Courses

ENSC 101 Environmental Science

In this course, we will apply science to understand some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity: global climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, and sustainable agriculture. We will engage in environmental science as an interdisciplinary enterprise connecting concepts from ecology, geology, chemistry, hydrology, soil science, physics, and meteorology. Students will work using the methods of environmental scientists, learning how to investigate, monitor and remediate environmental problems, as well as realizing how science interacts with society. The ethics of different scientific and technological approaches to solving environmental problems will be considered. Field trips and laboratory work are an integral part of accomplishing the goals of the course. Our work will explore themes of environmental justice, critical zone science, and sustainability which will strongly link this class to the other two introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Requisites

  • ENSC-101L Must be taken at the same time as this course.
  • Co-Requirement ENSC-101L-1

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A R. Collins M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM

ENSC 101L Environmental Science Lab

Requisites

  • ENSC-101 Must be taken at the same time as this course.
  • Co-Requirement ENSC-101-A

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
1 R. Collins Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

ENSC 220 Conservation Science-Global

Conservation science focuses on protecting and restoring the world's biological integrity during the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth. The course will involve interdisciplinary and normative study that applies concepts from biology, economics, public policy, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy, to the goal of developing conservation strategies. Because significant biodiversity loss is occurring around the world, caused by diverse driving forces, class sessions will incorporate case studies drawn from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while labs will allow us to undertake scientific investigation of our local biodiversity and impacts of local conservation efforts. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Requisites

  • ENSC-101. Must be taken prior to taking this course.
  • Co-Requirement ENSC-220L-1

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
G V. Banschbach T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM

ENSC 220L Conservation Science Lab

Requisites

  • Co-requisite: ENSC-220 Must be taken either prior to or at the same time as this course.
  • Co-Requirement ENSC-220-G

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
1 V. Banschbach W 1:10PM-4:10PM

ENSC 270 Geographic Information Systems

An exploration of techniques for modeling environmental interactions using a specialized database management system known as Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a comprehensive set of tools for analyzing patterns, relationships, and trends across the landscape with applications in natural resource management, conservation biology, regional planning, and risk assessment. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Requisites

  • Take ENSC-101 Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A K. O'Neill T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

ENSC 361 Sp Top: Teaching Environ Sci.

Examination of a special topic concerning the environment from the perspectives of interdisciplinary natural sciences. (1) 1 Unit

Requisites

  • Take 1 200 level course from subject ENSC Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A D. Cohen T 1:10PM-4:10PM