ENVI Courses - Upcoming Semester

Environmental Courses - Spring, 2015

Earth Systems Science - ENVI 230 A
Instructor: Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill
Block: 4 
Time: M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM 
Term: 2015SP 
Units: 1
Catalog Description:
An examination of the interrelationships between matter and energy in the solid, fluid, and living Earth as well as the human interactions with these natural systems. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Earth Systems Science Lab - ENVI 230L 1
Instructor: Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill
Time: T 1:10PM-4:10PM 
Term: 2015SP
Catalog Description:
An examination of the interrelationships between matter and energy in the solid, fluid, and living Earth as well as the human interactions with these natural systems. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Earth Systems Science Lab - ENVI 230L 2
Instructor: Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill
Time: W 1:10PM-4:10PM 
Term: 2015SP
Catalog Description:
An examination of the interrelationships between matter and energy in the solid, fluid, and living Earth as well as the human interactions with these natural systems. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Environment and Society - ENVI 250 A
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Sarabia
Block: 3 
Time: M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM 
Term: 2015SP 
Units: 1
Catalog Description:
An examination of the major concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks employed in the social sciences to study human ecological relations. The implications of social organization, whether political or economic, for ecosystems will provide an opportunity to examine the impact of individual and collective decisions. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

Appalachian Rocks and Waters - ENVI 307 A
Instructor: Dr. Jon C. Cawley
Block: 4 
Time: M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM 
Term: 2015SP 
Units: 1
Pre-requisites/Comments: ENVI-230
Catalog Description:
A systematic survey of Appalachian terrains, geology and paleoecology. This course examines foundational concepts of geology within a chronological scope associated with the Appalachian Mountain Belt . Topics include introduction to rock an d mineral types, major index fossils, paleoecology, and basic landform geomorphology and rock process. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk .

Sp Top: Sustainable Agriculture - ENVI 360 A
Instructor: Dr. Valerie S. Banschbach
Block: 10 
Time: T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM 
Term: 2015SP 
Units: 1
Pre-requisites/Comments: Permission
Catalog Description:
Because a farm is an ecosystem with homo sapiens as its keystone species.  Study of farming is inherently interdisciplinary.  Using concepts from anthropology, business, economics, sociology, chemistry, ethics and geography, we will explore food systems and different farming methods in relation to core ecological principles.  Topics of study include: evolution of agriculture in relation to human society, ecological relations among plants and animals on farms, the importance of soils, the problem of pests, and the impacts of agriculture on biodiversity.  Aspects of food production, beyond farming, such as processing, organic certification, marketing, farm tourism, distribution and retailing will also be discussed with a goal of considering both environmental and economic sustainability.  Readings will be drawn from sources focusing on food systems locally and around the world.  Course sessions will include local field trips, lecture, discussions, case study activities, oral presentations, and visits by guest farmers and entrepreneurs involved in the local food scene.  Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

 

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