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Spring 2017

ENVI 120-01

Environmental Geology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 175
  • 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: OLRI 175
  • 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: OLRI 150
  • 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: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission 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: OLRI 349
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission 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: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission 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: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

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


ENVI 194-02

Bicyling the Urban Landscape

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MARKIM 303
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *First day attendance required; attendance will be required on several bicycle field trips that will extend beyond the regularly scheduled T/TH meeting time into the community meeting time; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor.* 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.

ENVI 215-01

Environmental Politics/Policy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: *Cross-listed with POLI 215-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permission 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: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Marianne Milligan

Notes: *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: CARN 107
  • 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 237-01

Environmental Justice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • 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: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission 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: NEILL 226
  • Instructor: Sami Nichols

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class 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: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 2nd 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: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

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

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

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • 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 294-02

Green Language: Transatlantic Romanticism and Nature Poetry

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENGL 294-06* TThe concept of nature that informs most environmentalist discourses would seem to designate that which is independent of human meaning and value: the wilderness, the great outdoors, that thing over there which sustains and surrounds us. And yet, like all concepts, “Nature” has a history and is tied to specific ideas about what it means to be a human. This course studies a central chapter in this history, examining the place and function of the natural world in the Romantic and post-Romantic poetic tradition. In particular, we’ll explore how writers in this tradition interrogate the relation between human beings and the natural world, and we’ll ask how such poetry might open up an understanding of ecology that complicates some of the assumptions underwriting current environmental practices. While we’ll spend the most time with British Romanticism, our readings in poetry will take us across the pond and will span from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. We’ll also examine visual artworks as well as theoretical texts that range from Enlightenment aesthetics and epistemology to current ecocriticism and speculative realist philosophy. Poets include William Blake, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Clare, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Lord Byron, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Jean Toomer, Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Oliver, and Louise Glück; prose writers include Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, Raymond Williams, Geoffrey Hartman, Paul de Man, Leo Marx, Timothy Morton, Donna Haraway, Jonathan Bate, Lawrence Buell, and Quentin Meillassoux.

ENVI 294-03

Environmental Activism

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: Margot Higgins

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor* Students in this class will examine the various approaches to of environmental activism, including protest movements., direct action, legislative action, coalition building, and community engagement. In addition students will learn some basic organizing skills, including fund raising, outreach, volunteer coordination, and learning about the formation of 501 (c) (3)s. Guest speakers from a range of organizations and businesses that represent different tactics will contribute to this understanding and we will work closely with the Civic Engagement Center.

ENVI 294-04

Intro to Urban Ecology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 304
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 294-01* Urban ecology is both a concept and a field of study. It focuses on interactions between human, urban ecosystems and the built environment. With over half of the world’s population now living in cities, cities have assumed a critical role in shaping local, regional and global ecologies. In this course, we will examine the distinctiveness of the interconnected urban biophysical, socio-economic, and political processes. In order to disentangle the complexity of human-environment relations in cities, we will take an interdisciplinary approach and learn theories and concepts in natural science ecology, environmental studies, geography, urban planning, sociology, and public policies. We will also apply these theories and concepts to laboratory exercises, field research, and case studies. (This course also counts towards Urban Studies concentration.)

ENVI 360-01

Paleoclimate

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • 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 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 375-01

Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; cross-listed with GEOG 375-01*

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: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permission 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 2017

ENVI 140-01

The Earth's Climate System

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 401
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor* When is writing an act of resistance? As creative writers, in what ways can we participate in protest, in change, in social movements? And, once committed, how do we craft work that is both polemical and poetical, artful and activist? In this class, we will consider how a wide range of readings--poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, film--engage with political struggle, and use their insights to guide our own writing. Assignments will include both analytic and imaginative writing and culminate in a final project. Prior creative writing coursework recommended, but not required. Non-majors welcome. Potential authors include Solmaz Sharif, C. D. Wright, Tony Kushner, Valeria Luiselli, Han Kang, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin.

