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Environmental Studies Curriculum

EVRN 140 – Global Environment I
Offered fall semesters only.
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples.

EVRN 142 – Global Environment II
Offered spring semesters only.
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. Spring only.

EVRN 332 – Environmental Law
Offered fall and summer semesters only.
An introduction to how the American legal process improves, transforms, and damages the natural environment. Emphasizes and compares shifting responsibilities of legal forces and institutions: judges and litigants, legislators and statutes, agencies and administrations, and citizens and regulated entities.

EVRN 320 – Environmental Policy Analysis
Offered spring and summer semesters only.
A historical and analytical study of the formulation, implementation, and consequences of environmental policy in the United States. Attention will be directed at relevant interest groups, issues specific to both rural and urban populations, relationships between national policies and international organizations concerned with environmental problems.

EVRN 460 – Field Ecology
Offered fall and summer semesters only.
Provides practical experience in the characterization of a diversity of ecosystem types; lakes, streams, forests, and prairies. This course is writing intensive, and designed for Environmental Studies majors.

EVRN 615 – Capstone Project
Offered spring semesters only.
The capstone project provides students with a broad-based, interdisciplinary educational experience and allows them to integrate and synthesize the knowledge they have gained in their environmental studies major. It rejoins the cohort that has separately pursued the BA/BGS and BS tracks and places them in situations in which they address real world environmental issues with a team approach and produce professionally meaningful analytical reports.

Schedule of Classes

Please note: Some important core courses are not offered every semester!  It is important to plan ahead with your advisor to make sure you graduate on time.
Fall-only courses: Environmental Law (EVRN 332) & Field Ecology (EVRN 460)
Spring-only courses: Environmental Policy (EVRN 320) & Capstone Project (EVRN 615)

 

