Environmental Studies (EVST)

Contact: Professor Mark Boyer

Program Office: Young 220

For major requirements, see the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this Catalog.

1000. Introduction to Environmental Studies

Three credits.

Interdisciplinary survey of relationships between humans and nature; investigation of specific environmental themes and contemporary issues. CA 2.

2998. Variable Topics in Environmental Studies

Three credits. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

Explorations of environmental studies from various perspectives and methodologies.

3100. Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Municipal Policy and Planning

(Also offered as ENVE and ENVS 3100.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: ENVE 1000, EVST 1000 or NRE 1000.

An interdisciplinary study of climate change focusing on the local, municipal scale: impacts, policy, vulnerability and adaptation with emphasis on tools such as vulnerability assessments that help local communities determine priorities for adaptation efforts.

3340. Culture and Conservation

(Also offered as ANTH 3340.) Three credits.

Interdisciplinary analysis of conservation and the human-environment relationship from a cross-cultural perspective. Major topics include sustainability, environmental ethics, climate change, natural disasters, health, and environmental justice.

3412. Global Environmental Politics

(Also offered as POLS 3412.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Politics of how humans and natural systems interact. Managing the global environment, regulating resource commons, and coordinating to solve environmental problems.

3991. Supervised Field Work

One to twelve credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of program director. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated for up to 12 credits. Six credits may be counted toward the major.

Experience in research, policy and activism settings not generally available on campus. Students will work with professionals in the environmental field who will provide evaluations to the program director. Student evaluation will be based upon the recommendation of the field supervisor. Students will be required to sign a Supervised Field Work contract detailing expectations for the credits earned.

3993. Foreign Study

One to fifteen credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Program Director required, normally to be granted before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor up to a maximum of six credits. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor and program director. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

4000W. Environmental Studies Capstone Research Project

Three credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; consent of instructor required; open to juniors or higher.

Individual student research projects integrate knowledge and perspectives on environmental issues. Extensive reading, research, written work and presentation/oral communication required.

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