Environmental and Sustainability Studies Courses

ART 118: Drawing and Painting from Nature (3)
In this introductory-level course, the theme of nature is used to explore basic drawing and painting principles such as line, space, value, color, texture, perspective, balance and repetition. Weather permitting, students will work both outside and in the studios, sketching on-site and from memory. Imagery derived from "Mother Nature" will provide a focus, expanding each participant's awareness of the environment and him/herself.

BIOL 208: Natural History of the Great Lakes Region (3)
Lecture /3/ Saturday field trips
Offered fall term
This course covers the geologic and climatic history of the region, as well as its rich biological heritage. Several field trips and an independent exercise at the Field Museum, Peggy Notebaert Museum or Shedd Aquarium are required.

BIOL 213: Interactions in the Environment (3)
Offered spring term
This combined majors/non-majors course explores how organisms interact with each other and their non-living environment. Special emphasis is placed on examining human influences on these systems and the global environment. Majors must take the lab offered during spring semester. 

BIOLB 213: Interactions in the Environment Laboratory (1)
Laboratory /3/
Co-requisite: BIOL 213
Offered spring term

Required for Biology majors and Environmental and Sustainability Studies minors concurrently taking BIOL 213.

BIOLB 250: Natural History of the Great Lakes Region Lab (1)
This is a laboratory course complimenting the BIOL 208 lecture course. It includes field trips to natural areas in the Chicago Region that illustrate some of the biomes of the lower Great Lakes basin. Laboratory exercises will focus on chemical and physical characteristics of soil and water in these biomes as well as examination of plankton and soil organisms.

BIOL 318: Ecology (5)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /4/ and two required Saturday field trips
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better and junior or senior status
Offered fall term
This course is the scientific study of how organisms interact with their non-living environment and with other organisms. The emphasis is on ecological concepts and methodology. The laboratory component and field trips focus on experimentation and observation, along with data analysis and interpretation. 

CHEM 103: Environmental Science (3)
This course surveys scientific laws, principles, models and concepts to help the students understand both environmental and resource problems, their possible solutions and how these concepts, problems and solutions are connected. Topics may include applied aspects of environmental chemistry, global warming, biomass energy, green chemistry and the effects on non-industrialized agricultural societies and industrialized societies on the environment.

CMPSC 107: Green Computing and Technology (3)
A focus on understanding the significance of  technology and its positive and negative and impacts on the environment. This course explores the many exciting possibilities to lower the carbon footprint associated with technology use. Green computing is the study and practice of using computing and technology resources efficiently in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. Topics include power consumption, e-waste, recycling, Information Technology environments, and green design and usage. Practical considerations such as developing the Green Computing scorecard or conducting Green Computing audits and making findings available for action are part of the coursework requirements.

PHIL 202: Special Topics: Yellowstone Park (3)
This course will examine the philosophy of public and private land policy in the American West. Beginning with the original myths surrounding the idea of the "new world" and concluding with a case study of Yellowstone National Park, our goal will be to trace the idea of wilderness as a powerful force in the American social imagination.

PHIL 240: Philosophy of Nature (3)
This course explores traditional and critical philosophical approaches to the status of natural objects, including such possible questions as whether human beings hold a special place amongst entities in the natural environment. In approaching questions about the meaning and significance of the natural world, this course may explore some of the following: building and design, agriculture, art and literature and spiritual traditions.

PHIL 241: Philosophy and Sustainability (3)
The course will analyze various and competing strategies of environmentalism, and reflect philosophically on the relationship between human action and the natural world. The course will address a range of issues, including cultural habits of consumption, the force of terms such as "environmental crisis," the marketing of environmental movements, the roles of race, class and gender in environmental exploitation, and the comparative environmental, economic and social effects of small to large-scale environmental lifestyle changes.

PHSCI 103: Introduction to Meteorology (3)
This is an introductory course on the science of atmosphere, weather and climate. The emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts while at the same time providing students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology. Lecture and demonstrations cover topics directly related to one's everyday experience and stress the understanding and application of principles. 

PHSCL 103: Meteorology Laboratory (1)
Laboratory /2/
Co-requisite: PHSCI 103
Offered even years
The laboratory's main emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner. Experiments are intended to provide the students with direct observation in the area of measurement and monitoring of the atmospheric environment.

PHSCI 104: Earth Systems/Geology (3)
This course introduces students to the study of planet Earth, including physical composition, geological time, surficial processes and tectonic activity.

PHSCL 104: Earth Systems/Geology Lab (3)
Students are introduced to maps, methods of identifying geological specimens and geological exercises. 

SOCSC 101: World Geography (3)
Prerequisite: 30 hours total credit and 2.5 cumulative GPA
Offered fall and spring semesters
An introduction to general geographical knowledge for students in the social sciences and humanities. It includes the study of maps, map making, physical and human geography. It emphasizes the interaction between people and their environment and provides a detailed study of the world's geographic regions. May be taken to satisfy University core requirement in social sciences. Students in the History Education and Social Sciences Education majors may be required to complete additional assignments. Priority enrollment will go to majors in History, History Education and Social Sciences Education.

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