For more details on the program's coursework requirements, please see the handbook.
SPRING Semester 2018
Category I: Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts
ANTH 256 Anthropology of Food (by petition)
This course explores aspects of the cultural uses and symbolic meanings we attach to food and eating. Students explore such questions as: How do we use food? What is changing in our food consumption patterns? What is the relationship between food consumption and the environment? What are some of the politics and the ethics involved in food consumption? What is the significance of eating out, of "ethnic" restaurants? And how do we analyze the smell and taste of food cross-culturally? Prerequisite ANTH 151, sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
ANTH 390 Topics: Native North American Cultures
This course will introduce students to the diversity of Indigenous cultures of North America from the American anthropological tradition, which is founded on a four sub-field approach (sociocultural, archaeology, biophysical, and linguistic). Lectures will draw from these sub-fields to provide historical and cultural context to ground the readings and discussions in our exploration of the unique and specific cultural traditions around North America. Fundamental concepts of sociocultural anthropology are presented throughout the course to serve as a means for understanding Indigenous cultures. The immense amount of geographic space and number of societies will be managed using the culture area concept. While this device is somewhat arbitrary in its division of space and societies, it is useful for both relativistic and comparative study as we consider how different societies developed in relation to social organization, culture, and ecology.
ARTS 273 Sculpture and Sustainability
This course explores sustainable art practices related to contemporary environmental and economic concerns. Various approaches to sustainability will be discussed and explored while developing artwork that addresses issues of sustainability in both its construction and its content. Demonstrations provide the technical and material expertise necessary to complete related sculptural projects such as building an earthwork from natural materials, making a sculpture for $1.00, and altering/reclaiming found or salvaged objects. Discussions, readings and slide lectures will focus on examples of sustainable art practices through recent art history, with emphasis on conceptual, practical and visual concerns of making sculpture that is environmentally and economically responsible.
ARTS 373 Advanced Sculpture and Sustainability
This course explores sustainable art practices related to contemporary environmental and economic concerns. Various approaches to sustainability will be discussed and explored while developing artwork that addresses sustainability in both its construction and its content. Demonstrations provide the technical and material expertise necessary to complete related sculptural projects such as building an earthwork from natural materials, making a sculpture for $1.00, and altering/reclaiming found or salvaged objects. Discussions, readings and slide lectures will focus on examples of sustainable art practices through recent art history, with emphasis on conceptual, practical and visual concerns of making sculpture that is environmentally and economically responsible. In addition to completed projects, advanced students will be expected to lead an in-class demonstration on a material or technique they have mastered, complete a research paper on an environmental artist, and present their research in an oral presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sculpture.
ECON 245 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
This course uses economic theories and concepts to explain behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and evaluate policies for addressing them. Topics vary and may include sustainable development, allocation of natural resources, pollution control measures, effects of environmental regulation on U.S. competitiveness and environmental justice.
SOC 301 Topics: Environmental Sociology
This course is designed to introduce students to the exciting field of environmental sociology. We will discuss some of the major topics in this cutting-edge subfield, including the global-historical context of environmental issues; consumption and disposal; agribusinesses and the American food system; animals and society; environmental justice and social movements; American attitudes toward climate change and other issues; and environmental issues in global perspective.
UNIV 190 Topics: City Lab: Complexity Thinking
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of complex systems theory. Students will learn key concepts, such as feedback loops, thermodynamics, resilience, overshoot, oscillation, emergence, collapse, panarchy, and disruptive properties. Students will apply complexity thinking to the study of 21st century urbanism through participation in a research workshop called City Lab (http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab). The workshop is focused on Habitat III (http://www.habitat3.org), which is a 20-year planning agenda that launched in October 2016. Students will apply their learning about complexity thinking in a research topic of their choosing about Habitat III and 21st century urbanism. By the end of the semester students will have gained facility with complexity thinking, gained insights to the challenges of 21st century urbanism, and will have undertaken a research project. For more information you can visit: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab.
UNIV 390 Topics: City Lab: Planet of Slums
City Lab aims to be an innovative approach to liberal education in the 21st century. Its center of gravity is the convergence of teaching and research that takes the form of a workshop that explores the 21st century urban experience. Each semester the workshop takes a core theme from 21st century urbanism as a collective research topic. For more information you can visit: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab.
POLS 390 Topics: Guerrillas & Greenpeace: Non-State Actors in IR (by petition)
The petition for this course to be EFP approved must be filed at the beginning of the semester.
Category II: Natural Sciences
BIO 102 Evolution, Organisms, and Ecology
Includes laboratory. An introduction to the principles and practice of evolutionary biology, population genetics, and ecology. Students will examine topics in natural selection, the modern synthesis, speciation, phylogeny, primary productivity and ecological efficiency.
BIO 190 Topics: Introduction to Marine Biology
GEOS 110 Earth and the Environment
Includes laboratory. An introduction to the materials that make up the earth and the interplay between constructive and destructive processes that shape the earth, including plate tectonics. Laboratories include mineral and rock identification, field trips, and topographic map interpretation.
GEOS 190 Energy and the Environment
An introduction to energy resources and the environmental impacts of their use. The importance of nonrenewable fossil fuels in modern industrialized societies is examined and the effects of changing rates and costs of energy production on modern lifestyles are explored. The potential economic costs and societal impacts of transitioning to renewable and sustainable sources of energy are discussed.
UNIV 170 Environmental Science Seminar
In this discussion-based course, students learn the interdisciplinary science behind environmental problems by reading current and classic papers from a variety of scientific journals. The specific topic or topics are chosen by the class during the first session and then are explored over the course of the semester. Scientific writing and speaking skills are developed throughout the semester.
HONR 122 Rethinking the Environment
What constitutes an 'environmental' problem? Which environmental problems are most urgent? Urgent for whom, and who decides? Environmental issues, it turns out, are always about more than the natural world. In order to understand environmental problems, we also need to understand human societies and the diverse ways that people cause, are affected by, and seek to solve these problems. Using case studies, students will learn to recognize the complex ways that environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss intersect with social justice issues such as poverty, racism, and gender inequality. This course aims to develop students' cultural competence, information literacy, and critical thinking skills in preparation for more advanced environmental coursework across a range of academic disciplines. Open only to first-year students in the Environmental Fellows Program or by instructor permission. May not be taken pass/fail.
HONR 422 Environmental Fellows Senior Seminar
An interdisciplinary capstone course for Environmental Fellows. Students draw on field experience, leadership projects, and coursework in the program, across the curriculum and in their majors as they analyze environmental issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of environmental complexity by discussion of, for example, ethics, science, art, culture, economics and policy.
UNIV 291 Prindle Reading Course: Letters to a Young Farmer
Prindle reading courses are designed to give students an opportunity to take a focused mini-course on a subject or issue that speaks to issues of ethical concern. The offerings are multi-disciplinary and topics will vary significantly depending on the professor and their disciplinary home.