Complete List of Environmental Studies Courses

EVRN 103 Environment and History
Nature is our oldest home and newest challenge. This course surveys the environmental history of the earth from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the present with a focus on the changing ecological role of humans. It analyzes cases of ecological stability, compares cultural attitudes toward nature, and asks why this ancient relationship seems so troubled. (Same as HIST 103.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 140 and HIST 140.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 18506
LBN Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
F 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 21769
LBN
Tu 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20122
LBN
W 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20124
LBN
Th 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20125
LBN
W 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20123
EVRN 142 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 142 and HIST 142.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 144 Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors
This interdisciplinary course surveys the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 144 and HIST 144.) Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 20119
LBN Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
F 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20105
EVRN 145 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics will include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 145 and HIST 145.) Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 148 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies
This course presents an overview of our understanding of environmental processes and issues. Topics include scientific principles, resource issues, pollution and global change, among others. This course gives students a rigorous understanding of interactions between humans and their environment and provides students with a scientific basis for making informed environmental decisions. (Same as GEOG 148.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
MW 12:30-01:45 PM LEEP2 2420 - LAWRENCE
3 18507
EVRN 149 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies, Honors
This course presents an overview of our understanding of environmental processes and issues. Topics include scientific principles, resource issues, pollution and global change, among others. This course gives students a rigorous understanding of interactions between humans and their environment and provides students with a scientific basis for making informed environmental decisions. An honors section of EVRN 148, designed for superior students. (Same as GEOG 149.) Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or approval of instructor required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 150 Environment, Culture and Society
An introduction to geographic approaches to the study of the environment, emphasizing societal and cultural factors that influence human interaction with the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere. The course involves analysis of a broad range of contemporary environmental issues from the local to global scales. (Same as GEOG 150.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 25849
EVRN 170 Introduction to Kansas Landscapes
A course focused on the land and environment of Kansas. Field trips provide students with direct experience of the diverse landscapes in our area. Coursework also emphasizes the dynamic nature of the current landscape and the natural and cultural processes that have shaped it. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu 11:00-12:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 22943
LEC
Tu 11:00-12:50 PM ST 309 - LAWRENCE
1 22944
LEC
Th 11:00-12:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 24386
LEC
Th 03:00-04:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 24387
EVRN 171 Understanding Kansas Landscapes
An introduction to the research methods used by scholars in diverse fields, applied to environmental issues introduced in EVRN 170. Prerequisite: EVRN 170. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
W 11:00-11:50 AM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 24390
LEC
W 02:00-02:50 PM ST 309 - LAWRENCE
1 24391
LEC
TuTh 01:00-01:50 PM ST 309 - LAWRENCE
1 26919
EVRN 172 Kansas Landscape Projects
Students participate in the design and execution of a simple research project focused on a local environmental topic. Prerequisite: EVRN 170, and EVRN 171. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Tu 01:00-01:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 22662
LEC Brox, Ali
Tu 03:00-03:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 22663
LEC Brox, Ali
W 01:00-01:50 PM ST 307 - LAWRENCE
1 24392
LEC
TuTh 01:00-01:50 PM ST 309 - LAWRENCE
1 26921
EVRN 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Environmental Studies. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Loecke, Terrance
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM SNOW 256 - LAWRENCE
3 23932
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
MW 11:00-12:15 PM ANSL 201 - LAWRENCE
3 29654
EVRN 200 Study Abroad Topics In: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Environmental Studies. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 304 Environmental Conservation
A survey of current methods of describing and modeling the function, structure, and productivity of natural and anthropogenically modified earth resource systems, along with a discussion of contemporary views of what constitutes a natural landscape. Fundamental natural science principles about the interplay among lithospheric, atmospheric, hydrospheric, and biospheric components of earth systems are emphasized. Uses of natural resources, including fossil fuels, minerals, and water, are described with attention to the earth's total energy budget. Human activities that affect preservation, conservation, and multiple uses of earth regions receive attention. Systems under stress through population and other contemporary forces serve as examples. (Same as GEOG 304.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 320 Environmental Policy Analysis
An historical and analytical study of the formulation, implementation, and consequences of environmental policy in the United States. Attention will be directed at relevant interest groups, issues specific to both rural and urban populations, relationships between national policies and international organizations concerned with environmental problems. Prerequisite: EVRN 148/GEOG 148; and EVRN 103/HIST 103, EVRN 347/HIST 347 or EVRN 150/GEOG 150. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 332 Environmental Law
