Nov 21, 2018  
Catalog 2018-2019 
  
Catalog 2018-2019

Environmental Studies and Sciences


Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program: Karen Kellogg

Coordinator, Environmental Studies and Sciences Program: Anne Gallagher Ernst

Associate Professor: Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Karen Kellogg

Assistant Professor: Kurt Smemo


Visiting Assistant Professor: Kris Coevy, Andrew Schneller


Affiliated Faculty:

American Studies: Emma Newcombe, Gregory Pfitzer

Anthropology: Kathryn Baustian, Ryan Clasby, Michael Ennis-McMillan, Heather Hurst

Asian Studies: Ben Bogin

Biology: Catherine Domozych, David Domozych, Corey Freeman-Gallant, Elaine Larsen, Sylvia McDevitt, Joshua Ness, Udo Nitschke, Bernie Possidente, Monica Raveret Richter, Erika Schielke, Patti Steinbgerger

Chemistry: Kara Cetto Bales, Kim Frederick, Steven Frey, Raymond Giguere, Judith Halstead, Beatrice Kendall, Juan Navea, Maryuri Roca, Ruchira Silva

Economics: Severin Carlson, Monica Das, Qi Ge, Sandra Goff, Rodrigo Schneider, Smriti Tiwari

English: Maude Emerson, Michael Marx

Geosciences: Margaret Estapa, Amy Frappier, Greg Gerbi, Victor Guevara, Kyle Nichols

GIS and Scribner Library: Jennifer Cholnoky, Tom Hart, Jenna Pitera

Health & Human Physiological Sciences: Paul Arciero, Maria Korre

History: Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Eric Morser, Tillman Nechtman

Management and Business: Cathy Hill, James Kennelly

Philosophy: William Lewis, Peter Murray

Political Science: Katherine Graney, Feryaz Ocakli, Bob Turner

Religious Studies: Eliza Kent

Sociology: Amon Emeka, Rik Scarce

World Languages and Literatures: Oscar Perez, Shirley Smith
 

Department Overview

Environmental challenges are among the most pressing issues facing citizens in the twenty-first century. Few local, national, or international conflicts lack an environmental dimension. Understanding these environmental problems requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. We cannot adequately understand an issue like water pollution through a single disciplinary perspective; it involves anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, economics, geosciences, government, history, literature, and sociology. The mission of Environmental Studies and Sciences is to help students develop literacy at the intersection of these disciplines.

We emphasize the integration of problem-solving within an interdisciplinary framework. Our students design and carry out empirical research and develop and defend their conclusions through clear written and spoken presentations. Environmental Studies and Sciences students will graduate with rigorous and multifaceted problem-solving skills necessary to frame, describe, analyze, and offer realistic solutions to environmental challenges.

The Environmental Studies and Sciences program includes courses that are interdisciplinary and that address environmental issues from a disciplinary perspective, and offers both a major and a minor degree. We immerse our students in the complexities of environmental issues through both classroom and experiential learning, locally and abroad. Students enrich their academic learning with experiences outside the classroom to foster responsible citizenship and to help our students understand the challenges of creating environmentally sustainable communities.

Major Requirements

  

  

Minor Requirements

  

Honors

  

Course Listing

 
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ES 302 - Environment and Development in the Middle East  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

CLUSTER A: Culture, Society, and the Environment

Courses in Cluster A examine the social and cultural dimensions of environmental issues. Drawing upon disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations in the social sciences, humanities, and arts, these courses provide the student with an understanding of how changes in the environment affect social organization and cultural development. Courses in this cluster also examine how society and culture affect the environment and influence human response to environmental issues. Cluster A courses emphasize social and cultural perspectives (i.e., social sciences, humanities, and arts), although concepts in the natural sciences may be introduced as background material. Cluster A courses apply to the Environmental Studies major, the Environmental Science major, and the ESS minor.

 
 
 
 
 
AS 221 - The Himalayas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the "Roof of the World"  
  
 
 
EN 224 - Literature and the Environment  
  
 
  
  
ES 305 - Environmental Education  
ES 306 - U.S. Public Lands and Oceans: Policy, Law, Management, and Current Events  
  
 
HP 361 - Topics in Exercise Science (when topic is Contemporary Issues in Public Health)
  
  
HI 264 - History of the American West  
 
HI 267 - American Indian History   
  
 
MB 351 - Special Topics in Management and Business  (when the topic is Business and the Natural Environment)
 
  
  
  
 
 
 
  
  (when the topic is Population Explosion in Sociological Perspective)
  (when topic is Green Italy: Gardens, Food, and Material Culture)
  

 

CLUSTER B1 AND B2: Exploring the Natural World

Courses in these clusters examine the physical and biological aspects of environmental issues and, to a significant extent, examine how these aspects influence and are influenced by people. These courses offer students a scientific foundation in environmental issues by drawing on disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and/or other disciplines. Cluster B courses emphasize the natural sciences, although social and cultural dimensions may be introduced as background material.
Cluster B1 courses apply to the Environmental Studies major only, whereas Cluster B2 courses can be used for both the Environmental Studies major and the Environmental Science major.  Both B1 and B2 courses can count towards the ESS minor.

Cluster B1

 
  
 
  
  
ES 252D - Topics in Environmental Studies and Sciences  
HP 242 - Principles of Nutrition for Health and Performance  
 
 
  
  
  
  (when applicable)

 

Cluster B2

 
BI 239 - Parasitology, Epidemiology, and Public Health 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  (when topic is Ecology of North America)
 
 
CH 232 - Analytical Methods in Chemistry  
 
  
  
  
ES 252C - Topics in Environmental Studies and Sciences  
  
  
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
  

Methods:

BI 235 - Biostatistics  
EC 237 - Statistical Methods  
  
ID 210 - Introduction to GIS  
MS 104 - Introduction to Statistics  
SO 226 - Statistics for the Social Sciences