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During January and March breaks and summer sessions, many students take intensive Rubenstein School travel courses around the United States and all over the world to study a variety of environmental issues. For examples of past international travel courses, please visit these web pages:
The following are examples of domestic travel courses:
WFB 176 - Florida Ecology Field Trip
Major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida flatwoods to south Florida Everglades.
WFB 177 - Texas Wildlife Field Trip
Major ecosystems and associated wildlife of south Texas, including Gulf coast, coastal prairies, lower Rio Grande Valley, and Chihuahuan desert.
The Rubenstein School also offers field intensive courses, such as Forestry 122 (a.k.a. "Forestry Summer Camp"), in which students spend their class time at the Jericho Research Forest and other natural areas. Students in the Ski Area Management course return to campus one week before spring semester begins to spend an entire week at Stowe Mountain Resort learning the ins and outs of running a resort.
The following are examples of intensive field courses:
RM 157 - Ski Area Management
An analysis of current management problems affecting private ski areas in Vermont and the Northeast.
FOR 122 - Forest Ecosystem Analysis
An integrated field course to investigate, through quantification and interpretation, the flora, fauna, and abiotic components (soils, physiography, water, and microclimate) of a selected forest ecosystem.
WFB 131 - Field Ornithology
Identification and field studies of birds, emphasizing resident species.
WFB 150 - Wildlife Habitat & Population Measurement
Field methods for measuring habitat variables and estimating population parameters.
NR 385 - Vermont Field Studies
This course introduces incoming graduate students to environmental and natural resource issues in Vermont, providing sufficient background for students to address resource and environmental issues from an integrated perspective. Visit the course website for more information.
In addition to the travel and field courses, there are also many Rubenstein courses that cover international issues in their curriculum. The undergraduate courses are 0-299 level and the graduate courses are on the 300 level.
ENSC 130/NR 130 - Global Environmental Assessment
Assessment of human impacts on the global environment. Hands-on application of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems to address key environmental issues.
ENVS 001 - Intro to Environmental Studies
Survey of environmental studies examining ecological, socioeconomic, aesthetic, and technological influences determining quality of life on earth.
ENVS 002 - International Environmental Studies
A multidisciplinary analysis of the interaction of global and local variables in understanding and solving pervasive environmental problems.
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.
ENVS 182 - 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.
ENVS 289 - Environmental Economics
Application of economic theory and methods to environmental problems and policies. Includes cost-benefit analysis and economic incentives as tools for environmental problem solving.
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.
NR 002 - Nature & Culture
Introduction to natural resources and the environment from a social/cultural perspective. Emphasis on environmental history, values, and ethics with application to natural resource and environmental policy.
NR 103 - Ecology, Ecosystems & Environment
Major ecological concepts and their application. Analysis of form, structure, and function of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes.
NR 104 - Social Proc & the Environment
Social science theories and their application to environmental issues. Analysis of issues using theories of government, economics, and social movements. Emphasis on integrating frameworks to analyze environmental issues.
NR 105 - Environmental Problem Analysis
Examination of interdisciplinary dimensions of natural resource and environmental problems. Emphasis on social and ecological aspects of environmental issues and interdisciplinary teamwork.
NR 107 - The Environment & Human Health
Interdisciplinary understanding of the effects of anthropogenic factors including pollution, reduced biodiversity, climate change, overpopulation, and resource depletion on the health of natural systems and human populations.
NR 205 - Ecosystem Management: Integrating Science, Society & Policy
Integration of natural and social science into ecosystem management and policy. Consideration of ecosystem integrity, ecosystem degradation, human needs and values, and the application of management principles within a holistic context.
NR 224 - Conservation Biology
Conservation of biological diversity at genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. Emphasis on genetic diversity, population viability, endangered species, critical habitats, international implications.
NR 262 - International Problems in Natural Resource Management
Discussion of problems associated with the management of natural resources which have international implications. Topics may include deforestation, desertification, fisheries, wildlife, refuges, fuelwood, pollution.
NR 354 - Seminar: Environmental Policy & Management
Seminar examining contemporary environmental policy at local, state, national, and international levels; policy formulation, implementation and design relative to current environmental problems.
NR 361 - Politics: Landscape, Place, & Nature
Seminar exploring the social and political construction of nature, emphasizing how natural resources and environment are defined through social relationships in particular landscapes and places.
RM 230 - Ecotourism
Study of nature-based travel emphasizing international destinations. Examination of ecotourism as a tool for preservation and economic development.
WFB 279 - Marine Ecology
Structure and function of major marine communities, including open ocean, benthos, coral reefs, and estuaries. Emphasis on unique ecological insights gained in the marine environment.