AAEC 4309. Sustaining Global Ecology, Natural Resources and Economy
Challenges to global markets and environment across diverse systems and histories. Fulfills multicultural requirement. (Writing Intensive.)
ARCH 1311. Design, Environment, and Society
Introduction to architecture as an integral component of a complex world. Examination of societal and environmental contexts and appropriate design responses. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
ATMO 1300. Introduction to Atmospheric Science
An investigation of atmospheric properties and physical processes that determine current weather events and long-term climate conditions. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
ATMO 2301. Weather Climate, and Human Activities
Prerequisites: ATMO 1100 and 1300. Observation and analysis of the impacts of weather and climate on human activity, e.g., storms, climate change, forecasting, weather modification, health, energy, transportation. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
BIOL 1305. Ecology and Environmental Problems
An introduction to ecological principles and the analysis of environmental problems. Not for major credit. BIOL 1401, 1402, 1305, and 1306 may be taken in any sequence or simultaneously. Partially fulfills the lecture component of the core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
BIOL 1401. Biology of Plants
An introductory coverage of plant-environment interactions and plant structure and function as they relate to our understanding of the plant world. Expressly designed for students not majoring in a biological science. BIOL 1401 and 1402 may be taken in any sequence or simultaneously. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
BIOL 1402. Biology of Animals
An introductory coverage of animal-environment interactions and animal structure, function, and behavior as they relate to our understanding of the animal world. Expressly designed for students not majoring in a biological science. BIOL 1401 and 1402 may be taken in any sequence or simultaneously. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
BIOL 3303. Tropical Marine Biology
Introduces students to the ecology and diversity of tropical marine communities.
BIOL 3307. Population Biology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3309. Introduction to population biology theory with emphasis on interaction between genetics and ecology.
BIOL 3309. Principles of Ecology
Prerequisite: BIOL 1305, or 1401, or 1402, or 1404. An examination of ecological systems emphasizing populations, communities, and ecosystems.
ECO 3336. Environmental Economics
Prerequisite: ECO 2301 and 2302 or consent of instructor. Applies economic models to current local and global environmental issues with an emphasis on evaluating policies.
ECO 3356. Energy Economics.
Prerequisites: ECO 2301 and 2302 or consent of instructor. Application of economic models to current local and global energy markets with an emphasis on evaluating policies.
EVHM 1301. The Natural History Tradition
An introduction to the field of nature writing. Field trip required. Special field trip fee. Fulfills Core Humanities requirement.
EVHM 1302. Introductory Fieldcraft: Nature as Text
Development of field skills and interpretation of landscape. Weekly field trips and outside projects required. Special field trip fee. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
EVHM 2302. The Literature of Place
An introduction to the literature of place through a series of writing and reading workshops.
EVHM 3300. Research Methods: Writing the Natural World
Writing for publication. A writing workshop in creative nonfiction focused on the relationship between people and nature. Field trips required. (Writing Intensive)
EVHM 3305. Ecology
An introduction to the ecology of individuals, populations, and ecosystems. Special field trip fee. (Writing intensive.)
EVHM 3306. Course Readings in Natural History
An exploration of contemporary writers whose focus is primarily the relationship of people with nature.
EVHM 3350. Advanced Fieldcraft: Nature as Text
An advanced exploration of location. Research of literature, culture, and ecology of a region in preparation for immersion in a field experience. Field trip required. Special field trip fee.
GEOG 1300. Fundamentals of Geography
Survey of world cultures and natural systems with a focus on human/environmental interaction, natural resources, globalization, and the concept of regions.
GEOG 1401. Physical Geography
Study of the atmospheric and terrestrial systems that shape our natural environment, especially the global patterns of climate, landforms, and vegetation. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
Introduction to remote sensing techniques, including air photo interpretation and digital satellite image processing. Emphasis on the use of remote sensing imagery in geographic information systems.
GEOG 3310. Environmental Change
Prerequisite: GEOG 1401 or equivalent natural science courses. Investigates changes in climate, hydrology, soils, biota and landforms since the start of the Ice Age, and the effects of these environmental changes on humans.
Prerequisite: Introductory physical geography or consent of instructor. Study of the interrelated problems of population growth, efficient use of natural resources, and human disruption of the earth's environment.
GEOG 3360. Technology and the Human Landscape
Study of the relationship of technological development and energy use with human use of the earth from pre-humans to the present. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
GEOG 4301. Geomorphology in Environmental Management
Prerequisite: GEOG 1402, GEOL 1303, or consent of instructor. Evaluation and analysis of earth-forming processes and terrain features in relation to human activities. Course emphasizes analytical techniques.
GEOG 4321. Biogeography
Prerequisite: GEOG 1401 or consent of instructor. Study of plants and animals in their spatial context, functional interaction, and as related to human impacts.
