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    ET 105 Introduction to Environmental Regulations 1.

    ET 105 is a 1 hour lecture/discussion class, required of all environmental technology majors. The course reviews all the major federal and state regulations and laws addressing, water air and soil pollution; solid, toxic and hazardous waste, occupational safety/health and environmental management systems. For ET majors only.

    ET 120 Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies and Assessments 3.

    Overview of the various renewable energy assessment technologies. Students will learn what assessments and measurements can be taken to determine if renewable energy technologies will be effective in a particular location. Topics include biomass and biofuels, geothermal systems, solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind energy, and hydroelectric.

    ET 201 Environmental Technology Laboratory I 1.

    Use of field and laboratory instrumentation for monitoring water quantity and quality. Management, analysis, interpretation, and oral and written reporting of complex environmental data sets. Hands-on, real-world experience in water quality monitoring and maintenance. Required field trips may extend beyond class time.

    ET 202 Environmental Technology Laboratory II 1.

    Use of field and laboratory instrumentation for monitoring plants, soils, and natural systems. Management, analysis, interpretation, and oral and written reporting of complex environmental datasets. Hands-on, real-world experience in plant and soil quality monitoring and maintenance. Required field trips may extend beyond class time.

    ET 203 Pollution Prevention 1.
    Prerequisite: ES 100.

    This course studies the prevention of the pollution of air, water, and terrestrial ecosystems. State of the art technological solutions are discussed. The social, economic, legal and ethical dimensions of pollution prevention are integrated into the scientific and technological challenges facing developed and developing economies.

    ET 220 Solar Photovoltaics Assessment 3.
    Prerequisite: ET 120.

    This course introduces specific elements in photovoltaic (PV) systems technologies including efficiency, modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries, and system installation. Topics include National Electric Code (NEC), electrical specifications, photovoltaic system components, array design and power integration requirements that combine to form a unified structure. upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various photovoltaic designs and proper installation of NEC compliant solar electric power systems.

    ET 240 Wind and Hydroelectric Energy Assessment 3.

    This course introduces concepts, designs, tools, techniques, and material requirements for systems that convert wind and water into usable energy. Topics include the analysis, measurement, and estimation of potential energy of wind and water systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the technologies associated with converting wind and water into a viable energy source.

    ET 252 Introduction to Spatial Technologies 3.

    Introduction to types of spatial information technologies and their uses in environmental assessments. Topics include: map reading, geographic positioning systems, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. This course will provide a basic overview of these technologies through lectures, and will afford an exposure to their uses through a series of structured laboratory exercises.

    ET 255 Assessing Lands for BioEnergy Production 3.
    Prerequisite: ET 120.

    Overview of the historical and current role of bioenergy and biomass potential, technologies and systems, resource supplies, current market developments, and barriers to use in the USA. Students will learn biomass classifications and develop skills to assess landscapes for woody and non-woody biomass stocks, yields and energy values. Skills for techniques to measure woody biomass for managed forest plantations and natural forest stands and select herbaceous bioenergy crops will be developed. Emphasize North Carolina sites and spatial data to develop conceptual framework and assessment skills. Targeted for science and non-science students.

    ET 262 Renewable Energy Adoption: Barriers and Incentives 3.

    The understanding of the economic, social, and legal barriers and incentives to renewable energy adoption is an important facet to helping renewable energies reach their potential. This course explores mechanisms that can be used and that have been used successfully in the US and in other parts of the world to remove those barriers and to promote greater use of renewable resources, particularly in rural areas and on agricultural and forested lands.

    ET 293 Independent Study in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Independent Study for Environmental Technology & Management students at the freshman and sophomore level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    ET 294 Independent Study in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Independent Study for Environmental Technology & Management students at the freshman and sophomore level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    ET 295 Special Topics in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Special Topics in Environmental Technology & Management at the 200 Level for offering courses on an experimental basis.

    ET 301 Environmental Technology Laboratory III 1.

    Assessment of and response to environmental hazards caused by hazardous materials releases. Regulatory requirements associated with hazardous materials releases. Utilization of chemical protective clothing and respiratory protection. Students passing the class receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification. Required field trips may extend beyond lab time.

    ET 302 Environmental Technology Laboratory IV 1.

