oil spill response. SMTE 0096 is a co-requisite for this course. Documented completion of this safety training is required early in the semester for continued participation in this course.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 5340  OCEAN RECOURCES  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  
ESCI 5345  LIVING WITH COASTAL HAZARDS  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

Study of how coastal processes, such as hurricanes, sea-level rise, and erosion, intersect with human activities to create hazardous conditions and how society responds to these conditions, presented through discussion, case studies, and field trips.

ESCI 5350  Fundamentals of Physical Oceanography  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

PRINCIPLES THAT RULE WATER MOTIONS AND ASSOCIATED TRANSPORT AND DISPERSION OF NATURAL AND MAN-MADE SUBSTANCES IN THE SEA INCLUDING A REVIEW OF THE MEAN OCEAN CIRCULATION AND ITS SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL VARIABILITY, OBSERVATIONAL METHODS, OCEAN CIRCULATION THEORIES AND AIR-SEA INTERACTIONS.

ESCI 5360  COASTAL MANAGMNT AND OCEAN LAW  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

COASTAL MANAGEMENT AND OCEAN LAW The legal and policy framework associated with the coastal zone and ocean environment. Public access to coastal lands and waters, public trust, wetlands regulation; international law of the sea, fisheries law, and marine pollution.

ESCI 5370  HAZARDOUS WASTE TRTMNT TECHN  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES Review of the laws and regulations of hazardous waste management from an historical perspective followed by reports on current techniques for handling, reducing, and disposing of hazardous wastes in an environmentally safe manner. SMTE 0096 is a co-requisite for this course. Documented completion of this safety training is required early in the semester for continued participation in this course.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 5380  ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYS  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

TEMS This course explores the systems management approach used by businesses and governments to promote environmental quality and sustainability. EMS and ISO 14001 standards go beyond minimally acceptable environmental compliance.

ESCI 5392  Thesis I: Thesis Proposal  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ON A THESIS TOPIC. COMPLETION OF A WRITTEN RESEARCH PROPOSAL INCLUDING PROPOSED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. IF THE THESIS PROPOSAL IS NOT COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER, A MARK OF "IP" WILL BE AWARDED.  AN "IP" IS A PERMANENT, NON-PUNITIVE GRADE NOTATION. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A QUALITATIVE GRADE IN THE COURSE, THE STUDENT MUST ENROLL IN AND COMPLETE THIS COURSE IN A SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER. 

ESCI 5393  Thesis II: Thesis Research  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

COLLECTION AND ORGANIZATION OF RESEARCH DATA AND PRESENTATION OF A ROUGH DRAFT OF THE THESIS MANUSCRIPT TO THE THESIS ADVISOR. MAY BE REPEATED; NO MORE THAN THREE HOURS MAY BE TAKEN PER SEMESTER. IF THE THESIS DRAFT IS NOT COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER, A MARK OF "IP" WILL BE AWARDED.  AN "IP" IS A PERMANENT, NON-PUNITIVE GRADE NOTATION. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A QUALITATIVE GRADE IN THE COURSE, THE STUDENT MUST ENROLL IN AND COMPLETE THIS COURSE IN A SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER.  

Prerequisite: ESCI 5392.

ESCI 5394  Thesis III: Thesis Submission  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THESIS DEFENSE AND COMPLETION OF THE THESIS MANUSCRIPT INCLUDING ACCEPTANCE OF THE FINAL COPY BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. MAY BE REPEATED; NO MORE THAN THREE HOURS MAY BE TAKEN PER SEMESTER. IF THE THESIS IS NOT COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER, A MARK OF "IP" WILL BE AWARDED.  AN "IP" IS A PERMANENT, NON-PUNITIVE GRADE NOTATION. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A QUALITATIVE GRADE IN THE COURSE, THE STUDENT MUST ENROLL IN AND COMPLETE THIS COURSE IN A SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER.   

Prerequisite: ESCI 5392.

ESCI 5397  Directed Research  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

EMPHASIS ON EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AS RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. FOR STUDENTS SELECTING THE PROFESSIONAL (NON-THESIS) OPTION. ONLY THREE SEMESTER HOURS WILL COUNT TOWARDS THE NON-THESIS DEGREE. REQUIRES PRESENTATION OF RESULTS IN A WRITTEN PAPER AND SEMINAR. IF THE PROFESSIONAL PAPER IS NOT COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER, A MARK OF "IP" WILL BE AWARDED.  AN "IP" IS A PERMANENT, NON-PUNITIVE GRADE NOTATION. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A QUALITATIVE GRADE IN THE COURSE, THE STUDENT MUST ENROLL IN AND COMPLETE THIS COURSE IN A SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER. 