ENVI 140-L1

The Earth's Climate System Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with 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-L2

The Earth's Climate System Lab

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

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with 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 144-01

Lakes, Streams and Rivers

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 144-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, is also home to numerous streams and rivers. In this course we will examine the nature of these aquatic ecosystems; exploring their ecology, geology and chemistry. We will also investigate human impacts through such practices as agriculture, urbanization and industrialization, on these important ecosystems. Students will complete projects exploring various aspects of local waterbodies, especially the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix Rivers. Course cross-listed as Biology 144.

(4 credits)

ENVI 150-01

Climate and Society

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission 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 160-01

Dynamic Earth/Global Change

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 175
  • Instructor: Kelly MacGregor

Notes: *First Year Course only; cross-listed with GEOL 160-01;must register for GEOL 160-L1* The planet Earth is an amazing place, with a dynamic interior and surface even after 4.6 billion years under its belt. At its most basic, this class is an introduction to the materials and structure of the Earth, and to the processes acting on and in the Earth to produce change. We will begin to learn the language of geology through a study of plate tectonics, planetary structure, and rocks of all sorts. I am particularly interested in the physical forces that shape the surface of the Earth, and I am excited to teach you about a multitude of surface processes that shape our planet (rivers and glaciers and landslides, oh my!) and tell you about my research on glaciers and in rivers. The planet has begun to show signs of our expanding population and the increasing need for natural resources, and we will consider the feedbacks between humans and the Earth as well.

Broadly, the goals of the course are three-fold: first, to introduce the materials and processes that govern the evolution of the Earth; second, to examine global environmental changes in the context of natural processes; and third, to inspire you to develop a lifelong interest in the planet on which you reside. The course begins with an overview of the origin of the solar system and other planets. Next, you will learn about Earth materials and how to interpret the significance of minerals and rocks in the context of our dynamic planet. We will examine the composition, structure, and evolution of the interior of our planet, as well as the well-accepted (but not complete) model of plate tectonics. We will also spend time examining the forces that shape our continental surfaces, including surface and groundwater movement, hillslope processes, coastlines, wind and deserts, and glacial processes. Throughout the course, I will strive to link the academic study of our planet to ‘real-life’ situations and events, and demonstrate the importance of understanding earth processes to being an educated global citizen. Finally, through explicit writing instruction and several fun assignments, you will improve upon your argumentative writing skills in the scientific context.

The course has no prerequisites, and I expect most of you may not have had a physical or environmental sciences course since middle school! We will have weekly lab meetings (in addition to class), and one overnight field trip to northern Minnesota – woo hoo!

Class meets MWF, 9:40 am - 10:40 am in Olin Rice 175. Lab meets R, 8:00 am - 11:00 am in Olin Rice 187

Writing designation: WA

Living arrangements: Single gender rooms, co-ed floor.


ENVI 160-02

Dynamic Earth/Global Change

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 100
  • Instructor: Alan Chapman

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-02; must register for either ENVI 160-L2 or ENVI 160-L3*

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-L1

Dynamic Earth/Global Chng Lab

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

Notes: *First Year Lab only; 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: 08:00 am-11:00 am
  • 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: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 187
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Thole

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOL 160-L3*

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 202-01

Sustainability and the Campus

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MARKIM 201
  • Instructor: Suzanne Savanick Hansen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with 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 203-01

Introduction to Urban Ecology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 102
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 203-01; first day attendance required*

Urban ecology is both a concept and a field of study. It focuses on interactions between humans, urban ecosystems, and the built environment. With over half of the world’s population now living in cities, cities have assumed a critical role in shaping local, regional, and global ecologies. In this course, we will examine the distinctiveness of the interconnected urban biophysical, socio-economic, and political processes. In order to disentangle the complexity of human-environment relations in cities, we will take an interdisciplinary approach and learn theories and concepts in natural science ecology, environmental studies, geography, urban planning, sociology, and public policies. We will use our campus and the Twin Cities as a “living laboratory” and apply these theories and concepts to laboratory exercises, field observation, case studies, and research on contemporary urban sustainability initiatives. Cross-listed with Geography 203. 4 credits

ENVI 215-01

Environmental Politics/Policy

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 243
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

Notes: *Cross-listed with POLI 215-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission 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 232-01

