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120 Topics in Environmental Science. Selected topics of current societal interest that relate to our environment offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of natural science credit, a few of which may meet the lab or field requirement. Only one such unit may be counted toward the natural science requirements.  

Half-block:  The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus. .5 unit - Mitch Thomashow.

121 Introduction to Environmental Science. This course provides an overview of this interdisciplinary field at a level appropriate even for non-science majors, applying concepts, methods, and models from many disciplines to the major problems facing a sustainable management of the environment. The complex interactions of the “biosphere,” the human systems that make up the “sociosphere,” and the physical Earth systems that support them are considered. (Does not meet the field/lab credit.) (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

127 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Explores the basics of computer-based information analysis and manipulation. Teaches students fundamentals of basic GIS tasks: mapmaking, spatial analysis, and database creation. Students learn to use software that links these three functions together. Computer-based exercises are used both in class to teach fundamentals, and in labs that assist students to learn and use basic GIS tools.  (January half-block) .5 unit -- Gottfried

128 Introduction to Global Climate Change. Introduction to the contemporary Earth climate system and evidence for near-future changes, focusing on the role of the atmosphereic, oceans and land surface. Course includes the use of mathematical models to describe complex systems and the role of policy, economics and ethics in mitigating human impact. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. 1 unit -- Program Faculty

135 Meteorology. Basic physics principles introduced and used to study dynamic processes in the atmosphere: atmospheric energy flow, solar radiation, green house effect, large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, small scale processes including clouds and storms, weather forecasting, humanity’s impact on weather and climate. Laboratory and field experiments and trips will be utilized. (Not offered 2014-15) 1 unit.  Taber

141 Sustainable Development. Investigates the concept of sustainable development by first introducing the necessary economic terms and concepts. It next explores traditional economic models of production and distribution. Finally it introduces the concept of sustainable development (meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs). It includes fieldwork to explore the behavior of traditional economic models and examples of sustainable development. Counts as one unit of social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit. Prerequisite: No Economics credit after Economics 150, 151, 152 or 160 and may not be counted toward Econ or Poli Econ majors. (Also listed as Economics 141 and Southwest Studies 141.) 1 unit — Lee, McKendry.

155 Introductory Earth Systems Science. An overview of the Earth’s surface systems including lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Course will also examine fluxes among these systems such as soil-forming processes, hydrologic processes, and biogeochemical cycles. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) 1 unit - Barnes.

161 Environmental Sociology. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (Also listed as Sociology 130.) 1 unit — Roberts.

202 United States Environmental Politics.  Studies environmental politics in the United States from the early twentieth century through the present.  Follows changing environmental policies at the federal level and investigates the environmental movement, the greening of industry, and the role of state and local governments in environmental regulation.  Illuminates the diversity of approaches to environmental protection taken by different political actors to the U.S., the major debates that have arisen regarding the environment over the past century, and the political challenges and opportunities that mark environmental politics today.  (Not offered 2014-15.)  1 unit.

209 Ecology and the Environment. The analysis of distributions, abundances, and interrelationships of organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems with an emphasis on environmental applications. (No credit if taken after BY 208.) Prerequisite: Environmental Science 211. 1 unit — Kummel, Snyder.

210 Environmental Chemistry. An introduction to chemical pollutants in the “compartments” of air, water, and soil, and calculation and measurement of their levels using the principles of general chemistry. Chemical perspectives on problems such as toxicology, global warming, the ozone hole, food shortages, and waste disposal are also discussed. Includes a significant laboratory component involving the statistical and instrumental analysis of samples collected in the field. Prerequisite: Chemistry 108 or 250 and Biology 208 or Geology 130 or 140. (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles. An introduction to the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment and the cycles of matter and energy that transport the Earth’s chemical components in time and space.  Course includees a significant emphasis on mathematical modeling of radiative transfer, fossil fuel consumption, the global carbon cycle, and implications of these processes on energy policy.  Prerequisite:  Environment Science 128 and Mathematics 126.  1 unit -- Drossman, Lee, Barnes.

212 Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics. Study of the generation and use of energy in an industrial society, environmental problems created by our energy use, and the physical and chemical principles underlying these issues. Scientific principles include: energy and the laws of thermodynamics, and the chemical equilibrium and kinetics needed to understand chemical systems as means of energy storage. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 211 or the following: Chemistry 107, Environmental Science 128, Mathematics 126 (or Mathematics 125). (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit — Whitten, Lee.