ESCI 5408  ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

. Relationships between microorganisms and their biotic and abiotic environments. Current topics such as air quality (e.g., molds), water quality and bioremediation will be discussed. Laboratory will include techniques for sampling from soil, air and water.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

ESCI 5480  ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

Interdisciplinary application of environmental regulations, risk assessment to specific examples. Knowledge of United States environmental regulations assumed; ESCI 4301 or ESCI 5203 - Professional Skills for Scientists recommended. SMTE 0096 is a co-requisite for this course. Documented completion of this safety training is required early in the semester for continued participation in this course.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 5596  DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY  
1-5 Semester Credit Hours (1-5 Lecture Hours)  

. Study in areas of current interest. (A total of six hours of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward the MS degree.)

ESCI 5940  Project Research  
1-9 Semester Credit Hours  

RESEARCH RELATED TO THE MS PROJECT. REQUIRES CONSENT OF GRADUATE ADVISOR. DOES NOT COUNT AS CREDIT TOWARD THE MS DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. COURSE IS TAKEN AS CREDIT/NO CREDIT.

ESCI 6101  Environmental Research Seminar  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

STUDIES AND ANALYSIS OF PERTINENT LITERATURE. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT, BUT CREDIT MAY COUNT ONLY ONCE TOWARDS THE DEGREE PLAN. COURSE IS TAKEN AS CREDIT/NO CREDIT.

ESCI 6130  Oil Spill Management Lab  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lab Hour)  

FIELD EXERCISES IN OIL SPILL RESPONSE, UTILIZING A SPILL MANAGEMENT TEAM INCORPORATING THE ELEMENTS OF INCIDENT COMMAND.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 6170  Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies Lab  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lab Hour)  

REVIEW OF PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING, REDUCING, AND DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTES IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE MANNER.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 6201  Advanced Scientific Diving Techniques  
2 Semester Credit Hours  

ADVANCED STUDY OF THE THEORY, SCIENCE, AND ART OF UNDERWATER DIVING TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION TO SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVES. COURSE HELPS FULFILL SOME TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI GUIDELINES FOR SCIENTIFIC DIVING.

ESCI 6203  Professional Skills for Scientists  
2 Semester Credit Hours  

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS OF PRACTICING SCIENTISTS INCLUDING LITERATURE SEARCHES, EVALUATION OF INFORMATION SOURCES, ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS, LIFELONG LEARNING, CAREERS AND PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

ESCI 6230  Oil Spill Management Theory  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lab Hours)  

REVIEW OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING OIL SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE. CURRENT METHODS FOR CONTROL, CONTAINMENT, COUNTERMEASURES, REMOVAL, AND DISPOSAL OF OIL SPILLS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE MANNER. DEVELOPMENT OF A SPILL MANAGEMENT TEAM INCORPORATING THE ELEMENTS OF INCIDENT COMMAND.

ESCI 6270  Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies Theory  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

REVIEW OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT FROM AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE FOLLOWED BY REPORTS ON CURRENT TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING, REDUCING, AND DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTES IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE MANNER.

ESCI 6302  Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

ADVANCED STUDY OF CASE HISTORIES INVOLVING THE APPLICATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. REVIEW OF PERMITS, WASTE REGISTRATIONS, MANIFESTS, SELF-REPORTING AND INSPECTION REPORTS. 

ESCI 6310  Fundamentals of Remote Sensing  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

FUNDAMENAL THEORY OF SATELLITE/AIRBORNE REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES, SENSOR PERFORMANCE AND CALIBRATION, AND THE SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS FOR LAND, OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERE OBSERVATIONS.  TOPICS INCLUDE PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING, RADIOMETRY, SENSORS AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FROM INFRARED TO MICROWAVE SENSING, AND SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS FOR LAND, OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERE OBSERVATIONS.

ESCI 6314  Biogeochemical Processes  
3 Semester Credit Hours  

WATER AND ELEMENT CYCLING IN THE ATMOSPHERE, HYDROSPHERE AND GEOSPHERE. MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES WILL BE EMPHASIZED.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1311, 1312 and GEOL 1403 or ESCI 1401 or 3351.

ESCI 6320  Advanced Environmental Health  
3 Semester Credit Hours  

ADVANCED STUDY OF THE TOXICOLOGY AND EPIDEMIOLOGY OF POLLUTANTS IN THE AIR, WATER AND SOIL. ASSOCIATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE WITH ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS SUCH AS CANCER, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOMES, ALSO CHEMICAL MARKERS AND SYMPTOMS OF DISEASE. POLLUTANTS STUDIED INCLUDE LEAD, ASBESTOS, RADIATION, RADON, NOISE, METALS, HALOGENATED HYDROCARBONS, AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS, SILICA, INDOOR AIR QUALITY, FORMALDEHYDE, AND OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS.

ESCI 6321  Advanced Soil and Groundwater Restoration  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

ADVANCED STUDY OF METHODS FOR RESTORING CONTAMINATED SOIL AND GROUNDWATER BY EXAMINING THE FACTORS AND PROCESSES INFLUENCING THE EFFICACY OF REMEDIATION SYSTEMS.  AN EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON THE SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH SOIL AND GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION IS BASED. 

