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Environmental Studies Program

Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Environmental Studies Program Website

Professor FRICKE (Director), PERRAMOND; Associate Professors KUMMEL, MCKENDRY; Assistant Professors BARNES, LEE, GRATZ;

We have recently changed our two majors to Environmental Science and Environment and Society.  Listed below are the requirements for each of these two new majors.  Following these, we are listing the former requirements for our majors of Environmental Science Integrated and Environmental Policy.  However, the former majors can no longer be declared.  They are posted here for current student use only.

Students interested in the Environmental Studies Program should carefully read the course requirements and listings, and we strongly encourage first- and second-year students to discuss their interests with the Environmental Studies Program faculty.

An environmental issues minor is available (see Thematic Minors) that can be used with any departmental major. There are also options under environmental studies LAS majors.


Major Requirements

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Following are the requirements for the NEW Environmental Science and Environment and Society majors.

Environmental Science Major (3/23/2018)

Introductory framing (2 units)

  • EV145 Environment and Society
  • EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change

Foundational courses in natural science (4 units)

  • MA126 Calculus
  • MA117 Statistics (OR BE220 Biostatistics and Experimental design OR EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data.)
  • CH107 General Chemistry 1 OR EV110 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • EV212 Energy (PR CH107 or EV110)

Earth Systems Core (4 units)

  • GY140 Physical Geology
  • EV209 Ecology and the Environment (PR:  EV128, MA126)
  • EV351 Hydrology (PR EV212)
  • EV333 Atmospheric Dynamics (PR EV212)

Natural Science elective courses (3 units)

  • Any 3 EV Natural Science Courses at 300 or 400 level (independent study at 300 or 400 level may count on case by case basis based on a petition.  An explicitly EV focused 300 or 400-level course in GY, OBE, PC, CH, MA may also count, if approved by EV academic advisor)

EV Social Science or EV Humanities Elective (one unit)

  • Any 200, 300, or 400 level EV Social Science or EV Humanities class

Capstone (one unit)

  • EV421 Environmental Synthesis

Thesis (optional for the major, but required for distinction)

  • EV499 Thesis

Environment & Society Major (3/23/18)

  • EV145:  Environment and Society
  • EV128:  Intro to Global Climate Change
  • MA125 or 126:  Calculus
  • One 100 or 200 level Environmental Science Course
  • EV271:  Environmental Law & Policy OR EV274:  Environmental Politics & Policy
  • One Environmental Justice/Environmental Equity unit:  EV274:  Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice; SW272:  Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest; EV276:  Environmental Sociology; EV277:  Ecofeminism; SW220:  Environmental Justice in the Southwest
  • EC201: Economic Theory 1
  • Two 200 level environmental humanities courses:  EV281:  Environmental Ethics; EV255: Nature and Society; EV285::  Introduction to Literature and Environment; HY212: American Environmental History
  • Four EV Social Science, Humanities, or Natural Science electives, at least two of which are 300 level.  Up to two study abroad courses may count ats 200 level electives.  Independent study may count on case-by-case basis based on a petition.  (Optional -- EV391:  Junior Research Seminar - required as one of the four electives for students writing a thesis)
  • EV373:  Public Policymaking
  • EV421:  Environmental Synthesis

Thesis (optional for the major, but required for distinction)

  • EV499 Thesis

Listed below are the former majors.  These are no longer available to declare, but will be noted here for use by current students who are in these majors.

Integrated Environmental Science major

(updated 4.20.15)

16 total units (14 required + 2 elective options)

Introductory EV base (2 units)
EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change   

EV141 Sustainable Development        

Natural Science Sequence (7 units)

EV155 Intro Earth Systems Science or GY140 Physical Geology    

MA126 Calculus I

EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data or MA117 Probability & Statistics or MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling or BY220 Biostatistics and Environmental Design

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles

EV209 Ecology  

EV212 Energy

EV311 Water or EV431 Air                                          

Social Science Sequence (3 units)                                

EV271 Environmental Policy or EV 274 Environmental Politics & Policy

SO130 Environmental Sociology or EV277 Eco Feminism or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry, or EV 273 Environmental History, or EV 255 Nature & Society

Thematic Electives (2 units)

Chosen with your advisor, must include at least one 300-400 level course.

