Environmental Studies Minor

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COURSE OPTIONS

Required Courses:

ENVR 151: Introduction to Environmental Studies I (3)

An introduction to contemporary environmental studies and creation care, with emphasis on class discussion of relationships between human population and resource use in light of biblical teaching about environmental stewardship. Particular attention is given to the biotic and ecological dimensions of creation stewardship and planetary distress. Designed to be taken by environmental studies majors concurrently with Environmental Studies 161. [Cross-listed: Community Development 151, CORE 211, Earth Science 151]

ENVR 152: Introduction to Environmental Studies II (4) 

Flowing from a foundation in physical and earth sciences, this course offers an introduction to energy and material use in Western society and examines the resulting impact on the environment. Contemporary practices and their historical roots are critiqued in light of Biblical norms for stewardship. An emphasis on evaluation and implementation of practical steps toward sustainability permeates the course with the goal of motivating and equipping students to become lifelong stewards. The laboratory portion of the course combines tours, laboratory measurements, economic analysis, and environmental analysis. Three lectures and one laboratory period of three hours per week. Environmental Studies 151 is not a prerequisite. [Cross-listed: Earth Science 152, CORE 222]

ENVR 161: Field and Laboratory Investigations in Environmental Studies (1)

A field and laboratory exploration of fundamental issues, concepts, and techniques of contemporary environmental studies with a biological and ecological focus. Includes visits to sites of natural history and stewardship interest both locally and regionally. Also includes an introduction to important technological tools in environmental studies and analysis of physical and biotic parameters of the environment. Required for students majoring or minoring in Community Development or Environmental Studies. Corequisite: Environmental Studies 151. [Cross-listed: Community Development 161]

ENVR 303: Geographic Information Systems and Surveying (4)

An introduction to the acquisition, analysis, display, manipulation, and management of geographic information. Course topics will include geographical data input, storage, maintenance, analysis, and retrieval. Students will utilize common GIS software and associated hardware. An overview of survey methods used to gather and quantify features of physical geography will be included. The course will meet in two studio lab classes to provide an integral learn-by-doing experience applying GPS technology, survey methods, and GIS applications. Application of GIS to agriculture, business, environmental management, and other disciplines will be provided in this course. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. [Cross-listed: Agriculture 303, Business Administration 303, Construction Management 207, Earth Science 303]

ENVR 325: Restoration Ecology and Applied Stewardship (3)

An interdisciplinary capstone course designed to explore current research, thought, and issues in environmental stewardship with a focus on ecological restoration. Principles and practices of the discipline of restoration ecology will be explored and then utilized to develop a holistic restoration plan for a specific location. Conference attendance and regional travel to restoration sites are important components of the course. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 151; junior or senior standing

MUST CHOOSE:

one course from Agriculture 201, Environmental Studies 201, 202

AGRI 201: Nature and Properties of Soils (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the field of soil science with an emphasis on scientific principles and their application in solutions to practical soil management problems. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Agriculture 111 or Biology 215; Chemistry 110 or 111. [Cross-listed: Earth Science 210]

ENVR 201: Introductory Geology and Physical Geography (4)

A general introduction to the physical nature and structure of the solid Earth, including, briefly, its physical geography and a more detailed look at its geology. The environmental implications of these subjects are detailed. Three lectures and one laboratory period of three hours per week plus one overnight field trip and one or two shorter trips. [Cross-listed: CORE 223, Earth Science 201, Geography 201]

ENVR 202: Meteorology and Climate Change (3)

Provides a general introduction to meteorology and weather. Climate and climate change in Quaternary times to the present are also considered. The implications of an anthropogenically enhanced greenhouse effect will be addressed, with particular attention given to the impact of these changes on the structure and function of ecosystems. Includes one or two field trips to relevant sites in the region. [Crosslisted: Earth Science 202, Geography 202]

one course from Biology 316, CORE 216, Environmental Studies 270, 320

BIO 316: Flora of North America (3)

Welcome to the flora of North America! This is a course in field biology and taxonomy of vascular plants. Our study will focus on the native vegetation of the tall-grass prairie landscape with its associated gallery forests and wetlands. We will be comparing local studies to plant complexes from other geographic locations. Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. This course includes extensive field work and potentially several weekend field trips. Prerequisite: Biology 215.

CORE 216: God’s Green Earth (3)

Welcome to the flora of North America! This is a course in field biology and taxonomy of vascular plants. Our study will focus on the native vegetation of the tall-grass prairie landscape with its associated gallery forests and wetlands. We will be comparing local studies to plant complexes from other geographic locations. Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. This course includes extensive field work and potentially several weekend field trips.

ENVR 270: Avian Biology and Conservation (3)

The identification, natural history, ecology, and stewardship of birds. Topics include morphological and physiological ecology of birds, habitat selection, communication, migration, reproductive ecology, territoriality, taxonomy, and conservation. The connections between avian ecology and creation stewardship will be explored. Recognition of a diverse set of birds by sight and sound is an important component of the course. Two lecture/discussion sessions and one three-hour lab per week. Field work will concentrate on local birds, but at least one trip to a distant site will be included. Prerequisite: one of Agriculture 101, Biology 122, CORE 212, Environmental Studies 151.

ENVR 320: Wildlife Ecology and Stewardship (3)

Advanced examination of animal (especially terrestrial vertebrate) populations, communities, and habitats, particularly as such analysis is applied to the manipulation and exploitation of animal populations and communities to regulate their abundance and distribution and/or to restore them. Considerable exploration and critique of the development and practice of wildlife management, particularly as it compares to biblical principles for creation stewardship. Two lecture/discussion sessions and one three-hour lab per week. Additional activities include an overnight field trip and attending a wildlife conference. Prerequisite: one course from Agriculture 370, 371, Biology 200. [Cross-listed: Biology 320]

one course from Environmental Studies 333, 334, Political Science 333

ENVR 333: Philosophy of the Environment (3)

A historical and systematic study of the structure and normed character of the various relationships between human beings and their environment. Prerequisites: CORE 200; junior or senior standing. [Cross-listed: Philosophy 333]

ENVR 334: Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment (3)

A study of economic aspects of Christian stewardship in relation to the environment and use of natural resources. Major topics include biblical norms on creation, property rights, economic justice, the economic dimensions of current environmental problems and trends in resource use, institutions and social structures that affect environmental policy, economic theories related to resource use and environmental quality, and evaluation of current and proposed policies from a Christian point of view. Prerequisite: Economics 202; or permission of instructor. [Cross-listed: Economics 334]

POLS 333: Public Policy (3)

Provides a general introduction to the public policy process in the United States, including an exploration of the socioeconomic and cultural context, the defining characteristics of the political system, and various phases in the policy process. Special attention is given to selected policy issues such as energy and the environment, criminal justice, poverty, health care, and immigration.