An introduction to how the American legal process improves, transforms, and damages the natural environment. Emphasizes and compares shifting responsibilities of legal forces and institutions: judges and litigants, legislators and statutes, agencies and administrations, and citizens and regulated entities. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 and EVRN 103/HIST 103, EVRN 347/HIST347 or EVRN 150/GEOG 150. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Gregg, Sara
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM LEA 2112 - LAWRENCE
3 16691
EVRN 335 Introduction to Soil Geography
The course focuses on the properties and processes of soils as they occur in their environment. The student is introduced to the nature of soil as it functions as a body; genesis of soils; properties of soil solids, especially colloids; soil chemical composition, properties, and reactions; interaction between solid, liquid, and gaseous components in soils; plant-soil-water relationships; biological interactions with soil; classification of soils; and the distribution of soils on the landscape. Not open to students who have taken GEOG 535 or EVRN 535. (Same as GEOG 335.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or consent of instructor; BIOL 100 and CHEM 130 or CHEM 190 recommended. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hirmas, Daniel
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
4 24375
LBN Mohammed, Aoesta
Tu 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24376
LBN Mohammed, Aoesta
W 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24377
EVRN 336 Ethics, Ideas and Nature
This course examines the ethical frameworks developed for thinking about, using, and protecting the natural world. Examples of topics include indigenous approaches to nature, the history of ecological ideas, environmental movements, the role of the state in managing resources, utilitarianism and progressivism, environmental lawmaking, wilderness advocacy, nature and theology, the rights of nature, and environmental justice. Students are introduced to the theories of duty ethics, justice ethics, utilitarianism, and rights ethics, and required to apply ethical decision making to contemporary and historical environmental issues. Multiple perspectives on the history of human interactions with nature demonstrate the importance of reflecting upon the value systems inherent in human-centered environmental ethics and nature-centered environmental ethics. (Same as HIST 336.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Caminero-Santangelo, Byron
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LEA 2112 - LAWRENCE
3 22356
LEC Boynton, Alex
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 24789
LEC Boynton, Alex
MW 01:00-02:15 PM ROB 252 - LAWRENCE
3 26598
EVRN 338 Permaculture Design
Students learn how a local, sustainable design system known as permaculture design creates an ecologically sound and economically viable way of living. The course consists of lecture, field, and practicum sessions. Lecture topics include food security, permaculture ethics, ecological principles, system design, sustainable soils, food production, food forests, earth works, and construction of human habitats. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Moring, Stephen
Th 06:00-09:00 PM SNOW 256 - LAWRENCE
6 21236
EVRN 347 Environmental History of North America
A survey of changes in the landscape and in people's perceptions of the natural world from 1500 to present. Topics include agroecology, water and energy, the impact of capitalism, industrialism, urbanization, and such technologies as the automobile and the origins of conservation. (Same as HIST 347.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 363 Introduction to Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources
Water is vital to life on earth. In this course we cover components of the water or "hydrologic" cycle, how management has altered them, and how they are predicted to change with the changing climate. We discuss the evolution of water policy, its implications for managements and the economic impact of human perturbation on water. We study the physical processes that govern the water cycle, learn how they are measured, and estimate hydrologic fluxes. (Same as GEOG 336.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 102. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 371 Environmental Geopolitics
This course examines how human relationships with the biophysical world are politicized. Examines key contributions to debates surrounding environmental security, resource conflicts, and related issues, as well as geopolitical assumptions on which these debates build. (Same as GEOG 371 and GIST 371.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 385 Environmental Sociology
This course invites students to study society and its impact on the environment. Environmental problems are social problems. This course will address such items as social paradigms, theories, inequalities, movements, and research. (Same as SOC 385.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lipsman, Jake
MW 11:00-12:15 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 29463
LEC Stock, Paul
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BL 212 - LAWRENCE
3 25090
LEC Lipsman, Jake
MW 03:00-04:15 PM FR 106 - LAWRENCE
3 29465
EVRN 405 Kansas Power
Where does our energy come from? How can we optimize our use of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy? What are the drivers moving us to more renewable sources of energy? What are the impediments? In this course we will explore the use of fossil fuels, nuclear, wind, geothermal and solar energy in Kansas. We will visit nearby power plants, and alternative energy companies. Students will be expected to design an energy plan for a local entity, and present their ideas. Prerequisite: EVRN 140 and EVRN 142. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Schultz, Peggy
Th 11:00-01:00 PM SNOW 256 - LAWRENCE
3 26819
LBN Schultz, Peggy
Tu 11:00-11:50 AM SNOW 256 - LAWRENCE
3 26822
EVRN 410 Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to the use, display, and analysis of spatial data. Students will acquire a foundational skill-set in geographic information systems and remote sensing using industry-standard GIS software and will apply these skills using environmental data and case studies. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or EVRN 149 or GEOG 148 or GEOG 149; EVRN 103 or HIST 103, EVRN 150 or GEOG 150 or EVRN 347 or HIST 347. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
Tu 02:30-05:00 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
3 16693
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 29632
EVRN 412 Ecology: Fundamentals and Applications