Note: After your advisor approves your electives, please send an email to the current EV program director, your advisor, and Sharon Johnson (sharon.johnson@coloradocollege.edu) to confirm your plan.  We will enter this information in your academic file.

  1. ______________________
  2. ______________________

Examples (for illustration – you need not select one of these options):

After EV209 Ecology: EV 422 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology + BY308 Advanced Ecology

After EV155: GY250 Hydrology or EV311 Water and GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology

After core, one methods + advanced thematic course (to prepare for capstone)

Capstones (2 units)       

EV321 Environmental Management

EV421 Environmental Synthesis, EV 420 Senior Paper, or EV499 Thesis 


Chemistry Concentration Requirements

Total of 15 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • General Chemistry I & II (CH 107 and 108)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH 250)
  • Analytical Chemistry or Bioanalytical Chemistry (CH 241 or CH 345)
  • Calculus I and II (MA 126 and 129)
  • Classical Physics I and II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

And any three of the following:

Organic Chemistry II (CH 251); Environmental Chemistry (CH 210); Organic Chemistry III (CH 351); Instrumental Analysis (CH 342); Biochemistry I (CH 382), Biochemistry II (CH 383), Physical Chemistry I (CH 366); Physical Chemistry II (CH 367); Inorganic Chemistry (CH 475); Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

Students are encouraged to take the three advanced classes as a concerted sequence that can lead to graduate studies or careers in areas such as toxicology: CH 251, CH 382, CH 383 with CH 345, or atmospheric chemistry: CH 366, CH 367, and EV 431.

Research in Environmental Chemistry and a field biology or geology course are also recommended.


Physics Concentration Requirements

Total of 14 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with emphasis in physics is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Calculus I, II, & III (MA 126, 129, and 203)
  • Introductory Classical Physics I & II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Modern Physics (PC 251)
  • Electronics (PC 261)
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics (PC 361)
  • Mechanics I (PC 341)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

A field biology or geology course is also recommended. A student interested in graduate school or an environmental science career in fields such as atmospheric physics, meteorology, geophysics, and oceanography should take additional courses, such as differential equations, computer science, chemistry, and more physics.


Environmental Policy major

(updated 4.20.15)
14 total units (12 required + 2 elective units)

Introductory framework: (2 units)

EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change 

EV141 Sustainable Development 

Natural Sciences/Quantitative (3 units)

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles or EV209 Ecology and the Environment

MA126 Calculus 1 (or equivalent)

MA117 Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)

Economics (1 unit)

Must be EC 201 Economic Theory I

* Note: The Economics Department will not be teaching EC 150, EC 151, or EC 152 after Spring 2015.  During the transition, students who have taken EC 151 or EC 152, but not both, can complete the requirement by taking EC 201 Economic Theory I.                              

Domestic Policy (2 units)

EV271 Environmental Policy or EV 274 Environmental Politics & Policy                                     

EV373/PS321 Public Policymaking (1 unit)

International Environmental Policy (1 unit)

EV374 Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons or PS356 Global Environmental Policy or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest or SO130 Environmental Sociology

Environmental Humanities (1 unit)

EV255 Nature and Society or EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry

Thematic electives (2 units)

1 unit must be 300 or 400 level; both are to be chosen with your advisor.

Note: After your advisor approves your electives, please send an email to the current EV program director, your advisor, and Sharon Johnson (sajohnson@coloradocollege.edu) to confirm your plan.  We will enter this information in your academic file.

 

  1. ______________________
  2. ______________________

 

Examples (for illustration – you need not adopt any of these options):

EV 335 Environmental Economics + EV341 Ecological Economics

EV 277 Ecofeminism + SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

EV 272 Cities, Sustainability, & Environmental Justice + EV 374 Environmental Law & Policy for the Global Commons

Capstones (2 units)

EV321 Environmental Management

EV421 Environmental Synthesis, EV 420 Senior Paper, or EV499 Thesis 


Minor Requirements

New Environmental Issues Minor Requirements

Approved December 2013
Advisors - Hourdequin, McKendry

This minor is intended to provide a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and opportunities. For exceptions to the list below, a formal written proposal of the alternative(s) desired should be given to the minor advisors before taking the course(s), especially if the course is not a Colorado College course. Note also: No more than ONE course from your major department may be used to fulfill requirements in the minor. The environmental issues minor is comprised of six courses: an introductory course, four core courses, and a capstone course.

