NEW for Fall 2013
ENVS 398: Special Topics - Human Dimensions of Conservation
Tues & Thurs, 10-11:15 a.m., Instructor: Schusler
This course examines social science theories and research as applies to conservation and ecological restoration. Topics may include: human values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors; common pool resources; political, psychological, sociological, economic, and cultural factors influencing conservation; Indigenous and local knowledge; stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and community-based conservation; basic methods of human dimensions inquiry.
Students will understand the importance of treating the human dimensions of conservation problems with the same scientific rigor customarily given to the ecological dimensions.
ENVS 137 - Foundations of Environmental Science
Tues & Thurs, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Intructor: Keller
The course is intended for majors/minors within the Department Environmental Science. Students majoring in other disciplines may enroll if space remains after ENVS majors enroll.
This course will introduce concepts that form the basis of environmental science, including elemental cycling, energy flow/transformation, and the interconnectivity among atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and within ecosystems. Ways in which knowledge of these concepts informs policy, management and social perception to produce positive change will also be examined.
Students will recognize interconnections among scientific disciplines and how their principles are used to investigate and address environmental issues; understand physical, chemical and ecological principles underlying environmental science and how these interact.
ENVS 380 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Wed 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Instructor: Stiehl
This course is intended for upper-division undergraduates (junior/senior) and graduate students.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a mapping tool that allows users to create interactive searches, analyze spatial information, edit data and maps, and present the results visually. The course includes lecture, laboratory, and project components. Students will learn basic GIS skills and applications and work on projects with community organizations.
Outcomes: Students will be able to describe the conceptual/theoretical and practical/technological background of GIS; describe ethical issues germane to GIS; prepare/analyze GIS data in research; apply GIS in community-service projects.