An introduction to the principles of ecology, with an emphasis on environmental applications. Major topics include physiological and functional ecology, population and community dynamics, biogeography, and ecosystems ecology. Intended for students seeking B.A. or B.G.S. degrees. Prerequisite: EVRN 140 or EVRN 144 or EVRN 148 or EVRN 149 or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 420 Topics in Environmental Studies: _____
Courses on special topics in Environmental Science and/or Policy. These courses may be lecture, discussions, or readings. Students may enroll in more than one interest group but may enroll in a given interest group only once. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brewer II, Joseph
M 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 256 - LAWRENCE
3 22794
LEC Pierotti, Ray
Tu 06:00-08:50 PM HAW 3012 - LAWRENCE
3 17793
LEC Billings, Sharon
Fowle, David
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM HAW 2023 - LAWRENCE
3 26132
LEC Pierotti, Ray
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM HAW 2023 - LAWRENCE
3 26828
LEC Devlin, J.
MF 10:00-11:15 AM LIN 123 - LAWRENCE
3 21706
LEC Bever, James
Burgin, Amy
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM HAW 1005 - LAWRENCE
3 26902
EVRN 425 Global Water Scarcity
Though natural factors are introduced, this course focuses primarily on the human factors that contribute to global water scarcity. This course also discusses the consequences of water scarcity and its effects on society. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 433 Biogeography Field and Laboratory Techniques
This course provides undergraduate students with practical experience in field data collection techniques and laboratory data analysis methods. During the first half of the semester, students work in the field using a variety of methods to measure such vegetation characteristics as: cover, density, biomass, leaf area, and canopy architecture. Students gain experience in the use of field instruments including a spectoradiometer, and techniques for quantifying biophysical attributes of vegetation. During the later part of the course, students learn to summarize their field data and examine relationships between the vegetation attributes and measurements made using remote sensing instruments. Recommended: GEOG 316 or an introductory statistics equivalent. (Same as GEOG 433.) FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 460 Field Ecology
An introduction to research methods for environmental science. The course includes fieldwork in diverse ecosystems (lakes, streams, forests, prairies). It emphasizes the development of skills in data analysis and interpretation that are essential to a full understanding of environmental issues. Enrollment limited to environmental studies majors, or by instructor permission. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, completion of the natural sciences requirement of the KU Core (GE3N), and either EVRN 320 or EVRN 332. FLD.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Hagen, Robert
M 03:00-03:50 PM ROB 156 - LAWRENCE
3 11568
LBN Hagen, Robert
W 01:00-05:15 PM LIN 308 - LAWRENCE
3 11569
LBN Hagen, Robert
Th 01:00-05:15 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
3 16865
LBN Hagen, Robert
F 01:00-05:15 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
3 11570
EVRN 490 Internship in Environmental Studies
Supervised practical experience in a specific environmental area of interest. The advisor will schedule regular meetings to evaluate progress and provide assistance. A written summary of the internship experience and evaluation will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Total credit may not exceed 8 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of program director. Restricted to declared Environmental Studies majors. Restricted to students with a 2.5 overall GPA or above. INT.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
INT Fowle, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 23213
EVRN 510 Advanced Environmental Applications in Geospatial Techniques
This course focuses on applying advanced geospatial mapping and analysis techniques to "real-world" environmental issues. Course content may include lecture/lab time on advanced geospatial topics; a major class project, small-group projects, or individual projects; or half-semester internships with state agencies or campus entities that will culminate in an individual project. The specific nature of projects will be driven largely by student interest and ability, as well as agency/center needs. Prerequisite: EVRN 410 or equivalent course; or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 519 Sociology of Global Food
The Sociology of Global Food offers a critical examination of the global food system since the Industrial Revolution. Topics include the industrialization of agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and the role of food and agriculture in organizing society. This course discusses the emergence of current debates around food and agriculture including food activism, technological developments, human/environment relationships, and labor issues. There is a lab component to this course. (Same as SOC 519.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 526 Remote Sensing of the Environment I
Introduction to study of the environment through air photos and satellite imagery, including principles of remote sensing, interactions of electromagnetic energy with the atmosphere and earth's surface, aerial photography, satellite systems, and sensors (electro-optical, thermal, and radar). Emphasis in the latter part of the course is on such applications as global monitoring, land cover mapping, forestry, agriculture, and oceanography. Laboratory emphasizes visual interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery and an introduction to digital image processing in the department's NASA Earth Science Remote Sensing Laboratory. (Same as GEOG 526.) Prerequisite: MATH 101 or equivalent. GEOG 358 recommended. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 528 Environmental Justice and Public Policy
This course provides an overview of environmental justice, both as a social movement and as a public policy initiative. Environmental justice examines the distribution of environmental externalities across different socio-economic and racial groups. We will discuss several different public policy areas that have been impacted by the environmental justice movement: hazardous waste facility siting, urban redevelopment and Brownfields, transportation policy, and Native American sovereignty. We will also touch upon international environmental policy in an environmental justice context. Throughout the course we will evaluate empirical issues in studying environmental justice. (Same as POLS 528.) Prerequisite: POLS 306, or a statistics class, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 530 Biodiversity Discovery and Assessment