Introductory course:
EV128 - Introduction to Global Climate Change

Core Courses:
Students must take one course in each of the following areas, plus a second course in one area. One of the four courses must be at the 300- or 400- level. Selected environmentally related topics courses in science, social science, and humanities may count toward these requirements with prior approval of the student's environmental issues minor advisor.

Environmental Science:
Any EV science course can count toward this requirement. Recommended courses include:
EV135 - Meteorology
EV155 - Introductory Earth Systems Science
EV209 - Ecology and the Environment
EV211 - Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
EV212 - Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics
EV228 - Analysis of Environmental Data
EV311 - Water: Hydrology, Aquatic Chemistry, and Ecology
EV422 - Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology
EV431 - Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Environmental Social Science:
Any EV social science course can count toward this requirement, as well as a number of courses in other departments. Recommended courses include:
EV141 - Sustainable Development
EV271 - Environmental Policy
EV277 - Ecofeminism
EV341 - Ecological Economics and Sustainability
EV374 - Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons
ED385 - Environmental Education
PS272/EV272 - Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
PS31/EV373 - Public Policymaking
PS334/EV334 - United States Environmental Movement
PS356 - Global Environmental Policy
PS358 - Environment, Health and Security
SO130/EV161 - Environmental Sociology
SW220 - Environmental Justice in the Southwest
SW230 - Native Americans Under Federal Law
SW272 - Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest
SW301 - Political Ecology of the Southwest

Environmental Humanities:
The following courses count toward this requirement:
EV221 - Environmental Inquiry
EV281 - Environmental Ethics
EV261 - Topics in Environmental Humanities
EN280 - Literature and the Environmental Imagination
HY212/EV273 - American Environmental History
HY255/EV255 - Nature and Society
TH240 - Environmental Design for Performance and Community Engagement

Capstone course:
EV321 - Environmental Management

Courses

Environmental Program

EV109 Winter Ecology

An introduction to winter-specific processes on the level of ecosystems, populations, and physiological adaptations of individual organisms. Includes hands-on field investigative projects for each of these three areas in snow-covered montane and high alpine environments. Topics include snow pack dynamics, vegetation-atmosphere-snowpack coupling, habitat use by non-hibernating animals via animal tracking, winter-specific plant adaptations, and aquatic ecosystem ecology under ice. Emphasis on how winter-specific processes constrain dynamics during the growing season. (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 unit

EV110 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to principles of chemistry focusing on anthropogenic impacts from energy and agriculture to Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. Topics include: atomic, structure, periodic properties; molecular structure; redox, acid-base, and solubility reactions; enthalpy of phase changes and combustion reactions; and stoichiometry. Includes laboratory focused on field sampling, statistics, and environmental analysis. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Prior High School Chemistry class is highly recommended.

1 unit

EV120 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.

1 unit — Cornelius, Kummel, Sponchiado

EV121 Energy: Environmental

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 2018-19).

1 to 2 units

EV126 Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems

Through field-based inquiry over the semester, students learn about biotic and abiotic factors controlling aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and demonstrate their understanding by creating lessons and inquiry projects for their K-12 students. Includes portfolio sections demonstrating mastery of questioning, analysis, and data interpretation skills related to environmental processes and systems.

Prerequisite: Education 120 - Environmental Education Practicum.

1 unit — Drossman

EV127 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. (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 unit

EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change

Introduction to the contemporary Earth climate system that focuses on the roles of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and land surface, and an overview of how this system has changed in the past and is predicted to change in the future. 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. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

1 unit — Barnes, Burns, Fricke, Gratz

EV135 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 2018-19).

1 unit

EV141 Sustainable Development

Investigates the concept of sustainable development by first introducing students to 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). The course includes fieldwork to explore the behavior of traditional economic models and examples of sustainable development. May involve additional expense $$$. Students can choose to take this course for credit either in Economics (EC 141) or Environmental Science (EV 141) (Fulfills one unit of the divisional requirement in the Social Sciences, but not in the Natural Sciences.) (Also listed as EV 141.)

1 unit — Cornelius, Lee

EV145 Environment and Society

Introduction to humanistic and social science perspectives on global environmental change, engaging with a wide variety of explanatory frameworks and disciplinary lenses. Students will examine the socioeconomic, political, cultural, historical, and philosophical drivers of current environmental conditions. Includes perspectives emphasizing potential responses to climate change and other environmental challenges.

