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Environmental Studies Courses
Fall 2018

Environmental Studies Courses expanding section

ENV Studies Classes Available in Fall 2018!

ENV 201

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Instructor: Alysa Remsburg

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:25 PM

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

 

ENV 201

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Instructor: Jan Wellik

TuTh 7:45 AM – 9:10 AM

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

 

ENV 201

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Instructor: Margot Higgins

TuTh 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM

TuTh 12:40 PM – 2:05 PM

TuTh 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

 

ENV 201

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Instructor: Margaret Braun

TuTh 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

TuTh 3:55 PM – 5:20 PM

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

 

ENV 201

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Instructor: Richard Frost

MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

MoWe 3:55 PM – 5:20 PM

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

 

ENV 301

Environmental Sustainability

Instructor: Margot Higgins

We 1:10 PM – 4:10 PM

What can we do as individuals and as a society to meet our own needs without harming future generations? This seminar course approaches sustainability as a way of asking better questions, drawing from many academic disciplines and practical experiences. Students will discuss environmental sustainability for multiple scales, including personal lifestyles, organizations, businesses, and public infrastructure systems. Prerequisite: ENV 201.

 

ENV 303

Issues in Environmental Studies

Instructor: Alysa Remsburg

MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

This fully interdisciplinary seminar provides the opportunity to gain understanding of the scientific, historical, and ethical issues in ecological literacy and environmental responsibility by focusing on a specific environmental concern. Selected environmental issues with a specific focus will be offered. Examples are forestry, ground water, air pollution, ozone depletion, sustainable agriculture, overpopulation. Each offering will have a specific title according to the topic. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Prerequisite: ENV 201.

 

ENV 496

Environmental Studies Capstone

Instructor: Alysa Remsburg

TuTh 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

As a culmination of the environmental studies minor, this course has two main purposes. The first is to take action locally on an environmental service learning project. Action in the community builds professional skills, offers networking, and solidifies student interests. The second purpose is to help students clarify personal and career goals that are based on their environmental philosophy. Hearing from recent graduates and professionals in environmental fields provides students with a wide variety of perspectives and ideas as they consider their future decisions. Prerequisite: ENV 201ENV 303; six credits from the list of supporting courses.

 

 

 

Registration starts Mon., April 9th!

Natural Sciences Electives expanding section

BIO 307

Ecology

Instructor: Anita Baines

MoWeFr 2:15 PM – 3:10 PM

A study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms.  The basic principles of ecology are presented in order to develop an understanding of the nature of these interactions at the individual, population and community levels of biological organization.  

 

BIO 370

Ecology

Instructor: Jason Freund

MoWeFr 9:55 AM – 10:50 AM

A study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms.  The basic principles of ecology are presented in order to develop an understanding of the nature of these interactions at the individual, population and community levels of biological organization.  

 

BIO 370

Ecology

Instructor: Rick Gillis

MoWeFr 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

A study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms.  The basic principles of ecology are presented in order to develop an understanding of the nature of these interactions at the individual, population and community levels of biological organization.  

 

ESC 101

Earth Environments

Instructor: Jeffrey Kueny

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM (Lecture)

We 8:50 AM – 10:50 AM (Lab)

We 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Lab)

We 1:10 PM – 3:10 PM (Lab)

Mo 1:10 PM – 3:10 PM (Lab)

 

This course concentrates on understanding the earth’s dynamic environments through the study of processes and physical and human interactions related to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. A scientific approach is used to examine fundamental concepts in earth and environmental science related to topics such as plate tectonics, landform development, atmospheric processes, global climate, and water resources, in order to provide an understanding of how the earth system functions and the human role in these phenomena. Lect. 3, Lab 2.

Satisfies General Education 05: Science

 

ESC 101

Earth Environments

Instructor: Joan Bunbury

MoWeFr 9:55 AM – 10:50 AM (Lecture)

Tu 7:45 AM – 9:45 AM (Lab)

Tu 9:55 AM – 11:55 AM (Lab)

Tu 1:10 PM – 3:10 PM (Lab)

This course concentrates on understanding the earth’s dynamic environments through the study of processes and physical and human interactions related to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. A scientific approach is used to examine fundamental concepts in earth and environmental science related to topics such as plate tectonics, landform development, atmospheric processes, global climate, and water resources, in order to provide an understanding of how the earth system functions and the human role in these phenomena. Lect. 3, Lab 2.

