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ENVI 120-01

Environmental Geology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kelly MacGregor

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 120-01 and GEOG 120-01*

The physical environment has begun to show signs of our earth's expanding population and the increasing need for natural resources. Geologic materials such as soil, water, and bedrock, and geologic processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and running water often pose constraints on land use. This course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between humans and their geologic environment: the earth. We will focus on understanding the processes that shape the surface of the earth, and how these processes affect human activity. We will use current scientific methods to collect and analyze data. Topics include surface-water dynamics and flooding, groundwater and groundwater contamination, pollution and waste management, landslides, volcanic and earthquake hazards, and global climate change. Format: three hour block per week of local field excursions, lectures, and/or laboratory exercises; evaluation will be based on project reports and homework/classroom assignments, and one exam (final). Cross-listed with Geography 120 and Geology 120. (4 credits)

ENVI 120-L1

Environmental Geology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kelly MacGregor

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 120-L1 and GEOG 120-L1*

The physical environment has begun to show signs of our earth's expanding population and the increasing need for natural resources. Geologic materials such as soil, water, and bedrock, and geologic processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and running water often pose constraints on land use. This course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between humans and their geologic environment: the earth. We will focus on understanding the processes that shape the surface of the earth, and how these processes affect human activity. We will use current scientific methods to collect and analyze data. Topics include surface-water dynamics and flooding, groundwater and groundwater contamination, pollution and waste management, landslides, volcanic and earthquake hazards, and global climate change. Format: three hour block per week of local field excursions, lectures, and/or laboratory exercises; evaluation will be based on project reports and homework/classroom assignments, and one exam (final). Cross-listed with Geography 120 and Geology 120. (4 credits)

ENVI 130-01

Science of Renewable Energy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: *Cross-listed with PHYS 130-01*

Cross-listed with Physics 130. This is a course on the current status of the most promising alternative and renewable energy options from a primarily scientific and technological perspective. Current methods of electricity generation and transportation energy sources will be briefly reviewed (fossil fuels, nuclear fission, and hydroelectric), including discussion of their limitations and environmental consequences. The focus of the course will be on understanding the scientific basis of alternative and renewable energy sources, and their promise and technological challenges for wide scale implementation. Biofuels, wind, photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, and geothermal will be considered in depth.

ENVI 133-01

Environmental Science

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permssion of the instructor*

This course provides basic scientific knowledge and understanding of how our world works from an environmental perspective. Topics covered include: basic principles of ecosystem function; biodiversity and its conservation; human population growth; water resources and management; water, air and soil pollution; climate change; energy resources, and sustainability. The course has a required 3 hour lab section. (4 Credits)

ENVI 133-L1

Environmental Science Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Dosch, Hornbach

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permssion of the instructor*

This course provides basic scientific knowledge and understanding of how our world works from an environmental perspective. Topics covered include: basic principles of ecosystem function; biodiversity and its conservation; human population growth; water resources and management; water, air and soil pollution; climate change; energy resources, and sustainability. The course has a required 3 hour lab section. (4 Credits)

ENVI 150-01

Climate and Society

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permssion of the instructor*

Seasonal and annual patterns of temperature and precipitation influence the development, success and collapse of civilizations. Regional climate determines numerous things about how humans adapt to survive there, including the type of shelter needed, the length of the growing season, and the availability/scarcity of freshwater. Using a combination of scientific and historical records, this course will provide a brief introduction to the climate system and will then focus on how changes in climate affected several societies throughout history. In the latter part of the course we will discuss observed global warming in the modern world, what the potential benefits and consequences of it may be, and whether or not there are lessons to be learned from our ancestors. (4 credits)

ENVI 194-01

Americans and the Global Parks and Wilderness

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permssion of the instructor*


ENVI 215-01

Environmental Politics/Policy

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *Cross-listed with POLI 215-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permssion of the instructor*