    Use of field and laboratory instrumentation for monitoring outdoor and indoor air quality. Management, analysis, interpretation, and oral and written reporting of complex environmental data sets. Hands-on, real-world experience in air quality monitoring and maintenance. Required field trips may extend beyond class time.

    ET 303 Laboratory Safety Systems and Management 1.

    Theory and practice of regulation, management, and auditing of laboratory safety. Laboratory field trips may extend beyond class time.

    ET 310 Environmental Monitoring and Analysis 3.
    Prerequisites:CH 101 or 100; BIO 181; ET students only.

    Monitoring and analysis of chemical, biological, and radiation impacts to the environment. Theory of chemical, physical, biological, and ecological monitoring. Planning and conducting environmental sampling and monitoring programs. Management, analysis, and quality assurance and control. Risk assessment in environmental technology. Laboratory practice and safety.

    ET 320 Fundamentals of Air Pollution 3.
    Prerequisite: (MA 121, MA 131, or MA 141) and (PY 131 or PY 201 or PY 205 or PY 211).

    Air pollution sources, and the influence of natural and anthropogenic processes on the atmosphere. Roles of local, state and federal governments in air pollution control and importance of the Clean Air Act and it amendments.

    ET 330 Environmental Technology Practicum 3.

    Preparation for practicum, including resume writing, interviewing skills, cover letters, and practicum search techniques and resources. Professional practice as an environmental technologist. Written and oral communications of the practicum experience.

    ET 401 Environmental Technology Laboratory V 1.

    Scientific and legal definitions of brownfield and EPA Superfund sites. Physical, chemical, and biological methods for remediating contaminated sites. Impacts of hazardous waste management on public and private sector organizations. Field trips to public and private brownfield and Superfund remediation sites to examine real-world applications of principles. Required field trips may extend beyond class time.

    ET 410 Toxic Substances and Society 3.
    Prerequisite: Junior standing..

    Interdisciplinary evaluation of past, present and future effects of toxic substances in the environment. Addresses various dimensions of toxic substances; special emphasis on ways to minimize adverse effects in contemporary and future societies.

    ET 455 Adaptive Management and Governance 3.
    Junior standing or above.

    Some environmental and natural resource problems are more difficult to resolve than others. The purpose of this course is to understand the factors that condition intractable or "wicked" environmental and natural resources conflicts. These factors include narrow conceptions of science, rigid bureaucratic structures and narrow policy targets. We also explore some of the alternatives for addressing intractable environmental and natural resource problems- including adaptive management and governance.

    ET 460 Practice of Environmental Technology 3.
    Prerequisite: ET 310 or SSC 442; and ET Senior Only.

    Preparation and presentation of comprehensive environmental assessments and analyses. Critical roles of quality control and assurance. The ISO 14000 environmental management standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Preparation for certification as an environmental auditor by ANSI and registration as an Environmental Professional by the National Register of Environmental Professionals. Optional training and exams for Environmental Auditors Registration Association and American National Standards Institute/Register Accreditation Board Written Examination available.

    ET 470 Environmental Forensics 3.
    Prerequisite: ET 310 or SSC 442.

    Use of site assessment methodologies and state of the art technologies from analytical chemistry, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, and GIS to solve environmental cases of "Who done it?" with regards to soil/sediment, water, and air contamination.Two field trips which may extend beyond class time are required.

    ET 484 Practice of Renewable Energy Assessments 1.
    P: ET 220 and (ET 240 or ET 255 or ET 262); R: Renewable energy assessment minors only.

    Renewable Energy Assessment principles, practices, and technologies. Lectures and field practicum concerning renewable energy potential on a variety of types of land across North Carolina. This course is for enrollment by students who are minoring in renewable energy assessments only.

    ET 490 Senior Seminar in Environmental Technology 1.
    Prerequisite: ET Senior Only.

    Weekly departmental and university seminars and group discussions to enrich and broaden student perspectives on the practice and development of environmental technology. Oral and written reporting of seminars topics.

    ET 493 Independent Study in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Independent Study for Environmental Technology & Management students at the advanced level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    ET 494 Independent Study in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Independent Study for Environmental Technology & Management students at the advanced level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    ET 495 Special Topics in Environmental Technology & Management 1-6.

    Special Topics in Environmental Technology & Management at the 400 level for offering courses on an experimental basis.