Courses

Code Course Credits

ENV 101

Eco Representatives

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students enrolled will learn the basics of ecological sustainability, and then design and implement education programs for their peers (in their residence hall or among the commuter population).

Prerequisite(s): First-Year Students and Sophomores only.

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ENV 200

Principles of Environmental Science

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Fundamentals of the life sciences and physical sciences as they pertain to our environmental problems and solutions, as well as consideration of the pertinent social sciences such as economics. This interdisciplinary science course teaches relevant basic research techniques, and students will conduct research on real environmental problems.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

ENV 201

Environmental Science Research Methods

Offered: Fall Semester (beginning 2014)

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and practice the research skills required of today’s environmental scientists. Working in the lab and field, students will learn to safely identify, collect, analyze and report on key variables from a variety of environmental systems including rivers, forests and wetlands.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200 (may be taken concurrently)

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ENV 270

Environmental Ethics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course considers traditional ethics and contemporary, radical approaches to discern the "good" in human-nature relations. Students engage in collaborative projects that engage the campus in changing behavior to better meet the relevant ethical good.

Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

ENV 275

Environmental Law

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course explores rationales for environmental protection; the choice of policy instruments to address environmental problems; and the roles played by governmental and non-governmental actors. Practical experience with issues of environmental law will be gained through a partnership with the Natural Resources Trust of Easton.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200 or POL 123.

3

ENV 295

Environmental Geology

Offered: Fall Semester

A systems approach to geology and landforms, including ecosystems that develop on the abiotic substrate. Scientific study of the earth's modern and ancient lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Includes substantial field work both on- and off-campus.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: ENV 200

4

ENV 299

Ecology, Theologies and Worldviews

Offered: Spring Semester 2015

How does our world function? Where do we fit, ecologically and cosmically? Methodological and historical approaches to understanding reality from scientific and religious perspectives. Consideration of ecological principles, biodiversity and evolution; realism/relativism; scientific materialism/biblical literalism; reductionism/holism; immanence/ transcendence; ecospiritualities/ecotheologies.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

ENV 301

Water Resource Management

Offered: Fall Semester

Offered through the Massachusetts Bay Marine Studies Consortium. Interdisciplinary examination of water, our most precious natural resource. A look at water from scientific, historical, and cultural viewpoints. Survey of contemporary water problems in all dimensions: political, economic, and technological.

Students may not take both ENV 301 and ENV 302 - Coastal Zone Management.

3

ENV 302

Coastal Zone Management

Offered: Spring Semester

Current issues in coastal environmental affairs. Scientific, legal, economic, management, and technical aspects of coastal issues are integrated into problem-solving exercises. History of the degradation and clean-up of Boston Harbor.

Prerequisite(s): Course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Environmental Planning.
Students may not take both ENV 301 - Water Resource Management and ENV 302.

3

ENV 325

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to geographical information systems technology, focusing on spatial data acquisition, development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Topics covered include basic data structures, data sources, data collection, data quality, geodesy and map projections, spatial and tabular data analysis, digital elevation data and terrain analysis, cartographic modeling, and cartographic layout. Laboratory exercises provide practical experiences that complement the theory covered in lecture.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200.

4

ENV 326

Sustainable Agriculture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

We will study the economic, ecological and social components of sustainable agriculture in the context of growing human populations and climate change. Students will assist in leading class discussions on these interdisciplinary topics and actively engage with material covered in the literature as they participate in the classroom and at the farm.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200

3

ENV 350

Climate Science

Offered: Spring Semester

An overview of the Earth's climate system, including major physical and chemical components and interactions. Students will acquire the scientific perspective necessary to competently assess issues related to current climate change concerns.

Prerequisite(s): One year of Chemistry. Environmental Science or Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Physics majors only.

3

ENV 360

Introduction to Oceanography

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course is designed to be a fundamental introduction to ocean sciences. Students will explore the physical and biological processes that govern the ocean's circulation and marine life. Topics include waves and currents, marine life and ecosystems, tides, beach erosion and the way the ocean is being affected by global climate change.

Prerequisite(s): One year of chemistry. Environmental Science or Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Physics majors only.

3

ENV 375

Topics in Environmental Studies

Offered: Fall Semester

This special topics course may be offered by faculty in a focused area of environmental study and may vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200
This course may be taken twice.

3

ENV 376

Topics in Environmental Sciences

Offered: Spring Semester

This special topics course may be offered by faculty in a focused area of environmental science and may vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 295
Course may be taken twice.

3

ENV 470

Environmental Senior Seminar

Offered: Fall Semester 2015

Senior environmental sciences & studies majors come together weekly with the Program Director to discuss and analyze senior capstone work, with a particular focus on further developing student skill in interdisciplinary thinking.

Prerequisite(s): Senior Environmental Studies or Sciences major.
Must be taken during or after one of three Environmental senior capstone experiences (ENV 475, ENV 490, ENV 497 )

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ENV 475

Environmental Internship

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for qualified students to work in an environmental company, agency, or organization under professional supervision.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

ENV 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper level students to do advanced study with a faculty mentor in a specialized area of environmental studies.

3

ENV 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for a student to conduct research in a specialized area of Environmental Science or Studies under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the research project and the Program Director.

3

ENV 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Independent scholarly work under the guidance of a faculty member, resulting in a substantial written work.

3