Courses in Environmental Studies

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ENVS 1000 Environmental Issues (4 hours).

This course examines the historic balance between the earth’s systems and the influence humans have had on those systems. Non lab course. Offered alternate summers

ENVS 1100 Environmental Science (4 sem. hours).

This course examines the historic balance between the earth's systems and the influence humans have had on those systems. Human population growth, climate change, water use and availability, modern agricultural trends, climate change, and energy are a few of the topics covered. Environmental issues are not solely rooted in science; students examine issues from economic, social, cultural, and political perspectives. Microsoft Excel based laboratory exercises help the student interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from relevant datasets on population demographics, climate change, and energy. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

ENVS 2000 Applied Ecological Design (4 sem. hours).

An introductory course in sustainable homestead design taught at the Center for Research and Sustainable Living (CRSL) at the College's Biocultural Reserve, Yucatán, Mexico. The CRSL is an off-the-grid facility built using sustainable design and technology. The course focuses on topics critical to planning, designing, and creating a sustainable home. Topics include zone planning, sustainable construction, solar power, energy efficiency, water supply, waste and wastewater management, and agriculture/permaculture. Lectures will be augmented with field trips and on-site project experimentation, design, and construction. Offered occasionally in the summer.

ENVS 2001 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (1 sem. hour).

Introduces technology known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students develop fundamental skills using GIS software and gain a greater appreciation of spatial analysis. The course is designed to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills, and to develop a greater understanding of Geographic Information Systems as a method of inquiry. Offered every year in the spring semester.

ENVS 4911 Environmental Studies Seminar (1 sem. hour).

An interdisciplinary colloquium in which students share the results of the environmental research, internship, or field course work they have undertaken as a requirement of the environmental studies minor. Ordinarily taken in the senior year. Prerequisite or co-requisite: field course, research course, or internship course approved by the director of the minor. Offered during the spring semester.

ENVS HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).