Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

Environmental Studies Courses

ENVS 20100 - Environmental Research: Introductory LA

An introductory course for students who desire hands-on research in environmental studies projects but who have limited experience with research. Research will typically involve participation in continuing projects, though new, student-proposed projects may be possible if the instructor approves. Students will work closely with a faculty member to guide their study. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor. 1-3 credits (F-S)

ENVS 20200 - Topics in Sustainability LA NS SS

An umbrella course with a different focus each semester. The course is integrative and allows students to experience sustainability firsthand through field experiences and service projects at Ecovillage and the local community, linked to the study of core principles and strategies in different areas of community sustainability. The courses taught within this umbrella include sustainable land use, teaching sustainability, fostering sustainable communities, sustainable energy systems, urban sustainability, and the sustainability movement. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3-4 credits. (F-S)

ENVS 20201 - Topics in Sustainability LA NS SS
ENVS 20202 - Topics in Sustainability LA NS SS

An umbrella course with a different focus each semester. The course is integrative and allows students to experience sustainability first-hand through field experiences and service
projects at Ecovillage and the local community, linked to the study of core principles and strategies in different areas of community sustainability. The courses taught within this umbrella include sustainable land use, teaching sustainability, fostering sustainable communities, sustainable energy systems, urban sustainability or the sustainability movement. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. 3-4 credits. (F-S)

ENVS 20203 - Topics in Sustainability LA NS SS

An umbrella course with a different focus each semester. The course is integrative and allows students to experience sustainability firsthand through field experiences and service projects at Ecovillage and the local community, linked to the study of core principles and strategies in different areas of community sustainability. The courses taught within this umbrella include sustainable land use, teaching sustainability, fostering sustainable communities, sustainable energy systems, urban sustainability, or the sustainability movement. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3-4 credits. (F-S)

ENVS 38000 - Selected Topics in Field Studies LA NS

Field study courses provide a multiday field trip to an off-campus ecosystem. Each field study course emphasizes a unique regional topic, and students become familiar with the major geological and ecological events as well as the human impact on sustainability of the natural ecosystem(s). Students also learn to identify the predominant flora and fauna of the area. Student projects are expected to show considerable independent effort, background information, analyses, and original synthesis. May be repeated for credit for field studies in different regions for a maximum three times or 12 credits. Prerequisites: A minimum of three courses in environmental studies or biology. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

ENVS 38001 - Selected Topics in Field Studies LA NS
ENVS 38002 - Selected Topics in Field Studies LA NS

Field study courses provide a multi-day field trip to an off-campus ecosystem. Each field study course emphasizes a unique regional topic and students become familiar with the major geological and ecological events as well as the human impact on sustainability of the natural ecosystem(s). Students also learn to identify the predominant flora and fauna of the area. Student products are
expected to show considerable independent effort, background information, analyses, and original synthesis. May be repeated for credit for field studies in different regions for a maximum three
times or 12 credits. Prerequisites: a minimum of three courses in environmental studies or biology. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

ENVS 38003 - Selected Topics in Field Studies LA NS

Field study courses provide a multiday field trip to an off-campus ecosystem. Each field study course emphasizes a unique regional topic and students become familiar with the major geological and ecological events as well as the human impact on sustainability of the natural ecosystem(s). Students also learn to identify the predominant flora and fauna of the area. Student products are
expected to show considerable independent effort, background information, analyses, and original synthesis. May be repeated for credit for field studies in different regions for a maximum three times or 12 credits. Prerequisites: a minimum of three courses in environmental studies or biology. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

ENVS 40100 - Environmental Seminar LA NS

Seminars, discussion, and readings in environmental studies and science. Required of environmental science majors. Prerequisites: Junior standing; environmental studies or environmental science major. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credits. (F, S)

ENVS 45000 - Capstone Seminar for Environmental Studies/Science Majors LA

An integrative course that encourages majors to apply previously learned ideas and concepts to a specific area of environmental inquiry or a particular environmental problem. The specific subject matter of the course is determined by the professor teaching it, but common to all capstone seminars is class involvement in a rigorous research agenda, drawing on methodologies from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Course topics generally focus on local or regional environmental issues, showing their interconnections to global environmental concerns. Students are encouraged to move out of the classroom to conduct research projects. Public presentation of research findings is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above; environmental studies or environmental science majors. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENVS 49000 - Independent Study: Environmental Studies LA

The program of study may be a reading program of materials of special interest to the student, or one involving developing and executing a research project on a specific topic. Reading or research is undertaken under faculty direction. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENVS 49500 - Internship: Environmental Studies NLA

Permits students to explore environmental studies through a variety of work experiences. Students are expected to submit, as part of their course obligations, a thorough written evaluative report based on their experiences. Internships may be taken at national, state, and local levels, and in London under the auspices of the Ithaca College London Center. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; completion of three-quarters of an environmental studies major or minor. 1-12 credits. (F-S,Y)