This course provides an introduction to the field of Environmental Politics and Policy. Using a comparative approach, the course engages the meaning and development of environmental governance. We will explore the tandem rise of the modern environmental movement and profound new environmental legislation in the U.S. and internationally. Topics investigated will include: deforestation, hazardous wastes, climate change, population growth, and loss of biodiversity. Fall semester. (4 credits)

ENVI 225-01

100 Words for Snow: Language and Nature

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Marianne Milligan

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with LING 225-01; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

Human beings have an unprecedented ability to shape the environment around them, yet the environment powerfully shapes both individuals and species. Two main questions run throughout this course: 1. How does language influence the way we think about and perceive nature, which in turn influences the way we interact with and shape nature? 2. How has our environment shaped the Language faculty and individual languages? To answer these questions, we’ll start by asking, what is language and what is nature? Then we'll turn to the way that our environment has impacted the evolution of Language. Next we'll look at indigenous knowledge as it is encoded by language and the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis, which says that language influences the way we perceive the world. With this as background, we'll look at the language of environmental discourse. Next, using the metaphor of ecology, we'll examine languages as if they were organisms and analyze the ecosystems that sustain them. Knowing what makes a healthy language, we'll look at endangered languages and the connections between linguistic diversity and biodiversity.

ENVI 232-01

People, Agriculture and the Environment

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 232-01; first day attendance required*

This course introduces you to the study of human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective, with a special emphasis on the role of humans in changing the face of the earth and how, in turn, this changing environment influences humans. The course will examine environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts (developed and developing countries) and the connections between environmental problems in different locations. Students will explore the fundamentals of environmental science, economics, cultural and political ecology, as well as a number of sectoral issues related to human population growth, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, energy use, climate change, and environmental health. (4 credits)

ENVI 234-01

U.S. Environmental History

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 234-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permssion of the instructor*

People have always had to contend with the natural world, but only recently have historians begun to explore the changing relationships between people and their environment over time. In this course, we will examine the variety of ways that people in North America have shaped the environment, as well as how they have used, labored in, abused, conserved, protected, rearranged, polluted, cleaned, and thought about it. In addition, we will explore how various characteristics of the natural world have affected the broad patterns of human society, sometimes harming or hindering life and other times enabling rapid development and expansion. By bringing nature into the study of human history and the human past into the study of nature, we will begin to see the connections and interdependencies between the two that are often overlooked. Fall semester. (4 credits)

ENVI 237-01

Environmental Justice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Erik Kojola

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 237-01 and HIST 237-01*

Poor and minority populations have historically borne the brunt of environmental inequalities in the United States, suffering disproportionately from the effects of pollution, resource depletion, dangerous jobs, limited access to common resources, and exposure to environmental hazards. Paying particular attention to the ways that race, ethnicity, class, and gender have shaped the political and economic dimensions of environmental injustices, this course draws on the work of scholars and activists to examine the long history of environmental inequities in the United States, along with more recent political movements-national and local-that seek to rectify environmental injustices. Cross-listed with American Studies 237 and History 237. (4 credits)

ENVI 280-01

Environmental Classics

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permssion of the instructor*

What has the environment meant to past generations? How have writers shaped the ways we understand our relationships with the natural world? This course explores these questions, drawing in roughly equal measure on ¿classic¿ texts from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Required for Environmental Studies majors. It is recommended that students complete this course during the spring of their sophomore year. (4 credits)


ENVI 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jerald Dosch

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 2nd with permssion of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 285-L1

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jerald Dosch

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 2nd with permssion of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 285-L2

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L2; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 2nd with permssion of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 294-01

Ecology and Performance:What does the Warming World need now?

