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IES/Retreat & Ecology Campus Course Descriptions

Listed below are the course descriptions for the Institute of Environmental Sustainability summer Courses. Register for courses in LOCUS

ENVS 224 Climate & Climate Change
This course introduces students to basic principles and knowledge to explain climate change. Students will learn about natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change, the interactions between earth-atmosphere-ocean systems, climate feedback mechanisms, and impacts of climate change on the natural physical environment.

ENVS 281C Environmental Sustainability & Science in China
This course provides students with an understanding of how sustainable systems work and how the structure and function of these systems is altered by human activities.  Students will gain first-hand experience studying environmental issues in China [air/water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change] through lectures & field trips.

ENVS 283 Environmental Sustainability
Examines the impact of humans as consumers on the environment and how these interactions affect the probability of establishing sustainability for human and non-humans on Earth.

Students will become skilled in critical reasoning and methods of inquiry, and demonstrate an understanding of knowledge critical to the field including current human consumptive practices and their effects on the health and well-being of living organisms.

ENVS 391 Environmental Research
Students may register for independent research on a topic mutually acceptable to the student and any professor in the department. Usually this research is directed to a particular course or to the research of the professor.

ENVS 395 Environmental Internship
Students seek out and engage in a semester- or summer-long internship with a civic, business, governmental, or academic group providing hands-on experience in work on environmental issues.

ENVS 399 Directed Readings
Students will read, analyze, and discuss a publications focusing on different aspects of a specific environmental issue or theme, and will demonstrate comprehension of, and the ability to apply information from, scientific literature and be able to synthesize information to produce a cogent, synthetic analysis of their topic based on these readings.

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

ANTH 399 Archaeology Field School: Excavation of an Early 19th Century Pioneer Farmstead
Our project continues the excavation of a buried early 19th century pioneer farmstead at LUREC to determine the impacts of Euro-american settlement on the local environment.  Students will learn archaeological field and lab methods through practice and readings and lectures.  Archival research has identified much about this land owner who was part of a large group from western Virginia.  Dispersed remains of the homestead, household items, and animal bones are present as well as pits and post-holes.  Our excavations will focus on determining the spatial pattern of these remains.  In addition, we will continue study of an experimental plot to evaluate the impact of tillage on archaeological context.

BIOL 111 General Biology Lab I
Co-requisite: BIOL 101.
Complements General Biology I lecture material through observation, experimentation, and when appropriate, dissection of representative organisms. Physical and chemical phenomena of life as well as systematics and comparative anatomy and physiology of selected organisms will be examined. Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of living organisms, including comparisons in cell structure and function, and comparative organismal evolution and ecology.

ENVS 269/BIOL 395 Field Ornithology
Field ornithology is an intensive 3-week engaged-learning course at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus during the peak of the migratory season intended to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of field ornithology.  Emphasis will be on field identification and song recognition, census techniques, and avian behavior. 

ENVS 330/331 Restoration Ecology/Lab
Prerequisites: ENVS 280 & 286 or BIOL 265 & 266; Co-requisite: ENVS 331

This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for the increasing global efforts to reverse damage caused by humans to ecosystems and species, emphasizing the many perspectives (e.g., ecological, social, political, engineering) that must be considered to develop, implement, and assess restoration projects across a range of ecosystem types.  Students will visit restoration sites and discuss strategies and initiatives with land managers and policy makers. Students will develop skills in ecological-site description, and in the analytical methods required to determine success of restoration projects. Students will apply knowledge from ecology and other disciplines to the practice of ecosystem restoration, and learn to integrate information from multiple disciplines, and stakeholder input, to design/manage restoration projects. to restoration sites in Chicago and beyond. Students will develop skills in ecological-site description, and in the analytical methods required to determine success of restoration projects.

ENVS 398/BIOL 395  Special Topics: Early Summer Flora
A combination of lecture and laboratory experiences. The goal of the course will be to teach students to recognize the vascular plants that will be in their reproductive stages in McHenry County and especially at LUREC during the time the course is taught.  This will be done mainly by teaching students to key out local flora using standard references, especially Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region.  Special attention will be given to grasses and sedges, and floral evolution will be emphasized throughout.  Invasive and potentially invasive species will be included. Students will be graded daily based on their recognition of plants in the field.  Their keying proficiency will be tested in the lab.  Free-writing and essays will be used to evaluate understanding of floral adaptations and evolution.