221 Environmental Inquiry. By focusing on diverse, multidisciplinary forms of inquiry — from scientific inquiry to governmental policy studies to business sector position papers and contributions from the humanities — this course will provide a structured analysis for exploring selected environmental issues and how they are viewed through diverse types of inquiry. The intended outcome is a comprehensive framework students will take with them into future courses that facilitates a broad approach to “inquiring” about any environmental issue or problem and detecting narrowness and bias in the arguments made by others concerning environmental challenges, issues, and problems. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 128 and Environmental Science 228 (or Mathematics 117 or Biology 220). Also open to declared Environmental Science Chemistry and Environmental Science Physics majors who have completed Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or Economics 151) and Environmental Policy (EV 271 or Political Science 321). 1 unit — Program Faculty

222 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science. Dynamic system modeling applied to environmental examples. Some data analysis and estimation techniques to determine functional relationships and parameters for building models. Analysis of equilibrium and other key system behavior in the context of population models, the carbon cycle, and other ecological phenomena. (Does not meet the laboratory/field requirement for the natural sciences.) Prerequisite: Mathematics 125, 125 or 127 (EV 221 recommended). (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

228 Analysis of Environmental Data. This course will focus on the fundamentals of exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing, and experimental design in the ecological, environmental, and earth sciences. Topics will include theory and practice of project design, data distribution and description, the central limit theorem, characterization of uncertainty, correlation, univariate hypothesis testing, and multivariate analyses (ANOVA, linear regression). Students will complete a final project using environmental data collected in the field and analyzed using statistical computer software. Prerequisite: Mathematics 126 or 125 or 127 or Studies in Humanities equivalent (Calculus I). (Meets the
Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  1 unit — McDougall.

255 Nature and Society. The course examines the interaction between Europeans and the natural world from the Renaissance to the present. It looks at how nature shaped the ways Europeans lived and worked and how, in turn, they thought about and behaved toward nature. In particular, it explores the impact of the Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and mass culture on the changing interplay between nature, society, and culture. 1 unit - Ashley.

260 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences. Selected topics of current societal interest that relate to our environment offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of social science credit. Only one such unit may be counted toward the social science requirements.

Block 3:  Foundations of Environmental Education  1 unit - Drossman

Block 3:  Geodesign with GIS. 1 unit - Siddoway, C. and Reed

Half-Block: -Topics in Environmental Social Science: Protecting Wetlands. .5 unit — Kannan.

Block 8 :  1 unit. - Jean Lee

261 Topics in Environmental Humanities.

Block 2:  Humans and Other Animals.  1 unit - Hourdequin

Block 5:  Reading and Writing the Sea.  1 unit - Mason

Block 8:  Literature and Nature.  1 unit - Tynan and Drummond

Block 8:  Environmental Filmmaking.  1 unit - Hawes-Davis

 

271 Environmental Policy. This course will consider environmental policy and law, the role of policy and law in protecting the environment, policymaking, policy strategies, and the relationship of environmental policy, law and science. Counts as one unit of social science credit. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level Environmental Science class or consent of instructor (EC 150, 151/152 or Environmental Science 141 recommended). 1 unit — Kannan.

272 Cities, Sustainability and Environmental Justice.  Examines the relationship between cities and nature, with a particular emphasis on current efforts by cities around the world to become more environmentally sustainable.  Explores the meanings of sustainability in the context of urban areas, and how these meanings differ among cities in the Global North and the Global South.  Considers the major political challenges that cities face in their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and questions of environmental justice.  (Also listed as Political Science 272.)  (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit - McKendry

273 American Environmental History. A survey of American history from the perspective of the environment, beginning with the biological and cultural invasion of the New World in 1492 and ending with current environmental problems and their historical roots. Topics include Native American vs. Euro-American views of nature, the impact of changing economic systems on the environment, and the impact of the landscape on various American cultures. Counts as one unit of social science credit.  (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit. - Hyde

275 Nature and Society. The course examines the interaction between Europeans and the natural world from the Renaissance to the present. It looks at how nature shaped the ways Europeans lived and worked and how, in turn, they thought about and behaved toward nature. In particular, it explores the impact of the Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and mass culture on the changing interplay between nature, society, and culture. Counts as one unit of social science credit. (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

277 Ecofeminism. The interconnections between feminism and ecology. Ecofeminism explores the links between systems of domination such as sexism, racism, economic exploitation and the ecological crisis. We will assess criticism of ecofeminism and evaluate the potential of this philosophy for political practice. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.)  1 unit - Noblett.

