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Retreat & Ecology Campus Course Descriptions

Listed below are the course descriptions for the Retreat & Ecology Campus Summer courses. Register for courses in LOCUS.

ANTH 399 Archaeology Field School: Building an Evolutionary Understanding of Place
Our main field project involves baseline topographic mapping and systematic subsurface testing of the Ecology Campus property. This hands-on research is aimed at understanding landscape evolution of the diverse setting since the last glaciers receded and defining the changing patterns of human-environment interaction. Educational fieldtrips will be taken to nearby localities of relevant paleoenvironmental, archaeological, and historical significance.

BIOL  266  Ecology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite:  BIOL 265
Laboratory and field experience designed to illustrate the principles of ecology and to give students experience in collecting, processing, and analyzing data.  Students will understand the methodology and use techniques in studying interactions of organisms to the environment and to each other at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels.

ENGL 288 Nature in Literature
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

In this course we will focus on many of those writers we associate with “nature writing,” both in poetry and prose. We will read a wide and diverse selection of prose writers covering a span of more than two centuries. Writers may include, among others, Meriwether Lewis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), John Muir, Luther Standing Bear, Virginia Woolf, Isak Dinesen, Aldo Leopold, E.B. White, N. Scott Momaday, Annie Dillard and Barry Lopez.  The poetry selections will include works by William Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins,  Robert Frost, and other “nature poets.”  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the representation of “nature” in the poetry and prose in various periods of literary history and diverse cultural contexts.

ENVS 398 Special Topics: Field Ornithology
This intensive 3-week engaged learning course at Loyola's University Retreat and Ecology Campus, scheduled during the peak of the migratory season, provides students with an applied introduction to the theory and practice of field ornithology.  This hands-on immersion introduction to the science of birds helps students learn the various field techniques used to study and monitor birds for conservation and management. Students will become skilled in critical reasoning, field techniques, and scientific investigation that demonstrate an understanding of knowledge and techniques used in field ornithology. This course includes participation in a community service project in which students gathers critical data necessary for avian conservation and management and satisfies Engaged Learning criteria for service.  Field trips for viewing birds in the wild, observing their behavior and collecting data on avian behavior and structure are highlighted. Students will participate in and actively contribute to ongoing research a project that monitor the birds of McHenry County and documents the use of vegetative structure by migratory and breeding birds at LUREC.

ENVS 398: Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases
This course will provide a broad overview of emerging diseases of Illinois in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss. Students will learn from both field work and site visits, including visits to local public health agencies, medical centers,  and other relevant sites to see first-hand how public health practitioners manage important emerging diseases.  As part of the course's fieldwork component students will learn how to monitor and identify important mosquito and tick species to develop a more environmentally friendly vector-borne disease and pest management plan for LUREC.


Summer Sessions · College of Arts and Sciences • Lake Shore Campus • 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Sullivan Center 235, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3500 or 800.262.2373 · summer-sessions@luc.edu

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