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2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Environmental Studies

ENVS 001 - Intro to Environmental Studies
Survey of environmental studies examining ecological, socioeconomic, aesthetic, and technological influences determining quality of life on earth. Prerequisite: First-year/Sophomore standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ENVS 002 - Internat'l Environmental Stds
A multidisciplinary analysis of the interaction of global and local variables in understanding and solving pervasive environmental problems. Prerequisite: First-year or sophomore standing.
Credits: 4.
ENVS 095 - Special Topics
Introductory courses of current areas of interest which vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural areas management.
Credits: 1-18.
ENVS 096 - Special Topics
Introductory courses of current areas of interest which vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural areas management.
Credits: 1-18.
ENVS 137 - Landscape Design Fundamentals
Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Pre/co-requisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or permission of the Instructor. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, PSS 137, NR 137.
Credits: 4.
ENVS 141 - Intro to Ecological Economics
Introduction to the study of economics as dependent on social and environmental systems and to transdisciplinary problem-solving using ecological economics. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or NR 002. Cross-listed with: NR 141.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 150 - Environmental Field Studies
Travel study courses examining environmental issues from a local ecological, political, and socioeconomic perspective using experiential learning methods in diverse sites. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or ENVS 002, or NR 001 or NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 151 - Intermed Environmental Studies
Individual investigation of interdisciplinary areas of environmental studies with emphasis on academic and career choices and preparation for senior thesis/project. Prerequisites: Major in Environmental Studies; 1, 2; permission.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 153 - D2: Ethnobotany
Human interactions with plants used for food, medicine, material culture, ritual and symbol, examined from both cultural and biological perspectives, using global and local examples. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or ENVS 002, or NR 001 or NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 154 - D2:Trad Ecological Knowledge
Examines how specific peoples of the world live in their environments and how their knowledge, practices and beliefs are created, passed on, or lost. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or ENVS 002, or NR 001 or NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 156 - Permaculture
Cross-listed with: PSS 156. productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of the natural biosphere to harmoniously integrate landscape and people. Prerequisite: Three hours basic biological or ecological science, or permission. Design of agriculturally
Credits: 3.
ENVS 166 - Environmental Hst of N America
Examination of human-environmental interaction on the North American continent over the past five hundred years. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours History. Cross-listed with: HST 166.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 167 - D2: Global Environmental Hst
The role and influence of nature on global human history and how people and cultures have influenced the natural world around them. Pre/co-requisites: ENVS 002 or NR 002. May not be taken concurrently with or following receipt of credit for HST 067 since course requirements partially overlap.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 170 - Environmental Art Practice
Explorations in environmental perception and aesthetics, using field and studio methods in the creative process and drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental humanities. Repeatable up to 4 times with different content. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or ENVS 002 or NR 002; Sophomore standing.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 173 - Landscape Natural History
This field-based course examines patterns and processes on local landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on geology, soil science, plant ecology, and ecosystem geography. Prerequisites: ENVS 001; Sophomore standing.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 174 - Nat Areas Conservation&Steward
Prerequisites: ENVS 001, NR 001, or Instructor permission. conservation organizations and public agencies. Builds on principles of conservation biology to understand issues in conserving and managing natural areas. Examines land protection and stewardship efforts of
Credits: 3.
ENVS 177 - Intro to Landscape Restoration
Introduction to the history, philosophical foundations, and approaches to restoration of natural landscapes damaged by human activity and neglect. Case studies of selected local sites. Prerequisite: ENVS 001, NR 001, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 178 - Environmental Ethics
Current approaches and problems in environmental ethics drawing on philosophy and case studies in animal rights, land ethics, deep ecology, wilderness protection, and human rights. Prerequisite: One environmental course; Junior standing.
Credits: 0-3.
ENVS 179 - D2: Ecofeminism
Investigation of the parallel dominations of women and nature, through analysis and reflection on ecofeminist theory, activism, and spirituality. Prerequisite: ENVS 001, ENVS 002 or WGST 073; Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: WST 179.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 180 - Radical Environmentalism
Survey of radical environmental philosophy and activism from a liberation ethics perspective. Includes deep ecology, ecofeminism, environmental justice, and ecological resistance movements around the world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. ENVS 001, ENVS 002;
Credits: 3.
ENVS 181 - Strategic Environmental Ldshrp
Theory and analysis of strategic environmental leadership as it varies with culture, ethnicity, and gender. Prerequisites: 1, 2, junior standing, permission of instructor.
Credits: 1.
ENVS 182 - D2:Religion and Ecology
Exploration of the greening of major world religious traditions in both practice and philosophy. Includes institutional, activist, and lifestyle initiatives in ecological spirituality. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 NR 002, REL 020 or REL 021 preferred; Sophomore standing. or ENVS 002; or
Credits: 3.
