Note: Day students must wait until August 1 to register for Continuing Education Evening Division (CE) courses. We suggest you talk with the instructor ahead of time, or contact Sue Bean (email@example.com) who can keep your name to the list and register you on 8/1.
ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies
90896 / 4 Credits / Stephanie Kaza / MWF, 12:20-1:10 / I101CC Theater
A broad based survey course intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of environmental studies through a combination of lectures, discussion seminar, field walks, and site visits. This course examines the ecological, social and political-economic aspects of contemporary environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Grading is based on three exams and discussion seminar assignments. Prerequisite: First year or sophomore standing, or instructor permission. Must register for lecture and lab at the same time. Enrollment Limit: 224.
ENVS 095 SL: EcoReps: Education Residential Community
92346 / 1 Credit / Christina Erickson / M, 8:00-9:00 pm / Greenhouse
Can individuals reduce their negative impact on the environment through simple changes on their lifestyles? What are the connections between awareness, knowledge and behavior change? What barriers exist in a residential campus setting to behavior change? How can student educators best support their peers in making environmentally-responsible choices in their daily lives? These essential questions are the central focus of the Eco-Reps Program, which aims to educate the UVM residential community about the relationship between environmental issues and personal lifestyle choices. Along with bi-weekly class meetings, this course has a strong service-learning component with most of the work occurring out of class time. Students will participate in both independent and group projects and activities. Prerequisites: Instructor permission. Contact Christina Erickson, Eco-Reps Program Coordinator, 656-9070. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENVS 095 Introduction to Environmental History
92566 / 3 Credits / Frank Zelko / TR, 3:30-4:45 pm / TBA
Cross listed w/HST 095B. In addition to introducing students to the basic principles and concepts of environmental history, this course will explore the influence of nature—climate, topography, plants, animals, and microorganisms—on human history and the way people, in turn, have influenced the natural world around them. The course will be global in scope and will examine how humans have interacted with their environment from the dawn of civilization to modern times. In particular, it will focus on how some of the world’s major civilizations changed their environment, how the environment limited their development, and how they coped—or failed to cope—with the environmental problems that civilizations inevitably produce. Cross listed w/HST 095G. Enrollment Limit: 28.
ENVS 095 Elementary Spanish for Community-Based Development Projects
92854 / 3 Credits / Jeanne Fossani / TR, 5:00-8:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Are you interested in Latin American issues with a social and environmental focus? And are you looking for an elementary Spanish course to prepare you for a study abroad program, faculty-led course, internship or other type of delegation in Latin America? Or for a career related to sustainable community development concerns there? Would you like to hit the ground running with your Spanish communication skills when you arrive? Then this could be the course for you. The primary goal of this course is to provide a tool for sustainable development oriented professionals to develop basic Spanish interpersonal communication skills with a focus on the jargon relative to their academic and future work realities. The emphasis is on Spanish vocabulary relating to sustainable agriculture, women's involvement, economic development, environmental topics, ecotourism, human rights, and wildlife conservation. Selected short readings will give you cultural insight into the challenges Latin-Americans face in their daily reality. Conversation is the main focus; role playing, oral presentations, interactive games and other activities geared to generate lively oral participation will be used. This course does not serve in fulfillment of the A&S language requirement and does not form part of the language requirement sequence. Prerequisites: SPAN 001 or instructor permission. Enrollment limit: 20.
ENVS 095 Introduction to Herbalism
91004 / 3 Credits / Barbara Raab / M, 5:00-8:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course focuses on the science and art of using plants in the natural approach to healing. The present-day context of phytotherapy within the realms of both complementary and conventional allopathic medicines is explored. The harvesting, preparation, storage, and relative safety-toxicity of herbs are covered, in addition to lifestyle options and specific herbs as support for specific systems of the body. A field trip to Bramblewood Gardens and Botanical Sanctuary is included.
No lab fee. Enrollment limit: 20.
ENVS 095 TAP: Mandrakes, Magic & Medicine
92876 / 3 Credits / Kit Anderson / TR 2:00-3:15 pm, TBA
Prerequisites: A&S First-Year only. Enrollment Limit: 18.
