Environmental Studies Courses, Spring 2008


ANSO 1090.01 Topics in Geography: Geographic Transitions
Instructor: Mikel Skele            
TR 10:00 - 11:20

This is a teacher certification course. It will be an exploration of most areas of geography: land-human relationships, regions, spacial interaction, population, resources and socioeconomic development. Students will look at geography in a changing world, doing so from the perspective of future teachers in elementary and secondary classrooms.

BIOL 1318.02/ISTL 2600 Natural Systems & Sustainable Ecology
Instructor:   A. Serrano
Spring 2, TR 3:00 - 04:50

This course examines ecosystems, how they function, and how they shape and are shaped by human societies. Includes both a comparative and global perspective on environmental issues and ecology.

HRTS 3400.01 Human Rights and the Environment
Instructor: Paul Moriarty
MWF 12:00 - 12:50

ISTL 2550.10 Topics in International Studies: Soil, Soul, and Society/
RELG 2430.01 Environment and Religion: Soil, Soul and Society
Instructor: Satish Kumar, Des Lee Visiting Professor of Global Awareness            
Spring 2, MW 2:00 - 5:00

To learn more about Satish Kumar, visit http://www.resurgence.org/satish/index.htm. Course description in progress!

RELG 2430.W1 Environment and Religion: Ecology and Spirituality
Instructor: George Billings

This course will explore the spirituality of ecology from multi dimensional and historical perspectives. This includes examining creation themes in several tribal religions; reviewing eastern and western ecological traditions and critically assessing environmental issues in conflict. Students can expect to deepen their awareness of their relationship to creation and how to be responsible stewards of and co-creators in an evolving universe.

SCIN 1010.01 and .06 Topics in Physical Science: Natural Disasters
Instructor: Mark Moats
Section 1: Spring 1, M 5:30 - 9:30
Section 6: Spring 2, M 5:30 - 9:30

This is a survey of the various natural disasters and their causes. We will explore their relationship to Earth processes and the long term risks to human populations. We will also examine how scientists determine the causes, effects, and prediction of catastrophes.

SCIN 1520 and 1521: Environment and Environment Lab
Instructor: Jeff DePew
TR 1:00 - 3:50

Concerns problems of the world ecosystem. Includes the nature of ecosystems, pesticides, water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, nonrenewable natural resources, energy, nuclear power, radioactivity, agriculture, human food supply, and environmental health. Laboratory required. SCIN 1520 and SCIN 1521 must be taken concurrently. Intended for non-majors.