People, Agriculture and the Environment

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 06A
  • 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 agriculture. We will examine environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts (developed and developing countries) and the connections between environmental problems in different locations. Beyond agriculture, we will also examine other sectoral issues in relation to agriculture or as stand alone environmental concerns. These themes include: human population growth, consumption, biodiversity, climate change, and environmental health. We will be trying on a number of theoretical lenses from geography’s broad human-environment tradition (such as physical geography, cultural ecology, commodity chain analysis, political ecology, resource geography, the human dimensions of global change, hazards geography and environmental justice). In other words, I not only want us to explore a range of environmental issues, but also to grapple with theory and how this informs our understanding of the human-environment interface. (4 credits)

ENVI 234-01

U.S. Environmental History

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 400
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 234-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with 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 234-02

U.S. Environmental History

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Chris Wells

Notes: *First Year Course only; cross-listed with HIST 234-02; first day attendance required* 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 environments 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 traditional history often overlooks.

Class meets MWF, 10:50 am - 11:50 am in Olin Rice 300

Writing designation: WA


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; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

This course is built around the argument that “environmental problems” do not exist; they are in fact human behavior problems. Thus, if we want to craft effective solutions to issues such as ocean acidification, air pollution, or climate change, we must start with the human behaviors that lead to them. We will cover psychological principles, theories, and methods and explore the complex web of factors underlying environmentally sustainable and unsustainable actions. A strong theme throughout the semester is the intersection of identity – personal, social, and cultural - and environmentalism. We will explore questions such as, “Why do some groups of people feel a part of the sustainability movement while others feel alienated from it or skeptical of it?”; “Who takes action on behalf of the natural environment, under what circumstances, and why?”; and “How can we create contexts that promote true sustainability?” Psychology of Sustainable Behavior is a project-based class with a strong civic engagement component. Students will participate in three class projects: a self-change project (2.5 weeks), a community-based collaborative project (5 weeks), and a communication/education project (3 weeks). 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: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: Dosch, Kurth-Schai

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with EDUC 275-01; first day attendance required*

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: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with EDUC 275-L1; first day attendance required*

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 280-01

Environmental Classics

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

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

What is the history and evolution of environmental thinking and writing? How have writers shaped the ways we understand our relationship with the natural world? This course explores these questions, drawing in roughly equal measure on ‘classic’ texts from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The ideas introduced by these classic texts are still present, implicitly and explicitly, in much of today’s environmental discourse.

This course will use a selection of books and papers that have had a major impact on academic and wider public thinking – primarily but not exclusively in the USA. We will trace the impact of each text, beginning with the context in which it was written and ending with its influence on our contemporary understandings of the environment. In addition, we will seek to understand the characteristics of ‘classic’ texts that hold attention, encourage new ways of thinking, and facilitate social change. (4 credits)


ENVI 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th 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: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th 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: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L2; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th 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 294-02

Technology and the Environment in the Pre-Modern World

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: MAIN 002
  • Instructor: Basit Hammad Qureshi

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 294-08* From volcanic activity to viral pandemics, from flooding rivers to invasive fauna, every human society has had to face material, ecological, climactic, and other such challenges particular to its environment. In this interdisciplinary course, we will investigate how human societies in the pre-modern world developed different sorts of technologies to confront and adapt to the challenges presented by their environments. Drawing upon a diverse array of sources, including glacial ice core data and saints’ lives, we will explore how human technologies changed local environments in both intended and unintended ways. Environmental consequences presented new challenges that required further technological adaptation, fundamentally shaping trajectories of societal development from classical China to medieval Europe, from ancient Oceania to the Americas. In studying the formative relationship between technology and the environment in pre-modern global contexts, we will arrive at a more informed understanding of the emergence of the modern world. For our purposes in this course, “technology” will include not only physical tools but also political-cultural ideologies, systems of government, religions, scientific theories, and techniques of domestication. “Environment” will similarly be defined broadly: climate, physical geography, biosphere, and urban settlements. This course fulfills the global and/or comparative history as well as the pre-1800 requirements for the history major.