281 Environmental Ethics. Study of values underlying human relations to the natural environment. Conflicts between values. Preservation, conservation, and exploitation of natural resources. Problems in developing and applying a consistent land ethic. Some social, political, economic, and ecological aspects of current environmental crises. Counts as one unit of humanities credit. (Also listed as Philosophy 246.) 1 unit — Hourdequin.

293  Independent Research in Environmental Science.  Independent research based on laboratory or field investigation in a cross-disciplinary field.  (Research focused on problems that may be addressed by a departmental discipline should be taken in those departments.)  Prerequisite:  At least one course in Environmental Science, consent of both the instructor and the Environmental Program director and registration at least four weeks prior to the block in which the research is to be initiated.  Cannot be counted as the advanced elective for the Environmental Science major.  May be taken for a block, January half-block, or as an extended-format course.  Does not meet the Studies in Natural Science or any Computer Science requirement.  1 unit.

310 Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment. This course builds upon the skills developed in environmental chemistry or physical chemistry, making use of kinetic and thermodynamic models to examine how chemical pollutants are transported in the environment. Either significant computer simulations or laboratory investigations based on recent journal articles from areas such as the kinetics of metal adsorption on model soils, equilibrium concentrations of pesticide residues in biota based on octanol-water partitioning, and transport modeling of air particulates from an urban environment are included. (Available on a tutorial basis with instructor’s consent.) Prerequisite: Chemistry 342 or 366; or 210 and consent of instructor. (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

311 Water: Hydrology, Aquatic, Chemistry, and Ecology. Introduction to the geochemical, physical hydrological, and biological properties of water systems at the level of a watershed. This course applies principles of surface hydrology, aquatic, ecology, redox and acid-base chemistry, field sampling, and experimental design. Includes a significant field and laboratory component. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 212 and Environmental Science 228 (or equivalent) and  Geology 140, or Geology 130 and Biology 208 or Environmental Science 209 required. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit — Kummel, Barnes.

320 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science. Selected environmental science topics that require a more advanced science background than those offered through EV 120. Offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of natural science credit, a few of which may meet the lab or field requirement. Usually at least one sophomore level science course is expected.) (Not offered 2014-15.) 1 unit.

321 Environmental Management. Focuses on strategies used for the management of humankind’s interaction with, and impact upon, the environment. Case studies will allow students to analyze and apply the precautionary principle, environmental assessment, environmental management systems, and planning as strategies of environmental management. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 221. 1 unit — Kannan, Perramond.

341 Ecological Economics and Sustainability. Provides an introduction to ecological economics (an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and managing the ecology and economics of our world) and extends concepts of sustainability. It reviews options for economically efficient allocation of resources that also protect the stock of natural capital over time and space. It investigates the application of tools of analysis to a regional management problem in the American West. It includes fieldwork and may involve additional expense. (Counts as one unit of Social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit.) Prerequisite: Econ Credit: Economics 150 (or 151 and 152); EnvSci Credit: EV/EC 141 and EC 151. (Also listed as Economics 341 and Southwest Studies 341.)  1 unit — Jean Lee.

348 Economics of the Environment. (Not offered 2014-15.) .5 unit.

373 Public Policymaking. Forces shaping public policies and decisions; internal politics of the national bureaucracy, the Presidency and Congress. Applies theories of policymaking to such cases as the environment, race and military affairs. (Counts as one unit of Social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit.) Prerequisite: Political Science 200 or consent of instructor. (Also listed as Political Science 321.) 1 unit — Coggins.

374 Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons. Examines the application of international policy and law in the protection of the global commons — climate, biological diversity, the marine environment and the atmosphere. Considers the major issues — pollution control, natural resource management, and trade — and focuses on the international infrastructure and treaties that have been negotiated to regulate the environment — the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (Also listed as Political Science 324.) 1 unit — Kannan.

