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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)

 

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