GEOG 4357. Geography of Arid Lands
Systemic and regional inquiry into the physical nature and the problems of human utilization of the arid and semi-arid lands of the earth.
GEOL 1303. Physical Geology
Introduction to earth structure and composition, minerals and rocks, surface processes, orogeny, and the principle of plate tectonics. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
GEOL 1350. History of Life.
A survey of the evolution of life on earth as interpreted from the fossil record and the processes that produced extinct and modern ecosystems. Not for credit for majors.
GEOL 3322. Oceanography
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 or 3324, GEOG 1401, or ATMO 1300. The physiography and origin of ocean basins and the processes and systems operative in them including physical, chemical, and biological factors as well as sedimentation patterns.
GEOL 3323. Environmental Geology
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 or 3324. Study of geological processes that affect human activities, emphasizing natural hazards, water resources, waste disposal, energy, mineral resources, and land use and planning. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
GEOL 3328. Geology of Energy Resources
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 or 3324. Origin, distribution, and exploitation of geological resources of energy, with emphasis on hydrocarbons, coal, and nuclear energy.
GIST 3300. Geographic Information Systems.
An introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for thematic mapping and spatial analysis. Laboratory emphasizes experience with professional GIS software.
HLTH 2302. Environmental Health and Awareness
Examines critical issues and relationships affecting biospheric health including personal, community, and international ecology.
HIST 3327. Earth, Wind, and Fire: Nature and History in America
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Surveys nature's role in American history from pre-Columbian Indian societies to the present, including such areas as natural disasters, global warming, wildlife, resources, health, and recreation. (US)
HIST 4323. Nature and Americans
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. History of the relationship between Americans and their land from prehistory to the present.
LARC 2302. Development of Landscape Architecture
History of landscape architecture. Design as expression of culture and society's relationship to nature. Geographical, historical, and cultural context of major movements in landscape architecture. Fulfills multicultural and core Humanities requirements.
LARC 4302. Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development
Prerequisite: BIOL 1305 and 1113. An introduction to environmental planning issues with emphasis on the integration of related disciplines to attain environmentally and socially sustainable development.
NRM 1300. Environmental Science as a Social Pursuit.
Application of scientific methods to global and environmental issues. Explores the impact of culture and science on core natural resources such as food and clean air. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
NRM 1401. Introduction to Natural Resources Management.
Observe, describe, and understand phenomena in the natural world. Examines the roles of natural and social science in understanding interactions among humans and natural resources. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
NRM 2301. Introductory Wildlife
Introduction to the ecology and management of wildlife populations. Stresses principles, life histories, and management techniques. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
NRM 2302. The Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources
An introduction to the ecology and conservation of renewable natural resources of native lands, including their multiple use for timber, water, range, recreation, and wildlife. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
NRM 2305. Introduction to Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
Survey and management of freshwater habitats: types of organisms, adaptations, and ecological interactions; and effects of solar radiation, temperature, currents, dissolved gases, chemicals, and pollution. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
NRM 2307. Diversity of Life
Principles of evolution, genetics, and biodiversity as related to conservation and management of natural resources at scales ranging from genes to the biosphere. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
NRM 3302. Range Plant Ecology
The basic principles of autecology and synecology and their relationship to management of the range ecosystem.
NRM 3307. Principles of Conservation Science
A survey of the theory and practices of conservation biology. Emphasis is placed on methods used to maintain plant and animal biodiversity.
PHIL 3325. Environmental Ethics
Discussion of conceptual and moral questions surrounding human population and consumption of resources, loss of biodiversity and wilderness areas, and human use of nonhuman animals.
POLI 3328. Energy Politics and Policy.
Students will learn traditional and untraditional energy-related politics and law and the challenges associated with energy resource development in the United States and foreign countries.
POLI 3329. Environmental Politics and Policy.
Examines American environmental policy from the perspective of political science and the influence of theory, history, and politics on domestic environmental policymaking processes.
POLI 3334. Sustainability: Energy, Environment, and Society.
Students will learn the key concepts of sustainability and the challenges with energy resource management, climate change, and environmentalism in developed and developing countries.
SOC 4312. Population and Environment.
Focuses on the relationships between human population and the environment. Topics include demographic phenomena, policies, population, and environment degradation.
WE 1300. Introduction to Wind Energy
Provides a basic understanding of the wind energy industry and discusses the basic meteorology of wind, extraction of energy from wind, wind plant development, and the environmental and ecological impact of wind energy plants.
WE 2300. Social Impacts of Wind Energy
Provides an in-depth look at environmental, economic, national security, health benefits, and issues of wind energy vs. traditional fuels. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
WE 3315. Renewable Energy and the Environment
Provides an overview of society's needs and future energy demands. Examines conventional energy sources and systems. Provides in-depth analysis of renewable energy sources.