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *Cross-listed with THDA 294-03* In this course, students will develop a working knowledge of current ecological debates and concerns; an understanding of eco-performance and the core principles that inform ecological practices in theatre and performance; and a range of performance techniques that inform an ecologically-driven performance project. The course will focus on experiential learning and student-directed research that encourages students to collaborate with others including their other-than-human surroundings. The course will foster a practice-based awareness of how theatre and the performing arts help us take up and critically communicate environmental issues as well as develop a more informed understanding of our responsibilities, roles, and relations with the environment and the earth

ENVI 360-01

Paleoclimate

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 360-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

Earth's climate has evolved with the planet itself as changing boundary conditions in the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere have caused ice ages, periods of extreme warmth and mass extinctions. Information about these events is contained in the geologic record in the form of fossils and rock sequences, but also in lake and ocean sediments, ice sheets, cave deposits and tree rings. This course will provide an overview of variations in climate throughout Earth history while simultaneously examining the proxies and archives used to reconstruct those changes. We will also construct our own record of paleoclimate using cores from a local lake and a variety of laboratory techniques. Cross-listed with Geology 360. (4 credits)

ENVI 360-L1

Paleoclimate Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 360-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permssion of the instructor*

Earth's climate has evolved with the planet itself as changing boundary conditions in the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere have caused ice ages, periods of extreme warmth and mass extinctions. Information about these events is contained in the geologic record in the form of fossils and rock sequences, but also in lake and ocean sediments, ice sheets, cave deposits and tree rings. This course will provide an overview of variations in climate throughout Earth history while simultaneously examining the proxies and archives used to reconstruct those changes. We will also construct our own record of paleoclimate using cores from a local lake and a variety of laboratory techniques. Cross-listed with Geology 360. (4 credits)

ENVI 368-01

Sustainable Development and Global Future

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: *Cross-listed with INTL 368-01; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permssion of the instructor*

This course examines the history and modern use of "sustainable development" as a framework for international development. Close attention is given to the role of philanthropies, NGOs and social movements in shaping projects and policies. The course examines a range of topics including appropriate technology, microfinance, ecotourism and ecovillages. Prior coursework in international development and/or environmental studies is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with International Studies 368. (4 credits)

ENVI 375-01

Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 375-01; first day attendance required*

This course introduces students to Rural Geography, a sub-discipline within Geography. Using a sustainable development framework this course emphasizes the linkages between human and physical landscapes through the evaluation of landuse and community change in rural areas throughout the US. We will explore the implications of demographic (including migration and immigration), economic, cultural, and environmental changes for rural environs using several case studies from across the US and Western Europe, including an overnight field trip to northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rural community strategies for adapting to and accommodating competing demands for water and landuse will be considered, including pressure for new housing developments, recreation opportunities (boating, fishing, hiking, biking), and conservation needs. Students will be exposed to theoretical and empirical approaches to rural development in different regional contexts, as well as problems associated with these development paradigms. We will explore the rapidly changing rural environments in a developed world context in order to deepen our understanding of the interconnectedness of human and physical systems more broadly. (4 Credits)

ENVI 488-01

Sr Seminar in Environmental St

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permssion of the instructor*

In this seminar, students will explore the difficult and often controversial issues surrounding environmental problems. Through readings, discussions, guest speakers, field trips, independent research, writing, and oral presentations, students will develop a clearer understanding of the underlying causes and long term implications of some of the environmental problems facing the world today. Both local and global environmental problems will be examined in the seminar. Taking advantage of the diverse academic backgrounds of the student participants, the seminar will bring together the knowledge, perspectives, and insights of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. S/N grading with written evaluation. (4 credits)

Fall 2016

ENVI 140-01

The Earth's Climate System

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

The Earth's climate system is complex and dynamic, and yet understanding this system is crucial in order to address concerns about anthropogenic influences on climate. In this course, we examine the basic physical and chemical processes that control the modern climate system, including the role of incoming solar radiation, the greenhouse effect, ocean and atmospheric circulation, and El Nino. We also look critically at the methods and archives used to reconstruct climate in the past, such as ice cores, marine and lake sediments, and cave deposits. We explore the possible effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions on modern and future climate by critically examining the models used in climate prediction, and discuss the challenges of modeling such a complex system. Although this course is taught from a primarily scientific perspective, it includes frequent discussions of the roles policy and economics play in the current dialogue on global climate change. (4 credits)