ENVS 095/195 Nature Drawing
91651/91652 / 3 Credits / Davis TeSelle / W, 2:30-5:30 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course focuses on the practice of botanical, natural history and landscape drawing in the field. Students will engage with works of art in the exhibition "The Artist as Naturalist/The Naturalist as Artist" concurrently on display at the Fleming Museum and Library Special Collections. Study of these works will be applied to our on-site field drawing sessions at the Intervale and UVM Natural Areas. Students will be guided through basic drawing techniques to produce a portfolio of drawings. Emphasis is placed on clarifying the seeing process and developing skills to express this enhanced vision. Although experience with drawing is helpful students without an art background can find this course enjoyable and rewarding. Prerequisites: None. Enrollment Limit: 12.
ENVS 095/195 Nature Drawing
91646/91647 / 3 Credits / Davis TeSelle / T, 2:30-5:30 pm TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Another 095 course taught by ENVS faculty, but not cross-listed:
PSS 095 Growing Diversity: Coffee
93129 / 3 credits / V. Ernesto Méndez, Jeanne Fossani, Michael G. Moser / M, 5:45 - 8:30 pm / ML SCI 235
The course analyzes coffee from the perspective of farmers, environmentalists, global markets and consumers. We will explore how coffee is produced, processed and sold, and how this is negotiated by the multiple actors involved. We will also cover alternative coffee markets and coffee's current and future role in environmental conservation. All majors welcome. No pre-requisites.
ENVS 137 Landscape Design Fundamentals
92901 / 3 Credits / Sarah Lovell / TR, 3:30-4:45 pm, TBA
Landscape Design Fundamentals will provide students with the basic skills for graphical representation of the landscape, including the development of site plan, section, elevation, and perspective views. The course will encourage the exploration of sustainable landscape solutions at the site scale based on the concept that a landscape designed for multiple functions (ecological, economic, and social) will meet the needs of society, while minimizing the negative impacts on the future environment. At least one course in design or mapping or instructor permission. Enrollment limit: 15.
ENVS 151 Intermediate Environmental Studies
91001/ 910052 / 3 Credits / Cecilia Danks/ Ian Worley / TR, 2:00-3:15 / TBA
Through the development of networking and other research skills each student in this course compiles diverse background knowledge about areas of personal environmental interest. From this knowledge are developed personal academic and activity plans. Presentations by class members and guests provide interdisciplinary context through current issues, organized advocacy, and personal and professional opportunities. FOR ENVS MAJORS ONLY. Prerequisite: ENVS 1, 2; sophomore or junior standing.
ENVS 173 Landscape Natural History
91213 / 3 Credits/ Ian Worley / M, 12:20-4:45 / TBA
This field-based course will explore the nature of Vermont’s landscapes from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through a series of field trips, projects, and lectures, students will gain an understanding of why the surrounding landscape looks the way it does. We’ll investigate a variety of landscapes from the bedrock up through the wildlife habitat, and learn to identify and understand the natural history of various components. In addition to exploring the emerging disciplines of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and ecosystem management, we will also examine landscapes from artistic and historical perspectives. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or Intro. Natural Science, ENVS major, sophomore standing or instructor permission. Enrollment limit: 9.
ENVS 177 Introduction to Landscape Restoration
91760 / 3 Credits / Rick Paradis / W, 4:00-7:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course explores the emerging field of landscape restoration, which attempts to find ways to repair and restore the ecological systems and natural landscapes damaged by past human activity and neglect. The many facets of restoration are examined including its historical development, its philosophical foundation, its multidisciplinary nature that borrows from the theoretical and applied sciences, and its varied practical applications. A combination of readings, seminars, invited guests, class presentations, and field trips offers a theoretical knowledge base in this exciting new discipline and practical
experience participating at sites of ongoing restoration efforts. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission (656-4055). Enrollment limit: 20.
ENVS 191 Environmental Practicum
91671 / 1-6 Credits / Ian Worley / TBA
Internship, independent study, apprenticeship, etc.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Permission by application.
ENVS 195 Current Topics in Climate Change
92679 / 3 Credits / Robert Winkler / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This ON-LINE COURSE is broadly divided into three sections: "Desolate Voices" - the study of the long term cultural and social problems caused by global industrial development, and its direct effect on climate change and global warming; "Bantering Chants" - readings and discussions on environmental health issues, sustainable community planning, and corporate responsibility; and "Attendant Dreams" - Investigating alternative and renewal energy resources, environmental justice concerns, and ways to integrate environmental issues into politics. Helping to power this electronic dialogue is the Climate Action blog sponsored by the Vermont Climate Action Partnership (UVM, Johnson State College and the Alliance for Climate Action - 10% Challenge). With over 900 "hits" this past semester, the Climate Action blog is becoming a powerful tool for campus-wide, local and regional environmental networking. Add your voice to this ever growing feature. Involvement in UVM's Environmental Council and the Climate Action Committee, attending conferences, and participation in environmental organizations is encouraged and adds an active component to the course. Enrollment limit: 15. For more information, email Robert.Winkler@uvm.edu, or call 656-5400.
