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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Environmental Studies Program

Bachelor of Arts

John Confer, Associate Professor and Coordinator

The program in environmental studies offers two majors. Environmental studies focuses on the humanities, including implementation, values, and aesthetics, while providing a strong science background. Environmental science focuses on the sciences and prepares students to conduct original research designed to solve environmental problems in the context of social values and economic and political reality.

The Major in Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary major dealing with questions and issues that pertain to the interaction between humanity and nature. No one discipline can possibly cover such a broad area for reflection; consequently, students in this major are required to develop considerable intellectual breadth. The core curriculum requires not only a significant amount of science but also history, economics, politics, and philosophy. In consultation with their advisers, students will construct an area of concentration. Students must submit the self-designed concentration to the registrar no later than the end of the junior year. A senior capstone experience (such as an internship, research paper, or special project) will integrate the major and prepare graduates for graduate school or environmental careers.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Studies -- B.A.
Required courses

303-15100

Environmental Science I

3

303-15200

Environmental Science II

3

303-27500

Field Biology

4

304-11700

Environmental Chemistry I

3

304-11800

Environmental Chemistry II

3

306-28100

Environmental Economics

3

310-36600

Environmental Politics

3

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought

3

312-11000

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems

3

314-25000

Environmental Ethics

3

Select one of the following:

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology II or

 

303-12200

Principles of Biology II

4

Restricted elective courses

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning or

 

313-24300

Statistics or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability

3-4

xxx-xxxxx

Capstone chosen from an approved tutorial, seminar, internship, or independent study at level 3 or 4

3

Required self-designed concentration (see the environmental studies website for examples)

 

Three courses at any level

9

 

Four courses at level 3 or 4

12

 

Total in the major

62-63

 

Electives

57-58

 

Total, B.A. in environmental studies

120

The Major in Environmental Science

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program that provides strong training in the sciences; a choice of focal areas in anthropology, biology, or chemistry; and a background in related courses in the humanities. Core science requirements include 43 credit hours of classes for science majors. In addition, the environmental science major develops a significant expertise in one of the three focal areas. Majors in both environmental studies and environmental science share in the senior capstone experience -- a real, applied project -- which integrates the experiences of students with different skills and training and prepares students for graduate school or environmental careers.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Science with a Concentration in Anthropology, Biology, or Chemistry -- B.A.
Science background courses

303-15100

Environmental Science I

3

303-15200

Environmental Science II

3

303-12100

Principles of Biology I

4

303-12200

Principles of Biology II

4

303-27500

Field Biology or

315-17200

Earth Science

4

304-12100

Principles of Chemistry I

3

304-12200

Principles of Chemistry II

4

304-12400

Experimental Chemistry I

2

304-22500

Experimental Chemistry II

2

304-22100

Organic Chemistry I

3

304-22200

Organic Chemistry II

3

313-11100

Calculus I or

 

313-10800

Calculus for Decision Making

4

313-24400

Statistics with Probability

4

 

Total, science background

43

Cultural background courses

A minimum of four courses from the two lists below, with at least one in humanities and one in social sciences. Courses chosen to fulfill this requirement cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the focal area.

Select two of the following:

314-25000

Environmental Ethics (3)

 

310-36600

Environmental Politics (3)

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought (3)

6

Select two of the following:

339-10300

Biological Anthropology (3)

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (3)

306-28100

Environmental Economics (3)

 

306-28200

Natural Resource Economics (3)

 

311-20300

Introductory Geography (3)

 

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought (3)

 

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (3)

 

310-36600

Environmental Politics (3)

 

331-30100

Technology and Society (3)

 

331-40200

Society and Nature (3)

 

337-31900

Writing as a Naturalist (3)

 
 

Total, cultural background

12

Integrative experience

335-45000

Environmental Capstone

3-4

335-40100

Environmental Seminar

1

 

Total, integrative experience

4-5

Focused Studies

Each student will fulfill requirements in one of three focal areas listed below.