ENVI 140-L1

The Earth's Climate System Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

The Earth's climate system is complex and dynamic, and yet understanding this system is crucial in order to address concerns about anthropogenic influences on climate. In this course, we examine the basic physical and chemical processes that control the modern climate system, including the role of incoming solar radiation, the greenhouse effect, ocean and atmospheric circulation, and El Nino. We also look critically at the methods and archives used to reconstruct climate in the past, such as ice cores, marine and lake sediments, and cave deposits. We explore the possible effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions on modern and future climate by critically examining the models used in climate prediction, and discuss the challenges of modeling such a complex system. Although this course is taught from a primarily scientific perspective, it includes frequent discussions of the roles policy and economics play in the current dialogue on global climate change. (4 credits)

ENVI 160-01

Dynamic Earth/Global Change

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 100
  • Instructor: Karl Wirth

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-01*

This course provides an introduction to the materials and structure of the Earth and to the processes acting on and in the Earth to produce change. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of landforms and the formation of Earth resources. Discussions focus on the important role of geologic processes in the solution of environmental problems. Required for geology majors. Local field trips. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Cross-listed with Geology 160. (4 credits)

ENVI 160-02

Dynamic Earth/Global Change

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Alan Chapman

Notes: *First Year Course only; cross-listed with GEOL 160-02* Students are introduced to Earth materials, the processes that have shaped the Earth through geologic time, geological hazards that affect our lives, and our impact on the environment. Surficial geological processes that alter rocks and transform the Earth landscape including weathering and mass wasting, and transformation agents such as water and wind action, and groundwater circulation are discussed. The structure of the earth's interior and internal geologic processes such as volcanism, earthquakes, crustal deformation, and plate tectonics are examined. Required for geology majors. Local field trips. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.

ENVI 160-L1

Dynamic Earth/Global Chng Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Thole

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-L1*

This course provides an introduction to the materials and structure of the Earth and to the processes acting on and in the Earth to produce change. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of landforms and the formation of Earth resources. Discussions focus on the important role of geologic processes in the solution of environmental problems. Required for geology majors. Local field trips. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Cross-listed with Geology 160. (4 credits)

ENVI 160-L2

Dynamic Earth/Global Chng Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Thole

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-L2*

This course provides an introduction to the materials and structure of the Earth and to the processes acting on and in the Earth to produce change. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of landforms and the formation of Earth resources. Discussions focus on the important role of geologic processes in the solution of environmental problems. Required for geology majors. Local field trips. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Cross-listed with Geology 160. (4 credits)

ENVI 160-L3

Dynamic Earth/Global Chng Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Thole

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-L3; First Year Lab only*

This course provides an introduction to the materials and structure of the Earth and to the processes acting on and in the Earth to produce change. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of landforms and the formation of Earth resources. Discussions focus on the important role of geologic processes in the solution of environmental problems. Required for geology majors. Local field trips. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Cross-listed with Geology 160. (4 credits)

ENVI 194-01

Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Politics of Nature in the Age of Humans

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: *First Year Course only* Geologists are telling us that we are have entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene, when humans have fundamentally reshaped the planet in ways that put the future of life at risk. Theorizing the Anthropocene has catalyzed major shifts in a variety of disciplines—including history, political science, engineering, biology, and the arts. In this discussion-based class, we will use an interdisciplinary framework to consider what this new epoch means to our political economy and society. A timely look at the concept of “The Anthropocene” provides us with special challenges and opportunities for self-reflection, debate and expression. Our fiction and non-fiction readings will help us answer if there could be such a thing as a “good” Anthropocene rather than simply an apocalyptic one. We will develop our writing and research skills working on collaborative projects with the Twin Cities as our backdrop. As a culminating assignment, we will stage our own climate museum with students contributing artifacts that signify our entry into the Anthropocene.