Satisfies General Education 05: Science

 

ESC 101

Earth Environments

Instructor: Paul Reyerson

TuTh 12:40 PM – 2:05 PM (Lecture)

Mo 8:50 AM – 10:50 AM (Lab)

Mo 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Lab)

This course concentrates on understanding the earth’s dynamic environments through the study of processes and physical and human interactions related to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. A scientific approach is used to examine fundamental concepts in earth and environmental science related to topics such as plate tectonics, landform development, atmospheric processes, global climate, and water resources, in order to provide an understanding of how the earth system functions and the human role in these phenomena. Lect. 3, Lab 2.

Satisfies General Education 05: Science

 

ESC 211

Global Warming and Climate Change

Instructor: Joan Bunbury

Internet

This course explores the scientific basis of global warming and climate change, and its current and likely impacts on human society and the environment. Actions that could be taken by governments, by industry, and by individuals to mitigate the effect will also be addressed. Discussion of global warming is situated in the context of models of climate change, focusing on alternative interpretations of the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on global warming.

Satisfies General Education 05: Science

 

GEO 200

Conservation of Global Environments

Instructor: Daniel Sambu

Internet

MoWeFr 8:50 AM – 9:45 AM

MoWeFr 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale.

Satisfies General Education 04: International and Multicultural Studies

 

GEO 200

Conservation of Global Environments

Instructor: Daniel Sambu

Internet

MoWeFr 8:50 AM – 9:45 AM

MoWeFr 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale.

Satisfies General Education 04: International and Multicultural Studies

 

 

GEO 200

Conservation of Global Environments

Instructor: Georges Cravins

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale.

Satisfies General Education 04: International and Multicultural Studies

 

GEO 460

Environmental Hazards

Instructor: Daniel Sambu

MoWeFr 9:55 AM – 10:50 AM

Environmental processes are investigated in light of the hazards they might pose for development and how they may be avoided, mitigated and managed.

 

MIC 434

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

Instructor: Bonita Bratina

TuTh 1:10 PM – 2:05 PM (Lecture)

Fr 8:50 AM – 11:50 AM (Lab)

An ecological study of bacteria, cyanobacteria and algae of aquatic ecosystems. Topics include microbial strategies for survival under various environmental conditions, the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling of elements, interactions of microorganisms with other aquatic biota, the role of microorganisms in pollution problems, and applications of microbial ecology to biotechnology. Laboratory emphasis is on experimental design and sampling techniques, quantification of microbial biomass, and measurement of microbial activities in aquatic habitats. One weekend field trip required. Lect. 2, Lab 3.

Social Sciences Electives expanding section

PH 335

Environmental Health

Instructor: R Daniel Duquette

TuTh 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM

This course will examine the interdisciplinary and global impacts of human-environment relationships. Emphasis is placed on the critical nature of our understanding these relationships in order to improve ecosystem health, human health and well-being, global economics and sustainability. Politics, economics, science, technology, human behavior (both individual and collective), history, ethics, and the media are examined for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all people through the creation of a sustainable global society. The science, methods and processes of environmental health will be considered. The role of environmental health in public and population health will be examined.

 

PUB 338

Environmental Policy

Instructor: Jo Arney

TuTh 12:40 PM – 2:05 PM                                                                                                                                                       

An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied.

 

SOC 311

Rural and Urban Communities

Instructor: Carol Miller

MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

Basic sociological concepts and principles are applied to understand social life within rural and urban communities. Focus will be on the political economy, the culture, and social problems of people as they live in different types of communities.

 

SOC 332

Environmental Justice

Instructor: Adam Driscoll

MoWeFr 11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

Environmental Justice has two distinct meanings. The first refers to the study of how and why environmental problems are experienced differently according to race, gender, class, and nationality. The second describes a social movement that works to fight unequal access to clean, healthy environments and the services that they provide. This course will focus on both aspects of environmental justice, examining the social dynamics that lead to environmental harms being distributed unequally among different communities and nations as well as the role of the environmental justice movement in fighting environment inequalities and injustices.

Humanities Electives expanding section

HIS 317

American Environmental History

Instructor: James Longhurst

MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

This course studies human societies and their changing relationships with their physical and natural surroundings. The focus is on the environmental history of North America from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics explored may include the Columbian exchange, evolving concepts of humanity's relationship to nature, the development of a market economy, science and technology, government roles in conservation and preservation, and the recent emergence of an environmental movement.

 

PHL 425

Wilderness Philosophy

Instructor: Samuel Cocks

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

The intention of this course is to investigate the many different ways in which wilderness is defined and understood within environmental philosophy. The approach will be broad and will cover a variety of themes. Our desire is both to clarify the positive characteristics of the wilderness idea while also recognizing its significant flaws and hazards. The moral implications of the wilderness concept will be given special attention. A variety of different philosophical perspectives will be utilized.