1 unit — Cornelius, Kohout, McKendry, Perramond

EV155 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. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV161 Environmental Sociology

The relationship between human societies and their natural and built environments. Topics may include the social construction of nature; the relationships between capitalism, materialism, and environmental degradation at local and global levels; urban development and growth; environmental racism; environmental justice and activism; the politics of environmental regulation and resource management; and the prospects for environmental sustainability. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

EV209 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). Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 128 amd Mathematics 126.

1 unit — Kummel, Snyder

EV210 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. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Chemistry & Biochemistry 108 or 250 & Biology 208 or Geology 130 or 140.

1 unit

EV211 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 includes a significant emphasis on mathematical modeling of radiative transfer, the global hydrologic, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and the implications of human effects on these processes to (No credit for this course for students who have completed Chemistry 108). May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World or Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 128 and Mathematics 126.

1 unit — Barnes

EV212 Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics

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 a means of energy storage. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 211 or the following: (Chemistry & Biochemistry 107 or Environmental Program 110) and Mathematics 126/125 and EV128..

1 unit — Gratz, Horodyskyj

EV220 Intermediate Topics in Environmental Natural Science

Selected environmental science topics that require an introductory science background. Offered when interest and opportunity arise. Depending on the course structure, some courses may meet the lab or field requirement. May require at least one 100 level Environmental Science course as prerequisite. 1 unit.

1 unit — Kummel

EV221 Environmental Inquiry

This class focuses on developing a holistic understanding of transdisciplinary environmental issues through study of an integral meta-theoretical framework. Student learn to design and propose potential thesis projects by evaluating transdisciplinary environmental issues through phenomenological, empirical, and systems-based inquiry, and assess the relative merits of post-positivist, constructivist, and critical perspectives.

Prerequisite: ED225/EV265: Foundations of Environmental Education.

1 unit — Drossman

EV222 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.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Mathematics 125, 125 or 127 (Environmental Program 221 recommended).

1 unit

EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Mathematics 126 or 125 or 127 or HS equivalent (Calculus I).

1 unit

EV255 Nature & 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

EV260 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences

Selected topics in the environmental social sciences that are not offered as part of the regular course listings.

1 unit — Cornelius, Harris, McKendry, Reed

EV261 Topics in Environmental Humanities

Selected environmentally-related topics courses taught from the perspectives of the humanities. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV265 Foundations of Environmental and Sustainability Education.

Environmental and sustainability education focuses on the ecological, economic and social aspects of our interdependence with the natural world. Class discussion and literature analysis address the characteristics and goals of environmental and sustainability education, the evolution of the field of environmental and sustainability education, and fundamental aspects of cognitive and developmental theories as they relate to education. Students begin a course project portfolio that, when completed, meets expectations for environmental education certification from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Drossman

EV271 Environmental Law and Policy

This course considers the major legal regimes in the United States that govern pollution, public lands, water, endangered species, toxic substances, and other environmental issues. It examines the role of policy and law in protecting the environment and the relationship between environmentsl policy, law, and science.

Prerequisite: .

1 unit — Harris

EV272 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. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV273 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.

1 unit — Kohout

EV274 Environmental Politics and Policy

Considers environmental politics and policy in the United States from the early twentieth century through the present. Examines environmental policies at the federal level, their effectiveness and limitations in protecting the environment, and the major policy debates that have surrounded them. Investigates the role of other key actors in shaping environmental governance, including environmental organizations, industry, and state and local governments. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 141 or Political Science 200 recommended. EV Policy majors and EV Integrated Science majors can count this course or Environmental Program 271 toward the major, but not both.

1 unit

EV275 Community Forestry

Focuses on the role of forest ecosystems in social, political, and economic systems and how definitions and management of forests are contested. Students will gain and apply skills and tools from multiple social science disciplines to understand the short and long-term ramifications of forest management policies. Includes service-learning field trips.

1 unit — Lee

EV276 Environmental Sociology

This course examines the political and institutional conditions that produce and organize environmental degradation and disruption, give shape to patterns of environmental inequality, and foment conflict. It concludes by examinating the conditions and strategic actions that improve the chances for positive environmental outcomes and ecological sustainabiliy. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Roberts

EV277 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. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Noblett

EV281 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.