ENVI 194-02

Bicycling the Urban Landscape

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MARKIM 303
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *First day attendance required; attendance is required on several bicycle field trips that will extend beyond the regularly scheduled T/TH meeting time into the community meeting time.* This course will present a critical history and politics of bicycling from local, regional, and national perspectives. There has been a recent resurgence of bicycle riding in many urban settings. What has transformed bicycle advocacy from being a fringe political movement to one that now influences mainstream shapers of urban space? How can bicycling integrate with or replace an auto-centric society? We will examine how cities with and with out a historical presence of cycling have promoted cycling programs, infrastructure and bicycle culture. What have been the central obstacles that city planners and activists have faced? Who benefits from improved cycling and which people are left out? This course will include lessons on how to make city cycling more feasible and safe (even in Minnesota winters), guest lecturers, reading responses, short homework assignments, an introduction to research methods, proposal writing, and group projects. Counts for social science general distribution credit.

ENVI 202-01

Sustainability and the Campus

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MARKIM 303
  • Instructor: Suzanne Savanick Hansen

Notes: *First day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor; 2 credit course*

This interdisciplinary class will make direct connections between global environmental issues, such as climate change, and life on an urban campus. With Macalester College as our case study, we will explore how the daily activities on a campus (energy use, food, transportation, water use, etc.) translate into issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste, and urban stormwater. We will examine campus resource and energy flows and have the opportunity to combine theory with application through a real-world campus sustainability project. All interdisciplinary perspectives are needed and welcome.

ENVI 221-01

Environmental Ethics

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 101
  • Instructor: Diane Michelfelder

Notes: *Cross-listed with PHIL 221-01*

Emerging in the 1970s, the field of environmental ethics began by sparking a rich line of philosophical inquiry largely focused on the moral status of the natural world and the non-human entities within it. What reasons do we have to give moral consideration to the environment? And what do we mean when we say we have a moral duty toward the environment? Do we have moral duties to individuals within a species, or to species themselves, or to ecosystems, or to...? This course will invite you to reflect on key philosophical works that engage these and related questions. You will also have the opportunity to think about significant emerging topics in environmental ethics. Depending on the semester, these may include the debate over the ethics of wilderness preservation; the challenges of expanding environmental ethics to address issues of global climate change and resource sustainability; environmental rights; and environmental justice. Course cross-listed as Philosophy 221. (4 credits).

ENVI 234-01

U.S. Environmental History

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 234-01; first day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

People have always had to contend with the natural world, but only recently have historians begun to explore the changing relationships between people and their environment over time. In this course, we will examine the variety of ways that people in North America have shaped the environment, as well as how they have used, labored in, abused, conserved, protected, rearranged, polluted, cleaned, and thought about it. In addition, we will explore how various characteristics of the natural world have affected the broad patterns of human society, sometimes harming or hindering life and other times enabling rapid development and expansion. By bringing nature into the study of human history and the human past into the study of nature, we will begin to see the connections and interdependencies between the two that are often overlooked. Fall semester. (4 credits)

ENVI 236-01

Consumer Nation: American Consumer Culture in the 20th Century

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 400
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 236-01; first day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

"Of all the strange beasts that have come slouching into the 20th century," writes James Twitchell, "none has been more misunderstood, more criticized, and more important than materialism." In this course we will trace the various twists and turns of America's vigorous consumer culture across the twentieth century, examining its growing influence on American life, its implications for the environmental health of the world, and the many debates it has inspired. Cross-listed with History 236. (4 credits)


ENVI 259-01

Indigenous Peoples of Arctic

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: CARN 06B
  • Instructor: Scott Legge

Notes: *Cross-listed with ANTH 259-01*

The Arctic represents one of the most extreme environments to which humans have adapted. These adaptations include both biological and cultural changes required to settle and flourish in this formidable setting. This course looks at some of the cultural practices that appear to be ubiquitous throughout the Arctic, as well as those specializations that have developed as a result of some of the more localized environmental pressures. It also explores the consequences of rapid global climate change as well as modernization on these unique cultures to get a sense of what the future might hold for the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

Cross-listed with Anthropology 259. (4 credits)

ENVI 270-01

Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 270-01; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