393 Independent Research in Environmental Science.  Independent research based on laboratory or field investigation in a cross-disciplinary field.  (Research focused on problems that may be addressed by a departmental discipline should be taken in those departments.)  Prerequisite:  At least one 200 level course in EV, consent of both the instructor and the Environmental Program director and registration at least four weeks prior to the block in which the research is to be initiated.  May be taken for a block, January half-block, or as an extended-format course.  1 unit.  

410 Independent Research in Environmental Science. Independent research based on laboratory or field investigation in a cross-disciplinary field. (Research focused on problems that may be addressed by one of the cognizant disciplines equally well should be taken in those departments.), and registration at least four weeks prior to the block in which the research is to be initiated. EV 410 may also be taken as an extended-format course (1/2 credit per semester, limited to one credit total). Prerequisite: Seniors Only. 1 unit.

420 Senior Paper  The Senior Paper is based on a critical assessment of an environmental issue from a scientific, social scientific, or humanistic perspective, and will include consideration of ten or more published works from the peer-reviewed literature.  This topic may be related to a past research experience, internship, or coursework.  This capstone experience will result in a significant paper, critically evaluating these readings, and an oral or poster presentation.  The final presentation will be given to the EV Program as part of the Senior Seminar requirement.  Prerequisite:  Senior standing and consent of instructor.  1 unit - Department

421 Environmental Synthesis. This is the last course in a three-year integrative capstone sequence in the Environmental Program, open only to declared majors. Students participate in original research projects that focus on a cross-disciplinary, cooperative learning experience that involves current problems from the regional community. It is expected that the work will involve review of the current literature and culminate in a substantial written report that will extend and synthesize current knowledge. Prerequisite: EV321: Environmental Management or consent of instructor. 1 unit — Perramond.

422 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. This course explores how the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere in natural and managed (agricultural) systems.  The primary focus will be on 1) vegetation-climate interactions and 2) vegetation-soil interactions including the cycling of biologically impoprtant elements.  Students will gain hands-on research experience using analytical techniques in the field and the laboratory.  Prerequisite:  (BY/EV208) & (Environmental Science 155 or Geology 130 or 140) & (Mathematics 117 or Biology 220 or Economics 200) or consent of instructor.  (Meets the Critical Perspectives:  Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  1 unit - Kummel, Taber.

431 Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry. Introduction to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature. Kinetics, modeling, and reaction systems as
they relate to air pollution and ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. Course includes a student-designed laboratory/field project related to local air pollution issues.  Prerequisite:  (1) Environmental Science 212 or (2) Chemistry 108 and Physics 241 or (3) Physics 251.  (Meets the Critical Perspectives:  Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  1 unit - Mari Lee.

490 Senior Seminar Pass/Fail Only. An adjunct course spread out over the academic year in which guest lecturers and juniors and seniors orally present their independent research (either literature or laboratory) to the program students and faculty in an open forum for discussion. Required for an environmental program major. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis.) Prerequisite: Required for majors. 0 units — Department.

491 Environmental Science Practicum. Students are placed in organizations working on environmental issues where they work about five hours per week. Students meet in seminar twice a block. In the seminars and written work for the course, students explore the connection between environmental theory and environmental practice, the connections between academic environmental studies and work on behalf of the environment in the community. (Semester-long, extended-format course; to count for major course must be taken for an entire semester for credit with semester-long meetings). (Must be taken on a P/NC basis.) Prerequisite: Environmental Science 322 or consent of instructor. (Not offered 2014-15.) .5 unit.

493 Independent Research in Environmental Science.  Independent research based on laboratory or field investigation in a cross-disciplinary field.  (Research focused on problems that may be addressed by a departmental discipline should be taken in those departments.)  Prerequisite:  At least one 300 level course in Environmental Science, consent of both the instructor and the Environmental Program director and registration at least four weeks prior to the block in which the research is to be initiated.  May be taken for a block, January half-block, or as an extended-format course.  1 unit.

499 Senior Thesis. A thesis topic to be chosen by a student with advice from a member (or members) of the Environmental Science Program. Upon presentation of thesis proposal by the student, program faculty will authorize or deny registration in 499. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and an appropriate research experience. 1 unit — Department.