School of Humanities and Sciences

Environmental Studies Courses

ENVS 10100 - Environmental Seminar I LA NS

Seminar course exposes students in the environmental studies or science program to environmentally relevant research, examples of careers in the environmental field, and opportunities to meet local and regional professionals. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credits. (F,Y)

ENVS 11000 - The Environmental Crisis: Causes and Solutions 2A LA NS

Course provides basic literacy to understand the current environmental crisis, covering such topics as energy, population growth, climate change, biodiversity loss, resource exploitation, food production, and toxics. Course also investigates potential solutions to minimize impact on the personal, regional, national, and international scales. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ENVS 11200 - Sustainability Principles and Practice 1 2A LA SS

This course is designed to introduce students to the history and principles of sustainability as a new approach to addressing complex societal and environmental issues. The class will use a broad definition of sustainability, considering ecological, social, economic, political issues, and community and individual health. These components will be examined using a systems perspective that stresses their interrelatedness. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENVS 12000 - Environmental Sentinels LA NS

Field-based course that focuses on natural history, biodiversity, and development of the ability to perceive subtle changes in the environment. Primitive technology skills (friction fires, natural rope, medicinal plants, tracking, etc.) and field identification will be emphasized. Blending these skills and the approaches of deep wilderness awareness, students develop an ability to read land-use history and an appreciation for modern ecological science and natural resource management. Intended for environmental science and studies majors. 4 credits (F,Y).

ENVS 12100 - Environmental Science & Technology 2A LA NS

Focus on the scientific principles and technological advances fundamental to
understanding human impact on the environment. Discussion of how human activities
modify the environment and how technology contributes to, as well as reduces, this impact. Topics include applications of biotechnology to biodiversity loss, chemical and biological waste remediation, water treatment and purification, and renewable energy sources and technologies. An interdisciplinary approach ties together the political, social, economic, and ethical aspects of environmental studies and science. Strong global perspective. Intended for environmental science and studies majors but open to others with a serious interest. 4 credits. (S,Y)

ENVS 13000 - Earth System Science I 2A LA NS

This course takes a whole-systems approach to develop an integrated understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and human interactions that determine the past, current, and future states of the earth. Treating the earth as a system of interacting spheres, but particularly focusing on the geosphere (environmental geology), this course provides a physical basis for understanding the world in which we live and on which humankind seeks to achieve sustainability. Lecture/discussion: Three hours. Laboratory: Three hours. 4 credits. (F,Y)

ENVS 13100 - Earth System Science II LA NS

Continuing with the whole-systems approach introduced in ENVS 13000, this course will explore more applied aspects of earth system science, including soil science, geo- and hydromorphology. Lecture/discussion: Three hours. Laboratory: Three hours. Prerequisite: ENVS 13000. 4 credits. (S,Y)

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

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 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 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 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 22000 - Cultural and Physical Geography LA SS

This course uses natural science, social science, and humanistic approaches to study the complex relationships between human physical and cultural systems through time and space. This class has a strong methodological focus and incorporates exercises to learn how to ask and answer geographical questions. Students will examine the relationships between ecosystems and food production, urban and rural relationships, the role of corporations, globalization, warfare, and religion. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ENVS 22100 - Interdisciplinary Physical Science 2A LA NS

Physics provides insight into how matter and energy interact and chemistry addresses transformations and interactions of substances. This course examines physics and chemistry from an environmental perspective while retaining the critical and analytical thinking skills of those disciplines. Lecture/discussion: three hours. Laboratory: three hours. Prerequisite: ENVS 12100. 4 credits. (S,Y)

ENVS 24000 - Environmental Archaeology: Human Impact in the Past and Present LA SS

This course examines the interrelationship between humans and their environments from a long-term archaeological perspective. This course emphasizes archaeological, geological, and botanical methods and analytical techniques used for long-term environmental reconstruction. Cross-listed as ANTH 23000. Students may not earn credit for both ANTH 23000 and ENVS 23000. Prerequisite: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 10700. 3 credits (S,Y)

ENVS 32200 - Environmental Methods: Sampling, Surveying, Statistics and Analysis LA NS

This course provides students with field-based, real-world applications of sampling, surveying, and statistical analysis techniques, with an emphasis on environmental problem-solving skills. This class covers both qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques. Lecture/discussion: Three hours. Laboratory: Three hours. Prerequisites: ENVS 12100 or ENVS 13000; ENVS 22000; MATH 14500, MATH 14400 or MATH 21600. 4 credits. (F,Y)

ENVS 33100 - Topics in Geography and Planning LA SS
ENVS 33101 - Topics in Geography and Planning LA SS
ENVS 33102 - Topics in Geography and Planning LA SS

Intermediate course with a different focus each semester. Topics include demographics, city and regional planning, land use, and topography. May be repeated for maximum of 8 credits. Lecture/discussion, may include a three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: ENVS 22000. 3-4 credits (IRR).

ENVS 33300 - International Environmental Policy LA

This course examines an environmental issue in depth (climate change, air pollution, fisheries, endangered species, human population, water management) and the international policy negotiations around that issue. Students will attend international environmental negotiation sessions; additional course fees apply for travel. Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENVS 34000 - Topics in Pollution LA NS
ENVS 34001 - Topics in Pollution LA NS
ENVS 34002 - Topics in Pollution LA NS

Intermediate course with a different focus each semester. Topics may include environmental toxicology, environmental health and medicine, aquatic pollution, pollution remediation, hazardous waste, or pollution policy. May be repeated for maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisites: ENVS 12100 and junior standing. Lecture/discussion, may include a three-hour laboratory. 3-4 credits (IRR).

ENVS 35000 - Topics in Natural Resources and Ecology LA NS
ENVS 35001 - Topics in Natural Resources and Ecology LA NS
ENVS 35002 - Topics in Natural Resources and Ecology LA NS

Intermediate course with a different focus each semester. Topics include ecological issues associated with practical conservation or management practices, such as ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, or biology of invasive species. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary, for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Three courses in environmental studies or biology. Lecture/discussion, may include a three-hour laboratory. 3-4 credits (IRR)

ENVS 36000 - Topics in Environmental Humanities HU LA
ENVS 36001 - Topics in Environmental Humanities HU LA
ENVS 36002 - Topics in Environmental Humanities HU LA

Intermediate course with a different focus each semester. Topics include literature, philosophy, art, mythology, history, landscape design, and architecture from around the world. By exploring the myriad ways human beings have viewed nature, students will gain a better grasp of why human-environment interactions are in crisis and what it means to be human in such a world. Prerequisites: Three humanities courses and sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENVS 37000 - Topics in Earth Science LA NS
ENVS 37001 - Topics in Earth Science LA NS
ENVS 37002 - Topics in Earth Science LA NS

Intermediate course with a different focus each semester. Topics include hydrology, biogeochemistry, soil science, and agriculture. May be repeated for maximum of 8 credits. Lecture/discussion, may include a three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: Three courses in environmental studies and sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics. 3-4 credits (IRR).

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

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 38002 - 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 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 II LA NS

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

ENVS 45000 - Senior Research 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 under the direction of individual faculty members. All research teams will engage in a rigorous research agenda, drawing on methodologies from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Open to environmental studies or environmental science majors only. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENVS 45100 - Capstone Discussion Group LA

Discussion group for seniors in environmental studies and environmental science. Course focuses on summative reflection on educational and personal growth. Career preparation is also highlighted in the form of resume and cover letter assistance, networking, interviewing, and job searching. Prerequisite: ENVS 45000 (may be taken concurrently); senior standing. 1 credit (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)