An integrated lecture and laboratory course designed to provide an overview of modern methods in biodiversity exploration and discovery. Lectures cover the theory and practice of planning fieldwork in remote locations, documenting species and their natural history, how museum collections are made, calculating and comparing species richness estimates, and the process of describing and naming new species. The laboratory component provides students experience in documenting species and their natural history, processing and curating samples of natural history specimens, and the statistical analysis of biodiversity data. (Same as BIOL 530.) Prerequisite: BIOL 152, 153, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 531 Tropical Fieldwork in Biodiversity Discovery
An introduction to modern field methods of assessing biodiversity. Fieldwork employs insects and various field methods to estimate and compare species diversity between different habitats and field sites. Taught at different sites in tropical South America over Spring Break. Contact Undergraduate Biology, or the Office of Study Abroad. (Same as BIOL 531.) Prerequisite: BIOL 152, 153, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Concurrent or prior enrollment of BIOL 530 is strongly encouraged. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 535 Soil Geography
A broad study of the principles and properties of soils and their distribution on the landscape. Topics covered include: pedology, clay mineralogy, soil physics, soil chemistry, management of soils, soil biology, taxonomy, and soil geomorphology. Laboratory section and a field project are required. Not open to students who have taken GEOG 335 or EVRN 335. (Same as GEOG 535.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or consent of the instructor; BIOL 100 and CHEM 130 or CHEM 190 recommended. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hirmas, Daniel
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
5 24378
LBN Mohammed, Aoesta
Tu 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
5 24379
LBN Mohammed, Aoesta
W 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
5 24380
EVRN 538 Soil Chemistry
This course examines the chemical properties and processes of soils and methods of evaluation. Topics include solid and solution speciation, mineral solubility, soil colloidal behavior, ion exchange, surface complexation, soil salinity and sodicity, soil acidity, oxidation-reduction reactions, and kinetics of soil chemical processes. (Same as GEOG 538.) Prerequisite: GEOG 335 or GEOG 535 or EVRN 335 or EVRN 535, CHEM 135 or CHEM 195, MATH 125, or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 540 Ecohydrology
Ecohydrology is the discipline that answers real world hydrologic and biologic questions through integrating knowledge from hydrology, ecology, atmospheric science and biogeochemistry. We focus on the key concepts, methodological approaches and analytical techniques utilized in ecohydrology to understand and quantify: plant water use, evolution of hydrologic properties, groundwater-surface water interactions, controls on landscape patterns, spatial and temporal patterns of soil moisture and nutrient concentrations, and vegetation competition. Students should leave the class having developed critical skills in: 1) reviewing scientific literature, 2) collecting environmental samples, 3) analyzing ecohydrologic data, 4) writing a scientific research paper, 5) working collaboratively and independently. (Same as GEOG 540.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 102, or EVRN 363 or GEOG 336 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 542 Ethnobotany
Course will involve lectures and discussion of Ethnobotany - the mutual relationship between plants and traditional people. Research from both the field of anthropology and botany will be incorporated in this course to study the cultural significance of plant materials. The course has 7 main areas of focus: 1) Methods in Ethnobotanical Study; 2) Traditional Botanical Knowledge - knowledge systems, ethnolinguistics; 3) Edible and Medicinal Plants of North America (focus on North American Indians); 4) Traditional Phytochemistry - how traditional people made use of chemical substances; 5) Understanding Traditional Plant Use and Management; 6) Applied Ethnobotany; 7) Ethnobotany in Sustainable Development (focus on medicinal plant exploration by pharmaceutical companies in Latin America). (Same as ANTH 582.) Prerequisite: ANTH 104, ANTH 108, EVRN 148, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 550 Environmental Economics
This course provides an overview of the theory and empirical practice of economic analysis as it applies to environmental issues. Topics include externalities (a type of market failure), the valuation of nonmarket goods, the practice of benefit-cost analysis, and the efficiency and cost effectiveness of pollution control policies. Most importantly, the course permits students to perform economic field research, using state-of-the-art techniques in a manner accessible to undergraduate students. (Same as ECON 550.) Prerequisite: ECON 104, ECON 140, or ECON 142. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Okao, Alfred
W 04:10-06:40 PM REGN 151 - EDWARDS
3 25901
EVRN 553 Comparative Environmental Politics
This course compares environmental politics and policies across a number of countries, including those in North America, Western Europe, East Asia, and Latin America. (Same as POLS 553.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 562 United States Environmental History in the 20th Century
Americans dramatically changed the natural world between 1900 and 2000. This course asks how transformed environments shaped the American experience during a century of technological innovation, democratic renewal, economic expansion, global conflict, and cultural pluralism. Topics include food and markets, energy and transportation, law and politics, protest and resistance, suburbanization, and environmentalism's fate in a global information era. (Same as HIST 562.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 563 U.S
Explores both leading and dissident ideas that Americans have had about the natural world since 1900. Broad chronological periods are explored in some depth, including the Progressive Era, New Deal, Cold War, the Sixties, and the Reagan Eighties. The course uses articles and books, as well as visual and aural forms of communication. Commercial speech, as well as scholarly and literary works, are considered. (Same as HIST 563.) Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or HIST 129, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times