ENVS 183 - Env Impacts of Consumerism
Ecological footprint assessment for human use of energy, housing, water, waster, food. Review of regulatory strategies, economic options, and consumer awareness to reduce environmental impact. Prerequisite: ENVS 001 or ENSC 001 or NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 184 - Sust Transpo Planning
Environmental and social impacts of auto-dependence and future-oriented solutions to reduce auto-dependence and impacts and create sustainable transportation solutions. Prerequisites: one of the following: ENVS 001, ENVS 002, NR 001, NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 187 - Campus Sustainability
Sustainability methods, policies, and frameworks applied in the campus setting using UVM as a case study and field site for the study of campus greening. Prerequisites: One of the following: ENVS 001, ENVS 002, NR 001, or NR 002.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 191 - Environmental Practicum
Individual readings and research, internship, or field-based learning experience under direction of a faculty member or environmental practitioner. Credit arranged. Prerequisite: Permission of course coordinator.
Credits: .5-9.
ENVS 195 - Special Topics
Intermediate courses of current areas of interest which vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural area management. Prerequisite: One environmental course; Sophomore standing.
Credits: 1-18.
ENVS 196 - Special Topics
Intermediate courses of current areas of interest which vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural area management. Prerequisite: One environmental course; Sophomore standing.
Credits: 1-18.
ENVS 197 - Student Designed Course
Student-taught courses beyond the scope of existing formal courses in environmental studies. Developed according to Program guidelines, with sponsorship by interested faculty. Prerequisites: ENVS 001, ENVS 002, Instructor permission.
Credits: 1-3.
ENVS 201 - Research Methods
Planning, design, and methods for the senior capstone thesis or project. Includes literature review and proposal writing. Prerequisites: ENVS 151; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 202 - Senior Capstone
Senior capstone thesis, project, creative arts project, or internship under faculty direction. Prerequisites: ENVS 201 or appropriate 200-level course by Instructor permission.
Credits: 1-9.
ENVS 203 - Honors Thesis
Undergraduates only.
Credits: 1-9.
ENVS 204 - Seminar Environmental Studies
Review and discussion of current environmental research and literature. Prerequisites: ENVS 001, ENVS 002; Junior or Senior standing.
Credits: 1-3.
ENVS 212 - Advanced Agroecology
An in-depth overview of research and application in the field of agroecology, including ecological and social dynamics in agricultural landscapes in Vermont and abroad. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 021 and one semester of ecology Cross-listed with: PSS 212. at the 100-level or above or Instructor permission.
Credits: 0-4.
ENVS 238 - Ecological Landscape Design
Studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design, exploring ecological design alternatives at multiple scales, and developing multifunctional landscape solutions. Pre/co-requisites: Minimum Junior standing, PSS 137 or one course in ecology plus one course in design or drawing. Cross-listed with: CDAE 238, PSS 238, NR 238.
Credits: 4.
ENVS 250 - Adv Environmental Field Stds
Advanced travel study courses examining environmental issues from local ecological, political, and socioeconomic perspectives using experiential learning methods in diverse sites. Prerequisites: one 100-level ENVS or NR course, or Instructor permission; Junior standing or higher.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 267 - Environmental History Seminar
Advanced reading and research on the role and influence of nature on human history and how people and cultures have influenced the natural world. Prerequisites: ENVS 151; six credits in History. Cross-listed with: HST 267.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 284 - Teaching Assistantship
Students gain practical teaching experience through assisting with instruction, evaluation, and reflection. Tasks may include: leading discussion sessions, grading, and developing course materials. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of Instructor; concurrent teaching assistant in ENVS course. Variable credit. May be repeated.
Credits: 1-2.
ENVS 291 - Advanced Environmental Pract
Individual readings and research, internship, or field-based learning experience at the advanced level, under direction of faculty member or environmental practitioner. Prerequisite: ENVS 001, ENVS 002; Senior/Graduate standing.
Credits: 1-12.
ENVS 292 - Env Conflict Resolution
Explores the causes of conflicts involving environmental concerns and the role of environment as a factor in conflict development and mediation. Pre/co-requisites: 100-level course in Environmental Studies or Natural Resources; Junior, Senior, or Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 293 - Environmental Law
Principles of environmental law, including legal research methods, threshold issues, case law, trial procedure, and international comparisons in aspects of air, land, and water law. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 294 - Environmental Education
Philosophy, concepts, and strategies of environmental education, emphasizing integration of environmental concerns into formal and nonformal educational programs for youth and adults. Prerequisite: Six hours of intermediate or advanced courses in Environmental Studies or related areas.
Credits: 3.
ENVS 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses of current areas of interest which may vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural area management. Prerequisite: One environmental course at 100 level; Junior standing.
Credits: 1-18.
ENVS 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses of current areas of interest which may vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural area management. Prerequisite: One environmental course at 100 level; Junior standing.
Credits: 1-18.

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