Consisting entirely of field trips, this course will explore the nature of Vermont’s landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective. Through site visits and projects students will learn skills to help understand why landscapes look the way they do. We'll investigate a variety of locations including lakeshores, cliffs, uplands, and ravines—looking at the interactions among rocks, soil, water, plants, animals, weather and human activity, emphasizing how the past has shaped the present. Perspectives from natural history, landscape ecology, historical analysis, agriculture and forestry, conservation biology, and aesthetics will be integrated during site assessments. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or Intro. Natural Science; ENVS major; sophomore stdg. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Fall, Spring, Summer
Natural Science (NS)
ENVS 1 or NR 1 or Intro. Natural Science; ENVS major; sophomore standing