This course is an introduction to the psychological study of sustainable behavior. As scientific evidence of degraded world environmental conditions accumulates, researchers from many disciplines are joining the effort to find solutions. Technological innovation will certainly play a role, but equally important are behavior changes at both the organizational and individual level. Psychologists use their training in the scientific study of human behavior to examine why people do or do not act sustainably in a variety of situations. In this course we will study this body of research and use psychological principles, theories, and methods to understand the factors that underlie both environmentally destructive as well as environmentally sustainable actions. A significant component of the course will be direct application of theory to one's own actions as well as to a campus-or community-based sustainability issue. Course cross-listed as Psychology 270. (4 credits)

ENVI 275-01

Outdoor Environmental Education in Theory, Policy and Practice

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 202
  • Instructor: Dosch, Kurth-Schai

Notes: *Permissions of the instructor required; cross-listed with EDUC 275-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

This course provides an introduction to outdoor education as an opportunity to promote social justice and environmental sustainability in a globalized world. Informed by relevant philosophical, psychological, cultural and political-economic frameworks, in addition to critical issues in public education policy and practice, we will explore interdisciplinary approaches to outdoor environmental education appropriate for students across the K-12 continuum. We will utilize the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) as an outdoor classroom and will adapt curriculum from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other outdoor education organizations to assist elementary school teachers and students in fulfilling Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. Early in the semester, all students will participate in a weekend retreat at the Ordway Field Station. Weekly lab sessions will include field days during which course members design and implement educational experiences for elementary school children at Ordway, small group work days for preparing field day lesson plans, trips to local outdoor environmental education sites within the Twin Cities, and other experiential learning opportunities. Weekly seminar sessions incorporating readings, reflective writing, and individual and small group projects complement the experiential aspects of the course. As the semester progresses, each course member will develop a curricular unit aimed at teaching an important environmental issue to diverse adolescents attending urban public schools. The curricular unit is a significant undertaking that provides students with the opportunity to synthesize all aspects of the course material in a creative, pragmatic and integrative manner. Cross-listed with Educational Studies 275. (4 credits).

ENVI 275-L1

Outdoor Environmental Education in Theory, Policy and Practice

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: Dosch, Kurth-Schai

Notes: *Permissions of the instructor required; cross-listed with EDUC 275-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

This course provides an introduction to outdoor education as an opportunity to promote social justice and environmental sustainability in a globalized world. Informed by relevant philosophical, psychological, cultural and political-economic frameworks, in addition to critical issues in public education policy and practice, we will explore interdisciplinary approaches to outdoor environmental education appropriate for students across the K-12 continuum. We will utilize the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) as an outdoor classroom and will adapt curriculum from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other outdoor education organizations to assist elementary school teachers and students in fulfilling Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. Early in the semester, all students will participate in a weekend retreat at the Ordway Field Station. Weekly lab sessions will include field days during which course members design and implement educational experiences for elementary school children at Ordway, small group work days for preparing field day lesson plans, trips to local outdoor environmental education sites within the Twin Cities, and other experiential learning opportunities. Weekly seminar sessions incorporating readings, reflective writing, and individual and small group projects complement the experiential aspects of the course. As the semester progresses, each course member will develop a curricular unit aimed at teaching an important environmental issue to diverse adolescents attending urban public schools. The curricular unit is a significant undertaking that provides students with the opportunity to synthesize all aspects of the course material in a creative, pragmatic and integrative manner. Cross-listed with Educational Studies 275. (4 credits).

ENVI 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Mark Davis

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 29th with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 285-L1

Ecology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Mark Davis

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 29th with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 285-L2

Ecology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Mark Davis

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L2; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 29th with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Biology 285. (4 credits)

