Courses for next semester

Environmental Studies Courses
Spring 2019

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 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 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: Alyssa Remsburg

MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 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: Margot Higgins

We 1:10 PM – 4:10 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.

 

 

Natural Sciences Electives expanding section

BIO 307

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 307

Ecology

Instructor: Rick Gillis

MoWeFr 11:00 AM – 11:55 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 307

Ecology

Instructor: Jason Freund

MoWeFr 1:10 PM – 2:05 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 441 

Environmental Toxicology

Instructor: Tisha King-Heiden

MoWeFr: 9:55 AM - 10: 50 AM

The study of the lethal and sublethal effects of chemical contaminants on ecosystems and humans. Topics covered include environmental legislation, chemical distribution and fate in the environment, methods of toxicity testing, assessment of exposure and risk, effects of chemical contaminants on humans, and fish and wildlife populations, communities and ecosystems, and toxicity of specific chemical groups. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations.

 

BIO 473

Marine Biology 

Instructor: Gretchen Gerrish

MoWeFr 12:05 PM - 1:00 PM

Marine biology is an interdisciplinary field that includes elements of geology, physics, chemistry and biology. Students will gain an introduction to how biological organisms deal with varying physical, geological and chemical conditions found in marine ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on current conservation concerns and marine invertebrate diversity.

 

BIO 476

Ecosystem Ecology

Instructor: Staff

TuTh 12:40-2:05

Ecosystems include the living and non-living components of an environmental system and have emergent properties that can only be understood by examining the system as a whole. This course will examine advanced ecological topics centered around the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Topics covered will include the development of the ecosystem concept, ecosystem succession, production/decomposition, energy transfer in food webs, and nutrient cycling. The course will consist of classroom lectures, problem sets, and reading/discussion of relevant literature. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. 

 

ESC 101

Earth Environments

Instructor: Colin Belby

TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM (Lecture)

Lab TBD

 

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)

Lab TBD

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

MoWeFr 8:50 AM – 9:45 AM (Lecture)

Lab TBD

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: Jeffery Kueny

MoWeFr: 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM

 

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 9:55 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 200

Conservation of Global Environments

Instructor: Jeffery Kueny

MoWeFr 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

MoWeFr 2:15 PM - 3:10 PM

TuTh 12:40 PM - 2:05 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

 

CHM 412

Environmental Chemistry

Instructor: Nadia Carmosini

MoWeFr 11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

This course examines the role of chemistry in shaping our environment, including atmospheric, aqueous, and terrestrial components. Students learn how fundamental chemical principles are applied to complex real systems in order to characterize environmental behavior and aid in prediction and decision making. Specific topics explored include climate change, ozone depletion, smog formation, water quality and treatment, energy policy, and the fate/transport of pollutants.

 

 

MIC 350

Bacterial Diversity

Instructor: Bonita Bratina 

TuTh 9:55 AM - 10:50 AM

Fr 8:50 AM - 11:55 AM (lab)

A survey of the bacteria. Lectures will cover bacterial classification and the structure, physiology, ecology, and applications of various groups of bacteria. Special emphasis will be on the more unique species and those of industrial, ecological and environmental importance. The laboratory will involve enrichment and isolation procedures for selective groups of bacteria.
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.

 

REC 306

Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources

Instructor: Laurlyn Harmon

We 2:15 PM – 5:20 PM                                                                                                                                                       

This course provides an overview of the natural resources used for outdoor recreational pursuits, an analysis of leisure activities dependent upon natural resources, a presentation of the problems of recreational land use and an introduction to environmental awareness and outdoor safety. Recreation and natural resources at the national, state, local and private levels will be addressed with emphasis on the understanding of how outdoor recreation affects and is affected by natural resources.

 

REC 345

Ecotourism 

Instructor: Daniel Plunkett

Tu 2:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Students will examine theories, policies and practices specific to nature-based tourism. We will consider both the tourist and host community perspectives as we explore opportunities and constraints related to ecotourism development including social, environmental and economic outcomes.

 

SOC 328

Environmental Sociology

Instructor: Adam Driscoll 

MoWeFr 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

This course provides a framework for understanding the relationship between human societies and their physical environment. This course will focus on how environmental sociologists explain the social origins of environmental degradation, how environmental harms are unequally distributed among different communities and nations, and the role of environmental movements in protecting the physical environment

Humanities Electives expanding section

HIS 338

Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History

Instructor: Tiffany Trimmer

TuTh 12:40 PM - 2:05 PM

This course examines the history of everyday commodities that we consume or use, often without considering where they came from (sugar, coffee, rubber, bananas). It centers on the development of plantation-style agriculture in the Americas, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Africa from the 1600s-1930s CE. Power relationships between laborers, landowners, colonial governments, and consumers are examined in order to connect trade goods to the historical societies in which they were produced. A particular emphasis is placed on links between European imperialism, labor migration, and inequality.