Core Course Offerings


ESGP core courses are approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.  Any request to substitute core courses or required electives that are part of the specializations should be submitted via email to Kelly Malone (  These requests should be in the form of a letter of request from the student, a letter of support from the advisor and a syllabus for the course and should be submitted as soon as you know you are planning to petition and best case scenario, before you take the course.

Note: All ESGP students taking research hours should take them in their advisor's home department.

Note: All course syllabi are SAMPLE SYLLABI, for an updated syllabus, please email the course professor.

Core Courses in Biological Science

The objective of this core course area is to ensure that students are familiar with the diversity and functioning of organisms and the interactions among species and between organisms and the environment. Because the environmental sciences focus on the relationships between living organisms and their environment, the basic principles of ecology and a solid understanding of ecosystems structure and function is the focus of the ESGP core. This understanding can be gained through coursework that focuses on a particular taxon or a particular kind of ecosystem, but must be broadly applicable to any environment.

Agricultural Systems Management

Environment and Natural Resources

  • ENR 5250.01, Wetland Ecology Restoration, 3 semester hrs and ENR 5250.02 Wetland Field Laboratory, 1 semester hr
  • ENR 5263, Biology of Soil Ecosystems, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5270, Soil Fertility, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5560, Rehabilitation/Restoration of Ecosystems, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 6610, Soil and Environmental Biochemistry, 2 semester hrs
  • ENR 7333, Successional Dynamics of Forests, 3 semester hrs


  • ENTMLGY 6410, Insect Ecology and Evolutionary Processes, 3 semester hrs
  • ENTMLGY 6704, System Analysis, from Molecules to Ecosystems, 2 semester hrs

Environmental Engineering

  • ENVENG 5217*, Applied Mathematical Ecology, 3 semester hrs

Public Health

Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology

  • EEOB 5420*, Aquatic Ecosystems - Ecology of Inland Waters, 1.5-4 semester hrs
  • EEOB 5470*, Community and Ecosystem Ecology, 3 semester hrs
  • EEOB 6210*, Ecotoxicology, 3 semester hrs


  • MICRO 5155, Environmental Microbiology, 3 semester hrs

Horticulture and Crop Science

  • HCS 5602*, The Ecology of Agriculture, 3 semester hrs


Core Courses in Physical Science and Engineering

The objective of this core area is to provide an understanding of physical structure and processes in which ecosystems must function. Physical structure includes soil, water, air, geological media, climate, nutrients, and contaminants. Physical science processes include movement of “abiotic” matter and energy through ecosystems. Core courses must (1) study fundamental physical, hydrological, chemical, or biogeochemical processes and (2) study and emphasize the effects of physical structure and processes on ecosystem biotic components and function and the interactions between the biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem.

Environment and Natural Resources

  • ENR 5310/FABENG 5310/ENVENG 5310*, Ecological Engineering and Science,  3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5260, Soil Landscapes: Morphology, Genesis and Classification, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5261, Environmental Soil Physics, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5262, Soil Chemical Process and Environmental Quality, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5268, Soils and Climate Change, 2 semester hrs
  • ENR 5273, Environment Fate and Impact of Contaminants in Soil and Water, 3 semester hrs

Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering


  •  GEOG 5900 Weather, Climate, and Global Warming, 3 semester hrs

Earth Sciences

  • EARTHSCI 5621, Introduction to Geochemistry, 3 semester hrs
  • EARTHSCI 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 semester hrs
  • EARTHSCI 5718, Aquatic Geochemistry, 3 semester hrs

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • CIVENV 5130*, Applied Hydrology, 3 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5110*, Environmental Engineering and Bioprocesses, 3 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5120*, Bioremediation of Groundwater and Soil, 3 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5140*, Air Quality Engineering, 3 semester hrs
  • ENR 5310/FABENG 5310/ENVENG 5310*, Ecological Engineering and Science, 3 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5195*, Engineering Design for Environmental Health, 3 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5410*, Hazardous Waste Management and Remediation, 2 semester hrs
  • ENVENG 5430*, Principles of Risk Assessment, 3 semester hrs
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    FABENG 5760/ENVENG 5760, Design of Urban Stormwater Control Measures, 3 semester hours
  • ENVENG 6100*, Environmental Engineering Analytical Methods, 3 semester hrs
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    Measurement and Modeling of Climate Change, 3 semester hours
  • ENVENG 6220*, Data Analysis in Environmental Engineering, 3 semester hrs

Public Health 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • CBE 5771*, Air Pollution, 3 semester hrs



Core Courses in Social Sciences and Policy

The objective of the social science core is to provide an understanding of concepts related to the study of human society and/or individuals and their relationships to the structure and function of the ecosystem(s) of which they are a part. Methodology includes a range of approaches, both qualitative and quantitative. Core social science courses must engage social science in a combined theoretical and/or applied study of a physical, cultural, regulatory, or economic relationship between humans and the natural and physical environment

Environment and Natural Resources



Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics

  • AEDECON 5330, Benefit-Cost Analysis, 3 semester hrs
  • AEDECON 6300 Environmental and Resources Economics, 3 semester hrs

Public Affairs


  • PUBAFRS 6000, Public Policy Formulation and Implementation, 4 semester hrs
  • PUBAFRS 6080, Public Affairs Program Evaluation, 4 semester hrs

City and Regional Planning

  • CRPLAN 6300, Law and Planning I: Land Use, 3 semester hrs
  • CRPLAN 6310*, Law and Planning II: Environment and Society, 3 semester hrs
  • CRPLAN 6400, Site Planning and Development, 4 semester hrs
  • CRPLAN 6410*, Planning for Sustainable Development, 3 semester hrs
  • CRPLAN 7270*, Environmental and Energy Modeling, 3 semester hrs
  • CRPLAN 7500/ENR 7500*, Resolving Social Conflicts, 3 semester hrs



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