ENVS 195 Dirty Business
91214 / 3 Credits / Andrew Jones / MWF, 10:10-11:00 / TBA
Examines the impact of corporations on the environment, regulatory and social movement strategies to minimize this impact, and various possibilities for the reform of capitalism or its replacement. Prerequisite: 3 hrs SOC or equivalent with permission; Cross listed with SOC 195B. Enrollment limit: 3 for the ENVS section..
ENVS 195 Ethnobotany of Northeastern North America
92681 / 3 Credits / Kit Anderson / M, 2:00-5:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course covers selected topics of people-plant relationships within the Northeast, using examples from archeological, historical and contemporary sources. We consider plants used for food, medicine, shelters, transportation, household items, ornament and ritual by different cultural groups within the region. Local examples will illustrate some of the contemporary themes of ethnobotany: the role of plants in cultural identity, strategies for maintaining and passing on local knowledge, the role of traditional foods in health, connections between cultural and biological diversity, and applied ethnobotany intended to address specific needs. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission.
Enrollment Limit: 15.
ENVS 195 Natural Materials: Shelters, Fences, Sculptures
92739 / 3 Credits / Susan Raber Ray / T 3:00-6:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Throughout human history and in all cultures people have created shelters, clothing, storage vessels and more using the local materials around them. In all this work we find the expression of human needs and, we see the expression of human desires. In this course we will explore a variety of old world techniques; twinning, plaiting, and Japanese stone weaving using natural materials that we will gather from the surrounding area (cattails, grapevine, Virginia creeper and more). We will be drawing inspiration from indigenous cultures worldwide and creating our own interpretations. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups. Through this course students may become more aware of our environment as a source of materials, inspiration, and inquiry. We will look at artists Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury and Patrick Dougherty and explore how our current artwork relates to similar work done by people around the world over thousands of years. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission.
ENVS 195 On the Move
91657 / 1 Credit / Saleem Ali and Stephanie Kaza / M, 4:40-6:00 pm / TBA
Interdisciplinary seminar series. Description to come.
Prerequisties: Soph stdg. Enrollment Limit: 30.
ENVS 195 Trees and Landscapes: A Cultural Perspective
92682 3 Credits / Kit Anderson / W, 2:00-5:00 pm/ TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
People, in partnership with trees, have created distinctive landscapes all over the world. Apple orchards, oak woodlands, palm-lined boulevards and sprawling village banyan trees express long-standing relationships that have both practical and symbolic dimensions. Using case studies drawn from the geographical, anthropological and historical literature, we will examine the evolution of treescapes and their cultural significance. We will learn to identify social and ecological factors that shape decisions regarding tree placement, removal and care, and learn how those choices influence the experience of humans and other species. At times the class will meet outdoors to consider Burlington's arboreal residents, and we may participate in a community social service project. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1, Intro Anthro, or Dendrology or permission. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Another 100-level course taught by ENVS faculty, but not cross-listed:
PSS 152: Agroecology.
90030 / 3 Credits / V. Ernesto Mendez / TBA
This course presents and in-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology. The learning and teaching objectives of the course are as follows: 1) students learn current ecological and social concepts and applications that are integrated in the field of agroecology; 2) through hands on exercises, and exposure to local farming systems, students learn basic ecological and social research and analytical skills, which are commonly used in agroecological research and applications; 3) students practice working in groups; 4) students practice their critical thinking and communication skills by writing a research paper and presenting it to their peers. Prerequisites: 3 credits in basic biological or ecological science or permission.
ENVS 201 Research Methods
91195 / 3 Credits / Adrian Ivakhiv / TR, 11:00-12:15 / TBA
This course covers the planning, design, and methods for the ENVS 202 senior thesis or project, required of all ENVS majors. Includes the literature review and proposal writing. Prerequisite: ENVS major; Junior standing, ENVS 151. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 201 Research Methods
91203 / 3 Credits / Saleem Ali / TR, 11:00-12:15 / TBA
See description above.