ESCI 6322  Industrial Hygiene  
3 Semester Credit Hours  

HEALTH PROTECTION PRACTICES IN THE INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT. HEALTH BASIS FOR OSHA LAWS, REGULATIONS. SAMPLING AND TESTING PROCEDURES.

ESCI 6324  Advanced Industrial Toxicology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

ADVANCED REVIEW OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, GENERAL CONCEPTS OF TOXICOLOGY: DOSE-RESPONSE RELATIONSHIP, INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE HOST AND THE AGENTS, RISK ASSESSMENT, TO PROVIDE A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF TOXICOLOGY RELATED TO THE CHEMICALS IN THE WORKPLACE.

ESCI 6330  Oil Spill Management  
3 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours)  

REVIEW OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING OIL SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE. CURRENT METHODS FOR CONTROL, CONTAINMENT, COUNTERMEASURES, REMOVAL, AND DISPOSAL OF OIL SPILLS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE MANNER. DEVELOPMENT OF A SPILL MANAGEMENT TEAM INCORPORATING THE ELEMENTS OF INCIDENT COMMAND. FIELD EXERCISES IN OIL SPILL RESPONSE.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0096.  
ESCI 6332  Advanced Wetlands and Water Quality  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

INTRODUCTION TO WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS (NATURAL, CONSTRUCTED AND RESTORED) WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE ROLE OF WETLANDS IN WATER QUALITY. TOPICS INCLUDE WETLAND SYSTEMS, THEIR HISTORY AND ROLE IN SOCIETY, RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BIOLOGY, GEOLOGY, ECOLOGY, HYDROLOGY AND CHEMISTRY IN WETLAND ENVIRONMENTS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 3428 and CHEM 4443 or ESCI 3443.

ESCI 6340  Ocean Resources  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

INVESTIGATION OF TOPICS RELATED TO THE DISCOVERY, DISTRIBUTION, AND EXPLOITATION OF MARINE RESOURCES OF THE OCEAN WITH A FOCUS ON THE GULF OF MEXICO, INCLUDING THE IMPACT OF RESOURCE EXPLOITATION ON BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARINE POLICY.

ESCI 6345  Living with Coastal Hazards  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

STUDY OF HOW COASTAL PROCESSES, SUCH AS HURRICANES, SEA-LEVEL RISE, AND EROSION, INTERSECT WITH HUMAN ACTIVITIES TO CREATE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS AND HOW SOCIETY RESPONDS TO THESE CONDITIONS, PRESENTED THROUGH DISCUSSION, CASE STUDIES, AND FIELD TRIPS.

ESCI 6359  Ecosystem Dynamics  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

INVESTIGATION OF THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ORGANISMS AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES THAT REGULATE MARINE ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS.

ESCI 6360  Coastal Management and Ocean Law  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE COASTAL ZONE AND OCEAN ENVIRONMENT. PUBLIC ACCESS TO COASTAL LANDS AND WATERS, PUBLIC TRUST, WETLANDS REGULATION; INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA, FISHERIES LAW, AND MARINE POLLUTION.

ESCI 6365  Managing Occupational Safety and Accident Prevention  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE OF REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT.

ESCI 6370  Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies  
3 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours)  

REVIEW OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT FROM AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE FOLLOWED BY REPORTS ON CURRENT TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING, REDUCING, AND DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTES IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE MANNER.

ESCI 6380  Environmental Management Systems  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE EXPLORES THE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT APPROACH USED BY BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTS TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY. EMS AND ISO 14001 STANDARDS GO BEYOND MINIMALLY ACCEPTABLE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE.

ESCI 6408  Environmental Microbiology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MICROORGANISMS AND THEIR BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC ENVIRONMENTS. ROLE OF MICROORGANISMS IN BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING. METHODOLOGY IN MICROBIAL ECOLOGY. BIOTECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

ESCI 6416  Advanced Geochemistry  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours)  

ADVANCED STUDY OF THE EARTH PROCESSES USING PRINCIPLES OF CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM, THERMODYNAMICS, ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY. APPLICATIONS OF LOW-TEMPERATURE GEOCHEMISTRY TO GEOLOGIC PROBLEMS.

ESCI 6480  Environmental Site Assessment  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours)  

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, RISK ASSESSMENT TO SPECIFIC EXAMPLES. KNOWLEDGE OF UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ASSUMED; ESCI 4301 OR ESCI 6203 - PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR SCIENTISTS RECOMMENDED.

ESCI 6590  Advanced Topics  
1-5 Semester Credit Hours (1-3 Lecture Hours, 4 Lab Hours)  

ADVANCED STUDY IN A SPECIFIC AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.  MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN TOPICS VARY.  OFFERED ON SUFFICIENT DEMAND. 

ESCI 6596  Directed Independent Study  
1-5 Semester Credit Hours (1-5 Lecture Hours)  

STUDY IN AREAS OF CURRENT INTEREST. (A TOTAL OF SIX HOURS OF DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY MAY BE COUNTED TOWARD THE MS DEGREE.)