1 unit — Hourdequin

EV285 Introduction to Literature and Environment

An introduction to environmental literature, through genres such as nature writing, memoir, climate fiction (cli-fi), and topics such as wilderness, apocalypticism, climate change, and environmental justice.

1 unit — Goldberg

EV293 Independent Research in Environmental Science

.5 to 1 unit

EV301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

Focuses on political ecology in a seminar setting for understanding political economy and ecological concerns. Highlights the struggles and genius of Southwest cultures under changing conditions. May have a multi-day-off-campus field trip. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200-level Southwest Studies course or Environmental Program 145 or Environmental Program 141.

1 unit — Perramond

EV307 Stream Ecology

An introduction to physical processes, biogeochemical cycles, and dymanics of freshwater biota in inland waters. Taking a process-oriented and comparative approach, the course focuses on how the function of river systems impacted due to effects from human interactions with aquatic ecosystems. Field and laboratory exercises integrate material across disciplines. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Chemistry & Biochemistry 107 or Environmental Program 110, Mathematics 126, Environmental Program 208 or Organismal Biology and Ecology 209. Recommended Geology 140 and/or Environmental Program 351 (Hydrology).

1 unit

EV309 Population dynamics of wild, harvested, and endangered species

Why do some fisheries collapse? Will the African elephants go extinct? This cpurse examines environmental questions in population ecology using differential and difference equation modeling. Course topics include the analysis of equilibria and stability, bifurcation, sensitivity, and parameterization using maximum likelihood. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Mathematics 126 ans Environmental Program 209 or Organismal Biology and Ecology 208.

1 unit

EV310 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.) (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Chemistry & Biochemistry 342 or 366; or 210 & consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

EV311 Water: Hydrology, Aquatic, Chemistry, and Ecology

Introduction to the geochemical, physical hydrological, and biological properties of water systems at the level of a watershed. Applies principles of surface hydrology, aquatic, ecology, redox and acid-base chemistry, field sampling and experimental design. Includes a significant field and laboratory component. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World or Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 212 and Environmental Program 228 (or equivalent) and Geology 140 (or Geology 130), and Biology 208 or Environmental Program 209 required.

1 unit — Cowie

EV315 Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions:

The course examines transport and transformation of energy and matter through ecosystems, and how humans impact these. It focuses on solar energy, carbon, and water through the lens of atmosphere-biosphere interactions. The course develops all concepts through hands on data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation. Key concepts include fluxes, gradients, and budgets. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 209, Environmental Program 212, Mathematics 126, or consent of the instructor.

1 unit — Kummel

EV320 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.)

1 unit — Horodyskyj

EV321 Environmental Management

Environmental management efforts are scientifically, ecologically, and politically contentious, yet necessary given the heightened awareness of our reliance on the environment. Students will learn about principles underlying management decisions, explore how these principles are applied in practice, and identify potential solutions to the multiple challenges environmental managers face. 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 Program 128 and Environmental Program 141.

1 unit — Harris, Lee

EV331 Introduction to Ecology and Conservation in Tanzania

.5 unit — Ebersole

EV333 Atmospheric Dynamics

Course focuses on the dynamic processes in the atmosphere that transfer both matter and energy, and that govern the vertical structure and weather patterns. Topics include the physical properties of the atmosphere, radiation transfer, stability, large-scale circulation, clouds and storm development, weather forecasting, and humanity's impact on weather and climate.

Prerequisite: 1) Environmental Program 212 or 2) Chemistry & Biochemistry 108 and Physics 214 or 3)PC251.

1 unit — Gratz, Taber

EV334 The U.S. Environmental Movement

This course examines the politics of environmentalism and environmental activism in the United States. It focuses on the development and transformation of environmentalism as a social movement from its roots in the preservationists of the late 19thcentury, through the emergence of the modern environmental movement in the mid-twentieth century, up to through the challenges environmentalism has faced from across the political spectrum in the past thirty years. It also examines the principal debates that have divided the environmental movement itself, including the debate between conservationism and preservationism, the relationship between wilderness protection and environmental justice, and debates about the efficacy of the movement’s traditional focus on state regulation. Finally, the course investigates the successes and failures of the environmental movement and the challenges and opportunities that mark environmental politics today. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Political Science 200 or Environmental Program 271 recommended.