ENVS 284 Teaching Assistantship
91736 / 1-2 Credits / Stephanie Kaza / TBA
Assist instructor in teaching and administration of ENVS 1, Introduction to Environmental Studies. Primary responsibilities will include leading two sections of weekly discussion sessions of 12 students each; planning and preparation of instructional materials for discussion sessions and field trips; maintenance of student records; and assisting with student grading of course examinations. Teaching assistants are expected to attend all ENVS 1 lectures; lead one or two weekly discussion sessions (3 hrs. each); attend a weekly morning staff meeting; and have regular office hours for students. Prerequisite: ENVS TA’s only; Permission only.
ENVS 291 Advanced Environmental Practicum
91748 / 1-6 Credits / Ian Worley / TBA
Prerequisites: Senior standing; Permission only.
ENVS 293 Environmental Law
92799 / 3 Credits / Jared Margolis and John Harbison / T, 5:00-8:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This class will begin by providing a basic overview of the land use process and case law influencing local and regional land use decisions. Students will work with cases and statutes in order to become familiar with reading and interpreting the law. The course will address planning and control of land use, property rights, growth management, and will provide an overview of land use issues in Vermont. We will then address federal statutes, and the cases interpreting them, in order to analyze the larger legal context of land use issues. Prerequisites: One 100 level course in ENVS, Junior standing. Enrollment Limit: 20.
ENVS 294 Environmental Education
91009 / 3 Credits / Tom Hudspeth / TR, 9:30-10:45 am, TBA
This course explores the philosophy, principles and concepts, and strategies of environmental education, with emphasis on integrating environmental concerns into formal and non-formal educational programs for youths and adults. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 and Junior standing; Instructor Permission. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 295 The Culture of Nature
92368 / 3 Credits / Adrian Ivakhiv / R, 3:30-6:30 pm / TBA
This course will offer an advanced introduction to current issues and debates at the intersection of environmental thought and cultural studies. The field of cultural studies – which studies the ways in which cultural forces including the creative arts, electronic media, popular culture, and perceptions of cultural identity and difference, interact with social, political, economic, and technological developments – will be explored in terms of its potentials to address and contribute to the understanding of environmental issues and practices. We will study culture and cultural practices as both the medium through which and the terrain within which different ideas about people and nature, and different social and ecological relations, are articulated, negotiated, and contested. Through readings, discussion, and media viewing and analysis, we will explore and examine how environmental issues are framed and represented by various media; how these images and representations are used by different cultural communities; the ways in which environmental ideas circulate between the mass media and popular and alternative cultures in North America (and the world) today; the relationship between culture and "environmental identity" at local, regional, national, and transnational levels; and the possibilities for cultivating a "greener" environmental culture in our lives and in the world at large. (This course is available for graduate credit.) Prerequisites: Senior or Grad standing or permission.
ENVS 295 Eastern Wilderness: History, Science, and Policy
TBA / 3 Credits / Jim Northup / R, 5:00-8:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course will explore the rich living tradition of wilderness protection and restoration in the eastern United States from the perspectives of history, science and public policy. We will ground our thinking in Eastern natural history and in the wilderness advocacy of prominent Easterners--George Perkins Marsh, Joseph Battell, George D. Aiken, Robert Stafford and others. We will look at current opportunities to establish more wilderness in the East, and will consider the ecological, and economic justifications for doing so. The East's unique contribution to the on-going national dialogue about wilderness restoration will be a recurring theme throughout the course, and will provide a fitting capstone at the end. Prereqs: Junior or senior standing and one 100-level ENVS course. Enrollment limit: 25.
ENVS 295-Z2 The Circumpolar World
92863 / 3 Credits / Kathleen Dana / T, 4:00-7:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Based on the curriculum of the Arctic Council's university without walls, this introduction to the circumpolar world will explore the ecological, cultural, and political processes of the Far North, laying a foundation for further exploration of this largely unexplored region. With the arrival of the International Polar Year in 2007 and increased attention to global climate change, this vast and fragile region constitutes an untapped reserve of critical importance to a sustainable world. Using a circumpolar and comparative approach, we will investigate the physical and natural processes of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, as well as the indigenous and local peoples and cultures in the region. Prerequisites: one 100 level ENVS course, Junior standing. Enrollment Limit: 20.