Students must enroll in both of the following courses:
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
Instructor: Andrea Lini Associate 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
Instructor: Charlotte Mehrtens Professor of Geology More . . .
This course will examine how the earth and its atmosphere and biosphere have changed over geologic time and ways in which the modern earth may or may not be a good example of conditions in times past. We will focus on the data that tell us how the conditions on earth have changed over time, and how this has impacted the evolution of life. Labs involve learning to synthesize and interpret a variety of types of geologic data used to construct the biosphere, ancient climates, and environments.
Requirements Satisfied: one Natural Sciences course with lab
Instructor: Robert Taylor Professor of Political Science More . . .
Is a commitment to democracy compatible with concern for nature and the environment? If so, what is the relationship between these two sets of values? This course investigates the way respect for nature and the environment has intersected with democratic values in the (mainly) American political and environmental tradition. Should democracies aim primarily to protect and cultivate natural resources for use by future generations? Or, does nature have deeper moral and educative qualities that can help direct and shape our understanding of democratic life? Readings will be drawn from the historic and contemporary conservation traditions (from "wise use" advocates like Teddy Roosevelt to contemporary "sustainability" theorists) as well as more radical environmental traditions stretching from Henry David Thoreau to contemporary thinkers and activists such as Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.
Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course