Environmental Impact Assessment is a process that involves determining whether impacts are occurring from existing practices and developments, as well as predicting whether impacts are likely to occur if potential projects or practices are implemented. Impacts of various human activities on the land, air, water, and biota will be evaluated. Various mathematical models for predicting impacts on these resources will be explored. The advantages and disadvantages of mitigation practices for reducing these impacts will also be investigated. In addition to looking at impacts in general, we will also study the various requirements for doing formal impact analyses and producing environmental impact statements (EISs).
Prerequisites: ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies, BIO 202 Ecology, and one additional 200-level or above ENS course.