1 unit

EV335 Environmental Economics

Introduction to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer and the resulting climates of the world: thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature, role of water vapor and trace gasses in the global greenhouse effect, dynamics of the troposphere, evidence for climate change. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Economics 150 (or Economics 151 & 152).

1 unit

EV341 Ecological Economics

Ecological economists adopt a transdisciplinary framework that draws from a diverse web of knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students will critique neoclassical economic thought and use a system approach to analyze the interactions among social, economic, and environmental issues. May include overnight field trips.

Prerequisite: Economics 201 or Economics 101 and Economics 102.

1 unit — Lee

EV342 Sustainable Development

Focuses on theoretical debates and attempts to reconcile economic growth, social equity, and environmental protection in the global South. Students will investigate the key actors and institutions that have worked to promote sustainable development and apply concepts to issues ranging from agricultural and foredt conservation to cities and climate change. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV348 Economics of the Environment

(Not offered 2018-19).

.5 unit

EV351 Hydrology

An introduction to hydrology in the context watersheds, focusing on the major components of the hydrologic cycle; precipitation, canopy interception, infiltration, soil water storage, runoff, streamflow, and groundwater flow. Management of Water resources and the response of water quatity and quality to anthropogenic activity will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: (Chemistry & Biochemistry 107 or Environmental Program 110 or Environmental Program 211) and Mathematics 126, Geology 140, EV212..

1 unit — Barnes

EV360 Advanced Topics in Environmental Social Science

Selected environmental social science topics that require an intermediate background. Offered when interest and opportunity arise. May require at least one 200 level Environmental Science course as prerequisite. 1 unit. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV361 Advanced Topics in Environmental Humanities:

Selected advanced topics in the environmental humanities that are not offered as part of the regular course listings.

1 unit — Goldberg, Hourdequin

EV365 Environmental and Sustainability Education

This advanced course in curriculum, instruction, and assessment builds on foundational knowledge in environmental and sustainability education by focusing on the development and assessment of curriculum that builds environmental literacy through transdisciplinary environmental inquiry. Class discussion, lesson planning, and reflective teaching focus on developing a comprehensive framework that facilitates a broad approach for inquiring about environmental issues and detecting narrowness and bias in the arguments made by others concerning environmental challenges, issues, and problems. Teaching methods specific to environmental and outdoor education are emphasized through a practicum that spans the course. Students complete a course project portfolio that meets expectations for environmental education certification from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Prerequisite: Education 120 and Education 225.

1 unit — Drossman

EV373 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.

1 unit — Coggins

EV374 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). (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

EV385 Environmental Education

This course centers on curriculum, instruction, and assessment in environmental education. Class discussion and lesson planning develop a comprehensive framework that facilitates a broad approach to environmental issues. Teaching methods specific to environmental and outdoor education are emphasized through a practicum that spans the course. Prerequisites (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Education 120 and Education 225.

1 unit

EV391 Junior Research Seminar

A seminar required for third-year Environment & Society majors planning to write a senior thesis. The course takes students through steps of the research process including establishing a research question, writing a research proposal, examining primary/secondary sources, research approaches and theory, and methodological questions within interdisciplinary examinations of environmental issues. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Open to third year Environment & Society majors or consent of instructor.

1 unit

EV393 Independent Research in Environmental Science

.5 to 1 unit

EV420 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 — Gratz, Kannan

EV421 Environmental Synthesis

This required capstone course for both Environmental Science and Environment & Society majors. The course provides a platform for interdisciplinary integration of multiple perspectives by examining a single local/regional environmental issue through multiple lenses. Students engage in original research that has the potential to influence on-the-ground decision-making.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in EV Science or Environment & Society majors, or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Kummel, McKendry

EV431 Atmospheric Chemistry

Course focuses on the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere, including the governing chemical mechanisms and their associated kinetics. The generation, transport, and transformation of criteria pollutants in the troposphere and stratosphere will be explored. Course has significant field and laboratory components as well as a student-designed research project. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 333.

1 unit

EV490 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 science major. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis.) (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Required for majors.

EV491 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.) (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 322 or consent of instructor.

.25 to .5 units

EV493 Independent Research in Environmental Science

.5 to 1 unit

EV499 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 & an appropriate research experience.

1 unit — Barnes, Kummel, McKendry, Perramond