Biology

Select five of the following:

302-35400

Biochemistry I (4)

302-35400

Biochemistry II (4)

 

303-20300

Invertebrate Zoology (4)

 

303-20800

Animal Behavior (4)

 

303-21400

Animal Physiology (4)

 

303-27400

General Ecology (4)

 

303-27800

Environmental Health and Medicine (3)

 

303-28400

Field Ornithology (4)

 

303-30500

Parasitology (4)

 

303-32700

Genetics (4)

 

303-37800

Environmental Toxicology (4)

 

303-45200

Microbiology (4)

 

303-45400

Cell Biology (4)

 

303-47300

Plant Physiology (4)

 

303-47900

Ecology of Aquatic Communities (4)

 
 

Total, biology focal area

19-20

Chemistry

304-32400

Experimental Chemistry III

3

304-32600

Experimental Chemistry V

3

304-33100

Physical Chemistry I or

304-33200

Physical Chemistry II

3

315-10100-315-10200

Introduction to Physics I-II or

 

315-11700-315-11800

Principles of Physics I-II

8

313-11200

Calculus II

4

 

Total, chemistry focal area

21

Anthropology

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology

3

Select six of the following:

339-26500

South American Prehistory (3)

339-26900

Mesoamerican Prehistory (3)

 

339-27500

North American Prehistory (3)

 

339-31400

The Beastly Mirror (3)

 

339-37500

Environmental Anthropology (3)

 

339-38000

Medical Anthropology (3)

 

339-38800

Origins of Agriculture (3)

 
 

Total, anthropology focal area

21

Minor in Environmental Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies at Ithaca College is administered by the School of Humanities and Sciences. The object of the minor is to (1) introduce students to the substance and complexity of environmental issues, and (2) explain what they must know before they can begin to participate in responsible discussion and policy making on any level.

Students pursue eight courses for an integrated inquiry into two related areas: Area I: foundations in science -- toward an understanding of and an appreciation for the principles of ecology, and thus a recognition of the necessity for integrity and stability in the natural environment; and Area II: cultural solutions -- an analysis of economic, political, cultural, and intellectual forces that motivate adverse human impact on the natural environment, and an encouragement of an "active hope" for solutions to environmental issues.

Requirements for the minor in environmental studies
Area I: Foundations in Science (9-16 credits; minimum of three courses)

Minimum of one survey of biology from the following:

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology II

 

303-11500

Essentials of Biology

 

303-12200

Principles of Biology II

 

303-15100-303-15200

Environmental Science I-II

 

Minimum of one ecology/environment-oriented course from the following:

303-10400

Environmental Biology

 

303-27100

General Ecology

 

303-28400

Field Ornithology

 

Minimum of one chemistry course from the following:

304-10200

Contemporary Chemical Issues

 

304-10500

Energy and the Environment

 

304-11700-304-11800

Environmental Chemistry I-II (Note: Students may also satisfy this requirement by selecting any two-course sequence in chemistry.)

 

Area II: Cultural Solutions (12 credits; minimum of four courses of which at least one is in the humanities and one is in the social sciences)

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought

 

311-48100, 311-48200

History Seminar, Non-United States

 

311-48300, 311-48400

History Seminar, United States

 

311-49100, 311-49200

Tutorial, Non-United States History

 

311-49300, 311-49400

Tutorial, United States History

 

314-25000

Environmental Ethics

 

377-31900

Writing as a Naturalist

 

306-28100

Environmental Economics

 

306-28200

Natural Resources Economics

 

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies or

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies

 

310-36600

Environmental Politics

 

311-20300

Introduction to Geography

 

331-30100

Technology and Society

 

331-40200

Society and Nature

 

339-37500

Environmental Anthropology

12

 

One additional course from either Area I or II

3-4

 

Total required for minor

24-32

Students should be aware that many of the courses in Area II have prerequisites not listed within the minor. Therefore, to successfully complete the minor, it is important to plan carefully and seek advice early from a minor adviser. Courses listed as seminar or tutorial apply only if the topic is appropriate to the minor and prior approval is granted by the minor coordinator.

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