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EESC BC 1001x Environmental Science I

Integrated study of the Hudson River ecosystem and local environment with emphasis on its natural history, physical dynamics, chemistry and pollutant history, energy flow and nutrient cycling and the structure and functioning of ecosystems, and the causes and impact of climate change. Includes readings from Robert Boyle's The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History, Rachel Carson's "Flood Tide", Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf, and Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Students must also sign up for the corresponding lab course, EESC BC1011 to receive credit. Note BC1001 is not required for an environmental policy major. Laboratory fee $30. Lab Required.
4.5 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC1001
EESC
1001
04606
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
P. Bower 102 [ More Info ]
EESC
1001
04686
002
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
P. Bower 0 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 1002y Environmental Science II

Interdisciplinary, integrated study of groundwater, radionuclides, toxics, and human health in the context of a semester-long, detailed exploration of a brownfield, a contaminated aquifer, and its impact on a local community using the award-winning Brownfield Action simulation. Includes a reading of Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. BC1001. Course is not required for an environmental policy major. Laboratory fee $30. Students must enroll in the corresponding lab course, EESC BC1012, to receive credit. Lab Required.
4.5 points

EESC BC 1011x Environmental Science Science I Lab

Students enrolled in EESC BC1001 must enroll in this required lab course. - Peter Bower, T. Maenza-Gmelch, S. Rodriguez
Corequisites: EESC BC1001 Lab Required.

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC1011
EESC
1011
09034
001
M 10:00a - 12:50p
TBA
T. Maenza-Gmelch 13 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
07718
002
M 1:10p - 4:00p
TBA
T. Maenza-Gmelch 14 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
05463
003
Tu 1:10p - 4:00p
TBA
T. Maenza-Gmelch 13 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
02441
004
W 9:00a - 11:50a
TBA
S. Rodriguez 14 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
00796
005
W 1:10p - 4:00p
TBA
S. Rodriguez 14 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
08031
006
Th 1:10p - 4:00p
TBA
T. Maenza-Gmelch 14 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
04687
007
F 9:00a - 11:50a
TBA
S. Rodriguez 9 / 14 [ More Info ]
EESC
1011
09248
008
F 1:10p - 4:00p
TBA
S. Rodriguez 10 / 14 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 1012y Environmental Science Science I Lab

Students enrolled in EESC BC1002 must enroll in this required lab course. Lab Required.- P. Bower, T. Maenza-Gmelch, S. Rodriguez
Prerequisites: EESC BC1001, 1011. Corequisites: EESC BC1002

EESC V 2100x and y Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate

Studies formation of winds, storms, and ocean currents. Recent influence of human activity: global warming, and climate change. Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and modeling.
Prerequisites: High school algebra. Recommended preparation: High school chemistry/physics, and one semester college science. Enrollment limited. Lab Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).. BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)..
4.5 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC V2100
EESC
2100
75588
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
517 HAMILTON HALL
W 4:10p - 7:00p
558 SCHERMERHORN HALL
J. McManus
T. Shaw
53 [ More Info ]

EESC V 2200x Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth

Studies plate tectonics: Origin and development of continents, ocean basins, mountain systems on land and sea. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, diamonds, oil. Land-use planning for resource development and conservation. Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and modeling.
Lab Required. BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)..
4.5 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC V2200
EESC
2200
16828
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
Tu 4:10p - 7:00p
558 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Malinverno
M. Tolstoy
30 [ More Info ]

EESC V 2300y Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Examines role of life in biogeochemical cycles, relationship of biodiversity and evolution to the physical earth, vulnerability of ecosystems to environmental change: causes and effects of extinctions through geologic time (dinosaurs and mammoths) and today. Exploration of topics through laboratories, demonstrations, computer data analysis, modeling, and field trips.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Lab Required. BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)..
4.5 points

EESC BC 3013y Shorelines

An interdisciplinary study of shoreline processes, the larger ecosystems of which they are a part, and the geologic events and human impacts that have brought them through time to their current state. A problem-oriented, field-methods course, providing hands-on experience with tools and observational methods in a variety of outdoor environments. Involves sampling and measurement techniques for rocks and minerals, fossils, water, soil, flora, and fauna, as well as field and laboratory work, data interpretation and analysis, and the creation of a sample collection. Emphasis on the writing process through the reading of Rachel Carson's The Edge of the Sea, a daylong field trip to Montauk Point, and the writing of a term essay on the natural history and origin of a grain of garnet found at the top of the dune at Napeague Bay. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Four required field trips that take a substantial portion of the day.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3013
EESC
3013
08235
001
F 9:00a - 12:00p
303 ALTSCHUL HALL
P. Bower 6 / 8 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3014x Field Methods in Environmental Science

Problem-oriented, hands-on approach emphasizing the tools, techniques, and observational skills necessary for the understanding of forest ecology and deer management. Field and laboratory work as well as data analysis and interpretation. Field Methods utilizes the outdoor resources of the Hudson River Valley, especially the forest environment at Black Rock Forest, a 4,000-acre preserve near Cornwall, N.Y. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited; students must sign up in 404 Altschul during the program-planning period of the previous term. Five required field trips that take a substantial portion of the day.
3 points

EESC BC 3016x Environmental Measurements

Hands-on approach to learning environmental methods. Students take a one-day cruise on the Hudson River to collect environmental samples. These samples are then analyzed throughout the semester to characterize the Hudson River estuary. Standard and advanced techniques to analyze water and sediment samples for nutrients and contaminants are taught.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Required field trip on first Friday of the semester.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3016
EESC
3016
06038
001
MW 2:10p - 4:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
B. Mailloux 8 / 12 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3017x Environmental Data Analysis

Acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of environmental data, assessment of spatial and temporal variability. Focus on water quality issues and storm surges. Uses existing and student-generated data sets. Basic principles of statistics and GIS, uses standard software packages including EXCEL and ArcGIS. Includes a half-day field trip on a Saturday or Sunday. General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).- F. Nitsche
Prerequisites: One year of college science or EESC V2100 or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3017
EESC
3017
03873
001
TuTh 2:10p - 4:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
F. Nitsche 24 / 24 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3021x Forests and Environmental Change

Seminar on forests in global change framework: forest distribution and link to climate, forest ecology, paleoecology, role of forests in global ecosystem, biological invasions, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity, conservation and management strategies. Format: class discussion of readings, student presentations on scientific papers, field trips, data collection and analysis.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. One year of college science or permission of instructor. Alternate years.
4 points

EESC BC 3025y Hydrology

Hands-on study and discussion of the basic physical principles of the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and subsurface flow), as well as environmentally relevant applications based on case studies. Special focus on the New York City area, the arid Southwest, and the developing world. Coverage of contemporary global water resources issues, including pollution control, sustainable development, and climate change. General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).- M. Stute
Prerequisites: EESC V2100, physics, or permission of instructor. Includes a weekend field trip. Alternate years. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

EESC BC 3026y Bird, Plant and Land-use Dynamics

This class looks at the response of wildlife (birds and plants) to climate change and land-use issues from the end of the last glaciation to the present. We visit wildlife refuges along a rural-suburban-urban gradient in order to observe and measure the role refuges play in conservation. Case study topics are: (1) land-use change over time: a paleoenvironmental perspective, (2) environmental transformations: impact of exotic and invasive plants and birds on local environments and (3) migration of Neotropical songbirds between their wintering and breeding grounds: land-use, crisis and conservation. Format: lecture, student presentations, field trips and data collection/analysis - Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Permission of the instructor required.
3 points

EESC BC 3032y Agricultural and Urban Land Use: Human-Environment Interactions

Human transformation of the terrestrial environment since Paleolithic times. Biophysical processes involved in human-environment interactions. Guidelines for sustainable agricultural and urban development using present and past examples of environmental use and abuse. General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).- C. Rosenzweig, A. Kong
Prerequisites: One year of college science or permission of instructor. Alternate years. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

EESC BC 3040y Environmental Law

Process-oriented introduction to the law and its use in environmental policy and decision-making. Origins and structure of the U.S. legal system. Emphasis on litigation process and specific cases that elucidate the common law and toxic torts, environmental administrative law, and environmental regulation through application and testing of statutory law in the courts. Emphasis also on the development of legal literacy, research skills, and writing. - Peter Bower
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

EESC BC 3043y Water, Sanitation, and Health

This course focuses on understanding water, sanitation and health in the developing world and how these factors interact to afect people's lives. Specifically, what are the options for providing cleaner water and improved sanitation in order to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases in the developing world? - B. Mailloux
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3043
EESC
3043
07713
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
B. Mailloux 27 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3045y Responding to Climate Change

Analysis of climate change adaptations, responses, and mitigation options. Consideration of impacts of projected climate changes including global water, food and health complemented by regional case studies. Scientific, technologic, economic, political, and behavioral aspects of potential solutions. - Stephanie Pfirman, Juerg Matter, Peter Schlosser
Prerequisites: One of the following courses that introduces the structure and functioning of the climate system and processes underlying climate change: EESC V1002, Climate and Society: Case Studies; EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate; EESC W2330, Science of Sustainable Development; or EAEE E1100, A Better Plant by Design.
3 points

EESC BC 3200x Ecotoxicology

The study of anthropogenic contaminants within our natural environment and their subsequent effects on biological organisms. Effects to be examined: the molecular scale (biochemical pathways of metabolism and detoxification), the organismal scale (target organs, behavioral effects), and the ecosystem scale (species viability). Lectures and hands-on activities are used to teach the material.

- B. Mailloux
Prerequisites: CHEM BC1601, BIOL BC2002, or permission of instructor. Alternate years.
3 points

EESC BC 3300x Workshop in Sustainable Development

Students address real-world issues in sustainable development by working in groups for an external client agency. Instruction in communication, collaboration, and management; meetings with and presentations to clients and academic community. Projects vary from year to year. Readings in the course are project-specific and are identified by the student research teams. - M. Stute
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3300
EESC
3300
05986
001
Tu 10:10a - 12:00p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Stute 9 / 10 [ More Info ]
EESC
3300
04398
002
Th 10:10a - 12:00p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Stute 8 / 10 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3800x Senior Research Seminar

Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis. Includes discussions about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods, and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Fall Semester Course Website.

- M. Stute, S. Pfirman, B. Mailloux
Prerequisites: Senior majors (juniors with permission of instructor). Provides credit for the senior thesis. The Senior Research Seminar can be taken in the Spring/Fall or Fall/Spring sequence.
3 points
Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC BC3800
EESC
3800
05632
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Stute 43 [ More Info ]

EESC BC 3801y Senior Research Seminar

Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis. Includes discussions about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods, and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Spring Semester Course Website.

- M. Stute, S. Pfirman
Prerequisites: Senior majors (juniors with permission of instructor). Provides credit for the senior thesis. The Senior Research Seminar can be taken in the Spring/Fall or Fall/Spring sequence.
3 points

EESC BC 3999x and y Independent Study
Advanced projects for students who have adequate backgrounds to work independently with guidance from a member of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the chair required. Does not provide major credit.
1-6 points. Variable points to a maximum of 6.


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