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Environmental Science

ENVR 105 Introduction to Environmental Science (1)

An introduction to environmental science designed to promote an understanding of the effect of human actions on the natural world. Topics include human impacts on atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial systems; human population dynamics; environmental perceptions and ethics; and the concept of sustainability. Lectures, discussion, films, readings.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Arabas, Eilers

ENVR 320 Environmental Ethics (1)

The course focuses upon the historical and philosophical roots of our present environmental and resource dilemmas. The contemporary environmental crisis is considered as a particular manifestation of a cultural crisis which afflicts Western civilization and its imitators. Central issues include: comparison of environmental attitudes in advanced cultures; the environmental significance of Western interpretations of history; evaluation of the idea of progress as the ruling philosophy of history of the modern West; the sociocultural impacts of scientific and technological development; and an account of Western society’s continuing search for the good life and for means of inducing altruistic behavior.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: LaFreniere

ENVR 326 (TH) Environmental History (1)

This course is designed as a chronological survey of human nature interrelationships in Western traditions. Following an introductory unit on biomes and the origins of human culture and civilization, human impacts on nature (and vice versa) in the Mediterranean basin will be traced from Mesopotamia and Egypt to Greece and Rome. A unit on Western Europe focuses on deforestation, development of the agrarian landscape and European colonization after the 15th century. The focus of the course then shifts to lectures on the ecological history of Europeans in North America and discussion of the intellectual history of ecological ideas since the eighteenth century. The course involves lectures, weekly discussions and research papers or presentations.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Environmental Cluster

Prerequisite: Recommended prerequisites: BIOL 110 and HIST 115 or 116 or equivalent

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: LaFreniere

ENVR 327 (W) Water Resources (1)

This course examines water resources over short- and long-time perspectives and over small and large geographic areas. Emphasis is placed on evaluating water resources from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics include: surface and groundwater hydrology; water quality; and the legal, political and environmental aspects of water use.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Arabas

ENVR 333 Biogeography (1)

This course provides an introduction to the study of plant and animal distributions, both past and present. This is a broad field which overlaps several other disciplines, including biology, geography and geology. The study of plant distributions will be emphasized and approached from historical, cultural and ecological perspectives. Applications of biogeographic knowledge and theory to conservation problems will also be discussed. The lab component will address quantitative aspects of biogeographic research.

Prerequisite: ERTH 112, BIOL 125, or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Arabas

ENVR 445 Forest Ecology and Policy (1)

[Crosslisted with POLI 345]

A case study approach to forests integrating forest policy and ecology. Using class and field instruction, students will design research projects that will emphasize the science and social science issues related to forest management. It is open only to seniors in Environmental Science or juniors or seniors in Politics.

Prerequisite: POLI 210, BIOL 130 (or equivalent), and ERTH 112 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Arabas, Bowersox

ENVR 494 Environmental Science Internship (1)

Student participation off-campus with an agency, group or individual working on some aspect of the environment. The purpose is for the student to gain practical knowledge through involvement and for the student to provide research and other work capabilities; 10-12 hours per week.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENVR 495 Environmental Science Integration Seminar (1)

This course is the first semester in a two-semester senior year experience. Students in the science and policy tracks of the Environmental Science major will collaborate on research projects emphasizing the science and social scientific aspects of a chosen environmental issue. Specific topics will vary from year to year, but might include global warming, acid rain, forests, energy, biological diversity, ozone depletion, and sustainability.

Prerequisite: Priority given to senior Environmental Science majors. Other students may be admitted by permission of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENVR 496 (W) Senior Seminar in Environmental Science (1)

Individually or in small groups, students design and conduct a research project which includes: proposal formulation, development of research methodology, information analysis, draft and final report preparation and oral presentation. Seminar discussion, outside resource persons and examination of specific problems of the environment are used to advance research projects.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Senior majoring in Environmental Science

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Arabas, Bowersox, Eilers, LaFreniere