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 the first day of class 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: T
  • 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 the first day of class 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 368-01

Sustainable Development and Global Future

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

Notes: *Cross-listed with INTL 368-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission 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 394-01

GIS/Community Partnerships

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 109
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 364-01; first day attendance required*


ENVI 477-01

Comparative Environment and Development Studies

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: CARN 06A
  • Instructor: William Moseley

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

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 478-01

Cities of the 21st Century: The Political Economy of Urban Sustainability

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

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with GEOG 478-01; first day attendance required*

In this urban studies capstone seminar students research the internal and external forces that will foster change and reinforce the status quo in American metropolitan areas during the 21st century. Course readings focus on suburbs, which are the dominant mode of metropolitan living in contemporary America. We will consider the history of suburbanization, the political economy of growth in the suburbs, the rise of smart growth strategies, and other attempts to foster change in the suburban experience (including the New Urbanism, green building and green movements, and regionalism). We will also consider how suburbs are now experiencing demographic changes and investigate the struggle for community in historic and contemporary suburbs. This seminar will thus complicate the conventional narrative of suburbs as sprawling, inauthentic and homogeneous places. Students will further enrich their understanding of issues covered in the course by conducting original research that examines ways in which American suburbs are changing and/or remaining the same despite efforts to the contrary. Students will consider their collective findings and discuss what they portend for American cities in the 21st century. Cross-listed with Geography 478. (4 credits)

ENVI 489-01

Environmental Leadership Pract

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Roopali Phadke

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

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

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)

Spring 2018

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 student may register on the first day of class with permission 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: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Dosch, Hornbach

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission 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 215-01

Environmental Politics/Policy

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

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with POLI 215-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission 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: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Marianne Milligan

Notes: *Cross-listed with LING 225-01*

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 237-01

Environmental Justice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 237-01 and HIST 237-01; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

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 258-01

Geog of Environmental Hazards

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Eric Carter

Notes: *Cross-listed with GEOG 258-01; first day attendance required*

The study of environmental hazards stands at a key point of intersection between the natural and social sciences. Geography, with its focus on human-environment interactions, provides key analytical tools for understanding the complex causes and uneven impacts of hazards around the world. We will explore the geophysical nature and social dimensions of disasters caused by floods, droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires. For each of these hazard types, we apply theoretical concepts from major hazards research paradigms, including quantifying the human and economic impacts of disaster; assessing, managing, and mitigating risk; and reducing the impacts of disaster, not only through engineering works but also by reducing social vulnerability and enhancing adaptive capacity. Looking into the future, we will discuss how global-scale processes, such as climate change and globalization, might affect the frequency, intensity, and geographical distribution of environmental hazards in the decades to come. Cross-listed as Geography 258. (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 student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

What is the history and evolution of environmental thinking and writing? How have writers shaped the ways we understand our relationship with the natural world? This course explores these questions, drawing in roughly equal measure on ‘classic’ texts from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The ideas introduced by these classic texts are still present, implicitly and explicitly, in much of today’s environmental discourse.

This course will use a selection of books and papers that have had a major impact on academic and wider public thinking – primarily but not exclusively in the USA. We will trace the impact of each text, beginning with the context in which it was written and ending with its influence on our contemporary understandings of the environment. In addition, we will seek to understand the characteristics of ‘classic’ texts that hold attention, encourage new ways of thinking, and facilitate social change. (4 credits)


ENVI 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-01; first day attendance required*

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: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with BIOL 285-L1; first day attendance required*

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*

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

Modeling Earth Systems

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

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


ENVI 294-02

Oceanography

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Louisa Bradtmiller

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


ENVI 343-01

Imperial Nature: The United States and the Global Environment

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

Notes: *Cross-listed with HIST 343-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

Although the United States accounts for just five percent of the world's population, it consumes roughly twenty-five percent of the world's total energy, has the world's largest economy, and is the world's largest consumer and generator of waste. Relative to its size, its policies and actions have had a significantly disproportionate impact on global economic development and environmental health. Mixing broad themes and detailed case studies, this course will focus on the complex historical relationship between American actions and changes to the global environment. Cross-listed with History 343. (4 credits)

ENVI 394-01

Environment, Health & Society

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

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with BIOL 394-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*