ENVI 294-01

Climate Change: Science, Economics, and Policy

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Bradtmiller, West

Notes: *Cross-listed with ECON 294-01; first day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor* The causes and effects of climate change are inextricably linked with the global economy. The combustion of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, which traps energy near Earth’s surface and leads to warmer average global temperatures. The combustion of fossil fuels also forms the backbone of the modern economy, fueling cars, power plants, and everything in between. This team-taught course will provide a framework in which to consider the costs and benefits of fossil fuel consumption in the present, but also over the coming decades and centuries. We will use concepts from climate science and environmental economics to help evaluate existing and proposed policy interventions designed to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and we will similarly consider possible technological solutions to slow or even reverse climate change. We will spend a significant amount of time exploring how the preceding topics factor into Integrated Assessment Models. Governments and NGOs use these models to combine scientific and socioeconomic information in order to predict the outcomes of various climate and policy scenarios. These are the state of the art in climate science, economics and policy; students will be exposed to several of the most commonly used models and to research from their critics. We hope to attract a diverse group of students with varying academic interests; the only prerequisite for this course is ECON 119: Principles of Economics. Students registering for the course as ECON 294 will receive credit toward the general distribution requirement in social sciences; those registering for ENVI 294 will receive credit towards the natural science requirement. The course counts as a 200A course in the economics major.

ENVI 340-01

US Urban Environmental History

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *Cross-listed with Hist 340-01; first day of attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

In the minds of many Americans, cities are places where nature is absent¿places where nature exists only in the crevices and on the margins of spaces dominated by technology, concrete, and human artifice. This course confronts this assumption directly, drawing on the scholarship from the relatively young field of urban environmental history to uncover the deep interconnections between urban America and the natural world. Among the other things, we will examine how society has drawn upon nature to build and sustain urban growth, the implications that urban growth has for transforming ecosystems both local and distant, and how social values have guided urbanites as they have built and rearranged the world around them. Using the Twin Cities has a backdrop and constant reference point, we will attempt to understand the constantly changing ways that people, cities, and nature have shaped and reshaped one another throughout American history. Cross-listed with History 340. (4 credits)

ENVI 344-01

Aquatic Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 344-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 29th with permission of the instructor*

The study of freshwater organisms and their environments. Students are introduced to the ecology of lakes, streams, and ponds, especially those of Minnesota. Through lectures, field trips and laboratory experiments, students will learn to identify aquatic plants and animals and will study their interactions. Additional topics include water chemistry and environmental pollution of freshwater systems. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. Cross-listed with Biology 344. Fall semester. (4 credits)

ENVI 344-L1

Aquatic Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Hornbach, Hove

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 344-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 29th with permission of the instructor*

The study of freshwater organisms and their environments. Students are introduced to the ecology of lakes, streams, and ponds, especially those of Minnesota. Through lectures, field trips and laboratory experiments, students will learn to identify aquatic plants and animals and will study their interactions. Additional topics include water chemistry and environmental pollution of freshwater systems. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. Cross-listed with Biology 344. Fall semester. (4 credits)

ENVI 477-01

Comparative Environment and Development Studies

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; cross-listed with GEOG 477-01 and INTL 477-01*

A concern for the relationship between nature and society has been one of the pillars of geographic inquiry and has also been an important bridge between other disciplines. By the 1960s, this area of inquiry was referred to variously as "human ecology." Over the last decade, certain forms of inquiry within this tradition have increasingly referred to themselves as "political ecology." The purpose of this seminar is to review major works within the traditions of cultural and political ecology; examine several areas of interest within these fields (e.g., agricultural modernization, environmental narratives, conservation, ecotourism); and explore nature-society dynamics across a range of geographical contexts. Towards the end of the course we will explore how one might begin to think in practical terms about facilitating development in marginal environments. Cross-listed with Geography 477 and International Studies 477. (4 credits)

ENVI 489-01

Environmental Leadership Pract

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 241
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: This course is an intensive internship experience (8-10 hours/week) with an environmental organization or business in the Twin Cities metro region. An internship is an excellent way for students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and laboratory, to learn more in an environmental area, and to explore career options. Required for Environmental Studies majors. It is recommended that students complete this course during the fall of their junior year. Graded S/SD/N only. (4 credits)

ENVI 490-01

Envi St Leadership Seminar

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 241
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: This weekly seminar complements the internship experience by bringing together students to discuss common experiences and reflect on professional development challenges. Weekly assignments include reflective writing, mentor profiles, mock job interviews and meetings with ES alums and community leaders. (2 credits)