Courses

ENST 103 Intro to Environment & Culture

In order to think critically about Environmental Studies, this course will ask you to question how you describe, explain, and relate to nature through language, ideology, and media. To do this we will examine conceptions of nature drawn from the Humanities: philosophy, religion, literature, and art. An understanding of these disciplines will help us gain insight into contemporary environmental debates. The class will examine some of the following questions: What is our relationship to nature? How does nature have value? How has religion contributed to our conceptions of nature? How has English as a language and literary tradition evolved different ways of expressing our relationship to the natural world? Have recent environmental activists articulated a compelling rhetoric? Links to themes of environmental justice, science of the critical zone, and sustainability, connecting this course to the other two introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A L. Hartman M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

ENST 105 Intro to Environment & Society

This course provides students with an overview of the major concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks employed in the social sciences to study human ecological relations. A primary goal of this course is to highlight the dynamic interplay between society and nature while introducing students to a social science perspective on local and global environmental issues. The implications of social organization, whether political or economic, for ecosystems will surface and provide an opportunity to examine the impact of individual and collective decisions. Another important goal of the course is to use the different theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as the language of the social sciences, to explore broad issues related to environmental justice, critical zone science, and sustainability, connecting the course to the other Introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A D. Sarabia M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

ENST 232 Religion and Ecology

This course aims to discover how religious traditions have responded to the natural world through story, theology, and action. We will focus on Indigenous traditions, three Asian Religions (Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhism) and two Western traditions (Judaism and Christianity). We will explore how these diverse traditions offer both ancient and new perspectives on the ecological crisis and express the hope to reunite us with the earth. Topics will include animals, ecosystems, Climate Change, and sustainability, etc. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A M. Larson-Harris T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

ENST 260 Sp Top: Environmental Justice

Examination of special topics concerning the environment. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Requisites

  • Take ENSC-101 or ENST-103 or ENST-105 or ENVI-101 or Must be taken prior to taking this course.
  • ENVI-103 or ENVI-105 or permission.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A L. Hartman M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

ENST 406 Independent Study and Research

Independent study or research related to the environment conducted under the supervision of an Environment Program faculty member. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A V. Banschbach

ENST 407 Independent Study and Research

Independent study or research related to the environment conducted under the supervision of an Environment Program faculty member. (1/2) 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A V. Banschbach

ENST 417 Internship

Practical experience in a setting where environmental topics are applied. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A K. O'Neill

ENST 496 Honors Project

A program of independent study or research concerning the environment culminating in a written report. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A V. Banschbach
B K. O'Neill

ENST 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study or research concerning the environment culminating in a written report. (1/2) 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A V. Banschbach
B K. O'Neill