First-Year Experience 2014-2015

class taking place at Lake Champlain

Full-Year Programs w/ Residential Option

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Integrated Study of Earth and the Environment Seminars

Fall Semester Courses

Students must enroll in both of the following courses:

GEOG 095A ~ Water Resources in a Changing World
CRN: 93906

Instructor: Beverly Wemple Associate Professor of Geography More . . .

Nearly one-third of the world's population lives in countries where water supplies persistently fail to meet human demands. Over a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation services. The availability of water may be the most significant environmental issue we will face in the 21st century. In this course, we will take a geographical perspective in exploring water as a critical resource. Our exploration will begin with an introduction to water resources management within the Lake Champlain basin. We will examine the environmental factors that control the spatial distribution of water resources and the quality of freshwater supplies at scales ranging from local to global. We will then explore some of the most important issues to society in the management of water resources, including providing water services to growing urban populations, protecting human and ecological resources on dammed rivers, managing water in a globalizing economy, mitigating water conflicts at scales ranging from local to transnational, and addressing water resource challenges in the face of climate change. Course will include field trips, lectures, documentary films, and interactive seminar discussions.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Wednesday, 12:50am-3:50pm

GEOL 005A ~ Mountain to Lake: Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin
CRN: 90995

Instructor: Charlotte Mehrtens Professor of Geology More . . .

This is a field-based course that introduces students to how geologists study the Earth around us, especially the landscape in the Champlain Valley. Weekly field trips introduce students to a variety of locations that we can use to interpret the geologic history of western Vermont. A highlight is a research cruise on Lake Champlain on the research vessel Melosira. Lab/field trip fee: $12.00. 4 credit course.

Requirements Satisfied: one Natural Sciences with lab course
Meets: TR 10:00am-11:15am and Tuesday 11:45am-2:15pm

Spring Semester Courses

Students must enroll in two of the following three courses:

ENGS 030 ~ Reading the American Wilderness

Instructor: Hesterly (LeeLee) Goodson Senior Lecturer in English More . . .

Literary perceptions of American nature have undergone a remarkable transformation over the past 300 or so years. In his 17th century journal, William Bradford vilified wilderness, describing it as full of "dolesome" woods and "howling wastes"--literally believing it a place where the Devil lurked. Just two centuries later, Henry David Thoreau romanticized wilderness, ascribing to it transcendental notions of natural divinity. What brought about this incredible change? In this class we will explore how shifting literary interpretations of wilderness have challenged and reshaped American attitudes toward nature and identity.

Requirements Satisfied: one Literature course
Meets: TBD

GEOL 062 ~ Earth and Environments through Time

Instructor: Charlotte Mehrtens Professor of Geology More . . .

This course examines how Earth and its atmosphere and biosphere have changed over geologic time and whether the modern Earth may or may not be a good example of conditions in times past. A highlight of the class is the overnight field trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to view the exhibits related to evolution and to the dinosaurs. 4 credits course.

Requirements Satisfied: one Natural Sciences course with lab
Meets: TBD

POLS 096 ~ Politics of Environmentalism

Instructor: Robert Bartlett Professor of Political Science and Gund Chair of Liberal Arts More . . .

Environmentalism is a social movement that coalesced in the 1960s and has been politically significant ever since. In this course we will examine the continuing impact of environmentalism on modern politics. We will analyze the changing nature and trajectory of environmentalism, its internal contradictions and coherence, its critics, its support in the larger society, its connections to other social movements, and its impact on policy and governance. We will explore why some scholars argue that "Only politics can save the environment." Readings may include such works as The Politics of the Earth and Green Planet Blues.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: TBD